Sunday, October 22, 2017

Early Christian Monuments of Ravenna (Italy)


Ravenna was the seat of the Roman Empire in the 5th century and then of Byzantine Italy until the 8th century. 
It has a unique collection of early Christian mosaics and monuments. 
All eight buildings – the Mausoleum of Galla Placidia, the Neonian Baptistery, the Basilica of Sant'Apollinare Nuovo, the Arian Baptistery, the Archiepiscopal Chapel, the Mausoleum of Theodoric, the Church of San Vitale and the Basilica of Sant'Apollinare in Classe – were constructed in the 5th and 6th centuries. 
They show great artistic skill, including a wonderful blend of Graeco-Roman tradition, Christian iconography and oriental and Western styles.

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Saturday, October 21, 2017

Group of Monuments at Pattadakal (India)


Pattadakal, in Karnataka, represents the high point of an eclectic art which, in the 7th and 8th centuries under the Chalukya dynasty, achieved a harmonious blend of architectural forms from northern and southern India. 
An impressive series of nine Hindu temples, as well as a Jain sanctuary, can be seen there. 
One masterpiece from the group stands out – the Temple of Virupaksha, built c. 740 by Queen Lokamahadevi to commemorate her husband's victory over the kings from the South.

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Friday, October 20, 2017

Archaeological Sites of Mycenae and Tiryns (Greece)

The archaeological sites of Mycenae and Tiryns are the imposing ruins of the two greatest cities of the Mycenaean civilization, which dominated the eastern Mediterranean world from the 15th to the 12th century B.C. and played a vital role in the development of classical Greek culture. 
These two cities are indissolubly linked to the Homeric epics, the Iliad and the Odyssey, which have influenced European art and literature for more than three millennia.

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Quedlinburg (Germany)

Quedlinburg, in the Land of Sachsen-Anhalt, was a capital of the East Franconian German Empire at the time of the Saxonian-Ottonian ruling dynasty. 
It has been a prosperous trading town since the Middle Ages. 
The number and high quality of the timber-framed buildings make Quedlinburg an exceptional example of a medieval European town. 
The Collegiate Church of St Servatius is one of the masterpieces of Romanesque architecture.

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Kiwi


The kiwi or Chinese gooseberry (Actinidia chinensis) is the edible fruit of a fast growing winding climbing plant.
The fruits of the ordinary kiwi are usually elongated oval in shape, have crisp white-core flesh and a ring of black pits around this core.
Slices of kiwi are often used as decorative garnish of pastries, salads and the like, but the fruit can also be eaten as a whole (with or without peel).

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Monday, October 16, 2017

Cathedral of Notre-Dame, Former Abbey of Saint-Rémi and Palace of Tau, Reims (France)

The outstanding handling of new architectural techniques in the 13th century, and the harmonious marriage of sculptural decoration with architecture, has made Notre-Dame in Reims one of the masterpieces of Gothic art. 
The former abbey still has its beautiful 9th-century nave, in which lie the remains of Archbishop St Rémi (440–533), who instituted the Holy Anointing of the kings of France. 
The former archiepiscopal palace known as the Tau Palace, which played an important role in religious ceremonies, was almost entirely rebuilt in the 17th century.

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Sunday, October 15, 2017

Liverpool – Maritime Mercantile City (United Kingdom)

Six areas in the historic centre and docklands of the maritime mercantile City of Liverpool bear witness to the development of one of the world’s major trading centres in the 18th and 19th centuries. 
Liverpool played an important role in the growth of the British Empire and became the major port for the mass movement of people, e.g. slaves and emigrants from northern Europe to America. 
Liverpool was a pioneer in the development of modern dock technology, transport systems and port management. 
The listed sites feature a great number of significant commercial, civic and public buildings, including St George’s Plateau.

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