• Hungary
  • Millenary Benedictine Abbey of Pannonhalma and its Natural Environment

    As the UNESCO comments: The first Benedictine monks settled here in 996. They went on to convert the Hungarians, to found the country’s first school and, in 1055, to write the first document in Hungarian. From the time of its founding, this monastic community has promoted culture throughout central Europe. Its 1,000-year history can be […]

    Millenary Benedictine Abbey of Pannonhalma and its Natural Environment was last modified: May 24th, 2018 by Dong
  • Switzerland
  • The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier – Villa “Le Lac”

    As the UNESCO comments: Chosen from the work of Le Corbusier, the 17 sites comprising this transnational serial property are spread over seven countries and are a testimonial to the invention of a new architectural language that made a break with the past. They were built over a period of a half-century, in the course […]

    The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier – Villa “Le Lac” was last modified: May 22nd, 2018 by Dong
  • Austria
  • Salzburg – various museums to help understand the city’s history and culture

    In my previous posts about Salzburg, I introduced to you the museums in the Hohensalzburg Fortress, in the DomQuartier and of Mozart’s birthplace and residence. In this post, I’ll take you to have a look at some more museums such as the Salzburg Museum, Panorama Museum, Christmas Museum and Haus der Natur to gain a […]

    Salzburg – various museums to help understand the city’s history and culture was last modified: May 5th, 2018 by Dong
  • Austria
  • Salzburg – the best viewpoints in and around the city

    As commented by the UNESCO, “the Salzburg skyline, against a backdrop of mountains, is characterized by its profusion of spires and domes, dominated by the fortress of Hohensalzburg. It contains a number of buildings, both secular and ecclesiastical, of very high quality from periods ranging from the late Middle Ages to the 20th century,” and […]

    Salzburg – the best viewpoints in and around the city was last modified: May 2nd, 2018 by Dong
  • Austria
  • Salzburg – W. A. Mozart’s Birthplace and Residence & the Festival Halls

    In this post I’ll mainly focus on Salzburg’s role as a musical metropolis, or in other words, a “stage of the world“. The highlights will of course be the birthplace and residence of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and the Festival Halls, where the world-famous Salzburg Festival founded by Max Reinhardt together with a group of intellectuals and […]

    Salzburg – W. A. Mozart’s Birthplace and Residence & the Festival Halls was last modified: April 27th, 2018 by Dong
  • Austria
  • Salzburg – Hohensalzburg Fortress & DomQuartier (including St. Peter’s Abbey)

    As the UNESCO comments: Salzburg has managed to preserve an extraordinarily rich urban fabric, developed over the period from the Middle Ages to the 19th century when it was a city-state ruled by a prince-archbishop. Its Flamboyant Gothic art attracted many craftsmen and artists before the city became even better known through the work of […]

    Salzburg – Hohensalzburg Fortress & DomQuartier (including St. Peter’s Abbey) was last modified: April 17th, 2018 by Dong
  • Italy
  • Villa Valmarana ai Nani – a noble residence lavishly frescoed by the Tiepolo family

    In my previous three posts about Vicenza, I wrote about Palladio’s works not only in the historic center but also in the Veneto region (outside the city wall of Vicenza and in the municipality of Caldogno). Together with another 22 villas, all the works are inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage list. In this post, […]

    Villa Valmarana ai Nani – a noble residence lavishly frescoed by the Tiepolo family was last modified: April 12th, 2018 by Dong
  • Italy
  • Villa “La Rotonda” in Vicenza and Villa Caldogno in Comune di Caldogno

    This is my third post about Vicenza and this time we will go a bit away from the historic city center to explore two villas located in the heart of the Veneto region. If you have already read my previous two posts please click here to skip the general introduction and jump directly to chapter 2, […]

    Villa “La Rotonda” in Vicenza and Villa Caldogno in Comune di Caldogno was last modified: February 27th, 2018 by Dong
  • Italy
  • City of Vicenza – A gem in architectural history of mankind (2/2)

    If you have already read my previous post about Vicenza please click here to skip the general introduction and jump directly to the main content of this post.  1. A general introduction to the city of Vicenza 1.1 Who is he that made Vicenza famous? What is Vicenza famous for? Well, this city is not […]

    City of Vicenza – A gem in architectural history of mankind (2/2) was last modified: February 11th, 2018 by Dong
  • Italy
  • City of Vicenza – A gem in architectural history of mankind (1/2)

    1. Who is he that made Vicenza famous? What is Vicenza famous for? Well, this city is not famous for a specific building or monument. Instead, it’s famous for a person, who became the inspiration for a movement without parallel in architectural history. Now I’ll give you a brief introduction and you can try to guess […]

    City of Vicenza – A gem in architectural history of mankind (1/2) was last modified: February 1st, 2018 by Dong