• Italy
  • City of Verona – the city of Romeo and Juliet

    As the UNESCO comments: The historic city of Verona was founded in the 1st century B.C. It particularly flourished under the rule of the Scaliger family in the 13th and 14th centuries and as part of the Republic of Venice from the 15th to 18th centuries. Verona has preserved a remarkable number of monuments from […]

    City of Verona – the city of Romeo and Juliet was last modified: March 5th, 2019 by Dong
  • Italy
  • Santa Maria delle Grazie with “The Last Supper” by Leonardo da Vinci

    As the UNESCO comments: The refectory of the Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie forms an integral part of this architectural complex, begun in Milan in 1463 and reworked at the end of the 15th century by Bramante. On the north wall is The Last Supper, the unrivalled masterpiece painted between 1495 and 1497 by […]

    Santa Maria delle Grazie with “The Last Supper” by Leonardo da Vinci was last modified: February 26th, 2019 by Dong
  • Germany
  • Monastic Island of Reichenau – the cradle of western culture (2/2)

    Following the first post about the Monastic Island of Reichenau, which focuses on the outstanding values as well as its history and glory (such as the golden and silver ages, the scriptorium, the St. Gallen Monastery Plan, the poet monk, Hermann the Lame etc.), this post is gonna focus on introducing the three churches on this island. […]

    Monastic Island of Reichenau – the cradle of western culture (2/2) was last modified: January 5th, 2019 by Dong
  • 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
  • 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
  • Switzerland
  • A Spiritual Escape to Kloster St. Johann Müstair

    Finally I’ve set my feet on the extreme north-east side of Switzerland. From the monastery St. Johann in Müstair, it takes only 10 mins by foot to cross the border to Italy. Located in the village of Müstair in the lower Val Müstair valley, this monastery has been here for more than 1200 years and since […]

    A Spiritual Escape to Kloster St. Johann Müstair was last modified: August 2nd, 2017 by Dong