• France
  • Strasbourg – boat cruise and audio-guided tour of the historic center

    In this post, I’ll focus on the audio-guided tour of the historic center of Strasbourg and the boat cruise around the Grande-Île. In my opinion, a combination of these two tours provides the best opportunity to learn about the city’s history, and in particular, its cultural heritage. If you have read my previous posts about Strasbourg, please click here […]

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  • France
  • Strasbourg – Cathedral & Musée de l’Œuvre Notre-Dame

    As the UNESCO comments: The initial property, inscribed in 1988 on the World Heritage List, was formed by the Grande-Île, the historic centre of Strasbourg, structured around the cathedral. The extension concerns the Neustadt, new town, designed and built under the German administration (1871-1918). The Neustadt draws the inspiration for its urban layout partially from […]

    Strasbourg – Cathedral & Musée de l’Œuvre Notre-Dame was last modified: September 8th, 2019 by Dong
  • Italy
  • Venice – St. Mark’s Basilica & Church of San Giorgio Maggiore

    If you are wondering why in my first three posts about Venice I introduced 16 churches but not the famous St. Marks’s Basilica, it’s because it doesn’t belong to the Chorus Association. In fact, another church that doesn’t belong to this association but I strongly recommend is the church of San Giorgio Maggiore, designed by […]

    Venice – St. Mark’s Basilica & Church of San Giorgio Maggiore was last modified: August 28th, 2019 by Dong
  • Italy
  • Venice – churches of the Chorus Association (3/3)

    This is my third post about the churches belonging to the Chorus Association in Venice and in it I’m going to introduce to you the last six churches that I visited. If you have read my previous posts about Venice, please click here to jump directly to the main content of this one. If not, […]

    Venice – churches of the Chorus Association (3/3) was last modified: June 4th, 2019 by Dong
  • Italy
  • Venice – churches of the Chorus Association (2/3)

    This is my second post about Venice and in it I’m going to introduce to you another five churches which are members of the Chorus Association. If you have read my previous post, please click here to jump directly to the main content of this post. If not, the following paragraphs will be about an […]

    Venice – churches of the Chorus Association (2/3) was last modified: May 28th, 2019 by Dong
  • Italy
  • City of Verona – the fortified town in the Middle Ages and Renaissance

    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 fortified town in the Middle Ages and Renaissance was last modified: March 25th, 2019 by Dong
  • Germany
  • Museumsinsel – Central Berlin’s collection of five museums built over a century

    As the UNESCO comments: The museum as a social phenomenon owes its origins to the Age of Enlightenment in the 18th century. The five museums on the Museumsinsel in Berlin, built between 1824 and 1930, are the realization of a visionary project and show the evolution of approaches to museum design over the course of […]

    Museumsinsel – Central Berlin’s collection of five museums built over a century was last modified: January 12th, 2019 by Dong
  • Spain
  • The Silk Exchange – La Lonja de la Seda de Valencia

    As commented by the UNESCO: Built between 1482 and 1533, this group of buildings was originally used for trading in silk (hence its name, the Silk Exchange) and it has always been a centre for commerce. It is a masterpiece of late Gothic architecture. The grandiose Sala de Contratación (Contract or Trading Hall), in particular, […]

    The Silk Exchange – La Lonja de la Seda de Valencia was last modified: December 11th, 2018 by Dong
  • Spain
  • The Old Town of Segovia (2/2) – the Cathedral and Alcázar

    As the UNESCO comments: The Roman aqueduct of Segovia, probably built c. A.D. 50, is remarkably well preserved. This impressive construction, with its two tiers of arches, forms part of the setting of the magnificent historic city of Segovia. Other important monuments include the Alcázar, begun around the 11th century, and the 16th-century Gothic cathedral. […]

    The Old Town of Segovia (2/2) – the Cathedral and Alcázar was last modified: October 28th, 2018 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