• Croatia
  • Stari Grad Plain (1/2) – the town of Stari Grad

    As the UNESCO comments: Stari Grad Plain on the Adriatic island of Hvar is a cultural landscape that has remained practically intact since it was first colonized by Ionian Greeks from Paros in the 4th century BC. The original agricultural activity of this fertile plain, mainly centring on grapes and olives, has been maintained since […]

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  • Croatia
  • Stećci Medieval Tombstone Graveyards – the Church of St. Barbara

    As the UNESCO comments: This serial property combines 28 sites, located in Bosnia and Herzegovina, western Serbia, western Montenegro and central and southern Croatia, representing these cemeteries and regionally distinctive medieval tombstones, or stećci. The cemeteries, which date from the 12th to 16th centuries CE, are laid out in rows, as was the common custom […]

    Stećci Medieval Tombstone Graveyards – the Church of St. Barbara was last modified: May 6th, 2020 by Dong
  • Croatia
  • Historic City of Trogir (2) – the Kamerlengo Fortress & Benedictine Monastery of St. Nikolas

    As the UNESCO comments: Trogir is a remarkable example of urban continuity. The orthogonal street plan of this island settlement dates back to the Hellenistic period and it was embellished by successive rulers with many fine public and domestic buildings and fortifications. Its beautiful Romanesque churches are complemented by the outstanding Renaissance and Baroque buildings […]

    Historic City of Trogir (2) – the Kamerlengo Fortress & Benedictine Monastery of St. Nikolas was last modified: May 4th, 2020 by Dong
  • Croatia
  • Historical Complex of Split with the Palace of Diocletian (2) – the Basement Halls and City Museum

    As the UNESCO comments: The ruins of Diocletian’s Palace, built between the late 3rd and the early 4th centuries A.D., can be found throughout the city. The cathedral was built in the Middle Ages, reusing materials from the ancient mausoleum. Twelfth- and 13th-century Romanesque churches, medieval fortifications, 15th-century Gothic palaces and other palaces in Renaissance […]

    Historical Complex of Split with the Palace of Diocletian (2) – the Basement Halls and City Museum was last modified: May 2nd, 2020 by Dong
  • Italy
  • Modena Cathedral Complex (3/3) – Piazza Grande & Municipal Balsamic Vinegar Factory

    In my previous two posts, I introduced in detail Modena Cathedral including its exterior and interior decorations by Wiligelmo and his workshop and by the Campionesi masters; Ghirlandina Bell Tower including its construction history, decorations and various chambers; the Cathedral Museums where eight metopes, which were originally located on the buttresses of the cathedral’s roof and portray various […]

    Modena Cathedral Complex (3/3) – Piazza Grande & Municipal Balsamic Vinegar Factory was last modified: April 23rd, 2020 by Dong
  • Italy
  • Modena Cathedral Complex (2/3) – Torre Civica & Palazzo Comunale

    In my previous post about Modena Cathedral Complex, I focused on the cathedral itself including its history and decorations both outside and inside. Besides, I mentioned some of the most precious items among the Cathedral Museums‘ collections. For example, the eight metopes, which were originally located on the buttresses of the cathedral’s roof depicting fantastic creatures, […]

    Modena Cathedral Complex (2/3) – Torre Civica & Palazzo Comunale was last modified: April 12th, 2020 by Dong
  • Italy
  • Modena Cathedral Complex (1/3) – Cathedral & Cathedral Museum

    As the UNESCO comments: The magnificent 12th-century cathedral at Modena, the work of two great artists (Lanfranco and Wiligelmus), is a supreme example of early Romanesque art. With its piazza and soaring tower, it testifies to the faith of its builders and the power of the Canossa dynasty who commissioned it.   摩德纳的大教堂、市民塔和大广场: 位于摩德纳的宏伟的12世纪大教堂,是兰弗兰科(Lanfranco)和威利盖尔茨(Wiligelmus)这两位伟大艺术家的杰作,是早期罗马风格艺术的最杰出典范。这所大教堂和与之相配套的宏大广场以及耸入云霄的高塔一起,不但证实了建造者们对皇室的无限忠诚,而且还体现了命令建造这些建筑的卡诺萨王朝的非凡国力。 In order […]

    Modena Cathedral Complex (1/3) – Cathedral & Cathedral Museum was last modified: April 4th, 2020 by Dong
  • Italy
  • Palazzo della Pilotta – the Farnese Theater & the Palatina Library

    In the Palazzo della Pilotta, besides the National Gallery of Parma, the Farnese Theater and the Palatina Library are absolutely another two must-sees. In this post, I’ll focus on introducing them to you. By the end of the post, I’ll also mention briefly the Archaeological Museum and the Museo Bodoniano, a museum dedicated to Giambattista Bodoni. Now, let’s get […]

    Palazzo della Pilotta – the Farnese Theater & the Palatina Library was last modified: March 5th, 2020 by Dong
  • France
  • Strasbourg – the must-visit museums (Palais Rohan, Alsatian Museum & L’Aubette 1928)

    In this post, I’ll talk about some of the most important museums in Strasbourg, for example, Palais Rohan, former residence of the prince-bishops and cardinals of the House of Rohan and now home to the city’s Archaeological Museum, Museum of Decorative Arts and Museum of Fine Arts. This palace has also hosted a number of French monarchs such as Louis […]

    Strasbourg – the must-visit museums (Palais Rohan, Alsatian Museum & L’Aubette 1928) was last modified: September 22nd, 2019 by Dong
  • 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 […]

    Strasbourg – boat cruise and audio-guided tour of the historic center was last modified: September 18th, 2019 by Dong