• 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
  • 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 National Gallery of Parma (2/2)

    In my previous post about the National Gallery of Parma, I provided some practical information about the opening hours as well as the admission fees of the gallery and introduced to you in detail Leonardo da Vinci’s “La Scapigliata”. Additionally, I showed you through the “special rooms” which are temporarily closed and will be open on weekdays at 10:30, […]

    Palazzo della Pilotta – the National Gallery of Parma (2/2) was last modified: February 25th, 2020 by Dong
  • Italy
  • Palazzo della Pilotta – the National Gallery of Parma (1/2)

    Parma is a city in Italy’s Emilia-Romagna region, famous for Parmesan cheese and Parma ham. Besides its gastronomy, the Romanesque buildings, including the frescoed Parma Cathedral and the Baptistery, dominate the city center. What’s the attraction that eventually persuaded me to pay a visit to the city? It’s the Galleria Nazionale, inside the imposing Palazzo […]

    Palazzo della Pilotta – the National Gallery of Parma (1/2) was last modified: February 19th, 2020 by Dong
  • Italy
  • Modena – Gallery Estense (2/2)

    Following my previous post about the Galleria Estense, this post is gonna be about some masterpieces of El Greco, Tintoretto, Veronese and Guercino, as well as some Roman antiquities. Now, let’s get started with the Portable Altarpiece by El Greco (Domenico Theotokopulos). Portable Altarpiece by El Greco Doménikos Theotokópoulos (1541 – 1614), most widely known as El Greco (“The Greek”), was […]

    Modena – Gallery Estense (2/2) was last modified: February 14th, 2020 by Dong
  • Italy
  • Modena – Galleria Estense (1/2)

    Besides the Cathedral, Torre Civica and Piazza Grande, which are inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage list, the Galleria Estense is another major attraction in Modena that you should not miss if you are interested in culture and art. It was opened to the public in 1854 and since 1894 it has been located on the fourth floor […]

    Modena – Galleria Estense (1/2) was last modified: January 3rd, 2020 by Dong
  • 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 – the civic museums (Ca’ Rezzonico & Ca’ Pesaro)

    Following the previous posts about the Doge’s Palace and Museo Correr, this post will be about another two museums of the Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia (MUVE), that is to say, Ca’ Rezzonico and Ca’ Pesaro. If you have read my previous posts about Venice, please click here to jump directly to the main content of […]

    Venice – the civic museums (Ca’ Rezzonico & Ca’ Pesaro) was last modified: July 24th, 2019 by Dong