This impressive Baroque palace in Würzburg Germany was completed in 1744, originally aspiring to compare with the grandeur of the Palace of Versailles. Through different ownership the building was built in stages, accroding to the whims of each of the successors. The building was devastated when it was bombed during World War 2 and was almost destroyed by the ensuing fires. Amazingly, the building and it's interiors were able to be reconstructed during the following years, at no small cost. Today this impressive palace is surrounded by beautiful court gardens, and has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1981.
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The Mudéjar architecture of Aragon is, on account of the formal solutions adopted and the techniques and materials of construction employed, a specific and extraordinary legacy, as well as a vivid reflection of a moment in history when three cultures with very different roots flourished together on Aragonese soil. Decorative motifs from a great variety of traditions can be seen in the ten monuments that make up this property including: Greco-Roman, Byzantine, Sassanid, Seljuq, Berber, and Visigoth among others. Thus, we can identify in these Aragonese monuments the rhombus-shaped mouldings (sebqa), stars, angled and interlaced brick friezes, arrows, lobed and multi-grooved arches, as well as elements of construction characteristic of Islamic art such as alfiz panels, decorated eaves (rafes), and lattice work. Other structures employed include Almohade-style minarets for the belltowers, collar beam roofs, and Moamar-style carved ceilings to cover various spaces. The materials employed, which are very varied in Aragon, were typical of Islamic art. These include brick, ceramics, plaster, and wood; all materials that are generally not very durable over time. Such materials were used as to follow the Islamic philosophy that everything is transitory and impermanent but for Allah, the only being that exists eternally.
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One of the 7 temples that was recently designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Buseoksa Temple. Built in 676 during the reign of King Munmu of Silla.
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The head, the cosmos, the egg, the mom - Santa Maria of course! // Photos really don’t capture the insane size or the Florentine vibes, but really awesome place to chill & sip some espresso. Idk why I took the perspective above, but I’ve come to love the composition bc I still feel like I’m there hahaha... Should I continue with LITALY photos or save some for the future? Lmk!!
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Whether your planning your next trip or just day dreaming; sit back, put your feet up and swipe left to discover this weeks #wanderingwednesday hotspot + set that travel bug free! 👈🏻
High up in the Pyrenees, nestled between France and Spain is the
17th smallest county (it’s only 40km drive from one side to the other!) and the only co-principality in the world. Welcome to Andorra travellers! 🇦🇩 The tumbling valleys, Romanesque architecture and mountainous skyline play host to some of the best ski slopes and hiking trails that Europe has to offer. It’s the home to three nature reserves with Madriu-Perafita-Claror, a glacial valley and haven for many endemic species, being declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site as a perfect example of human and nature living side by side. 🌳
Whether it’s summer sun or a winter getaway your looking for, with more than 300km of ski runs and over 60 different hiking trails Andorra is an adventure lovers dream. All you have to pack the hiking boots, let me take care of the rest.