The Doge Palace and the Church of St. Mark in Venice, Italy – masterpieces of Venetian architecture

The Doge Palace incorporates the whole glorious history of the Venetian Republic. Little is known about its origins and architects. It is assumed that the Doges Angelo Partecipazio und Giustianio Partecipazio made this magnificent palace the Doges´ headquarter and official residence towards the end of the 9th Century. No evidence has remained from the original construction.

 

 

 

 

In its present form the palace largely dates back to 1340. The architects Filippo Calendario and Pietro Baseio were charged with its construction.

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Sightseeing in Seville

In late summer 2002 I spent a two weeks short vacation in Andalucia, Spain. Besides Granada and Córdoba, I also visited Seville for a few days.

There are several lodging opportunities for a short stay in Seville. You can rent one of the Andalucia apartments offered by holiday letting agencies or book a room in a youth hostel.

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When a Sleeping Beauty Awakes - A Tour of Sevillian Nightlife

Close your eyes and try to imagine Seville in late September. Can you feel what it’s like? I found it out during a spontaneous two weeks backpacking tour in 2002 – and it made me still want more.

The air is drenched with the sweet and exhilarating, warm summer night smell of blossoming jasmine, acacia, orange trees, roses, oleander and bougainvillea. The sound of ska, reggae, flamenco and latin music comes out of the bars. You can hear all kinds of languages in the streets. It is hot and even at night it is too warm to sleep.

The city is under a constant tension and, just like a sleeping beauty, waits to be awakened.

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Travelling Tuscany - a short guide to the most charming region in Italy

By: Markus Mross

As one of the most popular holiday destinations in Europe, Tuscany attracts more and
more visitors each year. Like other popular tourist regions, Tuscany, too, offers a wide
range of attractions, many sights and different landscapes.

This diversity makes Tuscany a holiday area for every taste and an ideal destination for the most different kinds of holidays to opt for such as individual holidays, group vacations, family trips and couple vacations.

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Carnival in Venice, Italy - Discovering a True Venetian Cultural Tradition

Undoubtedly the lagoon town Venice is one of the most beautiful cities in Italy. Located in the Northeast of the Apennine Peninsula, is not only a popular travel destination at the Adriatic Coast, but also the capital of the Veneto region and of the province of Venice.

Venice is situated in the centre of a salt water lagoon which is located between the mouth of the Po River and the Piave River and linked to the Thyrrenian Sea. The City of Venice covers a total of 118 small islands connected by over 400 bridges and 160 canals. The lagoon is approximately 50 km long and 15 km wide.

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A Short Tour Of Art Cities Of Tuscany - Discovering European Art History

Like hardly any other region of Italy, Tuscany unites art, nature and culture. Numerous art treasures, beautiful landscapes and the famous Tuscan cuisine await discovery and make this region of Italy one of the most popular destinations for relaxation seeking tourists and art lovers. Cities such as Florence, San Gimignano and Pisa with their breathtaking Italian Medieval and Renaissance architecture attract travellers interested in European cultural assets and heritage.

Siena is called one of the most beautiful cities of Italy. It is famous for the “Palio”, a traditional horse race at the “Piazza del Campo” in the heart of the city which takes place two times a year.

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Uffizi Gallery And Duomo In Florence, Tuscany - Discovering Renaissance Florentine Architecture

Like hardly any other Italien city, Florence impresses the visitor with a diversity of spectacular architecture, extravagant historical sights and magnificent art treasures from different centuries.

Florence, the capital city of Tuscany, is home to a wide range of the most different ancient churches, palaces, museums and bridges. The historic old town of Florence was declared a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO in 1982.

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Moorish Architecture And Flamenco In Granada, Spain - Sightseeing In Andalucia’s Secret Capital

Visit Granada and follow in the tracks of its ancient Muslim sultans and kings. Discover true masterpieces of Moorish Medieval architecture which reflect the century-long influence of Arab architecture in Andalusian construction style and which highlight the great skill and proficiency of Islamic craftmanhip.

Enjoy a trip to the Alhambra, a Moorish mosque, palace and fortress complex located at the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, one of the most famous and spectacular pieces of Islamic architecture. Discover the incredible intricacy and ingenuity of Moorish art. Wander through the elaborate arches, graceful colums and the exquisitely ornamented arcades in the Gardens of the Generalife (”Palacio de Generalife”) and the Court of the Lions (”Patio de los Leones”). Explore the Arabic inscriptions on the walls, the ceilings decorated with elegant arabesques and beautiful mosaics and the colorful painted tiles (”Azulejos”) panelling the walls in the Nasrid Palaces (”Palacio Árabe”, “Palacio Nazaries” or “Casa Real”).

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Travel Majorca On Your Holidays In Spain - Discover The Unknown Parts Of The Balearic Island

Mallorca (derived from Latin “insula maior” (larger island)), the largest of the Balearic islands, has become a popular holiday destination for tourists from all over the world in recent years. The name of the island has become a synonym for cheap mass tourism since the 1960s.

But besides the well-known tourist centres around Palma de Mallorca and at the southern and eastern coast Mallorca also offers many diverse landscapes, excellent sites and perfect conditions for various leisure time sports, an untouched Mediterranean fauna and flora, an unspoilt Mediterranean wildlife and numerous historical sights. Charming little mountain villages, secluded and quiet sandy beaches and bays, peaceful and cozy fishing villages and the bizarre shaped, wild romantic rocky coastline await discovery.

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The Alhambra In Granada, Andalucia - Exploration Of The Moorish Architectural Heritage In Spain

Andalucia, the southernmost province of Spain, has one of the most changeful pasts in European Mainland history. The strategic importance of the Strait of Gibraltar as bridge between Africa and Europa has always Andalucia been a key passage point for the most different ethnic groups, especially during the period of the Barbarian Invasions between 300 AD and 700 AD. All settlers and invaders left their cultural and architectural imprints on the region, thereby making it a melting pot of various cultural influences.

Flamenco music, which presumably developed out of Indian, Greek, Christian, Mozarabic and Moorish influences in the so-called “Flamenco triangle” formed by Seville, Jeréz de la Frontera and Cádiz from the 14 century onward, is the most noteworthy example resulting from this exotic and fascinating, century-long culture mixture.

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