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12. század

The old dome of Brescia represents an example of extraordinary beauty of Romanesque architecture in Italy.

 

Published in Brescia

This is a seldom visited and totally unique sight in Bergamo, a 12th century judgment hall of the bishop containing interesting medieval frescoes. Since the 10th century the bishop had the right to administer all justice, criminal and civil within the walls of the city.

Published in Bergamo

The Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore is the most magnificent church in entire Bergamo, overwhelming even the cathedral. It has a rather mixed architecture: the external appearance has largely maintained its Lombard-Romanesque origin while the interior decoration is mostly from the 17th century Baroque renovation.

Published in Bergamo

Piazza Vecchia surrounded by Gothic and Renaissance buildings is probably the most picturesque square of Bergamo.

Published in Bergamo

Following Via Gombito from the funicular station to the Piazza Vecchia, you shouldn't miss Il Lavatorio, the former public wash tub of the city.

Published in Bergamo

Qala’at ar-Rabad castle in Ajloun is a fine example of 12th century Islamic military architecture.

Published in Jerash and the north

Tartus is a less-visited city in Syria compared to famous places like Aleppo or Palmyra. It is however still worth traveling to this coastline city to discover its striking Medieval heritage. Tartus can also be a good starting point for day-trips to nearby castles.

The most important monument is the church of Our Lady of Tortosa with dimensions of 41m*34,5 metres right in the middle of the fortified town. This church belongs to the most important historic monuments of the Crusader period since it is a typical example of how Byzantine culture influenced Latin architecture. Its style is mostly Gothic, Gothic art influence appears in the decoration of the capitals and columns. Since the church is located close to the city walls, it had to be fortified heavily to withold attacks. Thus four circular towers were attached to the building. Each tower could be used both as a storage room and for defense purpose as well.

Published in Syria

King Anawrahta was a famous king of Bagan (1044-1077) who turned a small principality in Upper Burma into the first Burmese Empire. His troops ventured into Lower Burma and occupied the Mon kingdom of Thaton by 1057. Shwesandaw paya was erected just after his victory and became the center of his newly empowered kingdom.

Published in Bagan

Sulamani pahto is one of Bagan's most attractive temples with its two-storey pyramid-like brick architecture. It combines horizontal planes of the early period with the vertical lines of the middle. Founder of the temple was King Narapatisithu, ruler of Bagan from 1173 to 1210. Construction works started about 1181 and the temple got the name “Crowning jewel”. Like several other temples of Bagan, it was hit by the 1975 earthquake but was restored to its former glory since that time.

Published in Bagan

Shwegugyi paya is an example of Bagan architecture of the middle period of the empire. It was built by King Alaungsithu around 1131, who ruled from 1113 to 1167.

Published in Bagan
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