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UNESCO World Heritage Site #141: Boyana Church

From the World Heritage inscription: Located on the outskirts of Sofia, Boyana Church consists of three buildings. The eastern church was built in the 10th century, then enlarged at the beginning of the 13th century by Sebastocrator Kaloyan, who ordered a second two storey building to be erected next to it. The frescoes in this [...]

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UNESCO World Heritage Site #140: Villages with Fortified Churches in Transylvania

From the World Heritage inscription: The Transylvanian villages with fortified churches provide a vivid picture of the cultural landscape of southern Transylvania. They are characterized by the specific land-use system, settlement pattern, and organization of the family farmstead units preserved since the late Middle Ages, dominated by their fortified churches, which illustrate building periods from [...]

UNESCO World Heritage Site #139: Historic Centre of Sighisoara

From the World Heritage inscription: Sighisoara, an example of a small fortified city in the border region between the Latin-oriented culture of central Europe and the Byzantine-Orthodox culture of south-eastern Europe, is outstanding testimony to the fast-disappearing culture of the Transylvanian Saxons. The city, which lies in the heart of Transylvania, developed on a plateau, [...]

UNESCO World Heritage Site #138: Budapest, including the Banks of the Danube, the Buda Castle Quarter and Andrássy Avenue

From the World Heritage inscription: This site has the remains of monuments such as the Roman city of Aquincum and the Gothic castle of Buda, which have had a considerable influence on the architecture of various periods. It is one of the world’s outstanding urban landscapes and illustrates the great periods in the history of [...]

UNESCO World Heritage Site #137: Old City of Berne

From the World Heritage inscription: Founded in the 12th century on a hill site surrounded by the Aare River, Berne developed over the centuries in line with a an exceptionally coherent planning concept. The buildings in the Old City, dating from a variety of periods, include 15th-century arcades and 16th-century fountains. Most of the medieval [...]

Monday’s Links for Curious People: New York City Edition (on Tuesday)

After what was perhaps the most hectic periods of traveling I’ve had in the last 4.5 years, I’ve finally arrived back in in the USA. I’ll be in New York the next few days meeting with some of my readers, other bloggers and having business meetings. My last few weeks in Spain was busy but [...]

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