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Rhodes (Dodecanese Islands)

The Order of St John of Jerusalem transformed Rhodes into a city stronghold during the occupation of 1309 to 1523, before the town subsequently fell under Turkish and then Italian rule. Mosques, public baths, grand Ottoman buildings, and beautiful Gothic architecture all coexist in the 'upper' and 'lower' towns. Rhodes offers a feast of Aegean charm.

San Gimignano (Italy)

The towering San Gimignano, near Florence, is the 'belle' of Tuscany. An important stop on the Via Francigena pilgrim route, it retains a feudal atmosphere and appearance. Here culture, beauty and agriculture combine to create a masterpiece on high.

Cuenca (Spain)

Built defensively by the Moors and lying in the heart of the caliphate of Cordoba, Cuenca is suspended from sheer cliffs above the Hu├ęcar river. Visit the famous Casas Colgadas (hanging houses) in this former Castillian royal town and Bishopric.

Bellinzone (Switzerland)

Bellinzone is an ensemble of late medieval fortifications which guard a key alpine pass. The Castelgrande, together with the Montebello and Sasse Corbaro, protect an ancient town in the Ticino valley, through a series of castles and fortified walls.

Tallin (Estonia)

The crusading knights of the teutonic order built a castle here in the 13 century and Tallin was born. It developed as a major centre of the Hanseatic League and an important North European trading town. Replete with opulent merchants' houses and public buildings, Tallin's old town is superb.

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Posted by Luke Mc 10:45 Tagged tourist_sites

The Louvre, Paris - Intrepid Express

A Parisien palace for the people

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Having stood firm in the heart of the city of light for over 800 years, the Louvre has at various times served as a medieval fortress, the palace of the kings of France, and for the past two centuries as one of the world's most famous museums.

Extending along the right bank of the Seine and overlooking the expansive Tuileries gardens in the French capital Paris, the Louvre palace has a remarkable past which intertwines the histories of the former ruling classes and the French people as a whole.

From its vast, grand halls, adorned with captivating works of art, to the intricate detail of the many immaculately frescoed ceilings, the louvre is a masterpiece in its own right and houses one of the most impressive collections in the world tracing back to the birth of the great antique civilisations.

It was not until Louis XIV chose the natural beauty and relative safety of Versailles for his centre of power in the 17th century that the idea for a 'palace of the arts' emerged amongst artists and academics alike.

The Revolution advanced plans to make the existing royal collections once displayed by Henri VI to a privileged few, accessible to the public, as the victorious Napoleonic armies seized masterpieces from across Europe, bringing them to Paris amidst great ceremony.

Once a symbol of power reserved for the ruling elite, the Louvre has been transformed through the centuries to become a palace for the people of the world to enjoy.

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Posted by Luke Mc 10:29 Archived in France Tagged tourist_sites

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