MEDIEVAL CASTLE IN TURIN, TORINO, ITALY _ 0508

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The Medieval Castle in the Valentino Park. This complex, with its many-towered castle, drawbridge, porticoed houses, narrow streets and lively artisan shops was built for the 1884 International Exhibition of Turin. It is a faithful replica of a 15th Century Piedmontese Village. Nothing was invented but all was organically put together as the tesseras of a mosaic.
http://www.comune.torino.it

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From Milan, Italy
Travel from May 5 to May 13
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GALLERIA VITTORIO EMANUELE II _ 0500

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The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is one of the world’s oldest shopping malls. Housed within a four-story double arcade in central Milan, the Galleria is named after Vittorio Emanuele II, the first king of the Kingdom of Italy. It was designed in 1861 and built by Giuseppe Mengoni between 1865 and 1877.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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From Milan, Italy
Travel from May 5 to May 13
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WIEN HUNDERTWASSER-HAUS (WIEN) _ 0494

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The Hundertwasser House, built in 1985, is an unusual public apartment block, designed by Austrian artist Friedrich Hundertwasser.
Within the block there are 50 apartments each different from each other. The apartment block is multicoloured; has irregular windows; onion dome cupolas; uneven ceramic line; floors uneven; terraces with over 200 trees and bushes
http://www.topsightseeing.com

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From Germany
Travel from April 30 to May 9
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TODAIJI TEMPLE _ 0484

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Tōdai-ji is a Buddhist temple complex located in the city of Nara, Japan. Its Great Buddha Hall, houses the world’s largest bronze statue of the Buddha Vairocana, known in Japanese simply as Daibutsu. The temple also serves as the Japanese headquarters of the Kegon school of Buddhism. The temple is a listed UNESCO World Heritage Site as “Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara”, together with seven other sites including temples, shrines and places in the city of Nara. Sika deer, regarded as messengers of the gods in the Shinto religion, roam the grounds freely.

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The beginning of building a temple where the Tōdai-ji complex sits today can be dated to 728, when Emperor Shōmu established Kinshōsen-ji as an appeasement for Prince Motoi, his first son with his Fujiwara clanconsort Kōmyōshi. Prince Motoi died a year after his birth. 

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It prospered as a place much like a school where Buddhist teachings were conveyed extensively and monks were educated.
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From Nara, Japan
Travel from April 30 to May 7

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No.51 ( My Unesco World Heritage Site)

 

BARCELONA GAUDÍ ARCHITECTURE _ 0482

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Gaudí’s work is admired by architects around the World as being one of the most unique and distinctive architectural styles. His work has greatly influenced the face of Barcelona architecture and you will see stunning examples of Gaudí’s work all around the city centre.Gaudí adorned many of his buildings with coloured tiles arranged in mosaic patterns. This adds another important dimension to his buildings which is so often overlooked by architects – the use of colour.
The combination of original design, interesting shaped stonework, and vibrant colours in Gaudí’s work give the viewer a truly breathtaking visual experience.
http://www.barcelona-tourist-guide.com/

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From Spain
Travel from April 14 to May 6
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CASA BATLLÓ (GAUDI) _ 0477

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Casa Batlló is a renowned building located in the heart of Barcelona and is one of Antoni Gaudí’s masterpieces. Casa Batlló is a remodel of a previously built house. It was redesigned in 1904 by Gaudí and has been refurbished several times after that. Casa Batlló evokes the creativity and playfulness of Gaudí’s work through the incrassate facades and creative floors. Gaudí’s assistants Domènec Sugrañes i Gras, Josep Canaleta and Joan Rubió also contributed to the renovation project.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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From Spain
Travel from April 10 to May 6
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THE BENCH AT PARK GUELL, BARCELONA _ 0475

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The unique shape of the serpentine bench enables the people sitting on it to converse privately, although the square is large. The bench is tiled and in order to dry up quickly after it rains, and to stop people from sitting in the wet part of the bench, small bumps were installed by Gaudí.
http://en.wikipedia.org/

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From Spain
Travel from April 10 to May 6
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BARCELONA _ 0474

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Barcelona is the capital city of the autonomous community of Catalonia in Spain, and its 2nd largest city, with a population of 1.6 million within its administrative limits.
Its urban area extends beyond the administrative city limits with a population of around 4.5 million people, being the sixth-most populous urban area in the European Union after Paris, London, the Ruhr, Madrid and Milan. About five million people live in the Barcelona metropolitan area. It is the largest metropolis on the Mediterranean Sea, located on the coast between the mouths of the rivers Llobregat and Besòs, and bounded to the west by the Serra de Collserola mountain range, the tallest peak of which is 512 metres (1,680 ft) high.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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From Spain
Travel from April 14 to May 6
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CASA DE LOS CANÓNIGOS (CASA DELS CANONGES)(CANONS HOUSE) _ 0472

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Casa de los Canónigos (Casa dels Canonges) (Canons House) at Bisbe Irurita street and next to Sant Jaume square is a 14th century Gothic building restored in the 1920s by Rubió i Bellver and Jeroni Martorell. It was at that time that neogothic elements were added to the original building … such as this bridge connecting Palau de la Generalitat premises with the religious house, that until 1980 used to be the Official Residence of the President of La Generalitat. Jordi Pujol, the first elected Catalan government president after the 1978 Constitution, discarded the house as a private residence, as have his successors.
http://wiki.worldflicks.org/

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From Spain
Travel from April 10 to May 6
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WARTBURG CASTLE _ 0467

IMG_3942 Wartburg Castle blends superbly into its forest surroundings and is in many ways ‘the ideal castle’. Although it has retained some original sections from the feudal period, the form it acquired during the 19th-century reconstitution gives a good idea of what this fortress might have been at the height of its military and seigneurial power. It was during his exile at Wartburg Castle that Martin Luther translated the New Testament into German. http://whc.unesco.org IMG_3943

From Germany
Travel from April 8 to April 16
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No.49 ( My Unesco World Heritage Site)

MEDINA OF FES _ 0456

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Founded in the 9th century and home to the oldest university in the world, Fez reached its height in the 13th–14th centuries under the Marinids, when it replaced Marrakesh as the capital of the kingdom. The urban fabric and the principal monuments in the medina – madrasas, fondouks, palaces, residences, mosques and fountains – date from this period. Although the political capital of Morocco was transferred to Rabat in 1912, Fez has retained its status as the country’s cultural and spiritual centre.
http://whc.unesco.org

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From Morocco
Travel from Mar 26 to April 18
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No.48 ( My Unesco World Heritage Site)

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Sibiu is one of the most important cultural centres of Romania and along with the city of Luxembourg, it was designated a European Capital of Culture for the year 2007.Formerly the centre of the Transylvanian Saxons, the old city of Sibiu was ranked as “Europe’s 8th most idyllic place to live” by Forbes.
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From Romania
Travel from Mar 24 to April 22
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