Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Vézelay, Church and Hill (Vézelay - France)

Shortly after its foundation in the 9th century, the Benedictine abbey of Vézelay acquired the relics of St Mary Magdalene and since then it has been an important place of pilgrimage. 
St Bernard preached the Second Crusade there in 1146 and Richard the Lion-Hearted and Philip II Augustus met there to leave for the Third Crusade in 1190. 
With its sculpted capitals and portal, the Madeleine of Vézelay – a 12th-century monastic church – is a masterpiece of Burgundian Romanesque art and architecture.

The five most beautiful wallpapers and pictures of Vézelay in France.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Ironbridge Gorge (Ironbridge - England)

Ironbridge is known throughout the world as the symbol of the Industrial Revolution. 
It contains all the elements of progress that contributed to the rapid development of this industrial region in the 18th century, from the mines themselves to the railway lines. 
Nearby, the blast furnace of Coalbrookdale, built in 1708, is a reminder of the discovery of coke. 
The bridge at Ironbridge, the world's first bridge constructed of iron, had a considerable influence on developments in the fields of technology and architecture.

The five most beautiful wallpapers and pictures of Ironbridge in England.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Ancient Thebes with its Necropolis (Thebe - Egypt)

Thebes, the city of the god Amon, was the capital of Egypt during the period of the Middle and New Kingdoms. 
With the temples and palaces at Karnak and Luxor, and the necropolises of the Valley of the Kings and the Valley of the Queens, Thebes is a striking testimony to Egyptian civilization at its height.

The five most beautiful wallpapers and pictures of Thebes in Egypt.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Historic Centre of Santa Ana de los Ríos de Cuenca. (Cuenca - Ecuador)

Santa Ana de los Ríos de Cuenca is set in a valley surrounded by the Andean mountains in the south of Ecuador. 
This inland colonial town (entroterra ), now the country's third city, was founded in 1557 on the rigorous planning guidelines issued 30 years earlier by the Spanish king Charles V. 
Cuenca still observes the formal orthogonal town plan that it has respected for 400 years. 
One of the region's agricultural and administrative centres, it has been a melting pot for local and immigrant populations. 
Cuenca's architecture, much of which dates from the 18th century, was 'modernized' in the economic prosperity of the 19th century as the city became a major exporter of quinine, straw hats and other products.

The five most beautiful wallpapers and pictures of Santa Ana de los Ríos de Cuenca in Ecuador.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Roskilde Cathedral (Roskilde - Denmark)

Built in the 12th and 13th centuries, this was Scandinavia's first Gothic cathedral to be built of brick and it encouraged the spread of this style throughout northern Europe. 
It has been the mausoleum of the Danish royal family since the 15th century. 
Porches and side chapels were added up to the end of the 19th century. 
Thus it provides a clear overview of the development of European religious architecture.

The five most beautiful wallpapers and pictures of the cathedral of Roskilde in Denmark.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

The Cathedral of St James in Šibenik (Šibenik - Croatia)

The Cathedral of St James in Šibenik (1431-1535), on the Dalmatian coast, bears witness to the considerable exchanges in the field of monumental arts between Northern Italy, Dalmatia and Tuscany in the 15th and 16th centuries. 
The three architects who succeeded one another in the construction of the Cathedral - Francesco di Giacomo, Georgius Mathei Dalmaticus and Niccolò di Giovanni Fiorentino - developed a structure built entirely from stone and using unique construction techniques for the vaulting and the dome of the Cathedral. 
The form and the decorative elements of the Cathedral, such as a remarkable frieze decorated with 71 sculptured faces of men, women, and children, also illustrate the successful fusion of Gothic and Renaissance art.

The five most beautiful wallpapers and pictures of Saint James in Croatia.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor (Shaanxi - China)

No doubt thousands of statues still remain to be unearthed at this archaeological site, which was not discovered until 1974. 
Qin (d. 210 B.C.), the first unifier of China, is buried, surrounded by the famous terracotta warriors, at the centre of a complex designed to mirror the urban plan of the capital, Xianyan. 
The small figures are all different; with their horses, chariots and weapons, they are masterpieces of realism and also of great historical interest.

The five most beautiful wallpapers and pictures of the Mausoleum of Qin in China.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Churches of Chiloé (Chile)

The Churches of Chiloé represent a unique example in Latin America of an outstanding form of ecclesiastical wooden architecture. 
They represent a tradition initiated by the Jesuit Peripatetic Mission in the 17th and 18th centuries, continued and enriched by the Franciscans during the 19th century and still prevailing today. 
These churches embody the intangible richness of the Chiloé Archipelago, and bear witness to a successful fusion of indigenous and European culture, the full integration of its architecture in the landscape and environment, as well as to the spiritual values of the communities.

The five most beautiful wallpapers and pictures of the churches of Chiloé in Chile.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Nahanni National Park (Canada)

Located along the South Nahanni River, one of the most spectacular wild rivers in North America, this park contains deep canyons and huge waterfalls, as well as a unique limestone cave system. 
The park is also home to animals of the boreal forest, such as wolves, grizzly bears and caribou. 
Dall's sheep and mountain goats are found in the park's alpine environment.

The five most beautiful wallpapers and pictures of Nahanni in Canada.

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Banteay Srei (Cambodia)

The Banteay Srei temple is famous for its wall decorations, which are among the best examples of classical Khmer architecture.
In the pink sandstone made numerous detailed bas-reliefs.
And already from 967 AD., Which has astonished archaeologists.
Noteworthy is also that this is the only temple that was not created by a king but a servant named Yajnavaraha.

The five most beautiful wallpapers and pictures of Banteay Srei in Cambodia.