Friday, March 31, 2017

Lima (Peru)

Although severely damaged by earthquakes, this 'City of the Kings' was, until the middle of the 18th century, the capital and most important city of the Spanish dominions in South America. 
Many of its buildings, such as the Convent of San Francisco (the largest of its type in this part of the world), are the result of collaboration between local craftspeople and others from the Old World.

The five most beautiful wallpapers and pictures of Lima in Peru.


Thursday, March 30, 2017

Auckland Botanic Gardens (Manurewa - New Zealand)

Auckland Botanic Gardens is a 64-hectare botanical garden in Manurewa, South Auckland, New Zealand, owned by Auckland Council. 
The first purchase of land by the Auckland Regional Authority (ARA) – predecessor of Auckland Regional Council (ARC) – dates back to 1968. 
Developments started in 1973. 
The garden was officially opened to the public in 1982. 
It now holds more than 10,000 plants.

The five most beautiful wallpapers and pictures of Auckland Botanic Gardens in New Zealand.


Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Droogmakerij de Beemster (Beemster Polder) - Netherlands

The Beemster Polder, dating from the early 17th century, is is an exceptional example of reclaimed land in the Netherlands. 
It has preserved intact its well-ordered landscape of fields, roads, canals, dykes and settlements, laid out in accordance with classical and Renaissance planning principles.

The five most beautiful wallpapers and pictures of the Beemster Polder in the Netherlands.


Tuesday, March 28, 2017

City of Mazagan (El Jadida) - (Morocco)

The Portuguese fortification of Mazagan, now part of the city of El Jadida, 90-km southwest of Casablanca, was built as a fortified colony on the Atlantic coast in the early 16th century. 
It was taken over by the Moroccans in 1769. 
The fortification with its bastions and ramparts is an early example of Renaissance military design. 
The surviving Portuguese buildings include the cistern and the Church of the Assumption, built in the Manueline style of late Gothic architecture. 
The Portuguese City of Mazagan - one of the early settlements of the Portuguese explorers in West Africa on the route to India - is an outstanding example of the interchange of influences between European and Moroccan cultures, well reflected in architecture, technology, and town planning.

The five most beautiful wallpapers and pictures of Mazagan in Morocco.


Monday, March 27, 2017

Itsukushima Shinto Shrine (Japan)

The island of Itsukushima, in the Seto inland sea, has been a holy place of Shintoism since the earliest times. 
The first shrine buildings here were probably erected in the 6th century. 
The present shrine dates from the 12th century and the harmoniously arranged buildings reveal great artistic and technical skill. 
The shrine plays on the contrasts in colour and form between mountains and sea and illustrates the Japanese concept of scenic beauty, which combines nature and human creativity.

The five most beautiful wallpapers and pictures of Itsukushima Shinto in Japan.


Saturday, March 25, 2017

San Gimignano (Italy)

'San Gimignano delle belle Torri' is in Tuscany, 56 km south of Florence. 
It served as an important relay point for pilgrims travelling to or from Rome on the Via Francigena. 
The patrician families who controlled the town built around 72 tower-houses (some as high as 50 m) as symbols of their wealth and power. 
Although only 14 have survived, San Gimignano has retained its feudal atmosphere and appearance. 
The town also has several masterpieces of 14th- and 15th-century Italian art.

The five most beautiful wallpapers and pictures of San Gimignano in Italy.


Friday, March 24, 2017

Keoladeo National Park (India)

This former duck-hunting reserve of the Maharajas is one of the major wintering areas for large numbers of aquatic birds from Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, China and Siberia. 
Some 364 species of birds, including the rare Siberian crane, have been recorded in the park.

The five most beautiful wallpapers and pictures Keoladeo in India.


Thursday, March 23, 2017

Askja (Iceland)

Askja is an active volcano in the Ódáðahraun, a remote part of the central highlands of Iceland in the Vatnajökull National Park.

The five most beautiful wallpapers and pictures Askja in Iceland.


Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Paleochristian and Byzantine Monuments of Thessalonika (Greece)

Founded in 315 B.C., the provincial capital and sea port of Thessalonika was one of the first bases for the spread of Christianity. 
Among its Christian monuments are fine churches, some built on the Greek cross plan and others on the three-nave basilica plan. 
Constructed over a long period, from the 4th to the 15th century, they constitute a diachronic typological series, which had considerable influence in the Byzantine world. 
The mosaics of the rotunda, St Demetrius and St David are among the great masterpieces of early Christian art.

The five most beautiful wallpapers and pictures of the monuments of Thessaloniki in Greece.


Tuesday, March 21, 2017

St Mary's Cathedral and St Michael's Church at Hildesheim (Germany)

St Michael's Church was built between 1010 and 1020 on a symmetrical plan with two apses that was characteristic of Ottonian Romanesque art in Old Saxony. 
Its interior, in particular the wooden ceiling and painted stucco-work, its famous bronze doors and the Bernward bronze column, are – together with the treasures of St Mary's Cathedral – of exceptional interest as examples of the Romanesque churches of the Holy Roman Empire.

The five most beautiful wallpapers of the churches of Hildesheim in Germany.