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A Translator and Art Historian active in Heritage Conservation. You can meet me also at : http://www.triond.com/users/Francois+Hagnere http://expertscolumn.com/user Thank you for your visit. more...

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Many of Dickens' books were woven around Kent, and his David Copperfield includes many references to the people and places of Canterbury. One of England's most venerated poets, Geoffrey Chaucer, in his Canterbury Tales, immortalised the Pilgrims who visited the cathedral so many years ago. Let us follow in their footsteps to find the City has not changed fundamentally.
Published by Francois Hagnere 67 months ago in UK | +4 votes | 4 comments
This elegant Manueline tower with an extraordinary Gothic and Moorish decoration became the symbol of the expansion of Portugal and the most emblematic monument of Lisbon. From here the seafarers set sail during the Age of Discoveries. The vista from the top is marvellous. The edifice was listed a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1983.
Published by Francois Hagnere 67 months ago in Europe | +5 votes | 0 comments
At the end of the 17th century, the Bishop of Segorbe raised a new façade in front of the episcopal palace. In 1791, the old edifice was lengthened and totally transformed into the Neo-Classical taste, and a new consecration took place in 1795. This is a unique nave decorated with gilt pilasters and Corinthian capitals, on which several chapels open.
Published by Francois Hagnere 67 months ago in Spain | +2 votes | 1 comments
With its lower church in the Transition Style and its upper church in a magnificent Gothic Style with star-shaped vaults and an elegant cupola, the Cathedal of the Ascension of Our Lady in Santander is a very quite surprising edifice. It gives a true lesson of architecture and Spanish History.
Published by Francois Hagnere 67 months ago in Spain | +8 votes | 5 comments
This edifice is particularly remarkable by its sculptures and reredos of various periods. The oldest sculptures are those adorning the exterior of the apses and transept; they date back to the 11th century. You will discover modillions with realistic heads or animals, capitals resembling those in Saint-Isidor Church in Léon and metopes even more realistic with dancers bearing a light chlamys floating in the air, snake charmers and a bestiary with namely a dromedary, a lion, an aspic, a basili...
Published by Francois Hagnere 67 months ago in Spain | +6 votes | 2 comments
The Ajuda Palace was built in the Neo-Classical Style. Though it remained uncompleted since the Portuguese Royal Family had to go into exile in Brazil in 1807, the magnificiently decorated rooms are a must-see. The extraordinary furniture adorned with Meissen China and the gardens overlooking the Tagus River and Lisbon historic centre are breathtaking.
Published by Francois Hagnere 67 months ago in Europe | +3 votes | 2 comments
The Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar, Patroness of Spain and Mother of the Hispanic Peoples, in Zaragoza is a very picturesque edifice with superb Baroque cupolas and decoration. The Statue of the Virgin given to Apostle Saint-James by Our Lady, is highly worshipped and presented in a magnificent chapel.
Published by Francois Hagnere 67 months ago in Spain | +5 votes | 5 comments
The elegant Rossio Square in Lisbon, was offically named Praça de Dom Pedro IV. It has always been the main meeting point in the Portuguese Capital with its famous cafés, pastry and flowers shops as well as newspapers and books stands. It is the only site of Lisbon that was not rebuilt after the terrible earthquake of 1775.
Published by Francois Hagnere 67 months ago in Europe | +3 votes | 0 comments
The Valley of Marvels is located in the Mercantour Park in the French southern department of Alpes Maritimes. It is very famous for its enigmatic petroglyphs discovered in the 17th century and still carefully studied today. Discover what led the men of the Bronze Age to engrave those mysterious signs.
Published by Francois Hagnere 67 months ago in France | +10 votes | 11 comments
The works at the Cathedral of Astorga were begun in1471 and lasted until the 18th century. They offer excelent examples of various architectural styles. Built on the same foundations as the old Romanesque cathedral, the inside is Gothic, the outside Baroque whilst the façade and portico are Renaissance and the cloisters Classical.
Published by Francois Hagnere 67 months ago in Spain | +6 votes | 8 comments
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