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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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I've published 113 articles that have been viewed 444,645 times. I've received +1,256 recommendations as an expert for my writing. I've answered 14 questions and received +17 positive votes.
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It would be a mistake to believe that the Châteaux on the Loire offer a certain unity in style and appearance.
Published by Francois Hagnere 88 months ago in France | +26 votes | 16 comments
The Capitol Building has an all-pervading sense of history about it, of momentous events and great political passions, which no visitor, whether American or foreign, can miss. He may even feel it under his feet as he stands on the white circle in the middle of the floor of the rotunda, for here the bodies of military leaders, senators and Presidents, including Abraham Lincoln and John Kennedy, have lain in state.
Published by Francois Hagnere 65 months ago in United States & Canada | +23 votes | 9 comments
The 14th century saw the end of the tranquility in the region of Thierache. The Hundred Years War ravaged the plain and Flanders made some lethal incursions into Picardy. After the soldiers, came bands of robbers, deserters and rebels who took advantage of the disorder to seize castles and hold travellers to ransom. So the villages turned their churches into strongholds.
Published by Francois Hagnere 64 months ago in France | +21 votes | 6 comments
Unless they are fortunate enough to catch a glimpse of him in a corridor or coming or going in a helicopter from the South lawn, casual visitors to the White House are unlikely to see its famous occupant. There was a time when any citizen who cared to make the effort could visit the White House and shake hands with the President. But times have changed greatly and security is stricter.
Published by Francois Hagnere 65 months ago in United States & Canada | +21 votes | 13 comments
Since John Adams, Presidents, their wives and families have lived in the Executive Mansion, the official name of the President's house from 1818 until Theodore Roosevelt made the unofficial "White House" official by using it on his letter head. The White House stands as a major symbol of American life. It is the Executive Office of the President, most of whose work is carried out not in the relatively small original house, but in the Executive Wings. It symbolizes the fact that the President em...
Published by Francois Hagnere 65 months ago in United States & Canada | +21 votes | 13 comments
Atop a hill, the silhouette of Laon cathedral with its extraordinary towers, can be seen from very far. It had a great influence on many other churches.
Published by Francois Hagnere 91 months ago in France | +20 votes | 9 comments
In Barbastro, like in all Cathedrals of Spain, we can follow the evolution of Spanish Art enhanced by exceptional masterpieces. The interior of the cathedral is characterised by a wealth and diversity in the adornment showing the various and many styles and influences of this art over a long period of time. From the extraordinary star-shaped Gothic vaults to the Renaissance and Baroque reredos, discover the beauty of Barbastro Cathedral.
Published by Francois Hagnere 66 months ago in Spain | +19 votes | 10 comments
Souvigny is one of the finest examples of architecture and sculpture adapted by regional styles; the choir with its ambulatory and the rectangular end-chapel recall the ground-plan of Issoire in Auvergne, while the capitals ordorned with basket-work patterns reflect the proximity of Berry in the north. The church was a stopping point on the pilgrimage road to Santiago de Compostela, and has been altered several times by the Dukes of Bourbon who introduced the Gothic to the heart of France. The r...
Published by Francois Hagnere 63 months ago in France | +18 votes | 6 comments
If you approach Corsica from the sea, its charm starts to work even before you set foot on its shores. The salty, seaweed tang of the open sea gives way to the offshore breeze bearing with it a unique combination of fragrant perfumes that is typically Corsican: a mixture of aloe-wood and juniper, cistus and asphodel, eucalyptus and lentisk, lavender and myrtle.
Published by Francois Hagnere 63 months ago in France | +18 votes | 6 comments
The French Riviera is Provence's glittering showcase, but it is only one aspect of this sun-drenched region. Between the Riviera and the Rhône delta there is another Provence, less cosmopolitan and less hectic than the coast but just as beautiful and more deeply rooted in the soil. In the arrière-pays, in Summer, the scent of lavender wafts gently over the fields on gusts of warm wind. The calanques between Marseille and Cassis bite deep into the white cliffs and then extend inland in the ...
Published by Francois Hagnere 64 months ago in France | +18 votes | 6 comments
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