Vadstena Castle Images Vadstena Castle is located on the shores of the beautiful Lake Vättern in Sweden. Its construction was completed in 1545, the castle was built for fortification purposes by order of King Gustav Vasa. In the middle of the 16th century, the government of Stockholm expected an attack Read more…
The brick, Roman Catholic Church was built on the site of the burned down wooden church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, whose parishioners were mainly exiled Poles who were exiled to Siberia after the uprising in 1830. Work continued from 1881 to 1884. This church is the only building of the Gothic architectural style in Irkutsk. After the restoration, the organ hall of the Irkutsk Philharmonic Society was opened in the Polish Church.
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White House in Irkutsk
The house was built by the sons of the Irkutsk merchant Sibiryakov in 1804. This building soon became known as the Sibiryakov Palace. The White House has been the richest and most majestic building in Irkutsk for over 100 years, and even now it makes an indelible impression on travelers. In 1837, the building was purchased as a residence for the Governor – General of Eastern Siberia. Since 1939, the White House has been serving as a scientific library of Irkutsk State University.
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Monument to Alexander III
The Monument to Alexander III was erected in 1908 in honor of the completion of the construction of the Siberian railway. The area around the monument has become one of the city’s favorite public recreational areas. In 1920, the bronze sculpture of the emperor was removed from the pedestal. ESSD pledged to restore the monument to the 100th anniversary of the Transsib, which was done in 2003, the emperor again took his place on the pedestal.
The monument consists of the figure of Alexander III, standing on top of a pedestal. The pedestal made of red Finnish granite is decorated with sculptural portraits of three people who were directly involved in the conquest of Siberia: Ermak (date of birth unknown – 1585), the chieftain of the kosh. He did a lot with his campaigns of 1581-1585 to annex Siberia to Russia. Mikhail Speransky (1772-1839), Russian statesman, count, author of many bills and reforms in the early 19th century. In 1819 he was appointed Governor-General of Siberia, where he initiated a reform in the management of the region.
Upon returning to St. Petersburg in 1821, he became one of the founders of the Siberian Committee for Russian Affairs beyond the Urals. Nikolay Muravyov-Amursky (1809-1881), Count, Russian statesman, diplomat. As governor of the Yenisei province, governor-general of Eastern Siberia between 1847 and 1861, he did much for the development and study of Eastern Siberia. He contributed to the development of the region, the expansion of trade with the support of geographical and exploration expeditions, and was also an emissary of Russia and signed a Treaty with China in 1858. (more…)
Budapest as the Hungarian capital was established in the administrative concept of the word only in 1873, when three cities were united: Buda, Obuda and Pest. Their history goes back to ancient times, when in the 1st century BC a Celtic settlement appeared on the banks of the Danube, significantly expanded by the Romans, who ruled in these places until the 4th century.
If the face of the quarters of modern Buda was determined by the Middle Ages and later the Baroque style, then the style of old Pest – a city surrounded by a wall, lying on the left bank – is determined by the popular in the first half of the twentieth century: classicism and romance.
During our excursion, we will visit the quarter of the Buda Fortress, the main dominant of which is now the Matyasha Church, erected on a medieval foundation in 1896. Next to the temple are the walls of the Fisherman’s Bastion, named after the type of activity of the workers of the workshop, who were entrusted with the mission of protecting the part of the fortress wall located in this place.
From it, along the old burgher streets, we will walk to the Royal Palace, where the Hungarian National Gallery is now located, and we will go down to the most famous bridge in Budapest. The Chain Bridge was the first city bridge to connect large areas of Pest and Buda. (more…)
On our friendly walk you will get acquainted with the non-trivial history of Paris, plunge into the romantic atmosphere of the city and look at it through the eyes of local residents. We will not only walk through the sights that start Paris, but also tell you about life in the capital, the French mentality and the most delicious places in the city!
What awaits you
Depending on the day of the week, you will take one of two intense routes – Red or Blue. These are two interesting and completely different stories about Paris, but either of them is suitable for the first acquaintance with the city.
Red Route: Parisian façade
You will explore iconic sights that are worth visiting on the first day of your trip: the Elysee Palace – the symbol of the French Republic, the famous Champs Elysees and the Arc de Triomphe, the most beautiful bridge in Paris, the cathedral in which Napoleon I is buried, and of course, the legendary Eiffel Tower…
Blue Route: Paris’s hidden treasures
You will see the Place de la Concorde, the Bourbon Palace and Musée d’Orsay, the Saint-Sulpice church and the magnificent Luxembourg Gardens, as well as several atmospheric places that are known only to true Parisians. You will learn what French cuisine can surprise you and hear interesting and even shocking stories from the life of the city! (more…)
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Wray Castle is located in the village of Clayfe, Cumbria, England. The castle and its grounds are owned by the British National Trust, but the castle has recently been opened to the public.
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Wray Castle is a classic example of Victorian Gothic Revival, built in 1840 for Dr. James Dawson, a retired Liverpool military doctor. At the same time, the Ray Church was built not far from the castle. In 1877, after the death of Dr. Dawson, his distant relative Wardwick Rawnsley became vicar of the church. He was very worried about the very urgent problem of pollution of villages in connection with the development of science and technology.
It was Wardwick Ronesley, together with renowned philanthropists Octavia Hilly Sir Robert Hunter, who became the founder of the British National Trust for Historical Interest or Natural Beauty. The idea of preserving historical and natural objects for the memory of descendants was put forward by the English poet and artist John Ruskin.
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The Wray Castle is associated with another key figure in the life of the National Trust – the famous children’s writer Beatrice Potter. Here, at the age of 16, she spent the summer in 1882, and in 1905, with the money received from the publication of her first books, she bought the Hill Top house, located next to the castle. Later, Beatrice Potter became the owner of numerous lands in this area, but she never acquired the castle itself.
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In 1929, Wray Castle and the 64-acre land surrounding it were donated to the National Trust. Since that time, the castle has been used for various purposes, including as a correctional center. In 2011, the National Trust decided to lease the castle to be turned into a luxury hotel, but instead just opened it up to the public. At the moment, Wray Castle is very popular with tourists, especially among children. (more…)
Nantes is the sixth largest city in France, the administrative center of the Loire-Atlantique department and the Loire Valley region, in the past – the capital of the Duchy of Brittany . It stands at the mouth of the Loire River, 56 kilometers from its confluence with the Atlantic Ocean Read more…
Appleby Castle Images Appleby Castle is located in the Eden River area in the city of Appleby. It is built on top of a large hill and covers about 25 acres. Appleby Castle Images In the first few centuries, the castle was constantly passed from one owner to another, until Read more…
Sintra Portugal Sintra is a town and municipality in the district of Lisbon, Portugal. The population of the town is 507 170 inhabitants (according to data from 2007), and its area is 317 sq. Km. Within its borders, Sintra owns two other cities – Keluz and Kakem. Sintra Portugal Sintra Read more…
Dubrovnik Croatia Dubrovnik is located on the picturesque Adriatic coast of southern Croatia, on the so-called Dalmatian Riviera, at the foot of Mount Srd, 412 meters high. The population of Dubrovnik is a little less than 50,000 people. The national currency is the Croatian Kuna (NRK). Dubrovnik Croatia Since 1979, Read more…
Cape Greco (Ayia Napa, Cyprus) – detailed description, location, reviews and photos.
Romantics love this cape. It is located near the resort. It is great to watch the sunset here, it is nice to meet the sunrise in an embrace with your loved one. In general, the Cape Greco is damn beautiful.
During the day, scuba divers like to flounder here – they believe that a sea monster lives near the cape. According to legend, this is Scylla, an ugly creature who was invented by the ancient Greeks. She was portrayed in different ways. For example, Homer believed that Scylla was a half-woman, half-dog who could snatch half a dozen sailors from a ship. Today, the monster does not eat anyone, so, from time to time, it tears fishing nets.
Unfortunately, the Cape Greco is completely inaccessible. At the end of the peninsula is a British military base radar station. Naturally, you cannot get here. (more…)