Sunday, February 27, 2011
Friday, February 25, 2011
Thursday, February 24, 2011
Thursday, February 17, 2011
"Spread over an area of over 27,000 ha, at an altitude between 1008 and 2914 m in the Pirin Mountains, southwest Bulgaria, the site comprises diverse limestone mountain landscapes with glacial lakes, waterfalls, caves and predominantly coniferous forests. It was added to the World Heritage List in 1983. The extension now covers an area of around 40,000 ha in the Pirin Mountains, and overlaps with the Pirin National Park, except for two areas developed for tourism (skiing). The dominant part of the extension is high mountain territory over 2000m in altitude, and covered mostly by alpine meadows, rocky screes and summits." - in: http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/225
"The Madara Rider, representing the figure of a knight triumphing over a lion, is carved into a 100-m-high cliff near the village of Madara in north-east Bulgaria. Madara was the principal sacred place of the First Bulgarian Empire before Bulgaria’s conversion to Christianity in the 9th century. The inscriptions beside the sculpture tell of events that occurred between AD 705 and 801." - in: http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/43
The monument has been on the Unesco World Heritage List since 1979.
This tomb is a World Heritage Site since 1985.
"Discovered in 1944, this tomb dates from the Hellenistic period, around the end of the 4th century BC. It is located near Seutopolis, the capital city of the Thracian king Seutes III, and is part of a large Thracian necropolis. The tholos has a narrow corridor and a round burial chamber, both decorated with murals representing Thracian burial rituals and culture. These paintings are Bulgaria’s best-preserved artistic masterpieces from the Hellenistic period." - in:
The Thracian Tomb of Kazanlak is a World Heritage Site since 1979.
"Located on the outskirts of Sofia, Boyana Church consists of three buildings. The eastern church was built in the 10th century, then enlarged at the beginning of the 13th century by Sebastocrator Kaloyan, who ordered a second two storey building to be erected next to it. The frescoes in this second church, painted in 1259, make it one of the most important collections of medieval paintings. The ensemble is completed by a third church, built at the beginning of the 19th century. This site is one of the most complete and perfectly preserved monuments of east European medieval art." - in: http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/42
The monument was added to the Unesco World Heritage List in 1979.
These churches are on the World Heritage Site list since 1979.
"Rila Monastery was founded in the 10th century by St John of Rila, a hermit canonized by the Orthodox Church. His ascetic dwelling and tomb became a holy site and were transformed into a monastic complex which played an important role in the spiritual and social life of medieval Bulgaria. Destroyed by fire at the beginning of the 19th century, the complex was rebuilt between 1834 and 1862. A characteristic example of the Bulgarian Renaissance (18th–19th centuries), the monument symbolizes the awareness of a Slavic cultural identity following centuries of occupation." - in: http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/216The Unesco classified this monastery as a World Heritage Site in 1983.
Liudmyla "tari" send this card with the Tarkhankutskyi lighthouse in the Black Sea.
Monday, February 14, 2011
Sunday, February 13, 2011
Saturday, February 12, 2011
"Portalegre cathedral and Bishop’s House form a distinguished set, located at the historical centr in the uppermost zone of the city. Built in the 16th century, it is a hall-church integrated in a late renaissance. The majority of the décor elements date back to the 17th century and 18th centuries. Its interior decoration is also worth mentioning, namely a set of 96 paintings in wood, regarded as a unique collection in the country. This collection reveals a mainly Mannerism taste. Some of the paintings depict apocrypha themes." - in: http://en.lifecooler.com/lifecooleren/portalegre-cathedral-cathedrals-churches-and-basilicas-349838-1.html
And finally, a card sent by Marília "tripeira" with a view of the "Ribeira" in Porto.