Friday 24 January 2020

Painted Churches in the Troodos Region

This site comprises ten painted churches in the Troodos Region. Initially there were 9 but another one was added later. I though that was lucky to have one postcard with one of the churches, now I'm luckier to have a postcard with the first 9 churches inscribed!

Agios Nikolaos Church, Kakopetria
This region is characterized by one of the largest groups of churches and monasteries of the former Byzantine Empire. The complex of 10 monuments included on the World Heritage List, all richly decorated with murals, provides an overview of Byzantine and post-Byzantine painting in Cyprus. They range from small churches whose rural architectural style is in stark contrast to their highly refined decoration, to monasteries such as that of St John Lampadistis. - in:

Painted Churches in the Troodos Region
This postcard was sent by Javier

The ten churches: (in red what I already have)

  • Ayios Nikolaos tis Steyis (Saint Nicholas of the Roof) in Kakopetria
  • Ayios Ionannis Lampadistis (Saint John Lampadistis) in Kalopanayiotis
  • Panagia (Church of Our Lady) Phorbiotissa (or Asinou) in Nikitari
  • Panagia tou Arakou in Lagoudhera
  • Panagia tou Moutoulla in Moutoullas
  • Church of the Archangel Michael in Pedhoulas
  • Timios Stavros (Church of the Holy Cross) in Pelendri
  • Panagia Podhithou (Church of the Virgin Podithou) in Galata
  • Stavros Ayiasmati (Church of the Holy Cross of Ayiasmati) in Platanistasa
  • Metamorfosis tou Sotiros (Transfiguration of the Saviour) in Palaichori

Thursday 23 January 2020

Gardens and Castle at Kroměříž

If a castle is always good, a castle with baroque gardens is awesome! And these gardens at Kroměříž look absolutely beautiful! 

Kroměříž Castle
This postcard was sent by Lucy

The Kroměříž Castle (CzechZámek Kroměříž) in KroměřížCzech Republic, used to be the principal residence of the bishops and (since 1777) archbishops of Olomouc.
The first residence on the site was founded by bishop Stanislas Thurzo in 1497. The building was in a Late Gothic style, with a modicum of Renaissance detail. During the Thirty Years' War, the castle was sacked by the Swedish army (1643). 

Gardens and Castle at Kroměříž
This postcard was sent by Ondrej

It was not until 1664 that a bishop from the powerful Liechtenstein family charged architect Filiberto Lucchese with renovating the palace in a Baroque style. The chief monument of Lucchese's work in Kroměříž is the Pleasure Garden in front of the castle. Upon Lucchese's death in 1666, Giovanni Pietro Tencalla completed his work on the formal garden and had the palace rebuilt in a style reminiscent of the Turinese school to which he belonged. - in: wikipedia

L'viv – the Ensemble of the Historic Centre

I would love to make a trip through all Europe and visit two or three cities of each country. Lviv would definitely be one of those cities!

 This postcard is an official sent by Snezhana

The city of L''viv, founded in the late Middle Ages, was a flourishing administrative, religious and commercial centre for several centuries. 

This postcard was sent by Natalie

The medieval urban topography has been preserved virtually intact (in particular, there is evidence of the different ethnic communities who lived there), along with many fine Baroque and later buildings. in:

Lviv Latin Cathedral
This postcard is an official sent by Maria

The Archcathedral Basilica of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, usually called simply the Latin Cathedral (UkrainianЛати́нський собо́р) is a 14th-century Roman Catholic cathedral in Lviv, western Ukraine. It is located in the city's Old Town, in the south western corner of the market square, called Cathedral Square.
The first church built on this site was a small wooden Roman Catholic church dedicated to the Holy Trinity, built in 1344 and lost in a fire six years later. In 1360, the king Casimir III of Poland founded the construction of the present day church, built in Gothic style, for a cathedral of the newly created Latin diocese. - in: wikipedia

Lviv Opera House
This postcard was sent by Oksana

While I was doing the research for this post I realized that the Opera House is not part of this World Heritage site, however, I decided to keep this postcard here because is still a wonderful building!

The Lviv Theatre of Opera and Ballet is an opera house and theatre located in LvivUkraine. The building was built between 1897 and 1900. - in: wikipedia