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The beguiling Ayasofya Mosque in Istanbul started out as a Christian Orthodox Cathedral called Agia Sofia when Istanbul was named Constantinople. Built in 537, it was converted to a mosque when the city fell to the Ottoman Empire in 1453. When Ataturk founded the new secular Turkey a few years after WWI, the mosque was […]
Santiago is Cuba’s second city and was the centre of attention following the Revolution, as it was here that Fidel Castro announced that they had won the power struggle, in front of enthusiastic crowds. The cathedral dominates the main square where Castro made his proclamation and is a fine example of colonial Spanish architecture.
Continuing my countdown having already covered numbers ten to twelve (Palma, Denia & Malaga). Number Ten – Vitoria-Gasteiz The lovely Basque city is an hour’s bus journey from Big Brother Bilbao, to which we ventured as a side trip from the biggest city in the Basque region. A modern tram whisked us the few stops […]
OK, I have cheated again. I have still never visited a city beginning with the letter X. Two years ago my cheat was EXeter and now I am going for the delightful French city. In fact Exeter and Aix could easily be twinned. Both historic Roman cities, both surrounded by beautiful countryside and both with […]
Uspenski Cathedral is the largest Orthodox cathedral in Western Europe. Overlooking Market Square and the harbour it makes an imposing rival for skyline with Helsinki’s main cathedral.
I have been to many wonderful cathedrals in Europe with the ones in Chartres, Reims, Segovia and Troyes amongst my favourites. What makes the fine cathedral in Milan unique in my experience is the fact that you can walk around the roof area to get a great perspective of the colossal building and fine views […]