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    Coffee Cultural Landscape of Colombia Do you enjoy a cup of coffee when you are working late? Is caffeine your only friend when you want to beat those office deadlines at work? Well, today you get to learn where that coffee comes from. read more
    Historic Centre of Santa Cruz de Mompox The town was established on the banks of River Magoarena neat its confluence with the Cauca River, another important communication waterway. read more
Vizcaya Bridge The historic Vizcaya Bridge bestrides the mouth of Ibaizabal estuary in Western Bilbao... read more
Pyrénées - Mont Perdu The Pyrenees forms the vector of collision between the Iberian and Western European Plates. It is from this collision that Mont Perdu (3352 meters) rose. The listed site is located on the border between Spain and France on the peak of Mont Perdu. read more
    Volcanoes of Kamchatka 20 The Kamchatka Peninsula is made up of 6 district locations in the Russian Far East. The six locations include the Bystrinsky Nature Park, Nalychevo Nature Park, The southern Kamchatka Nature Park, the Southern Kamchatka State Nature Reserve, the Kluchevskov Nature Park and Koronotsky Zapovednik. read more
    Alto Douro Wine Region The Portuguese region of Alto Douro has produced wine for 2 millennia. Its landscape is an outstanding example of human activities. The landscape showcases a representation of activities that are involved in winemaking. These include; terraces, chapels, roads, villages and the wine producing farm complexes known as ‘quintas’. read more
 Historic Centre of Kraków Krakow, also referred to as Cracow, is the second largest city in Poland after Warsaw. It is also one of the oldest cities in the country. Its location on the banks of Vistula River probably has something to do with its rise and rise in the Lesser Poland region... read more
    The Wadden Sea In 2009, the Wadden Sea Conservation area was inscribed into the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The listed property sits on a 982004 hectares piece of land. The conservation area is spread between Germany and Netherlands. read more
    Whale Sanctuary of El Vizcaino How would you love to see the largest marine mammal up close? Well, there is no better place to do that than at the Whale Sanctuary of El Vizcaino which is located on the Pacific Coast of the Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula. read more
White City of Tel-Aviv -- the Modern Movement The city of Tel Aviv, founded in 1909, is located on the northern side of the walled city of Jaffa. It is nestled on the eastern hills of the Mediterranean Sea. The city thrived as an urban center and Israel’s commercial center during the reign of the British in Palestine from 1917 to 1948. read more
    Buddhist Monuments in the Horyu-ji Area Japan may not have as many bloggers as its developed counterparts, but its wealth of tourist destinations and World Heritage Sites is not in doubt. One such site is the Buddhist Monuments in the Horyu-ji Area of Nara Prefecture. read more
Medici Villas and Gardens in Tuscany Even without art and Medici family influence, Tuscany was always a beautiful place. Its climate and soils favor agriculture and beautiful vegetation. To this, add the twelve Medici villas and 2 gardens and you have a paradise here on earth. read more
Archaeological Areas of Pompeii, Herculaneum and Torre Annunziata The story of the Roman City of Pompeii reads like a horror movie. On August 24 79 AD, Mount Vesuvius erupted and left in its wake one of the biggest fatalities caused by natural phenomena in the history of the earth. read more
Historic Centre of Naples The City of Naples was founded as Neapolis by the Greeks in 470BC. Amazingly the city has retained the imprints of its successive dwellers and their cultures. read more
Ujung Kulon National Park The Ujung Kulon National Park is located in the extreme end of the West Java Province of Indonesia. It comprises of a triangular peninsula that protrudes on the southwestern of mainland Java. At this tip, you will find a low isthmus joined to the mainland that extends over a width of 1-2 kilometers. read more
Town of Bamberg The layout, architecture, and the influence of the Baroque Bamberg in the urban form and evolution of architecture in Central Europe is something of a phenomenon. The surviving ecclesiastical and secular buildings found here has been an inspiration to many architects, since the 11th century. read more
Galápagos Islands The Darwinian Theory of Natural Selection and the islands of Galapagos are tied to the hip. The islands are located about 1000 kilometers off the coast of the South American Continent and comprise of 120 distinct islands. The islands have been described as a ‘living museum and a showcase of evolution’. read more
Angkor you gotta go here Among the most important archaeological sites in South East Asia is the ever popular tourist destination in Cambodia the Angkor. The area stretches over an area of 400 square kilometers and includes a forested area and the Angkor Archaeological Park which is home to the ruins of the various capital of the great Khmer Empire that ruled this region from the 9th to the 15th century. read more
Step back in time with a visit to the City of Trogir

 In Eastern Europe, the medieval towns are stunning.  However, none compare to the city of Trogir in terms of medieval conformity to the Hellenistic and Roman idea of a city. Its urban fabric has been exceptionally preserved and new inventions in the town have been kept at minimum.

Trogir is an outstanding example of urban continuity, having started off as an orthogonal planned street settlement that dates back to the Hellenistic period and continuing through the Romanesque Era when churches were added to its landscape and much later during the Renaissance and Baroque periods under the Venetians.

History

  • The town was founded by the Greek Colonists from Vis Island in the 3rd Century BC.
  • The town was called Tragurion (island of goats) and was located on the western end of the bay of Manios, on a strait between the mainland and one of the Adriatic Islands
  • Hellenistic Period – The town was enclosed with megalithic walls and its streets were laid out in a Hippodamian grid plan.
  • Roman Period – The town flourished and would see further fortifications and extension of the Roman cemeteries as well as a basilica.
  • Christian Period – The town saw the construction of the Cathedral and Benedictine Church of St John
  • 9th Century – Trogir became part of the Byzantine Dalmatia whose capital was in Zadar
  • 10th century – The town saw the Venetian occupation
  • 12th Century – The town became part of the Hungarian Emperor after Dalmatia was overrun.
  • 14th century – The town saw a short rein of the Venetian but it was not until 1420 that it completely became part of the Venetian Empire.

Attractions in the City

  1. Cathedral and Benedictine Church of St John
  2. Two ancient main streets - the Cardo and the Decumanus
  3. The medieval suburb of Pasike
  4. The massive Venetian fortifications that incorporates the Genoese fortress known as the Camerlengo
  5. Cathedral of St Lawrence – Amazingly, this cathedral showcases the best of Romanesque, gothic and Renaissance architectural genius
  6. Cipico Palace
  7. Ramparts
  8. Other palaces of the leading Trogir Families

Trogir is a town that has deeply entrenched roots and culture and is the kind of place you visit to learn a new culture. Trust me; there is no better place in Croatia to do this.

Old City of Dubrovnik The city of Dubrovnik is situated on the Croatian Dalmatian Coast and is fondly referred to as the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’ read more
Notre-Dame Cathedral in Tournai The Gothic Era was one of the most influential times on the evolution of architecture. Of importance were the cathedrals that were constructed from the 12th century onwards. Of these cathedrals, the most significant was the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Tournai. The Gothic architecture is seen in the Rhineland, Normandy and Ile de France. The cathedral features a transept that integrates the corridor of triforium as well as a viaduct that is nestled on a fourstorey elevation. read more
Pyrénées - Mont Perdu you gotta go here Mont Perdu is located at the point where the Iberian tectonic plates collide with the Western European plates. The mountain itself rises to the height of 3352 meters and is one of the most visited mountains in France, and by extension Europe. read more
Paris, Banks of the Seine - You gotta go here You simply have not been to France if you have never been to Paris and the banks of the ever graceful French River – River Seine. The River Seine bank is what one would call a tourist’s paradise. read more
Palace and Park of Versailles you gotta go here In one of the most exclusive neighborhoods in the French capital Paris is a village called Versailles. It is located about 20 kilometers from the central business district of France. The most prominent feature in the city is the Palace of Versailles constructed for the Louis XIV and a symbol of the system of absolute monarchy in France. read more
Iguazu National Park you gotta go here The Iguazu National Park is a located in the Argentine Iguazu Department, on the northern edge of the Misiones Province of Argentine Mesopotamia. The park is separated from Iguacu National Park and World Heritage Site in Brazil by the Iguacu River. read more