Architecture

Augustus Fountain in Augsburg

The first of Augsburg's magnificent fountains, the Augustusbrunnen, was built between 1588 and 1594.   It was modelled by Hubert Gerhard (ca. 1540-1620) and finally cast in bronze by the city foundryman Peter Wagner († ca. 1595). The central, 250-centimetre-high...

Olivier Messiaen – a blackbird for the flutist

I probably don't think of any other composer as often as I think of Messiaen in my daily life - at least not with this regularity, which has lasted for years. His piece Le merle noir is practically in my head as soon as I set foot outside. We live in the country and...

The Palazzo Ducale in Venice and the Palazzo della Signoria in Florence

Venice and Florence are certainly among the highlights of a tour of Italy. Both cities grew massively in size, wealth and power, especially in the late Middle Ages, and were among the most important metropolises in Europe during the Renaissance. The gigantic dome of...

Calvaries and churchyards in Brittany

In Brittany, i.e. in the north-west of France, there are these wonderful, legendary and usually very picturesque enclos parroissiaux. Such enclosed parishes deliberately separate themselves from the outside world.   Most of them are located (roughly speaking)...
Barcaccia Fountain

Barcaccia Fountain

Rome is not only the city of love, the city of a thousand cats and the seven hills. No, "Roma Capitale" is also the...

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