Mtskheta, UNESCO in Georgia

As in Armenia and the rest of the Caucasus, the world heritage sites in Georgia are churches and monasteries, all about religious history and architecture. On my final day in Tbilisi, I hopped on a marshrutka for the half-hour trip to Mtskheta. This town has been [...]

Gdansk – a photo essay

In the centre of Gdansk's Old Town is the 13th century Długi Targ - Long Market. Was Freistadt Danzig, the city's name between the two world wars, this picturesque? Well, it didn't look like this. Most of Gdansk was completely destroyed during World War II, and was rebuilt in the [...]

2015-02-06T18:48:00+00:004 February 2015|Art and architecture, Poland, Travel photos|

World at a Glance: The fountains of Bern

Bern is one of Europe's more unassuming capital cities. Like Canberra is overshadowed by Sydney and Melbourne, all the attention here goes to big sisters Zurich and Geneva. In fact, if asked What is the capital of Switzerland? in a pub quiz, I'll bet many [...]

Geghard Monastery: carved from the mountain

Remember I wrote about the ruins of Zvartnots Cathedral with the spectacular view of Mount Ararat? And a bit later, the monasteries at Haghpat and Sanahin? Armenia's third world heritage site is Geghard Monastery with its scenic surrounding canyon, the Upper Azat Valley. As you [...]

Berlin Modernism Housing Estates: architecture with a conscience

In my quest to see sites that UNESCO has deemed worthy of special protection and preservation for future generations, I sometimes stumble upon rather curious ones. These can be quirky and fascinating sights off the beaten path, like these ruins in Armenia or this tiny [...]

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