Taste'n Travel: Star-Shaped Fortifications

Netherlands Star-Shaped Medieval Fortified Towns

Netherlands is a flat country and in old time times digging perfectly geometric bastion forts around the town was convenient to defend the city, from bird’s eye view they were completely in the shape of a star. Usually, these cities are designed in the form of Pentagon and Hexagon, surrounded by many triangular bastions.

Star-shaped (bastion) forts started to emerge in Europe during the 15th century when the cannons were invented, which the date coincides pretty much with beginning of renaissance. This type of fortification was especially very suitable for the landscape of the Netherlands which the altitude is very close to the sea level, easy to dig waterlines. The Dutch is also expert with manging water systems. (more…)

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Taste'n Travel: La Sagrada Familia

Exploring Barcelona: La Sagrada Familia

La Sagrada Familia is a worldwide known basilica and one of the main landmarks of Barcelona. La Sagrada Familia is the most popular attraction of Barcelona that nearly 3,000,000 visitors travel every year to Barcelona, to witness this exquisite view of this dignified temple. What makes this building so special is its unique style where art, religion, and beauty meet together and produces a breathtaking view visible from any point of the city.

La Sagrada Familia has a long construction history and is still not yet finished. The first stone is laid on March 19, 1882, around 135 years ago. The temple is planned to be finished in 2026, there are a couple of years more to go for the final opening. The architect of this ambitious project is no one else than Antoni Gaudi whose view of art is “Truth”, “Structure” and “Beauty”. (more…)

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