Exploring Barcelona Part 4: Antoni Gaudí and his Artistic Buildings

Barcelona is a great destination to visit for anyone who enjoys urban life. There is the alive and colorful atmosphere with crowded streets, shops, sidewalk cafes and many more attractions. This buoyant lifestyle just continues and on that, it is possible to encounter people on streets any time of night.

Barcelona streets are surrounded with beautiful architecture varying in the style from medieval Gothic to Catalan modernist. The stylish private properties which started to emerge in the early 20th century as part of the trend among the bourgeois class had a great contribution to this modernism movement. A famous figure leading the modern art movements in Barcelona is no one else than Antoni Gaudí. He contributed the city reaching its final facade that each of his artworks become a city landmark, attracting thousands of tourists every year to the city. (more…)

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Discovering Sicily Part 2: Villa Romana Del Casale

When given an opportunity, humans have the tendency to make their living environments rich with opulent decorations since the early civilizations. Ancient Roman villas are one of the supreme examples of environments for domestic life using artistic depictions on decorations.

In the Roman times, the word “villa” was first used to call the houses living upper-class people, and they were constructed on the rural sites, out of city walls. Villas were not only residential buildings but also an administration center the surrounding land. The owners mostly are from upper classes, and aristocrats so they were public figures, and their private properties were familiar places to meet with society. (more…)

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Van Abbemuseum: Eindhoven’s Precious Modern Art Gallery

Eindhoven is one of the well-known high tech industrial centers in Europe. The city is rapidly growing since the beginning of 20th century thanks to its citizens, who are always seeking for innovation and originality.

Henri Van Abbe, a cigar manifacturer, was one of the citizens who made a significant contribution to Eindhoven. He was passionate for collecting art pieces from various national and international artists. His life period coincided with the era that perception of art has shifted towards modernism which is the true evidence of ever-changing world. (more…)

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Discovering Sicily Part 1: Big Cities

Are you a nature lover? Sicily also offers natural walking tours over the mountain Etna. This gigantic active volcano of Europe lies in the north east part of the island having 135 recorded eruptions in history. Etna’s last eruption happened on 16 March 2017, and it caused the injury of 10 people. Mountain Etna has even been mentioned in Greek mythology, the “God of Fire” lives on the steep valleys of the mountain. (more…)

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Star Shaped Towns of the Netherlands

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. Netherlands is famous for having well-preserved unique shaped bastion forts, or star-shaped fortified towns because this type of fortification was especially very suitable for such land where the altitude is very close to the sea level, easy to dig waterlines.

The Dutch is also expert with managing water systems, and during the old times, there was convenient way to defend the city from bird’s eye views which was completely in the shape of a star. Usually, these cities are designed in the form of Pentagon and Hexagon, surrounded by many triangular bastions.
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Exploring Barcelona Part 2: La Sagrada Familia

La Sagrada Familia, the sacred cathedral, is the most popular attraction of Barcelona that nearly 3,000,000 visitors travel every year to the city 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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