UNESCO Heritage Site #141: Church of the Ascension, Kolomenskoye

UNique – 6/10 Located a few kilometers away from Moscow, Kolomenskoye was a small village until in 1532 the Russian Grand Prince decided to build a church as a token of his gratitude for the birth of a son, an heir to the throne, who would eventually come to be called Ivan the Terrible. (In … More UNESCO Heritage Site #141: Church of the Ascension, Kolomenskoye

UNESCO Heritage Site #140: Trinity Sergius Lavra

UNique – 7/10 The first building of the complex, the Trinity Cathedral, was built in 1422, in honour of the St. Sergius, a revered monk who founded a lot of monasteries across the country and blessed the Russian Grand Prince before the battles against the Tatars. The site of the original cathedral grew over centuries … More UNESCO Heritage Site #140: Trinity Sergius Lavra

UNESCO Heritage Site #139: The convent-prison of the Russian princesses

  UNique – 4/10 Located in the south-west region of Moscow, not too far from the banks of the Moskva river, Novodevichy convent does not give an impression of a religious complex at first glance. Tall, thick convent walls, crowned with twelve towers appear impenetrable and would not be out of place in a fortress … More UNESCO Heritage Site #139: The convent-prison of the Russian princesses

UNESCO Heritage Site #138: City of Peter the Great

UNique – 7/10 The second capital of Russia could not be more different from the official one. The commercial gloss and modernity of Moscow gives way to the historic tarnish and culture of Saint Petersburg. This is not to say that the city is not impressive or beautiful, quite the opposite, as the lack of … More UNESCO Heritage Site #138: City of Peter the Great

UNESCO Heritage Site #137: Chersonesos, Crimean outpost of the Greek empire

  UNique – 5/10 Just outside of Sevastopol, Crimea, the ruins of the nearly 2500-year-old town of Chersonesos remind us of the wide-reaching influence of the ancient Greek civilization. Founded in the 5th century BCE, it has traded hands from the Greeks to the Romans to the Byzantine Empire. The influences of each civilization can … More UNESCO Heritage Site #137: Chersonesos, Crimean outpost of the Greek empire

UNESCO Heritage Site #136: Kremlin and Red Square

UNique – 9/10 Having arrived in Moscow in the evening, we decided to take a stroll through the city along the Kotelnicheskaya Embankment. During the walk, we were made to feel tiny and insignificant as we walked past the colossal monoliths of the Stalinist skyscrapers. But the feeling of insignificance was replaced with awe as … More UNESCO Heritage Site #136: Kremlin and Red Square

UNESCO Heritage Sites #131-135: Belgian Belfries, Beguinages and more

#131 – Architectural Work of Le Corbusier UNique – 6/10 Probably not a lot of people have heard the name of Le Corbusier, even though his philosophy on design and urban planning has greatly shaped the modern architecture. Similarly to the Bauhaus school in Germany, he rejected decorative architecture and focused instead on everyday function … More UNESCO Heritage Sites #131-135: Belgian Belfries, Beguinages and more