UNESCO Heritage Site #178: World’s first designated university town

UNique – 2/10 Sometimes, a UNESCO site collector has to make a difficult choice of seeing one site while missing others due to time pressure. Such was the case, as we were waking up in our hotel room in Madrid and brainstorming about which of the three sites to visit on our last day before … More UNESCO Heritage Site #178: World’s first designated university town

UNESCO Heritage Site #177: Burgos Cathedral, the Gothic collection worthy of a museum

  UNique – 5/10 The impressive 88-meter twin towers of the Burgos cathedral not only dominate the landscape of the town but also represent one of the most significant Gothic buildings on the Iberian peninsula. While from the outside, it appears similar to many other significant cathedrals, like Reims, it is the inside decoration that … More UNESCO Heritage Site #177: Burgos Cathedral, the Gothic collection worthy of a museum

UNESCO Heritage Site #176: Vizcaya Bridge, 19th-century industrial marvel

  UNique – 7/10 In 1893, Vizcaya Bridge was built at the mouth of the busy Nervion River, just 11 kilometers away from Bilbao. It was meant to connect the sides of the river without disrupting the shipping traffic coming in and out of Bilbao, which was at the time  Spain’s biggest port. The man … More UNESCO Heritage Site #176: Vizcaya Bridge, 19th-century industrial marvel

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