Archive for January, 2011

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    Laodicea – A history

    Posted in Europe | January 25, 2011
    A huge mound situated in the north of Denizli, Laodicea was established by Seleucids in the 3 r d century B C. It is an ancient city that was an extremely prosperous and crucial city at the times when the New Testament was recorded. The nearby cities of Colossae and Hierapolis were overshadowed by Laodicea by its importance as well as affluence. The situation of Laodicea led was strategic as well as easily accessible for many purposes. The city was located on close proximity to water sources. In addition there was an aqueduct that brought water from the south. However, the most important aspect of the location of Laodicea, as well as one that led to its prosperity, was the fact that the city was located on the junction or crossroads of two  [...]
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    Arch Of Constantine In Rome

    Posted in Europe | January 11, 2011
    Close to the Colosseum in Rome stands a triumphal arch, the Arch of Constantine. This arch has historical significance owing to the fact that it stands as a commemorative piece or architecture that pays tribute to the battle that had led Emperor Constantine to the path of Christianity; and this may have well been the definitive moment that went on to change the religious landscape of most parts of the western world. Historical Insight: The Arch of Constantine was erected so as to pay tribute to the victory of Constantine at the Battle of Milvian Bridge, where he fought Maxentius in 312 AD. This event was a definitive one from the point of view of Christianity and Christian history. As per contemporary historians, it is said that the night before  [...]
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    Malbork Castle – An Enchanting Marvel Of The Medieval Era

    Posted in Europe | January 10, 2011
    The patient River Wisla drifts quietly under the watchful eyes of the massive brick walls that tower up and form for the western fortifications of the Malbork Castle. If you stand on the opposite bank and view this phenomenon, the castle will fill up your entire view and instantly transport you back to the 14th century. Teutonic Order of Holy Mary in Jerusalem and the Castle: This castle is one of the many that were built in northern Poland owing to the orders of the Teutonic Order of Holy Mary in Jerusalem, which was a knight’s order that was limited to German aristocracy. They were sent here in the year 1225 by the Pope himself in order to convert the local pagan population to the paths of Christianity. In the year 1226, the Order received  [...]
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    Buda Castle, Budapest

    Posted in Europe | January 4, 2011
    Rising about 48 meters above the levels of the Danube, the Castle Hill is said to dominate the skyline of the city. This hill is where the region of Budapest was founded. It is an extremely small, yet densely built rock, and the most prominent building here is the Buda Castle. Buda Castle was first completed in the year 1265, and is the historical castle complex for the kings of Hungary. It is located on the southern edge of the daunting Castle Hill, which lies close to the old Castle district. The specialty of this Castle district is that it houses a number of medieval Baroque-looking 19th century buildings and homes. This castle is now part of the World Heritage Site list by UNESCO; and is inscribed as ‘Budapest, including the Banks of  [...]
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    Column Of Trajan – Greek Art Or Roman Art?

    Posted in Europe | January 3, 2011
    The Column of Trajan is representative of an appropriation of Greek Art, given the fact that the building up of a column was decidedly a Greek form of art, and the figures that adorn the monument were firmly rooted in other more classical traditions. The combination of the column form along with the narrative reliefs on the column, however, is decidedly Roman. Added to this is the quest for immorality that has been achieved through the commemoration of every individualistic achievement of the monumental sculpture, which cannot be anything but Roman. The Column of Trajan was built and completed by the year 113. The main function was to commemorate the successful military campaigns of the Emperor Trajan against the people of Dacia in central  [...]
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    Edinburgh Castle, Scotland

    Posted in Europe | January 1, 2011
    The Edinburgh Castle is one structure that dominates the skyline of Edinburgh, Scotland. It sits there unequalled to the whole of the British Isles. Almost 10 decades’ worth of history lies sitting atop the famous rock of Edinburgh; and once you’ve seen the castle in all its beauty, you will know exactly why a million visitors throng their every year to bask in its glory. A visit to Scotland, and specifically to the Edinburgh Castle will throw light on why the earliest inhabitants of the area; the people from the region of current-day Edinburgh chose this region to make their houses. Throughout history, people have looked for a safe refuge when it came to building their foundations. Once you see the volcanic rock that acts as the base for  [...]
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