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10 km from Gori on the bank of the river Kura there stands one of the rarest monuments in the world – the ancient fortified city Uplistsikhe cut inside the volcanic rocks of the Kvernaki ridge. It was first mentioned in the annals of the 1st century BC and prospered in the 9th -10th centuries.

 

Even from afar this quaint rocky city looks bewitching. Looking like giant pores on the rocks gape the cave grottoes, which used to be full of life. Long time ago there were huge majestic halls, temples, dwellings connected by winding corridors of streets. It is hard to believe that this grandiose titanic creation of the whole city from stone was done by human hands.

 

Hundreds of different structures – temples, public buildings, houses, streets, squares etc. were cut inside the rock. Despite the non-standard approach to the construction, the buildings of Uplistsikhe accurately repeat the samples of conventional architecture: columns, pilasters, capitals, arches, etc. The city was surrounded by the protective moat surrounding it from the east and the north. Uplistsikhe had four gates from all parts of the world.

 

The cave city still has the two-column “reception hall of Queen Tamara” with arch niches and huge pylons. It is magnificent in its sizes, perfect workmanship and graceful architectural forms. Some premises, wine storages, fragments of temples and fortifications, the secret underground tunnel used for water supply are still intact.

 

Uplistsikhe was a cult temple city, a large pagan centre prior to Christianity introduction in Georgia (the 4 th century). Later they observed every possible pagan rituals, and sacrifices. Later Christian churches were built.

 

In the 13 th century Uplistsikhe was destroyed as a result of devastating invasion of Genghis-khan hordes to Georgia.

 

In the 19 th century Uplistsikhe was lost under the layers of dirt and sand. Huge efforts of many experts in its excavation, cleaning, strengthening, restoration and studying of this outstanding historical monument in the history of Georgian culture revived Uplistsikhe which is listed among the historical monuments protected by UNESCO.

An amazing new piece or architecture in Gent, De Krook is a public library (COUSSEE & GORIS Architecte). I had to merge several vertical panoramic shots to get the full reflection, even with my 1635 lens at 16mm... I'll definitively have to go back to this building, this was a "quick shot" during the Light Festival of Gent...

 

Un incroyable nouveau bâtiment dans le centre de Gand, la bibliothèque publique De Krook (COUSSEE & GORIS Architecte). J'ai assemblé plusieurs panoramas verticaux pour réussir à intégrer la totalité des reflets dans la photo, même au 16mm... Il faudra définitivement que je revienne faire une session plus approfondie de ce bâtiment, là c'était un "quickie" pendant le festival des lumières de Gand...

10 km from Gori on the bank of the river Kura there stands one of the rarest monuments in the world – the ancient fortified city Uplistsikhe cut inside the volcanic rocks of the Kvernaki ridge. It was first mentioned in the annals of the 1st century BC and prospered in the 9th -10th centuries.

 

Even from afar this quaint rocky city looks bewitching. Looking like giant pores on the rocks gape the cave grottoes, which used to be full of life. Long time ago there were huge majestic halls, temples, dwellings connected by winding corridors of streets. It is hard to believe that this grandiose titanic creation of the whole city from stone was done by human hands.

 

Hundreds of different structures – temples, public buildings, houses, streets, squares etc. were cut inside the rock. Despite the non-standard approach to the construction, the buildings of Uplistsikhe accurately repeat the samples of conventional architecture: columns, pilasters, capitals, arches, etc. The city was surrounded by the protective moat surrounding it from the east and the north. Uplistsikhe had four gates from all parts of the world.

 

The cave city still has the two-column “reception hall of Queen Tamara” with arch niches and huge pylons. It is magnificent in its sizes, perfect workmanship and graceful architectural forms. Some premises, wine storages, fragments of temples and fortifications, the secret underground tunnel used for water supply are still intact.

 

Uplistsikhe was a cult temple city, a large pagan centre prior to Christianity introduction in Georgia (the 4 th century). Later they observed every possible pagan rituals, and sacrifices. Later Christian churches were built.

 

In the 13 th century Uplistsikhe was destroyed as a result of devastating invasion of Genghis-khan hordes to Georgia.

 

In the 19 th century Uplistsikhe was lost under the layers of dirt and sand. Huge efforts of many experts in its excavation, cleaning, strengthening, restoration and studying of this outstanding historical monument in the history of Georgian culture revived Uplistsikhe which is listed among the historical monuments protected by UNESCO.

10 km from Gori on the bank of the river Kura there stands one of the rarest monuments in the world – the ancient fortified city Uplistsikhe cut inside the volcanic rocks of the Kvernaki ridge. It was first mentioned in the annals of the 1st century BC and prospered in the 9th -10th centuries.

 

Even from afar this quaint rocky city looks bewitching. Looking like giant pores on the rocks gape the cave grottoes, which used to be full of life. Long time ago there were huge majestic halls, temples, dwellings connected by winding corridors of streets. It is hard to believe that this grandiose titanic creation of the whole city from stone was done by human hands.

 

Hundreds of different structures – temples, public buildings, houses, streets, squares etc. were cut inside the rock. Despite the non-standard approach to the construction, the buildings of Uplistsikhe accurately repeat the samples of conventional architecture: columns, pilasters, capitals, arches, etc. The city was surrounded by the protective moat surrounding it from the east and the north. Uplistsikhe had four gates from all parts of the world.

 

The cave city still has the two-column “reception hall of Queen Tamara” with arch niches and huge pylons. It is magnificent in its sizes, perfect workmanship and graceful architectural forms. Some premises, wine storages, fragments of temples and fortifications, the secret underground tunnel used for water supply are still intact.

 

Uplistsikhe was a cult temple city, a large pagan centre prior to Christianity introduction in Georgia (the 4 th century). Later they observed every possible pagan rituals, and sacrifices. Later Christian churches were built.

 

In the 13 th century Uplistsikhe was destroyed as a result of devastating invasion of Genghis-khan hordes to Georgia.

 

In the 19 th century Uplistsikhe was lost under the layers of dirt and sand. Huge efforts of many experts in its excavation, cleaning, strengthening, restoration and studying of this outstanding historical monument in the history of Georgian culture revived Uplistsikhe which is listed among the historical monuments protected by UNESCO.

Noravank (Armenian: Նորավանք, literally "new monastery") is a 13th-century Armenian monastery, located 122 km from Yerevan in a narrow gorge made by the Amaghu River, near the town of Yeghegnadzor, Armenia. The gorge is known for its tall, sheer, brick-red cliffs, directly across from the monastery. The monastery is best known for its two-storey Surb Astvatsatsin (Holy Mother of God) church, which grants access to the second floor by way of a narrow stone-made staircase jutting out from the face of building.

The monastery is sometimes called Noravank at Amaghu, with Amaghu being the name of a small and nowadays abandoned village above the canyon, in order to distinguish it from Bgheno-Noravank, near Goris. In the 13th–14th centuries the monastery became a residence of Syunik's bishops and, consequently. a major religious and, later, cultural center of Armenia closely connected with many of the local seats of learning, especially with Gladzor's famed university and library.

Noravank was founded in 1205 by Bishop Hovhannes, a former abbot of Vahanavank near the present-day city of Kapan in Syunik. The monastic complex includes the church of S. Karapet, S. Grigor chapel with a vaulted hall, and the church of S. Astvatsatsin (Holy Mother of God). Ruins of various civil buildings and khachkars are found both inside and outside of the compound walls. Noravank was the residence of the Orbelian princes. The architect Siranes and the miniature painter and sculptor Momik worked here in the latter part of the thirteenth and early fourteenth century.

The side chapel of Surb (Saint) Grigor was added by the architect Siranes to the northern wall of Surb Karapet church in 1275. The chapel contains more Orbelian family tombs, including a splendid carved lion/human tombstone dated 1300, covering the grave of Elikum son of Prince Tarsayich Orbelian. The modest structure has a rectangular plan, with a semi-circular altar and a vaulted ceiling on a wall arch. The entrance with an arched tympanum is decorated with columns, and the altar apse is flanked with khachkars and representations of doves in relief.

The complex has several surviving khachkars. The most intricate of them all is a 1308 khachkar by Momik. Standing out against the carved background are a large cross over a shield-shaped rosette and salient eight-pointed stars vertically arranged on its sides. The top of the khachkar shows a Deesis scene framed in cinquefoil arches symbolizing a pergola as suggested by the background ornament of flowers, fruit and vine leaves.

 

10 km from Gori on the bank of the river Kura there stands one of the rarest monuments in the world – the ancient fortified city Uplistsikhe cut inside the volcanic rocks of the Kvernaki ridge. It was first mentioned in the annals of the 1st century BC and prospered in the 9th -10th centuries.

 

Even from afar this quaint rocky city looks bewitching. Looking like giant pores on the rocks gape the cave grottoes, which used to be full of life. Long time ago there were huge majestic halls, temples, dwellings connected by winding corridors of streets. It is hard to believe that this grandiose titanic creation of the whole city from stone was done by human hands.

 

Hundreds of different structures – temples, public buildings, houses, streets, squares etc. were cut inside the rock. Despite the non-standard approach to the construction, the buildings of Uplistsikhe accurately repeat the samples of conventional architecture: columns, pilasters, capitals, arches, etc. The city was surrounded by the protective moat surrounding it from the east and the north. Uplistsikhe had four gates from all parts of the world.

 

The cave city still has the two-column “reception hall of Queen Tamara” with arch niches and huge pylons. It is magnificent in its sizes, perfect workmanship and graceful architectural forms. Some premises, wine storages, fragments of temples and fortifications, the secret underground tunnel used for water supply are still intact.

 

Uplistsikhe was a cult temple city, a large pagan centre prior to Christianity introduction in Georgia (the 4 th century). Later they observed every possible pagan rituals, and sacrifices. Later Christian churches were built.

 

In the 13 th century Uplistsikhe was destroyed as a result of devastating invasion of Genghis-khan hordes to Georgia.

 

In the 19 th century Uplistsikhe was lost under the layers of dirt and sand. Huge efforts of many experts in its excavation, cleaning, strengthening, restoration and studying of this outstanding historical monument in the history of Georgian culture revived Uplistsikhe which is listed among the historical monuments protected by UNESCO.

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Noravank - Նորավանք - meaning "New Monastery" s a 13th century Armenian Apostolic Church monastery, located 122 km from Yerevan in a narrow gorge made by the Amaghu river, nearby the city of Yeghegnadzor, Armenia. The gorge is known for its tall, sheer, brick-red cliffs, directly across from the monastery. The monastery is best known for its two-storey S. Astvatsatsin church, which grants access to the second floor by way of narrow stones jutting out from the face of building. The monastery is sometimes called Amaghu-Noravank, Amaghu being the name of a small recently destroyed village above the canyon, in order to distinguish it from Bgheno-Noravank, near Goris.

 

Yet one more place that firstly welcomed me with lot and lot of rain. I waited there for 2 hours to see if the rain stop, but it didnt. I decided that this place can be visited again on my way back to Yerevan as it is definitely worth it. When I was approaching the following time, I had the most amazing and dramatic light - strong, late afternoon light with heavy, dark, stormy clouds in the back - my favorite combination. The contrast and an amazing surrounding landscape created this stunning shot.... surely the 2nd trip was worth it!

 

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Gori – one of ancient cities of Georgia, the native town of Stalin

Eline Goris at NUL33 in the city of Amersfoort.

Von Graf Eberhard V von Württenberg zwischen 1476 und 1479 gebautes Stadthaus. Vermutlich für hochstehende Gäste des Hofes.

Built 1476-1479 on behalf of Count Eberhard V of Württemberg as an town haus for stately guest of the court.

Stalin Museum, Gori, Georgia.

 

This is the city of Gori, a city of 47,000 people about 60 miles northwest of the Georgian capital Tbilisi. It is the dictator’s birthplace, home to the world’s largest Stalin museum, and one of the hottest tourist destination in the post-Soviet Republic of Georgia. Each year, hundreds of thousands of people travel here to visit this dystopian shrine.

 

The specter of Joseph Stalin haunts every inch of the room. Sculptures, portraits, and framed newspaper clippings of the moustached dictator populate the hallways. Stalin’s wood tobacco pipes, army caps, and military tunics collect dust under display cases.

 

The museum chronicles Stalin’s rise from poet and choirboy to revolutionary bank-robber—and his ascent to USSR overlord who, in the museum’s telling, rescued civilization from Adolf Hitler. But this rosy rags to riches Soviet fairytale is heavily redacted. There’s no mention of purges, Siberian death camps, forced collectivization, mass starvation, or any suggestion that Stalin was the cutthroat dictator who, historians assert, slaughtered millions.

 

For video, please visit youtu.be/FQ_1VrSOnRk

Halls and corridors ceilings - Uffizi Gallery - Florence

 

La decorazione del soffitto avvenne tra il 1658 e il 1679 su iniziativa di Ferdinando II de' Medici, con soggetti legati a uomini illustri fiorentini, quali esempi di virtù, le personificazioni delle città del Granducato di Toscana e le battaglie di conquista o difesa. I pittori che parteciparono all'opera furono Cosimo Ulivelli, Angelo Gori, Jacopo Chiavistelli e altri. Quando le ultime dodici campate andarono perdute in un incendio nel 1762, gli affreschi vennero reintegrati da Giuseppe del Moro, Giuliano Traballesi e Giuseppe Terreni.

 

Ceiling decoration took place between 1658 and 1679 on the initiative of Ferdinand 2nd de' Medici, with subjects related to illustrious Florentine men, examples of virtues, personifications of the cities of the Grand Duchy of Tuscany and battles of conquest or defense. The painters who participated in the work were Cosimo Ulivelli, Angelo Gori, Jacopo Chiavistelli and others. When the last twelve camps were lost in a fire in 1762, the frescoes were reintegrated by Giuseppe del Moro, Giuliano Traballesi and Giuseppe Terreni.

 

Flickr friends, I'm back from a long break at last! And before I dig into 3000+ photos I made in UK, here are some taken in Armenia a month ago.

We drove through this rock on the way from Goris to Kapan city in the South of Armenia. The road was extremely bad, and this is the best one I took in a shaky car.

 

Thanks for your visit and have a great day!

Halls and corridors ceilings - Uffizi Gallery - Florence

 

La decorazione del soffitto avvenne tra il 1658 e il 1679 su iniziativa di Ferdinando II de' Medici, con soggetti legati a uomini illustri fiorentini, quali esempi di virtù, le personificazioni delle città del Granducato di Toscana e le battaglie di conquista o difesa. I pittori che parteciparono all'opera furono Cosimo Ulivelli, Angelo Gori, Jacopo Chiavistelli e altri. Quando le ultime dodici campate andarono perdute in un incendio nel 1762, gli affreschi vennero reintegrati da Giuseppe del Moro, Giuliano Traballesi e Giuseppe Terreni.

 

Ceiling decoration took place between 1658 and 1679 on the initiative of Ferdinand 2nd de' Medici, with subjects related to illustrious Florentine men, examples of virtues, personifications of the cities of the Grand Duchy of Tuscany and battles of conquest or defense. The painters who participated in the work were Cosimo Ulivelli, Angelo Gori, Jacopo Chiavistelli and others. When the last twelve camps were lost in a fire in 1762, the frescoes were reintegrated by Giuseppe del Moro, Giuliano Traballesi and Giuseppe Terreni.

 

Stalin Museum, Gori, Georgia.

 

This is the city of Gori, a city of 47,000 people about 60 miles northwest of the Georgian capital Tbilisi. It is the dictator’s birthplace, home to the world’s largest Stalin museum, and one of the hottest tourist destination in the post-Soviet Republic of Georgia. Each year, hundreds of thousands of people travel here to visit this dystopian shrine.

 

The specter of Joseph Stalin haunts every inch of the room. Sculptures, portraits, and framed newspaper clippings of the moustached dictator populate the hallways. Stalin’s wood tobacco pipes, army caps, and military tunics collect dust under display cases.

 

The museum chronicles Stalin’s rise from poet and choirboy to revolutionary bank-robber—and his ascent to USSR overlord who, in the museum’s telling, rescued civilization from Adolf Hitler. But this rosy rags to riches Soviet fairytale is heavily redacted. There’s no mention of purges, Siberian death camps, forced collectivization, mass starvation, or any suggestion that Stalin was the cutthroat dictator who, historians assert, slaughtered millions.

 

For video, please visit youtu.be/FQ_1VrSOnRk

Uplistsikhe, the cave town is situated 7 km southeast of Gori on the left bank of the River Mtkvari. The site still amazes the visitors by its dimensions, extraordinary position, refined forms and the beauty of landscape. You will find huge echoing halls, long meandering corridor-streets, chambers for pagan worship and even the remains of Georgia's oldest theater there. You will be impressed by the skill, knowledge, experience and physical and spiritual power of all those, who created this unique monument.

millenniums B.C. In antiquity, the city was one of the most important centers of Kartli and in the middle Ages it stood on an important trade route that linked Byzantium with India and China. In 10th-16th centuries B.C. one of the strongest communities, residing on this territory used the natural caves for dwellings, later Uplistsikhe became one of the strongest political, cultural, religious and economic centers and the royal residence.

After the establishment of Christianity as the state religion, in the 30s of 4th century, the town began to decline. During Mongol invasions in 12th century it was badly damaged and soon in the 13th century, the hordes of Genghis Khan's son Khulagu finally destroyed it. The five thousand inhabitants of Uplistsikhe perished and life ended forever in the fortress.

Today various kinds of halls, rooms, and buildings made in different epochs still survive. Archaeological findings such as ritual things and jewels made of gold, silver, Iron, bones, stone and clay sculptures shed light to the history of the town. Archaeologists claim that the people of Uplistsikhe had close ties with the centers of Urartu, Asia Minor and Greek-Roman countries. The handicrafts made here are of high artistic quality, today kept in the State Art Museum of Georgia.

Halls and corridors ceilings - Uffizi Gallery - Florence

 

La decorazione del soffitto avvenne tra il 1658 e il 1679 su iniziativa di Ferdinando II de' Medici, con soggetti legati a uomini illustri fiorentini, quali esempi di virtù, le personificazioni delle città del Granducato di Toscana e le battaglie di conquista o difesa. I pittori che parteciparono all'opera furono Cosimo Ulivelli, Angelo Gori, Jacopo Chiavistelli e altri. Quando le ultime dodici campate andarono perdute in un incendio nel 1762, gli affreschi vennero reintegrati da Giuseppe del Moro, Giuliano Traballesi e Giuseppe Terreni.

 

Ceiling decoration took place between 1658 and 1679 on the initiative of Ferdinand 2nd de' Medici, with subjects related to illustrious Florentine men, examples of virtues, personifications of the cities of the Grand Duchy of Tuscany and battles of conquest or defense. The painters who participated in the work were Cosimo Ulivelli, Angelo Gori, Jacopo Chiavistelli and others. When the last twelve camps were lost in a fire in 1762, the frescoes were reintegrated by Giuseppe del Moro, Giuliano Traballesi and Giuseppe Terreni.

 

Goristsikhe is situated in the center of the city. This is a half ruined fortress standing on a rocky hill. Goristsikhe takes its roots in the end of the first millenium before christ. After that it was many time rebuilt and changed. The Biggest damage to this fortress gave the earthquake in 1920.

Halls and corridors ceilings - Uffizi Gallery - Florence

 

La decorazione del soffitto avvenne tra il 1658 e il 1679 su iniziativa di Ferdinando II de' Medici, con soggetti legati a uomini illustri fiorentini, quali esempi di virtù, le personificazioni delle città del Granducato di Toscana e le battaglie di conquista o difesa. I pittori che parteciparono all'opera furono Cosimo Ulivelli, Angelo Gori, Jacopo Chiavistelli e altri. Quando le ultime dodici campate andarono perdute in un incendio nel 1762, gli affreschi vennero reintegrati da Giuseppe del Moro, Giuliano Traballesi e Giuseppe Terreni.

 

Ceiling decoration took place between 1658 and 1679 on the initiative of Ferdinand 2nd de' Medici, with subjects related to illustrious Florentine men, examples of virtues, personifications of the cities of the Grand Duchy of Tuscany and battles of conquest or defense. The painters who participated in the work were Cosimo Ulivelli, Angelo Gori, Jacopo Chiavistelli and others. When the last twelve camps were lost in a fire in 1762, the frescoes were reintegrated by Giuseppe del Moro, Giuliano Traballesi and Giuseppe Terreni.

 

Halls and corridors ceilings - Uffizi Gallery - Florence

 

La decorazione del soffitto avvenne tra il 1658 e il 1679 su iniziativa di Ferdinando II de' Medici, con soggetti legati a uomini illustri fiorentini, quali esempi di virtù, le personificazioni delle città del Granducato di Toscana e le battaglie di conquista o difesa. I pittori che parteciparono all'opera furono Cosimo Ulivelli, Angelo Gori, Jacopo Chiavistelli e altri. Quando le ultime dodici campate andarono perdute in un incendio nel 1762, gli affreschi vennero reintegrati da Giuseppe del Moro, Giuliano Traballesi e Giuseppe Terreni.

 

Ceiling decoration took place between 1658 and 1679 on the initiative of Ferdinand 2nd de' Medici, with subjects related to illustrious Florentine men, examples of virtues, personifications of the cities of the Grand Duchy of Tuscany and battles of conquest or defense. The painters who participated in the work were Cosimo Ulivelli, Angelo Gori, Jacopo Chiavistelli and others. When the last twelve camps were lost in a fire in 1762, the frescoes were reintegrated by Giuseppe del Moro, Giuliano Traballesi and Giuseppe Terreni.

 

Halls and corridors ceilings - Uffizi Gallery - Florence

 

La decorazione del soffitto avvenne tra il 1658 e il 1679 su iniziativa di Ferdinando II de' Medici, con soggetti legati a uomini illustri fiorentini, quali esempi di virtù, le personificazioni delle città del Granducato di Toscana e le battaglie di conquista o difesa. I pittori che parteciparono all'opera furono Cosimo Ulivelli, Angelo Gori, Jacopo Chiavistelli e altri. Quando le ultime dodici campate andarono perdute in un incendio nel 1762, gli affreschi vennero reintegrati da Giuseppe del Moro, Giuliano Traballesi e Giuseppe Terreni.

 

Ceiling decoration took place between 1658 and 1679 on the initiative of Ferdinand 2nd de' Medici, with subjects related to illustrious Florentine men, examples of virtues, personifications of the cities of the Grand Duchy of Tuscany and battles of conquest or defense. The painters who participated in the work were Cosimo Ulivelli, Angelo Gori, Jacopo Chiavistelli and others. When the last twelve camps were lost in a fire in 1762, the frescoes were reintegrated by Giuseppe del Moro, Giuliano Traballesi and Giuseppe Terreni.

 

Staircase leading to the basilica.

 

Cemetery around the basilica, called Porte Sante, are the tombs of Carlo Collodi, creator of Pinocchio, Giovanni Spadolini (politician), Pietro Annigoni (painter), Luigi Ugolini (poet and author), Mario Cecchi Gori (film producer), Libero Andreotti (sculptor) and Giovanni Papini (writer).

Il segreto meglio custodito di tutta l'Armenia si trova nascosto in un canyon: il monastero di Noravank. "noravank", in armeno, significa "monastero nuovo". È vicino alla città di Yeghegnadzor, nella regione di Vayots' Dzor, nel sud dell'Armenia a circa 120 km da Yerevan. Fu costruito nel XII secolo sopra i resti di una chiesa del IX-X secolo. Il complesso è formato dalla chiesa principale del monastero dedicata a San Giovanni il Precursore (Surp Karapet), un'altra consacrata a San Gregorio (Surp Grigor) e quella di Santa Madre di Dio (Surp Astvatsatsin). Intorno al monastero nel XVI e XVII secolo furono costruite delle mura, ancora esistenti. Vi sono inoltre i famosi "khachkars" (enormi croci di pietra intagliata) che non mancano mai nei dintorni dei monasteri e delle chiese armene. Noravank è noto per essere stato un importantissimo "scriptorium", dove i monaci copisti inquadernavano, copiavano, decoravano e restauravano libri. Grazie a loro, all'interno del monastero esiste uno spazio dedicato all'alfabeto armeno, che è inciso sia sulla pietra che sul pavimento. Noravank fu restaurato due volte nel secolo scorso.

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Noravank (meaning new monastery) is a 13th century monastery, located 122 km from Yerevan in a narrow gorge made by the Darichay river, nearby the city of Yeghegnadzor, Armenia. The gorge is known for its tall, sheer, brick-red cliffs, directly across from the monastery. The monastery is best known for its two-storey S. Astvatsatsin church, which grants access to the second floor by way of narrow stones jutting out from the face of building. The monastery is sometimes called Amaghu-Noravank, Amaghu being the name of a small recently destroyed village above the canyon, in order to distinguish it from Bgheno-Noravank Monastery, near Goris. In the 13th–14th centuries the monastery became a residence of Syunik's bishops and, consequently. a major religious and, later, cultural center of Armenia closely connected with many of the local seats of learning, especially with Gladzor's famed university and library.

 

Belem, Berardo Collection, Centro Cultural de Belem, Lisbon, Portugal

 

Material: Oil on canvas

Collection: Berardo Collection

 

BIOGRAPHY

  

MOVEMENT: CUBISM, CONSTRUCTIVISM

 

Florence Henri (28 June 1893, New York City – 24 July 1982, Laboissière-en-Thelle) was a photographer and artist. She grew up in Europe and studied in Rome, where she met the Futurists, and in Berlin, then in Paris with Fernand Léger and Amédée Ozenfant, and finally at the Dessau Bauhaus before returning to Paris where she started with photography.

 

Her work includes experimental photography, advertising, and portraits, many of artists.

 

EARLY LIFE

 

Henri was born in New York to a French father and a Polish mother.

 

After the death of her mother in 1895, Henri and her father began traveling for his work as a director of a petroleum company.

 

Henri began to study music in Paris at the age of nine. In 1906, Henri and her father settled on the Isle of Wight in England where her father then died in 1908.

 

After the death of her father, Henri went to live in Rome with Gino Gori, a poet who introduced Henri to the avant-garde art movement.

 

In 1913 Henri moved to Berlin to continue her music studies with pianist-composer Ferruccio Busoni.

 

When World War I broke out in 1914, Henri was trapped in Berlin with her wages frozen. To earn a living, Henri played piano for silent movies. After visiting the Academy of the Arts, Berlin, Henri decided to pursue painting instead of music. Throughout this period, Henri focused on figure studies and landscapes.

 

Also during this time, she met Jewish German critic and art historian Carl Einstein who became a mentor and close friend until his death in 1940. After World War I, Henri studied under artists such as Johann Walter-Kurau and Vasily Kandinsky.

 

In 1924, Henri decided to move to Paris but had trouble obtaining permission to live in France. On June 18, 1924, Henri married Karl Anton Koster in Lucerne. It was a marriage of convenience for Henri to obtain permission to reside in France. Koster and Henri divorced in 1954.

 

EDUCATION

 

In 1925, Florence Henri enrolled in the Académie Moderne to study under Fernand Léger and Amédée Ozenfant. In the summer of 1925, Polish painter Victor Yanaga Poznanski organized "Exposition International. L'Art d'Aujourd'hui." It was the first international exhibition of avant-garde art in Paris since World War I.

 

Besides Henri, other artists at the exhibit included Piet Mondrian, Paul Klee, and Pablo Picasso. After exhibiting works in the "Exposition de l'Académie Moderne" at the Galerie Aubier in March 1927, Henri enrolled at the Bauhaus in Dessau.

 

CAREER

 

Florence Henri’s work occupied a central place in the world of avant-garde photography in the late 1920s. She became a member of the CERCLE ET CARRÉ GROUP in 1929.

 

At the Bauhaus, Henri met László Moholy-Nagy and enrolled in his summer photography course. She moved into Moholy-Nagy's house and became a close friend of his wife Lucia Moholy who encouraged her to take up photography.

 

With Florence Henri’s photos, photographic practice enters a new phase—the scope of which would have been unimaginable before today. Above and beyond the precise and exact documentary composition of these highly defined photos, research into the effects of light is tackled not only through abstract photograms, but also in photos of real-life subjects. . . .

László Moholy-Nagy

 

By 1928 she had abandoned painting and set up her own studio as a professional freelance photographer.

 

One of her self-portraits was published by Moholy-Nagy in i10 Internationale Revue. Moholy-Nagy's critique recognises that her photographs fulfill the tenet of 'making strange' where ‘reflections and spatial relationships, overlapping and penetrations are examined from a new perspectival angle’.

 

Many of her photographs incorporate mirrors; Henri used mirrors for her own self-dramatisations, in commercial work and to make portraits of friends such as Jean Arp, Petra Van Doesburg, Sonia Delaunay, Wassili Kandinsky, Fernand Léger, and Margarete Schall.

 

In 1930, she exhibited in the International Exhibition ‘Das Lichtbild’ The Photograph in Munich. The year after she showed images at a ‘Foreign Advertising Photography’ exhibition in New York.

 

Her work was compared to that of the photographers Man Ray, László Moholy-Nagy and Adolphe Baron de Mayer, as well as with the winner of the first prize at the exhibition and Bauhaus director, Herbert Bayer.

 

In doing so she joins the ranks of the icons of the avant-garde of this period. The importance of her work was recognized in one-woman exhibitions and publication in various journals, including N-Z Wochenschau. She produced a series of images of the dancer Rosella Hightower.

 

Having set up her portrait studio in Paris in 1928, by 1930 she was teaching classes of her own which included future luminaries such as Gisèle Freund and Lisette Model.

 

As the second World War approached with the occupation of the Nazi Party, there was a noticeable decline in her photographic work which would have been considered degenerate art. Photographic materials would have become increasingly hard to obtain and Florence Henri returned to abstract painting until her death in the 1980s.

 

SOURCE: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Florence_Henri

Halls and corridors ceilings - Uffizi Gallery - Florence

 

La decorazione del soffitto avvenne tra il 1658 e il 1679 su iniziativa di Ferdinando II de' Medici, con soggetti legati a uomini illustri fiorentini, quali esempi di virtù, le personificazioni delle città del Granducato di Toscana e le battaglie di conquista o difesa. I pittori che parteciparono all'opera furono Cosimo Ulivelli, Angelo Gori, Jacopo Chiavistelli e altri. Quando le ultime dodici campate andarono perdute in un incendio nel 1762, gli affreschi vennero reintegrati da Giuseppe del Moro, Giuliano Traballesi e Giuseppe Terreni.

 

Ceiling decoration took place between 1658 and 1679 on the initiative of Ferdinand 2nd de' Medici, with subjects related to illustrious Florentine men, examples of virtues, personifications of the cities of the Grand Duchy of Tuscany and battles of conquest or defense. The painters who participated in the work were Cosimo Ulivelli, Angelo Gori, Jacopo Chiavistelli and others. When the last twelve camps were lost in a fire in 1762, the frescoes were reintegrated by Giuseppe del Moro, Giuliano Traballesi and Giuseppe Terreni.

 

Stalin Museum, Gori, Georgia.

 

This is the city of Gori, a city of 47,000 people about 60 miles northwest of the Georgian capital Tbilisi. It is the dictator’s birthplace, home to the world’s largest Stalin museum, and one of the hottest tourist destination in the post-Soviet Republic of Georgia. Each year, hundreds of thousands of people travel here to visit this dystopian shrine.

 

The specter of Joseph Stalin haunts every inch of the room. Sculptures, portraits, and framed newspaper clippings of the moustached dictator populate the hallways. Stalin’s wood tobacco pipes, army caps, and military tunics collect dust under display cases.

 

The museum chronicles Stalin’s rise from poet and choirboy to revolutionary bank-robber—and his ascent to USSR overlord who, in the museum’s telling, rescued civilization from Adolf Hitler. But this rosy rags to riches Soviet fairytale is heavily redacted. There’s no mention of purges, Siberian death camps, forced collectivization, mass starvation, or any suggestion that Stalin was the cutthroat dictator who, historians assert, slaughtered millions.

 

For video, please visit youtu.be/FQ_1VrSOnRk

Stalin Museum, Gori, Georgia.

 

This is the city of Gori, a city of 47,000 people about 60 miles northwest of the Georgian capital Tbilisi. It is the dictator’s birthplace, home to the world’s largest Stalin museum, and one of the hottest tourist destination in the post-Soviet Republic of Georgia. Each year, hundreds of thousands of people travel here to visit this dystopian shrine.

 

The specter of Joseph Stalin haunts every inch of the room. Sculptures, portraits, and framed newspaper clippings of the moustached dictator populate the hallways. Stalin’s wood tobacco pipes, army caps, and military tunics collect dust under display cases.

 

The museum chronicles Stalin’s rise from poet and choirboy to revolutionary bank-robber—and his ascent to USSR overlord who, in the museum’s telling, rescued civilization from Adolf Hitler. But this rosy rags to riches Soviet fairytale is heavily redacted. There’s no mention of purges, Siberian death camps, forced collectivization, mass starvation, or any suggestion that Stalin was the cutthroat dictator who, historians assert, slaughtered millions.

 

For video, please visit youtu.be/FQ_1VrSOnRk

Halls and corridors ceilings - Uffizi Gallery - Florence

 

La decorazione del soffitto avvenne tra il 1658 e il 1679 su iniziativa di Ferdinando II de' Medici, con soggetti legati a uomini illustri fiorentini, quali esempi di virtù, le personificazioni delle città del Granducato di Toscana e le battaglie di conquista o difesa. I pittori che parteciparono all'opera furono Cosimo Ulivelli, Angelo Gori, Jacopo Chiavistelli e altri. Quando le ultime dodici campate andarono perdute in un incendio nel 1762, gli affreschi vennero reintegrati da Giuseppe del Moro, Giuliano Traballesi e Giuseppe Terreni.

 

Ceiling decoration took place between 1658 and 1679 on the initiative of Ferdinand 2nd de' Medici, with subjects related to illustrious Florentine men, examples of virtues, personifications of the cities of the Grand Duchy of Tuscany and battles of conquest or defense. The painters who participated in the work were Cosimo Ulivelli, Angelo Gori, Jacopo Chiavistelli and others. When the last twelve camps were lost in a fire in 1762, the frescoes were reintegrated by Giuseppe del Moro, Giuliano Traballesi and Giuseppe Terreni.

 

Halls and corridors ceilings - Uffizi Gallery - Florence

 

La decorazione del soffitto avvenne tra il 1658 e il 1679 su iniziativa di Ferdinando II de' Medici, con soggetti legati a uomini illustri fiorentini, quali esempi di virtù, le personificazioni delle città del Granducato di Toscana e le battaglie di conquista o difesa. I pittori che parteciparono all'opera furono Cosimo Ulivelli, Angelo Gori, Jacopo Chiavistelli e altri. Quando le ultime dodici campate andarono perdute in un incendio nel 1762, gli affreschi vennero reintegrati da Giuseppe del Moro, Giuliano Traballesi e Giuseppe Terreni.

 

Ceiling decoration took place between 1658 and 1679 on the initiative of Ferdinand 2nd de' Medici, with subjects related to illustrious Florentine men, examples of virtues, personifications of the cities of the Grand Duchy of Tuscany and battles of conquest or defense. The painters who participated in the work were Cosimo Ulivelli, Angelo Gori, Jacopo Chiavistelli and others. When the last twelve camps were lost in a fire in 1762, the frescoes were reintegrated by Giuseppe del Moro, Giuliano Traballesi and Giuseppe Terreni.

 

The Monastery of Tatev (Armenian: Տաթև) is a 9th century Armenian monastery located on a large basalt plateau near the Tatev village in Syunik Province in southeastern Armenia. The term "Tatev" usually refers to the monastery. The monastic ensemble stands on the edge of a deep gorge of the Vorotan River. Tatev is known as the bishopric seat of Syunik and played a significant role in the history of the region as a centre of economic, political, spiritual and cultural activity.

 

In the 14th and 15th centuries Tatev Monastery hosted one of the most important Armenian medieval universities, the University of Tatev, which contributed to the advancement of science, religion and philosophy, reproduction of books and development of miniature painting. Scholars of the Tatev University contributed to the preservation of Armenian culture and creed during one of its most turbulent periods in its history.

 

On 26 April 1921, the 2nd Pan-Zangezurian congress, held in Tatev, announced the independence of the self-governing regions of Daralakyaz (Vayots Dzor), Zangezur, and Mountainous Artsakh, under the name of the Republic of Mountainous Armenia (Lernahaystani Hanrapetutyun). The state also included the regions of Tatev canyon, Sisian and Gndevaz. The city of Goris became the capital of the unrecognized state, and Garegin Nzhdeh was chosen as prime minister and minister of defence. Later, in July, Simon Vratsian took the office as prime minister while Njdeh became the governor and the general commander.

 

The monastery was seriously damaged after an earthquake in 1931, the dome of the Sts. Paul and Peter church and the bell tower were destroyed. In the latter years the Sts. Paul and Peter church was reconstructed, but the bell tower remains destroyed up to today.

 

In 1995, the monasteries of Tatev, Tatevi Anapat and their adjacent areas of the Vorotan Valley were added to the tentative list of World Heritage Sites of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

 

In October 2010, Armenia launched the world’s longest reversible aerial tramway, a 5750 m long cable-car, as part of its effort to revive tourism in the area. This link, named Wings of Tatev connects the village of Halidzor with the Tatev Monastery. The project is executed by the Swiss competence centre of the Doppelmayr/Garaventa group and cost US$25 million.

 

(Wikipedia)

 

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The epic Tatev monastery is not located close to Yerevan and thus less visited; anyway, it is a monumental sight, as is the cable car ride to it across the valleys.

 

We strolled around Tatev and explored its interiors - one may really feel a lot of magic and history when visiting this ancient place.

In the east of Georgia, a 100 kilometers from the capital Tbilisi and 10 from Gori, lies the ancient city of Uplistsikhe, which has become a tourist center since the fifties of the XX century. The name of one of the main attractions of the country translates as "Fortress of God".

 

The caves of the city, abandoned by people only in the 19th century, keep an 3000-year history full of secrets and mysterious facts. Now the object attracts thousands of visitors to plunge into the atmosphere of antiquity, to look into the depths of the "Fortress of the Lord", to get into a completely different world.

 

The historical monument, which has the status of a museum and is under the protection of UNESCO, is called Georgian Petra. Located on the banks of the Kura River, it is considered one of the first points that people inhabited in Georgia before our era.

In the east of Georgia, a 100 kilometers from the capital Tbilisi and 10 from Gori, lies the ancient city of Uplistsikhe, which has become a tourist center since the fifties of the XX century. The name of one of the main attractions of the country translates as "Fortress of God".

 

The caves of the city, abandoned by people only in the 19th century, keep an 3000-year history full of secrets and mysterious facts. Now the object attracts thousands of visitors to plunge into the atmosphere of antiquity, to look into the depths of the "Fortress of the Lord", to get into a completely different world.

 

The historical monument, which has the status of a museum and is under the protection of UNESCO, is called Georgian Petra. Located on the banks of the Kura River, it is considered one of the first points that people inhabited in Georgia before our era.

In the east of Georgia, a 100 kilometers from the capital Tbilisi and 10 from Gori, lies the ancient city of Uplistsikhe, which has become a tourist center since the fifties of the XX century. The name of one of the main attractions of the country translates as "Fortress of God".

 

The caves of the city, abandoned by people only in the 19th century, keep an 3000-year history full of secrets and mysterious facts. Now the object attracts thousands of visitors to plunge into the atmosphere of antiquity, to look into the depths of the "Fortress of the Lord", to get into a completely different world.

 

The historical monument, which has the status of a museum and is under the protection of UNESCO, is called Georgian Petra. Located on the banks of the Kura River, it is considered one of the first points that people inhabited in Georgia before our era.

Noravank literally "new monastery") is a 13th-century Armenian monastery, located 122 km from Yerevan in a narrow gorge made by the Amaghu River, near the city of Yeghegnadzor, Armenia. The gorge is known for its tall, sheer, brick-red cliffs, directly across from the monastery. The monastery is best known for its two-storey Surb Astvatsatsin (Holy Mother of God) church, which grants access to the second floor by way of a narrow stone-made staircase jutting out from the face of building.

 

The monastery is sometimes called Noravank at Amaghu, with Amaghu being the name of a small and nowadays abandoned village above the canyon, in order to distinguish it from Bgheno-Noravank, near Goris. In the 13th–14th centuries the monastery became a residence of Syunik's bishops and, consequently. a major religious and, later, cultural center of Armenia closely connected with many of the local seats of learning, especially with Gladzor's famed university and library.

 

Noravank was founded in 1205 by Bishop Hovhannes, a former abbot of Vahanavank near the present-day city of Kapan in Syunik. The monastic complex includes the church of S. Karapet, S. Grigor chapel with a vaulted hall, and the church of S. Astvatsatsin (Holy Mother of God). Ruins of various civil buildings and khachkars are found both inside and outside of the compound walls. Noravank was the residence of the Orbelian princes. The architect Siranes and the miniature painter and sculptor Momik worked here in the latter part of the thirteenth and early fourteenth century.

10 km from Gori on the bank of the river Kura there stands one of the rarest monuments in the world – the ancient fortified city Uplistsikhe cut inside the volcanic rocks of the Kvernaki ridge. It was first mentioned in the annals of the 1st century BC and prospered in the 9th -10th centuries.

 

Even from afar this quaint rocky city looks bewitching. Looking like giant pores on the rocks gape the cave grottoes, which used to be full of life. Long time ago there were huge majestic halls, temples, dwellings connected by winding corridors of streets. It is hard to believe that this grandiose titanic creation of the whole city from stone was done by human hands.

 

Hundreds of different structures – temples, public buildings, houses, streets, squares etc. were cut inside the rock. Despite the non-standard approach to the construction, the buildings of Uplistsikhe accurately repeat the samples of conventional architecture: columns, pilasters, capitals, arches, etc. The city was surrounded by the protective moat surrounding it from the east and the north. Uplistsikhe had four gates from all parts of the world.

 

The cave city still has the two-column “reception hall of Queen Tamara” with arch niches and huge pylons. It is magnificent in its sizes, perfect workmanship and graceful architectural forms. Some premises, wine storages, fragments of temples and fortifications, the secret underground tunnel used for water supply are still intact.

 

Uplistsikhe was a cult temple city, a large pagan centre prior to Christianity introduction in Georgia (the 4 th century). Later they observed every possible pagan rituals, and sacrifices. Later Christian churches were built.

 

In the 13 th century Uplistsikhe was destroyed as a result of devastating invasion of Genghis-khan hordes to Georgia.

 

In the 19 th century Uplistsikhe was lost under the layers of dirt and sand. Huge efforts of many experts in its excavation, cleaning, strengthening, restoration and studying of this outstanding historical monument in the history of Georgian culture revived Uplistsikhe which is listed among the historical monuments protected by UNESCO.

10 km from Gori on the bank of the river Kura there stands one of the rarest monuments in the world – the ancient fortified city Uplistsikhe cut inside the volcanic rocks of the Kvernaki ridge. It was first mentioned in the annals of the 1st century BC and prospered in the 9th -10th centuries.

 

Even from afar this quaint rocky city looks bewitching. Looking like giant pores on the rocks gape the cave grottoes, which used to be full of life. Long time ago there were huge majestic halls, temples, dwellings connected by winding corridors of streets. It is hard to believe that this grandiose titanic creation of the whole city from stone was done by human hands.

 

Hundreds of different structures – temples, public buildings, houses, streets, squares etc. were cut inside the rock. Despite the non-standard approach to the construction, the buildings of Uplistsikhe accurately repeat the samples of conventional architecture: columns, pilasters, capitals, arches, etc. The city was surrounded by the protective moat surrounding it from the east and the north. Uplistsikhe had four gates from all parts of the world.

 

The cave city still has the two-column “reception hall of Queen Tamara” with arch niches and huge pylons. It is magnificent in its sizes, perfect workmanship and graceful architectural forms. Some premises, wine storages, fragments of temples and fortifications, the secret underground tunnel used for water supply are still intact.

 

Uplistsikhe was a cult temple city, a large pagan centre prior to Christianity introduction in Georgia (the 4 th century). Later they observed every possible pagan rituals, and sacrifices. Later Christian churches were built.

 

In the 13 th century Uplistsikhe was destroyed as a result of devastating invasion of Genghis-khan hordes to Georgia.

 

In the 19 th century Uplistsikhe was lost under the layers of dirt and sand. Huge efforts of many experts in its excavation, cleaning, strengthening, restoration and studying of this outstanding historical monument in the history of Georgian culture revived Uplistsikhe which is listed among the historical monuments protected by UNESCO.

Georgia Tbilisi TV Broadcasting Tower (Georgian: თბილისის ტელეანძა, tbilisis teleandza) is a free-standing tower structure used for communications purposes. The tower is located in Tbilisi, Georgia and was built in 1972. The preceding structure, built in 1955, was moved to the vicinity of the city of Gori.

 

The tower is operated by "Georgian Teleradiocenter", that was established 1955. Communication systems on the tower include regular broadcast, MMDS, pager and cellular, commercial TV, and amateur radio repeater. The tower is 274.5 m (901 ft) high on a mountain at 719.2 m (2,360 feet) above sea level.

Gori, a city in eastern Georgia, was an important military stronghold in the Middle Ages and maintains a strategic importance due to its location on the principal highway connecting eastern and western parts of Georgia.

In the course of its history, Gori has been invaded by the armies of regional powers several times. The city was occupied by Russian troops during the 2008 Russian–Georgian War.

Gori is also known as the birthplace of the Soviet leader Joseph Stalin, ballistic missile designer Alexander Nadiradze and philosopher Merab Mamardashvili.

10 km from Gori on the bank of the river Kura there stands one of the rarest monuments in the world – the ancient fortified city Uplistsikhe cut inside the volcanic rocks of the Kvernaki ridge. It was first mentioned in the annals of the 1st century BC and prospered in the 9th -10th centuries.

 

Even from afar this quaint rocky city looks bewitching. Looking like giant pores on the rocks gape the cave grottoes, which used to be full of life. Long time ago there were huge majestic halls, temples, dwellings connected by winding corridors of streets. It is hard to believe that this grandiose titanic creation of the whole city from stone was done by human hands.

 

Hundreds of different structures – temples, public buildings, houses, streets, squares etc. were cut inside the rock. Despite the non-standard approach to the construction, the buildings of Uplistsikhe accurately repeat the samples of conventional architecture: columns, pilasters, capitals, arches, etc. The city was surrounded by the protective moat surrounding it from the east and the north. Uplistsikhe had four gates from all parts of the world.

 

The cave city still has the two-column “reception hall of Queen Tamara” with arch niches and huge pylons. It is magnificent in its sizes, perfect workmanship and graceful architectural forms. Some premises, wine storages, fragments of temples and fortifications, the secret underground tunnel used for water supply are still intact.

 

Uplistsikhe was a cult temple city, a large pagan centre prior to Christianity introduction in Georgia (the 4 th century). Later they observed every possible pagan rituals, and sacrifices. Later Christian churches were built.

 

In the 13 th century Uplistsikhe was destroyed as a result of devastating invasion of Genghis-khan hordes to Georgia.

 

In the 19 th century Uplistsikhe was lost under the layers of dirt and sand. Huge efforts of many experts in its excavation, cleaning, strengthening, restoration and studying of this outstanding historical monument in the history of Georgian culture revived Uplistsikhe which is listed among the historical monuments protected by UNESCO.

Tbilisi TV Broadcasting Tower (Georgian: თბილისის ტელეანძა, tbilisis teleandza) is a free-standing tower structure used for communications purposes. The tower is located in Tbilisi, Georgia and was built in 1972. The preceding structure, built in 1955, was moved to the vicinity of the city of Gori.

 

The tower is operated by "Georgian Teleradiocenter", that was established 1955. Communication systems on the tower include regular broadcast, MMDS, pager and cellular, commercial TV, and amateur radio repeater. The tower is 274.5 m (901 ft) high on a mountain at 719.2 m (2,360 feet) above sea level.

A visit to a cemetery is probably not at the top of your wish list when touring a city, but there is particular cemetery in Florence that is certainly worthy of your time. The magnificent church of San Miniato al Monte is located on a hill overlooking the city. Behind it lies il Cimitero delle Porte Sante, the cemetery of the Holy Doors.

 

This monumental cemetery was opened in 1847 and is the final resting place of many famous Florentines such as politician Giovanni Spadolini, Giovanni Meyer (founder of the Florentine children’s hospital), Mario Cecchi Gori (film producer and president of football club Fiorentina) and Carlo Collodi (the spiritual father of Pinocchio).

  

Welcome to Armenia! Bordered by Georgia, Azerbaijan, Turkey and Iran, and home to around three million Armenians, Yazidis and more.

 

Armenia is a small country with a long, long history that dates back to at least 2000 BC, and is the smallest of all the former Soviet republics.

 

Yerevan is Armenia's capital and home to 1/3 of the population, other big cities and towns include Echmiadzin, Vanadzor, Gyumri, Sevan and Goris.

 

Armenia is a developing country, working hard on its future each and every day.

The city in the country

The Kanaal Site of an old malting complex along the Albert Canal in Wijnegem near Antwerp Belgium is found to be the ideal setting for new living concepts. The former industrial context, with its cavernous and labyrinthine spaces, proves to be a surprisingly apt situation for apartments and lofts that are all different from each other and commercial space for the firm of Axel Vervoordt, a renowned design and antique dealer. They are situated in the former silo's of 10 storeys high by Seghers and Beel architects. Cube apartments by Bogdan and Van Broeck Architects; the remodelled former warehouses by Coussée and Goris Architects.

The city in the country

The Kanaal Site of an old malting complex along the Albert Canal in Wijnegem near Antwerp Belgium is found to be the ideal setting for new living concepts. The former industrial context, with its cavernous and labyrinthine spaces, proves to be a surprisingly apt situation for apartments and lofts that are all different from each other and commercial space for the firm of Axel Vervoordt, a renowned design and antique dealer. They are situated in the former silo's of 10 storeys high by Seghers and Beel architects. Cube apartments by Bogdan and Van Broeck Architects; the remodelled former warehouses by Coussée and Goris Architects.

This church was built in early 13th century in Armenia.

 

Noravank (Նորավանք, meaning new monastery) is a 13th century monastery, located 122 km from Yerevan in a narrow gorge made by the Darichay river, nearby the city of Yeghegnadzor, Armenia. The gorge is known for its tall, sheer, brick-red cliffs, directly across from the monastery. The monastery is best known for its two-storey S. Astvatsatsin church, which grants access to the second floor by way of narrow stones jutting out from the face of building. The monastery is sometimes called Amaghu-Noravank, Amaghu being the name of a small recently destroyed village above the canyon, in order to distinguish it from Bgheno-Noravank Monastery, near Goris. In the 13th–14th centuries the monastery became a residence of Syunik's bishops and, consequently. a major religious and, later, cultural center of Armenia closely connected with many of the local seats of learning, especially with Gladzor's famed university and library.

The photo is taken in Uplistsike. Where I took also one of my previous photos Up and Up and to.....

 

Some info about the place from Wikipedia:

Uplistsikhe (Georgian: უფლისციხე; literally, "the lord's fortress") is an ancient rock-hewn town in eastern Georgia, some 10km east of the town of Gori, Shida Kartli.

Built on a high rocky left bank of the Mtkvari River, it contains various structures dating from the 5th century BC to the Late Middle Ages, and is notable for the unique combination of various styles of rock-cut cultures from Anatolia and Iran, as well as the co-existence of pagan and Christian architecture.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uplistsikhe

 

I think to view in XXL as David likes to say, would be better ;-)))

 

Wish you a lovely, warm and successful day, my dears!!!!!!!! :-)

Uplistsikhe is an ancient rock-hewn town in eastern Georgia near the town of Gori. it contains various structures dating from the Early Iron Age to the Late Middle Ages, and is notable for the unique combination of various styles of rock-cut cultures from Anatolia and Iran.

Ghent has a spiffy new library, De Krook built on the promontory of a sharp bend in Muinkschelde canal. he library opened in 2017.

 

The monumental building, incorporating works by artist Michaël Borremans (the sculpture seen here - The Passants is one of his), was designed by Ghent architecture firm Coussée & Goris Architecten and their partner TV RCR Aranda Pigem Vilalta Arquitectes.

 

The building can be read as a stack of horizontal plateaus with a view of the Scheldt, which are intended to create a city within a city.

 

Michaël Borremans (born 1963) is a Belgian painter and filmmaker who lives and works in Ghent. His painting technique draws on 18th-century art as well as the works of Édouard Manet and Degas. The artist also cites the Spanish court painter Diego Velázquez as an important influence. In recent years, he has been using photographs he has made himself or made-to-order sculptures as the basis for his paintings.

 

Borremans "The Passants" (passers-by), 4 figures, 3 meters high sits in the plaza in font of the library.

The city in the country

The Kanaal Site of an old malting complex along the Albert Canal in Wijnegem near Antwerp Belgium is found to be the ideal setting for new living concepts. The former industrial context, with its cavernous and labyrinthine spaces, proves to be a surprisingly apt situation for apartments and lofts that are all different from each other and commercial space for the firm of Axel Vervoordt, a renowned design and antique dealer. They are situated in the former silo's of 10 storeys high by Seghers and Beel architects. Cube apartments by Bogdan and Van Broeck Architects; the remodelled former warehouses by Coussée and Goris Architects.

The city in the country

The Kanaal Site of an old malting complex along the Albert Canal in Wijnegem near Antwerp Belgium is found to be the ideal setting for new living concepts. The former industrial context, with its cavernous and labyrinthine spaces, proves to be a surprisingly apt situation for apartments and lofts that are all different from each other and commercial space for the firm of Axel Vervoordt, a renowned design and antique dealer. They are situated in the former silo's of 10 storeys high by Seghers and Beel architects. Cube apartments by Bogdan and Van Broeck Architects; the remodelled former warehouses by Coussée and Goris Architects.

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