Archiv pro měsíc: Září 2011

Acropolis of Athens: Panorama

Acropolis of Athens

Acropolis of Athens is the most known acropolis (citadel). The Acropolis itself is a 150 m high flat-topped rock. Most of the major temples on Acropolis were rebuilt under the leadership of Pericles during the Golden Age of Athens (460–430 BC) and until the end of the 5th century BC the Acropolis gained its final shape. Later, during the Roman period, the major part of buildings were repaired. After the Turkish conquest, the Acropolis hill was used by the Turkish army. In 1687, the Parthenon, which was being used as a gunpowder magazine, was hit by artillery fire and widely damaged. Celý příspěvek

Honfleur: The Lieutenancy

Honfleur, a picturesque old port in Normandy

Honfleur is an old port in Normandy, located at the estuary of Seine. It was a favourite place of many French artists, including the well known impressionists Eugène Boudin and Claude Monet. There are a lot of sighseeings in the city – the old Lieutenancy, the Saint-Catherine’s Church, Museum Eugène Boudin, Naval Museum. Celý příspěvek

Mont-St-Michel: A panoramic view

Mont-St-Michel, a Magic Island in Normandy

The tidal island Mont-St-Michel (in English St. Michael’s Mount) is located at the mouth of Couesnon River in Lower Normandy (France). Sometimes, it is attributed to the nearby Brittanny as well. The first chapel devoted to St. Michael was founded by bishop Aubert of Avranches in the 8th century. Later, the island was converted to a fortified abbey. In 1789, the abbey was closed and converted to a prison for about 90 years. Celý příspěvek