Wieskirche or The Pilgrimage Church of Wies

Wieskirche or The Pilgrimage Church of Wies interior in Bavaria, Germany.

Wieskirche or The Pilgrimage Church of Wies is still not typically a touristic attraction in Bavaria. It remotely stands at the feet of the Alps and is a UNESCO World Heritage, which I liked the most – with a background story but still undiscovered by photographers.

Bay of Kotor Sunset Panorama | Kotor, Montenegro

Panorama of the Sunset over Kotor and Bay of Kotor in Montenegro.

Bay of Kotor is known by locals as “Boka” – “the Bay”. Now with melancholy peering, I regret that we didn’t have more time to discover other towns located around this “fiord of south” – Risan, Tivat, Perast, Prčanj or Herceg Novi. All of them together with natural surroundings, are listed as UNESCO World Heritage sites.

Church of St Anne | Vilnius, Lithuania

Vilnius winter photo of The Church of St Anne; Lithuania.

The Church of St Anne is famous for its representation of a flamboyant and brick gothic architectural style in Lithuania. What was fascinating was that the exterior of the church had remained almost unchanged since the 15th century, when it was erected. Thanks to St Anne Church, the old town of Vilnius can potentially be signed to the UNESCO World Heritage list.

Summer | Urbino, Italy

Photo of Urbino, medieval town in Italy

Urbino in Marche region in Italy, is one of the hidden gems for history lovers. The city is a UNESCO World Heritage site and now belongs to one of my favourite Italian towns. The old town is known for many medieval ensembles and occupying the remains of the independent Renaissance culture. Today it is recognized as a student town.

The walls and the tower | San Marino

Republic of San Marino - photo of the walls and the tower

Somewhere I’ve read that the San Marino walls mimics the Chinese wall. Initially, I thought that it was a slightly exaggerated statement, but when I searched for compositions for my photos this thought seemed true. The complex of the city walls, three towers and the city centre of San Marino itself was declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The gossip however, is that it’s the least visited country in the world.

Summer | Ferrara, Italy

Ferrara latem, renesansowe miasto we Włoszech.

Ferrara was one of the first cities in Italy that was built using specific architectural plans, intent for use to make fully functional and visually appealing. Ferrara, together with the Po Delta River belongs to the UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE. I just had to see the real “modern” renaissance city that became a UNESCO sight!

Belem Tower | Lisbon, Portugal

Belem Tower in Lisbon on an evening, Portugal.

Belem Tower was built in the 16th century from limestone as part of a defense system on Tagus River and was a built as a ceremonial gate of Lisbon. This, however, is not the only reason why this tower is so famous and why it remains a UNESCO World Heritage site. The Belem Tower is a symbol of the Portuguese maritime travels during the Age of Discoveries.

Palácio da Pena in Sintra Mountains | Portugal

Palácio da Pena in Sintra Mountains, Portugal. Sunny day view from the park.

Palácio da Pena as its name is in Portuguese, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is one of the best representations of Romanticism style in the world. It combines architecture styles of Neo-gothic, Neo-Manueline, Neo-Islamic and Neo-Renaissance. Be sure to take a walk not only inside Pena castle, but also around the castle itself. The view from some of the hills are remarkably outstanding and you will have an even better impression of the castle whilst seeing it from a distance.

Budapest Panorama – along the Danube River in the autumn | Hungary

The Danube River in a Budapest panoramic view captured in a foggy autumn night.

I wasn’t surprised to learn that the central area of Budapest that is situated along the Danube River is part of the UNESCO World Heritage. There are many remarkable buildings there, such as the Hungarian Parliament (you can see it, glittering on the picture) or the Fisherman’s Bastion. Another golden point which you can see in this photo is Saint Stephen Basilica.

Kotor Fortress From St. John’s Hill | Kotor, Montenegro

Picture of the Kotor Fortress in Montenegro.

The entire complex of towers, gates, ramparts, etc., together with the Castle of San Giovanni and Kotor Old Town is part of UNESCO World Heritage since 1979. Unfortunately, Kotor Fortress has been damaged by several severe earthquakes but also because of erosion. If you plan to climb up St. John’s Hill in order to reach the Fortress, be very careful and watch your steps.

Mosigkau Palace | Dessau, Germany

Mosigkau palace in Dessau (Germany) with surrounding gardens and clouds

Mosigkau palace was finished as a rococo mansion in 1757. The paelac and the garden which surrounds it are part of a union of eight manors and gardens along the river Elbe called the Garden Kingdom of Dessau-Wörlitz. As part of this union, it is part of the UNESCO World Heritage since the year 2000.

The lights of the Old Town Square | Prague, Czech Republic

Old Town Square with Church of Our Lady before Tyn in Prague, Czech Republic at night.

The picture shows the Old Town Square while it is shining bright in the light of the night. The eye catcher in this picture is, without doubt, the Church of Our Lady before Tyn, which is with its two towers one of the most famous buildings in the golden city of Prague. The construction of this monumental gothic basilica started in the 14th century, but was not completed until the beginning of the 16th century. This church together with the entire Old City of Prague is included in the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites since 1992 and is always worth a visit.

Dubrovnik’s towers | Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik, Croatia shows the towers of Dubrovnik Cathedral and Chruch of St. Blaise.

The famous wall of Dubrovnik is the ideal place to enjoy some incredible views high above the red slatted roofs of the UNESCO world heritage city. While I looked around, this unique skyline caught my eye immediately. To me, those towers and domes, whose outline pierce against the turquoise blue Mediterranean Sea is a unique sight and I doubt you will find this anywhere else in the world but in the Croatian city of Dubrovnik.

Walls of Dubrovnik | Croatia

Town Walls and King’s Landing in Dubrovnik, Croatia

The picture shows parts of the famous Walls of Dubrovnik, which is together with Old Town of Dubrovnik part of the UNESCO list of world heritage sites since 1979. Over the years, the strong walls have proven themselves as a valuable protector to the city, lastly it shielded the city during the Siege of Dubrovnik in 1992. When you set foot on the majestic wall, which lays as tightly as a belt around the city, you almost wish those old stones were able to tell their stories from long forgotten days.

Melanchthonhaus | Lutherstadt Wittenberg, Germany

Lutherstadt Wittenberg Melanchthonhaus

The Melanchthonhaus in Lutherstadt Wittenberg is one of numerous world heritage sites in the region. Philipp Melanchthon lived and worked in this townhouse in the 16th century. You can see Melanchthon as a reformer of the education system in the same way as you see Martin Luther as a reformer of the church.

Qatar

West Bay Panorama of Doha at night; Qatar

Qatar – its history, culture and present day by Daria Trinkhaus   Qatar has gained fame over the past year mainly due to the FIFA 2022 games taking place there. In truth – Qatar is the first Muslim country to host the World Cup in the world. What we have noticed over the past few […]

Františkovy Lázně | Czech Republic

Františkovy Lázně is a SPA-town in North Bohemia not far from Karlovy Vary. We have been there more than once – after all, Nico’s family originates from this area on his grandmother’s side. She was born in the region and lived there until she needed to move at the end of World War II.   […]

Qatar

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Al Zubarah Fort | Qatar

Al Zubarah Fort in Qatar with Qatari man

Al Zubarah Fort is located in the ancient city of Al Zubara, whose history is closely linked to pearl fishing in this area of Qatar. The fort is located on the northwest coast of the Qatar Peninsula – 105 kilometers from Doha. Al Zubara Fort is also a UNESCO world heritage site. The town of […]

View of Coimbra from the Mondego River | Portugal

View of Coimbra and the University of Coimbra from the Mondego River at sunset.

Coimbra was the capital of Portugal from 1131 to 1255. However, it is not the castle or church that towers over the entire city, as is often the case with medieval cities. The central building of Coimbra is the University and this says a lot about the character of this city.   With the move […]

Evora – Espinheiro Convent | Portugal

Convent of Espinheiro - hotel near Evora; Portugal

The Espinheiro Convent is located just 2km from the historic city of Évora in the province of Alentejo, Portugal. Despite being classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the convent today serves as a hotel. Espinheiro history  Legend says that on the land where the Espinheiro Monastery now stands, the Virgin Mary appeared in a […]

Florence city center | Italy

City center of Florence and shopping in Italy

The historic centre of Florence has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1982. The city’s more than 600 years of splendour are reflected in the architecture of the central square It is home to monuments such as Santa Maria del Fiore, the church of Santa Croce, the Uffizi and the Pitti Palace. […]

Park Güell in Barcelona | Spain

Park Güell designed by Antoni Gaudi in Barcelona; Catalonia/Spain

If you’ve heard a bit about Barcelona then the name Antoni Gaudí is probably not unfamiliar to you. This world-known architect became famous for his “naturalistic” style, which culminates in the “Sagrada Familia” Cathedral (also located in Barcelona). Park Güell is undoubtedly one of those “must check” for visitors to Catalonia. Park Güell The design […]

Church and Monastery of Alcobaça | Portugal

: Cistercian Abbey of Alcobaça (church and monastery); Portugal

The Roman Catholic church and monastery in Alcobaça is often overlooked by tourists. The Cistercian Abbey of Alcobaça is one of the first Gothic churches built in Portugal. The town is also famous for another reason – a sweet liqueur made from cherries called “Ginja“. Cistercian Abbey of Alcobaça Before we talk about liqueur, let’s […]