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The Aljafería Palace in Zaragoza | Spain

The Aljafería Palace in Zaragoza | Spain

The Aljafería Palace is the only fortified Islamic palace that dates to the middle ages. The construction works of the palace have been completed in the second half of the 11th century. Being a very well preserved place, today it serves as headquarter of the Aragonese Parliament.

The Panathenaic Stadium – a marble miracle | Athens, Greece

The Panathenaic Stadium – a marble miracle | Athens, Greece

As a person who likes big sporting events very much, I find this marble stadium simply amazing. I guess that all fans of the Olympic games and their history, would love to see the impressive Panathenaic Stadium in Athens with their own eyes. ‘The marble stadium’ is the only one stadium in the world, built entirely of marble. It should be noted that the opening and closing ceremonies of the first modern Olympic games in 1896 were held there.

Walls of Dubrovnik | Croatia

Walls of 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.

Diocletian’s Palace Ruins early in the morning | Split, Croatia

Diocletian’s Palace Ruins early in the morning | Split, Croatia

This photo was taken very (very) early in the morning, but 4 o’clock seemed to be the perfect time to capture the roman Diocletian’s palace in Split in the right light. The palace made from marble and limestone shines in a unique and unusual way during the light of the moon. This scene together with the clear night sky and a million twinkling stars was the perfect picture waiting to be taken.

Aljaferia Palace | Zaragoza, Spain

Aljaferia Palace | Zaragoza, Spain

The palace is built on foundation walls of a tower house, which dates back to the Moorish Kingdom in the 9th century. The original building has been expanded and altered many times since its establishment during the Taifa Kingdom in 1065. Especially after the recapture by the catholic kings in 1118 its design was remarkably influenced by the immigrating Muslims and their renowned Mudejar style.

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