Category Archives: Tourism

Mining Town of Banská Štiavnica (World Heritage)

Banská Štiavnica was founded by German miners in the 13th century and was an important center for gold and silver mining. Gunpowder was used here for the first time in the construction of tunnels in the 17th century, and a hundred years later steam engines drove the water pumps. The Mining Academy, founded in 1763,… Read More »

Skocjan Caves (World Heritage)

The Škocjan Caves are about 6 km long and are considered to be the most important feature in the Karst landscape of Kras. They were created by the Reka River, which flows around 40 km underground and only emerges shortly before it flows into the Adriatic Sea in the Timavo springs in Italy. The gorge… Read More »

World Heritage Sites in Romania

World Heritage Sites (K) and World Natural Heritage (N) Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve (N; 1991) Villages and fortified churches in Transylvania (K; from 1993) Horezu Monastery (K; 1993) Moldavian monasteries (K; 1993) Dacian fortresses in the mountains of Orăştie (K; 1999) Maramureş wooden churches (K; 1999) Historic center of Sighișoara (K; 1999) Old beech forests… Read More »

World Heritage Sites in Portugal

History The Phoenician and Carthaginian trading post Alis Ubbo (“lovely bay”) is said to have been on the site or near today’s Lisbon, but it has not yet been proven archaeologically. Since 205 BC Under Roman rule, the city, a center of the Iberian Lusitans, was called Olisipo (also Olisippo, Olissipo), at the time of… Read More »

Ukraine Industry

Natural resources Ukraine is rich in natural resources. The deposits of manganese, iron, titanium, coal, graphite and mercury are important worldwide; The proven reserves of uranium, nickel, rock and potash salt, sulfur and cement raw materials are considerable. Manganese ore is mined in the Nikopol Basin, north and east of the Kakhovka reservoir (in the… Read More »

Turkey Culture and Traditions

Although the infrastructure network has significantly improved in the last decades of the twentieth century, a large majority of the Turkish population lives in agricultural villages that are often almost isolated, where the weight of community traditions greatly affects the lives of individuals, despite an increasingly bitter conflict with the “western” suggestions induced for example… Read More »

Norway History: Viking Age to the Kalmar Union

Until the 9th century, the territory of the Norwegians was divided into partial kingdoms as well as “landscapes” under the leadership of a peasant aristocracy, which had gained considerable wealth through military campaigns and trade in England, Ireland and the Franconian Empire. The expansion of the Norwegians during the Viking Age (late 8th century to… Read More »

Norway Environment and Culture

ENVIRONMENT Sea and mountains are the two unifying elements of this vast territory, characterized by different ecosystems. Starting from the N, in Finnmark County, and traveling along the entire mountainous axis of the country to the southern administrative region of Telemark, we meet the tundra, devoid of trees due to the permafrost that prevents the… Read More »

Greece Hellenistic Arts (330 / 320–30 BC) Part I

Following the conquests of Alexander the Great , according to estatelearning, Greek art dominated the Mediterranean and the Orient, in particular it served to decorate the residences of the Diadochi and Epigones. Effects can be seen as far as India, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Central Asia. Architecture Numerous evidence of small rulers’ residences such as Pergamon… Read More »

Greece Classical Arts (490/480-330/320 BC) Part II

The high class in the 2nd half of the 5th century BC The ponderation leads to a climax and brings the contrapost to perfection: the shifting of weight on the free leg results in the displacement of the body parts, which is used for harmonious movement and countermovement of the body structure. To this end,… Read More »