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  • Visit to Assisi and the Basilica of St. Francis during european tours to Italy

    The medieval city of Assisi, birthplace of St. Francis, founder of the homonymous Religious Order of the Franciscans, was added to the UNESCO  World Heritage List in 2000. According to the UNESCO World Heritage Committee, Assisi constitutes a singular model of continuous history that is intertwined with this city-sanctuary's cultural and territorial identity. In particular, the Basilica of St. Francis brings together a number of masterpieces of creative human genius, and is an extraordinary example of the type of architectonic complexity that has significantly influenced the development of art and architecture. Other than being the city of Saints Francis and Clare, as well as the symbol of their messages of peace, Assisi is a very Read more...  
  • Visit to Aachen Cathedral during european tours to Germany

    Aachen Cathedral was the very first site to be granted UNESCO World Heritage status in Germany, and with good reason: built in around 790 to 800, the cathedral is of world importance in terms of the history of art and architecture, and is one of the great examples of church architecture. The final resting place of Charlemagne, it was also where German emperors were crowned for 600 years. Charlemagne's ambition was to create a new Rome when he made Aachen the centre of his empire in around 800. The imperial palace's chapel – the oldest part of the cathedral today – was to be the religious centre. The mighty octagonal domed building is now thought to have been built in a mere ten years or so. A unifying Read more...