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The old town of Corfu has roots in the 8th century BC. The three forts of the town, designed by renowned Venetian engineers, were used for four centuries to defend the maritime trading interests of the Republic of Venice against the Ottoman Empire. The mainly neoclassical housing stock of the Old Town is partly from the Venetian period, partly of later construction, notably the 19th century. old town on Corfu by Willem Verboom on 500px

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Best Road Trip Routes in Ireland

Best Road Trip Routes in Ireland. Taking a road trip through Ireland can be an excellent way to see the Emerald Isle in all its glory. Depending how long the trip is, you can hypothetically see all of Ireland in a single vacation. Republic of Ireland – Dublin to Portlaoise via the Wicklow Mountains. Northern Ireland – Belfast to Donegal via the Giant’s Causeway. Wild Atlantic Way – Ireland’s Great Adventure. Planning Your Road Trip?

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Doge's Palace seen from the waterside, Regatta of the Ancient Maritime Republics, Venice, Italy

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The 14th Century Gothic style eastern facade of The Doge's Palace on St Marks Square, Palazzo Ducale, Venice Italy

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The Piraeus Lion in Venice - taken in 1687 from the port in Athens.The statue was defaced in the late 11th century by Scandinavians who carved two lengthy runic inscriptions into the shoulders and flanks of the lion.The runes are carved in the shape of an elaborate lindworm dragon-headed scroll.The carvers of the runes ,probably Varangians,were Scandinavian mercenaries in the service of the Byzantine Emperor.

Before the 14th century, there was a castle in the island. But there is no document about the constructor of this former castle. Phoenicia, Roman Empire and the Republic of Venice were among the possible constructors. However, the castle was demolished after the War of Chioggia between the Republic of Venice and the Republic of Genoa by the advice of the Pope. When Mehmet II of the Ottoman Empire conquered the island in 1455 he rebuilt the castle. In July 1656, during the Cretan War, a…

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