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. whc.unesco.org/...Afionas old town on Corfu by Willem Verboom on 500px

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. whc.unesco.org/...Afionas old town on Corfu by Willem Verboom on 500px

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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? http://www.divergenttravelers.com/road-trip-routes-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? http://www.divergenttravelers.com/road-trip-routes-ireland/

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Italy's Naval Jack, coats of arms of the four major Maritime Republics. Clockwise from upper left: Venice, Genoa, Pisa, Amalfi.

Italy's Naval Jack, coats of arms of the four major Maritime Republics. Clockwise from upper left: Venice, Genoa, Pisa, Amalfi.

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

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.

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.

Chiesa dei Gesuiti - Venice, Italy   Gesuiti Façade by Giuseppe Fattoretto -   Gesuiti marks the return of the Jesuits to Venice. They were expelled during the time of the papal inderdict of Venice in 1606 for siding with the Pope against the Republic of Venice. So in a way, this building's construction was to mark their return. Triumphal it had to be.Gesuiti was erected between 1714–29. The architect was Domenico Egidio Rossi, with the facade by Giuseppe Fattoretto.

Chiesa dei Gesuiti - Venice, Italy Gesuiti Façade by Giuseppe Fattoretto - Gesuiti marks the return of the Jesuits to Venice. They were expelled during the time of the papal inderdict of Venice in 1606 for siding with the Pope against the Republic of Venice. So in a way, this building's construction was to mark their return. Triumphal it had to be.Gesuiti was erected between 1714–29. The architect was Domenico Egidio Rossi, with the facade by Giuseppe Fattoretto.

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