World Heritage

National Forest of the Seven Hills

How To Visit The National Forest Of The Seven Hills In 2022

The National Forest of the Seven Hills is the main park in Tomar. With about 39 hectares, it’s also called Fence of the Convent of Christ, as it was owned by the Order of Christ until the extinction of religious orders in 1834. Nowadays, the National Forest of the Seven Hills is the ideal place in Tomar for walking, doing sports, and enjoying nature and the outdoors. Here, you’ll find several picnic parks and hiking trails, as well as a children’s playground and other points of interest!

Guimarães Castle

Guimarães Castle: Best Tips For Visiting In 2022

Guimarães Castle is one of the most beautiful castles in Portugal. Not to mention that it’s a National Monument, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and one of the 7 Wonders of Portugal Therefore, it’s only natural that this medieval castle is one of the most visited in the country! Guimarães Castle is linked to the foundation of Portugal, as a sovereign and independent nation. This is because its construction dates from the mid-10th century when the region belonged to the County of Portugal!

Convent of Christ

How To Visit The Convent Of Christ In 2022

The Convent of Christ in Tomar was one of the first Portuguese monuments declared World Heritage. Founded by the Templars as a symbol of the Reconquista, its construction began in 1160 and lasted more than 500 years! As a result, the Convent of Christ incorporated different architectural styles: Romanesque, Gothic, Manueline, Renaissance, Mannerist, and Baroque. With the extinction of the Order of Solomon’s Temple, the castle was handed over to the Order of Christ, adopting its current name!

Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau

How To Visit The Hospital De La Santa Creu I Sant Pau In 2022

The Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau (or Hospital of the Holy Cross and Saint Paul) was designed by Lluís Domènech i Montaner and endowed with state-of-the-art medical, technological, and architectural resources. Located in Barcelona, the Hospital of the Holy Cross and Saint Paul comprises several independent pavilions, interconnected by a network of underground tunnels and surrounded by green spaces. And after being deactivated in 2009, the former hospital complex became a cultural space!

Palau de la Música Catalana

Palau De La Mùsica Catalana: Best Tips For Visiting In 2022

The Palau de la Música Catalana (or Palace of Catalan Music, in English) is the most stunning concert hall I’ve ever seen in my life and the only one declared World Heritage by UNESCO. Built between 1905 and 1908 by the architect by Lluís Domènech i Montaner, this music auditorium is situated in Barcelona, Spain. Besides having formidable acoustics, the Palau de la Música Catalana is richly decorated with stained glass, mosaics, ceramics, sculptures, murals, and wrought iron elements!

Avignon Itinerary

1 Day In Avignon: The Perfect Avignon Itinerary

Did you know that Avignon is the second oldest city in France? Located in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region, Avignon is the perfect starting point for a trip to the famous lavender fields in Provence! On this Avignon itinerary, you’ll discover numerous interesting museums and fascinating religious temples, as well as iconic monuments in the historic center (such as the Papal Palace, the Episcopal Ensemble, and the Avignon Bridge, which have been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1995)!

Jerónimos Monastery

How To Visit The Jerónimos Monastery In 2022

The Jerónimos Monastery (in Portuguese, Mosteiro dos Jerónimos), officially the Monastery of Santa Maria de Belém, is a Manueline-style monument that was built by King Manuel I. Situated in Belém, one of the most touristy areas of Lisbon, it’s the most visited cultural space in Portugal. The Jerónimos Monastery was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1983 and declared one of the “7 Wonders of Portugal” in 2007. In addition, it gained the status of National Pantheon in 2016!

Casa Vicens in Barcelona

Casa Vicens In Barcelona: Best Tips For Visiting In 2022

The Casa Vicens in Barcelona is a summer residence that Antoni Gaudí i Cornet designed for Manuel Vicens i Montaner (a stockbroker). Built between 1883 and 1885, it’s considered Antoni Gaudí’s oldest masterpiece, as it was the first major commission the architect received. Forerunner of the Catalan modernist movement, the Casa Vicens combines oriental architectural influences, decorative elements from Hispanic Islamic art, and finishings with plant and naturalistic motifs!

Sintra Itinerary

2 Days In Sintra: The Perfect Sintra Itinerary

With so many palaces, Sintra looks like something out of a fairy tale and is one of the best destinations for a day trip from Lisbon. However, after reading this Sintra itinerary, you’ll see why it’s so much better to spend 2 days in Sintra! A UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1995, the Cultural Landscape of Sintra houses iconic monuments, such as the National Palace of Pena, the Moorish Castle, the National Palace of Sintra, the Quinta da Regaleira, and the Palace of Monserrate, among others!

Vatican City Itinerary

1 Day In Vatican City: The Perfect Vatican City Itinerary

Vatican City (in Latin, Civitas Vaticana; and in Italian, Città del Vaticano) is a sovereign city-state situated in Rome. With just over 40 hectares, its foundation dates back to the Roman Empire, when Saint Peter was crucified on the spot. And, since then, the Vatican became the biggest and most important Catholic sanctuary! Nowadays, the perfect Vatican City itinerary includes visiting the Vatican Museums, strolling through Saint Peter’s Square, and entering Saint Peter’s Basilica!

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