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Since its days
as a medieval stronghold, it's been trampled by most of the ancient
world's major powers, and nearly wiped out in the early 20th century.
Then the Soviet Union dropped by unasked, and stayed for 70 years.
Today, Armenia continues to suffer from tensions that flared with
Azerbaijan in the early 90's. None of this prevents Armenians from
doing what they do best, celebrating a culture steeped in a once
mighty medieval history...
just doesn't quite do it at Virtual
Ani. Click inside the entrance arch to begin the tour
that leads visitors around an Armenian ghost town uninhabited
for the last four centuries...
- The opening line,
"The Arts are the fingerprints of a nation ..." sets the tone
and Culture of Armenia a site that makes a case for medieval
Armenia's enduring appeal. Watch as architecture and manuscripts
are shown off to best effect in beautifully written content and
- Check out three
galleries of medieval eye candy at Armenian
Churches Known & Unknown, and the wild Armenian countryside
in a comprehensive virtual tour...
- New York Carver's
own look at the images and lore of Medieval
- Here's a slow-to-load
but rewarding trip to Earthlore Explorations that highlights the
planets' strong pull in Lore
of Astrology now under construction...
First, under Caesar.
Then under Frankish rule. Later came Charlemagne, then Charles V,
then Spain, and an annexation to Austria. Small wonder why Belgium
is sometimes considered the forgotten corner of the continent. National
pride (take that, France!) is big in this comparably tiny nation
that boasts a handful of cool Web sites strong on telling the story...
- 35 miles northwest
of the capitol city of Brussels A
Trip Through Medieval Ghent poses the eternal question,
'Is Ghent the most beautiful city in Belgium?...
- Feast your eyes
on a guided tour around old canals, town squares and Gothic architecture
- Judging this
beauty competition becomes a little more difficult now. Take a
look at why Belgium remains almost 75% Catholic at Antwerp
Monumental Churches. ...
- Take in beautifully
Castles, with a few quick pics from Boston College's Digital
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