Author: Katerina Bulovska

Katerina Bulovska

Bicycles, tulip fields, wooden clogs and windmills. We can only be in the Netherlands, a country known for its canals, art history, and of course those deliciously sticky syrup pastries called stroopwafel. This small but vibrant European country also has an important maritime history. Throughout the 1600s, the Dutch navy was arguably the most powerful […]

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The resplendent Dragon Throne in China’s Forbidden City was the ceremonial seat of the emperors of China for six centuries. The dragons with which it is decorated are symbolic of the unquestionable divine imperial power of the Emperor. The throne represented his power and authority. According to ancient Chinese culture, the Emperor himself was mandated by 天 […]

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Throughout history, Portuguese architecture followed contemporary popular style, from Baroque to Renaissance and Neoclassicism, even developing its own unique style called Manueline. However, throughout these ever-changing architectural elements, one, in particular, remained in constant use, both for decorative purpose and as a construction material: the azulejos. For centuries, the colorful glazed ceramic tiles have been one of the […]

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Gargoyles are instantly recognizable, grotesque, carved creatures peering down from the tops of churches and cathedrals. However, their origin has nothing to do with Christianity; in fact, they are borrowed symbols that were incorporated into Christian buildings. Their history dates back to ancient, pre-Christian times when they acted as protective talismans against the powers of evil. […]

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Victor Hugo was a poet and novelist who was greatly influential in French Romanticism in the 19th century. He is one of the most iconic French authors of all time, creator of the timeless characters of the beautiful gypsy Esmeralda, the lonely hunchbacked Quasimodo, and the peasant Jean Valjean, who was sentenced to 19 years […]

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The Würzburg Residence is a magnificent palace and one of the greatest in Southern Germany, built between 1720 and 1744. It is a remarkable example of Baroque architecture. Initially designed for the Prince-Bishop Johann Philipp Franz von Schönborn, the palace would become the residence of all subsequent Prince-Bishops of Würzburg. For the purpose, the young and then-unknown […]

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The Jardin Botanique de Montréal is a picturesque garden in Canada, founded in 1931 by the determined Brother Marie-Victorin. Despite the harsh climate in Quebec and the economic crisis of the Great Depression, he initiated the creation of one of the greatest botanical gardens in the world. The Montreal Botanical Gardens fully blossomed in 1936 […]

Katerina Bulovska

While architecture of the 21st century is often focused on constructing massive buildings and designing the world’s tallest residential and futuristic skyscrapers, some historical, vibrant streets around the world are a true breath of fresh air. Widely regarded as one of the most romantic towns in the world, Colmar in France is known for its […]