In Defence Of Sighisoara – Towers

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As you may have read in my general review on Sighisoara Citadel, the Citadel dates back to the 12th century when Transylvanian Saxons, were ordered here by the King of Hungary to settle and defend the Carpathian frontier against the steppe peoples. For this and also to keep later would be intruders at bay the fortified settlement of walls and towers was constructed and enhanced over time. In all 14 towers were built. These towers were built by various craft guilds – from which they derived their names. Continue reading “In Defence Of Sighisoara – Towers”

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Riga Radio and TV Tower

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The closest I came to the Riga Radio and TV Tower was when I visited the Grebenshchikov Old Believers Church, just across the Daugava River. Even from this distance the tower is a very impressive Soviet built structure. If viewing from the church, do not be tempted to walk down the road depicted in my attached pictures with a view to reaching the tower. The bridge-less (at this point) Daugava River is just behind the building which appears to be, though is not, at the base of the tower in the picture. Continue reading “Riga Radio and TV Tower”

Devenish Island – Monastic Site

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Devenish Island, on the southern end of Lower Lough Erne and 1.5 miles downstream from Enniskillen is one of the best preserved monastic sites in Ireland. It was founded by St Molaise in the 6th century. On the island are the ruins of a monastery, two churches/ graveyards, an oratory and one of the finest round towers in Ireland. Additionally there is a small museum, worthy a look, and toilet facilities on the island. Continue reading “Devenish Island – Monastic Site”