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10 de Março de 2020.

Vatnsberinn

A monument to Iceland’s working women Vatnsberinn [‘The Water Carrier’] is a modernist statue located in downtown Reykjavík. It is the work of Ásmundur Sveinsson, completed during winter 1936-1937 while the artist was a resident in Copenhagen, Denmark. Ásmundur (1893-1982) was a pioneering sculptor from Kolsstaðir, in the west of Iceland. His workshop and house form part of the Reykjavík Art Museum today. The monument is an ode to Ásmundur’s childhood in rural Iceland, where he witnessed the women there carrying large pales of water to their homes day in, day out. At the turn of the twentieth century, Iceland was an almost entirely rural country, only just witnessing the beginnings of urban and industrial development. In the first half […]
8 de Março de 2020.

Berlin’s Symbol of Unity 

The Brandenburg Gate is one of the most important monuments in today’s Berlin with over two hundred years of history. Throughout its existence, it has been often a site for major historical events. Currently, this 18th-century neoclassical monument is considered as a symbol of turbulent German history as well as European unity and peace.  The building is located in the western part of the city and it faces Pariser Platz, regarded as one of the city’s most attractive squares. It is the entry to Unter den Linden, the renowned boulevard of linden trees, which led directly to the royal City Palace. It was designed by the German artist Carl Gotthard Langhans and was built from 1788 to 1791. It was […]
6 de Março de 2020.

Festung Hohensalzburg

The name of my hometown “Salzburg” originates from two different events. “Salz” because of the highly relevant salt trade hundreds of years ago, and “Burg” due to the fortress I am going to write about today, which is located directly in the middle of the city. The fortress was built in the year 1077 and nowadays is one of the most important landmarks of Salzburg. Without it our city would look completely different and the atmosphere would not be the same anymore. It was built on the small city mountain called “Mönchsberg”, where people like to go to calm down and relax. From up there, you have a gorgeous view over the whole old town and all its monuments, churches […]
4 de Março de 2020.

Beethoven Memorial

Ludwig van Beethoven was a german composer and pianist. He remains one of the most recognized and influential musicians of this period (classic and romantic), and is considered to be one of the greatest composers of all time. His exact birth date is not known,  but he was baptized on the 17th of December  1770 in Bonn. He probably inherited his musical talent from his father and grandfather, because both of them already sang in the electory choir. His father was really ambitious and wanted him to become a “wunderkind“. Since the age of 4 he needs to play the piano. He was taught by his father Johann van Beethoven and later on he worked with Christian Gottlob Neefe, a […]
2 de Março de 2020.

Burg Gutenberg

An ancient castle from another time Gutenberg Castle (Burg Gutenberg) is a preserved castle in the town of Balzers (southern-most town of Liechtenstein). Gutenberg is one of the five castles of the principality and one of two that have survived preserved until the present day. Unlike Vaduz Castle in Vaduz, Gutenberg Castle does not serve as a residence of the princely family of Liechtenstein and is open to the general public as a museum. The castle lies on a hill near the center of Balzers and is accessible via a street and road known as “Burgweg“. Gutenberg Castle initially was being constructed as a medieval church and cemetery on a hilltop. In the early 12th century, the cemetery was canceled […]