- Registration time
- Last login
- Online time
- 112 Hour
- Reading permission
This post was edited by Cicci at 2012-4-25 10:07|
6. Óbidos, Portugal
Head here in July for a true medieval-themed market.
Ringed by medieval walls, the hill-top town of Óbidos with its Moorish castle was recaptured by the first king of Portugal, D. Afonso Henriques, in 1148 and from then until 1883 it became the property of the Queens of Portugal.
For visitors who truly want to relive the medieval, for two weeks in July the castle hosts a medieval market complete with heraldic flags, jugglers, minstrels and spit roast feasting.
You can even drink from a pewter tankard to get into the spirit of things.
7. Québec City, Canada
A horse and carriage enters the old city of Québec through the St Louis Gate in the fortified wall.
Walking along the ramparts of the city’s 4.6 kilometers of walls and through the gates in old Québec is an historic experience, this being the only city in North America to have preserved its fortified line of defence.
We’re lucky this World Heritage feature survived at all, for in the 19th century people tore down gates and parts of the wall. But a new Governor-General, Lord Dufferin, turned public opinion and saved the fortifications for posterity.
The “new” St Louis Gate, re-built in 1878, is a testament to his efforts and provides a sense of old world charm -- horse and carriage often pass through it on a beautiful clear morning.
8. Taroudant, Morocco
Life inside Taroudant's wall.
From 1509 Taroudant was the capital city of the Saadi dynasty of Morocco, until they moved on to Marrakech. Mohammed ash-Sheikh constructed the city walls and built the great mosque and its minaret in 1528.
The red earth walls encircle virtually the whole town and are six kilometers long, with bastions and gates.
Situated in the Sous valley in the south of the country, Taroudant’s Arab souk sells a variety of crafts including pottery, copper work, carpets and jewelry.
9. Mystras, Greece
The Monastery of Peribleptos in the ruined city of Mystras, Peloponnese, Greece.
Not every walled city is still inhabited. On Mount Taygetos near Sparta in the Peloponnese lies the archaeological treasure that is the abandoned city of Mystras, where the last Byzantine emperor, Constantine XI Palaiologos, was crowned in 1449.
Mystras was founded in 1249 by a Frankish crusader, William II of Villehardouin, but it soon came under Byzantine control and later fell to the Turks in 1460. Eventually, the inhabitants of Mystras gave up and moved away.
Among several religous sites at Mystras, the church of Our Lady Peribleptos is decorated with rare frescoes which are perfect examples of Byzantine art dating from the 14th century.
10. Ávila, Spain
Great for perspective photographs.
When ruled by Arabs, the city of Ávila suffered repeated attacks by Iberian Christian kingdoms until it lay abandoned. It was repopulated under the rule of the Christian Raymond of Burgundy in the 11th century and he began the building of the defensive walls.
With 88 semi-circular towers punctuating its 2.5-kilometer perimeter, the wall makes for an impressive sight. One of its six gates leads straight up to the Gothic cathedral which is a virtual fortress fixed to the wall.
The city was the birthplace of Saint Teresa of Ávila, a prominent Carmelite nun and mystic. Also prior to the 18th century there were more than 100 mansions in the city, which is why its full name is Ávila de los Caballeros, or Ávila of the Noblemen.
source from: cnngo.com