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Scholarship and Discovery in Medieval Spain



A page inspired by the Dom's fascinating circumnavigation of Spain in 2006.  There is something unusual and special in here because it gets over ten times as many visitors as the next entry.  Anybody know the secret?



Civita / Bagnoregio


Carless medieval time-warp town near Orvieto - perched on a volcanic plug erupting from a deep caldera valley.



The Great Mughal Emperors of India 1526 - 1707



A easy to read history of the Great Mughal Emperors of India, with portraits and photos of their architectural achievements. 



The Crusades (1100s and 1200s)



The extraordinary and in many ways unattractive 200 years which changed everything.  The page which Wikipedia thought was not worthy of an "external link" mentrion.



Paradoxplace Chronology Pages - The World of the Middle Ages Part Two - The Renaissance and Early Modern Europe (1350 - 1600)



A descendant of the first pre web Paradoxoplace page done in Excel in 2000 as a print out for friends visiting Tuscany.  A chatty chronology of the movers and shakers of the Italian Renaissance and Early Modern Europe.



Last Supper paintings in Venice



A companion page to last Supper paintings in the Renaissance refectories of Florence's Monasteries and Convents.  Includes Veronese's unforgettable "Feast at the House of Levi" and what happened when he was hauled before the Inquisition to explain himself.



Paradoxplace Chronology Pages - The World of the Middle Ages Part One - The Middle Ages (476 - 1348)



The movers and shakers of the early and high middle ages - a completely different and in many ways more interesting world to that of the post Black Death Renaissance



Paradoxplace Portrait Pages - Sandro Botticelli and the (Medici) Magi



Botticelli's self portrait with the Medici clan in "The Adoration of the Magi" and a link to an explanation of who the Magi are.



Tuscan Photos, Food, Renaissance Art and History



Links to all the pages relating to Florence, Siena, Pisa, Other Tuscan Towns, and the Tuscany Countryside.



10:  The Medici Family  (1) - The Glorious 1400s



The first of several pages with portraits of and stories about the Medici Family.  Other pages include the Medici Popes and the Medici Grand Dukes of Tuscany.



Paradoxplace Photo Galleries Directory



The core directory leading to all of the thousands of photos of Italy, Spain & Portugal, France and Britain in Paradoxplace.



Photo pages about Sicily, Puglia & Southern Italy



Links to the popular photo and history pages covering Sicily, Amalfi and the little known but equally interesting Puglia (in fact this is one of the only web sites covering the great Medieval Cathedrals of Puglia)



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Florence Duomo and Skylines



Sunset photos of Florence from the hilltop San Miniato plus other Florence places


Condottieri and the Great Equestrian Statues and Paintings of the Italian Renaissance



Photo page on the Renaissance revival of Equestrian statues after a 1000 year gap, plus some Condottieri and a couple of Emperors on horseback.



Travellers, Traders and Explorers 1000 - 1600



A powerful overview of the forces driving the Age of Exploration from the early "overland to China" days to the discovery of the Americas - the travellers and explorers involved including Marco Polo and Christopher Colombus, where they went and why.



The Old English Cathedrals



Links to photo and history pages for the Medieval Cathedrals and Abbeys of Northern England, Central England and Wales, and Southern England.  Paradoxplace has now got photos of nearly all the cathedrals and many significant churches in England.



Photo pages about Venice, Piedmont and Northern Italy



Including lots of pages on Venice and Food (Truffle) festival time in Alba (Piedmond)





One of our favourite towns - this page includes links to the famous Byzantine Imperial Mosaics in San Vitale, and the mosaics in Sant'Apollinare Nuovo and other Byzantine places.



20:  Photo pages about Rome, Lazio and Central Italy



Links to lots of pages about Rome, the medieval monasteries of Saint Benedict and the Cistercians, Etruscan tombs and the Abruzzi.



Canterbury Cathedral



One of the most evocative English Cathedrals and some of the famous names associated with its history.



Photo pages about Spain and Portugal



Links to pages on Andalucia, Portugal, Santiago and the churches and towns of the Camino, Navarre, Aragon & Catalonia, and including Spain's great Cistercian Abbeys.



Tuscan Poppies



Some vibrant close up and field photos of Tuscan Poppies - try the Sunflower page as well !



Byzantine Constantinople



Justinian's Constantinople, for centuries the greatest city in Europe.  There are also pages about the Topkapi Palace and the World of Suleiman the Magnificent.



Westminster Abbey




Photo pages about Umbria and Le Marche



Links to pages on Orvieto, Spoleto, Assisi, Perugia, Gubbio, Urbino and others


Photo pages about Rome




Artists, Writers and Architects of the Italian Renaissance



One of the best lists around (often found in course note links), plus links to related Paradoxplace pages.



Portraits of Famous Renaissance (and other) People



A large page with thumbnails linking to many of the portraits in Paradoxplace.



30:  Restaurants in Florence



A much visited selection of well located and mostly reasonably priced good restaurants in Florence



Some of the earlier top pages



San Gimignano (Paradoxplace Tuscan Photo Galleries)



San Gimignano - Magical Tuscan hill town with lots of towers and tourists (and the location for the film "Tea with Mussolini")



Artist Self-Portraits in the Uffizi Collection



A companion to the page on The Vasari Corridor which displays the more famous self portraits in the collection of the Uffizi (Florence).



Paintings by Artists of the Italian Renaissance



Some of the blockbuster exhibitions which Central Italy enjoyed in the early 2000s plus some famous Renaissance fresco cycles



Masolino, Masaccio and Filippino Lippi in the Brancacci Chapel in the Church of Santa Maria del Carmine, Florence



The first great Florentine Renaissance fresco cycle.



Paradoxplace Portrait Pages - Filippo Brunelleschi



The man who designed the biggest masonry dome in the world and built it without internal scaffolding.



Paradoxplace Portrait Pages - the Borgias



A larger than life Spanish Pope, his evil son Cesare and beautiful daughter Lucrezia.



Chianti Restaurant Notes



A guide to many of the restaurants of Chianti, with some special recommendations, phone numbers and closing days



Chartres Cathedral



The most completely original medieval of the surviving great medieval cathedrals of Northern Europe.



The Abbey Church of Vézelay (Basilique Ste-Madeleine)



The most famous of the great pilgrimage churches of Burgundy, though the little visited and nearby Cathédrale St-Lazare in Autun is also very rewarding, though not full of light!



Chronology, Photos and Maps of Early Medieval Islamic Spain (Al-Andalus)




Paradoxplace Insight Pages



Overview of the various Paradoxplace Insight Pages covering everything from WW II in Italy to the great Cistercian Abbeys of Europe.



The Mongol Conquerors



Ghengis Khan, who built the largest empire the world has ever known,  and his successors.



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