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Paradoxplace has nearly 1,000 pages of photos, stories, books, food and restaurants, which attract tens of thousands of new visitors each month.  These were the 61 most visited pages in March 2009.




Last Supper paintings in Venice



Up from a lowly 55 last time, this 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.  The page also includes Veronese's other feast epic - the Wedding at Cana (which is in the Louvre).



Tuscan Poppies



Some vibrant close up and field photos of Tuscan Poppies



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 Paradoxplace 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.



Portraits of Famous Renaissance (and other) People



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



Florence Duomo and Skylines



Sunset photos of Florence from the hilltop of San Miniato, plus other Florence views.


The Great Mughal Emperors of India 1526 - 1707



A easy to read history of the Great Mughal Emperors of India - Babur, Humayun, Akbar, Jahangir, Shah Jahan, and Aurangzeb, with portraits and photos of their architectural achievements such as the Taj Mahal.



Paradoxplace Portrait Page - 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 and links to other Magi representations including the famous capitals by Gislebertus in Autun Cathedral.



Paradoxplace Portrait Page - Vasco da Gama



Link to Paradoxplace Insight Page on The Age of Exploration, including Marco Polo, Christopher Columbus, Amerigo Vespucci, Vasco da Gama, Ferdinand Magellan, Giovanni da Verrazzano and Sir Francis Drake.



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10.  Map of Rome



With links to Paradoxplace pages on  Rome Churches  Rome Palaces  Rome Fountains  Art in Rome  Ancient Rome  Rome Restaurants and Hotels   Guides and Books about Rome





INSIGHT PAGE: An Emperor, two Kings, a Banker, a Priest, a Pope and a Sultan launch the age of European Nation States



Habsburg Emperor Charles V, Valois King Francis I, Tudor King Henry VIII, Augsburg Banker Jacob Fugger the Rich, Martin Luther, Medici Pope Clement VII and Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent all lived at the same time - the birth of post-medieval Europe.



Tuscan Sunflowers






The Medici Family  (1) - The Glorious 1400s



The first of several pages with portraits of and stories about the Medici (pronounced Maydichi) Family (including the two Medici Queens of France).  Other pages include the Medici Popes and the Medici Grand Dukes of Tuscany.



INSIGHT PAGE: The Age of Exploration - 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 Columbus, where they went and why.  And some wonderful photos of Astrolabes.



INSIGHT PAGE:   The Crusades (1100s and 1200s)



The extraordinary and in many ways brutally unattractive 200 years which changed everything.  Described by a recent visitor to Paradoxplace as "a most interesting, entertaining, informative and provocative piece" but banished (twice) from  Wikipedia.






With links to pages about the famous Notre Dame de Reims Cathedral, coronation venue for the Kings of France, and the Abbey Church (Basilique) of Saint Remy - a large Romanesque masterpiece which no-one visits.



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").



Donatello in Florence



Highlighting some of the works of the greatest artistic genius of the Italian Renaissance.



Christopher Colombus



Including photos from Cuba of the Cruz de la Parra in Baracoa, Cuba.



20.  Paradoxplace Portrait Pages - the Borgias



Including a newly discovered portrait of Lucia Borgia.





Palermo - The Catacombe Cappuccini



One of the very few web pages with good photos from the famous catacomb filled with clothed preserved corpses.  Not for the faint hearted.



Leonardo da Vinci, Self Portraits






INSIGHT PAGE:   Byzantine Constantinople



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



INSIGHT PAGE: Condottieri and the Great Equestrian Statues and Paintings of the Italian Renaissance



The Renaissance revival of Equestrian statues after a 1000 year gap, plus some Condottieri and a couple of Emperors on horseback.  Includes Colleoni (Verrocchio), Gattamelata (Donatello), Guidoriccio da Fogliano (Martini), Sir John Hawkwood (Uccello), Charlemagne, and, of course, Marcus Aurelius.



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 Photo Galleries Directory



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



Westminster Abbey




Medieval French Saints, Kings and Queens and two wars






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




30.  Chartres Cathedral



The most completely original medieval of the surviving great medieval cathedrals of Europe - 9 portals, 100+ stained glass windows, the only original maze still in existence - dozens of sumptuous photos in "The Place".  Should be much higher in the list!





Canterbury Cathedral



One of the most evocative monastic English Cathedrals, its architecture and art (especially stained glass and Zodiac roundels), and Archbishops Lanfranc, Anselm, Becket and Langton.



Paradoxplace Portrait Pages - Filippo Brunelleschi



Architect of the world famous Dome of Florence Cathedral and other things.



Paradoxplace Site map, links and intra-site Search Engine




Artist Self-Portraits in the Uffizi Collection






Brunelleschi's Spedale degli Innocenti (Foundling Hospital) - Florence



The pioneering Florentine Renaissance building, with a series of beautiful glazed roundels by Andrea della Robbia.



INSIGHT PAGE:  The 100 Years' War






Paradoxplace photo and history pages about France


Rapidly gaining in popularity, many of these pages come from the Dom's 2007 journey embracing Paris, Burgundy and Champagne, Chartres and Centre, Poitiers and South West France and the Auvergne.



Paradoxplace Photo and History Pages about France






Tuscan Photos, Food, Renaissance Art and History



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



INSIGHT PAGE: The Mongol Conquerors



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



40.  San Marco, Florence



Fra Angelico's convent in Florence - now home to the main collection of his work





La Capella dei Magi in the Palazzo Medici-Riccardi, Firenze



Benozzo Gozzoli's masterpiece.



The Abbey Church of Vézelay (Basilique Ste-Madeleine) - Burgundy



A Paradox favourite for its light filled beauty and fascinating capitals.



I Frari - The Great Franciscan Church of Venice



If you only have time for one Venetian church outside of San Marco, this is it.  Equally if you're into Titian or Bellini Madonnas or intarsia work, or want to see the only large Donatello in Venice.



Photo and history pages about Venice, Piedmont and Northern Italy



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


Paradoxplace Rome Churches - Santa Maria del Popolo



A reminder to Team Paradox that it is  about time that some more photos of Rome Churches went up!



Cathédrale St-Lazare, Autun (Burgundy)



Home to the iconic Romanesque sculptures of Gislebertus - especially his Last Judgement tympanum, chapter house capitals and portrait of Eve in the Rolin Museum



Paradoxplace Insight Pages



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



Some of Rome's Galleries, Artists and Artworks






Santa Maria Novella, Florence



The great Dominican Church of Florence



50.  Spain and Portugal



A tour de force of Spain and Portugal - from Madrid and Toledo, down to Andalucia, then up through Portugal to Santiago de Compostela and back across the churches and towns of the Camino, before dropping down through Navarre, Aragon & Catalonia  to southern France - includes many of Spain's great Cistercian Abbeys.





Abbaye St-Pierre de Moissac



The iconic trumeau statue of the Prophet Jeremiah - the best Romanesque work of art left in Europe,  plus one of the oldest cloisters in Europe.



Paradoxplace Book Pages -  Books about the Art and Architecture of the Middle Ages and Renaissance






Montecassino and WW II in Italy






INSIGHT PAGE: The Topkapi Palace, Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent and the Magic of Ottoman Constantinople (later Istanbul)


















Tintern Abbey (Cistercian) - South Wales






Durham Cathedral






Medieval Bronze Doors in Italian Churches 1060 - 1200






60.  Siena - Palazzo Pubblico, Campo and Duomo


Tuscany's brilliantly atmospheric medieval master-city



Simply the Best Meals






Some previous top 50 pages



Paradoxplace European Cathedral, Church and Abbey Photo Page Links












Artists, Writers and Architects of the Italian Renaissance



One of the few accessible lists around of Artists, Writers and Architects of the Italian Renaissance (often found in course note links), plus links to related Paradoxplace pages.



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.



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



Monte Bianco and crossing the Alps over the Gran San Bernardo Pass









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 - mostly done in the 500s.



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.



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 probably the only website which gives a good coverage of the great Byzantine / Norman Medieval Cathedrals of Puglia)



Emperor Frederick II and the Castel del Monte (Puglia)



A much larger than life medieval King of Sicily and Holy Roman Emperor and his mysterious octagonal castle









Paradoxplace British Abbey, Monastery, Cathedral and Church Photo Page Links






English Kings and Queens from 802 AD to the present



With links to more detailed information pages



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 old cathedrals and many significant churches in England.



Worcester Cathedral



Another of the great monastic cathedrals of medieval England



Lincoln Cathedral



For 200 years the highest building the the world and now just a beautiful beautiful medieval masterpiece



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