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  • Basilica from the time of Constantine the Great found at Sofia’s Serdica West Gate

    on Dec 13, 12 • in Architecture, Bulgaria, Christianity, History, News, Roman period • with Comments Off on Basilica from the time of Constantine the Great found at Sofia’s Serdica West Gate

    Archaeologists in Bulgaria’s capital city Sofia have found a basilica said to date from the time of emperor Constantine the Great in the area of the West Gate of Serdica, as the city was known in Roman times. The basilica is 27 metres wide and about 100m long, according to Yana Borissova-Katsarova, head of research at the site. It featured multi-coloured mosaics. Further exploration of the find will be difficult because of its location under the modern city. Sofia deputy mayor in charge of culture, Todor Chobanov, said that the discovery of the basilica may

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  • Bloggers voice anger over monument devastation

    on Dec 11, 12 • in Archaeology, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Internet, News, Politics, UNESCO • with Comments Off on Bloggers voice anger over monument devastation

     In a move that sparked public furor and renewed a debate on the lack of government care of historical monuments, the restaurant owner at Kastel, one of the oldest Balkans fortresses under the protection of UNESCO, expanded his business without proper documentation or licenses. Officials said they reacted timely and took all the necessary steps to make sure the fort is returned to its original condition. “The restaurant owner at Kastel tried to expand his locale without a license and was ordered to stop construction and return everything to its original state. If the changes

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  • Marvelous Macedonia

    on Dec 11, 12 • in Archaeology, Architecture, Museum, News, Republic of Macedonia, Tourism, UNESCO • with Comments Off on Marvelous Macedonia

    If you are looking for a cool and calm place for a short break from Dubai’s busy life, there is a new option to explore — Eastern Europe’s Macedonia. Two months ago, it was not advisable to visit the country as there was no direct connection from the UAE. But now, thanks to flydubai, going there is easy with new direct flights to Skopje, the capital of Macedonia. The country itself is not very expensive for tourists like other European countries, and Dubai’s low-cost carrier has made it more affordable for Gulf residents who love

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    on Dec 11, 12 • in Albania, Archaeology, Architecture, Art, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cuisine, Cultural heritage, Culture, Kosovo, Montenegro, Music, News, Republic of Macedonia, Serbia, Tourism, Tradition • with Comments Off on NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC TRAVELER – WESTERN BALKANS

    A National Geographic Traveler & USAID special supplement – The Western Balkans – Land of Discovery include 46 outstanding ways to Experience Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia. Download – 3,17 MB A crossroads and a crucible, where empires met, fought and combined to form a kaleidoscope of cultures unique in Europe; where the Greeks, Romans, Slavs, Venetians, Turks and Austro-Hungarians each left their own indelible mark on the architecture, cuisine, languages, music and traditions of the region. Medieval Orthodox monasteries, Renaissance Catholic churches, mosques and minarets stand together within the same city

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  • Is it time for a Romanian Renaissance?

    on Dec 9, 12 • in Cultural heritage, Neolithic, News, Politics, Romania • with Comments Off on Is it time for a Romanian Renaissance?

    A new cultural age is dawning for Romania, and the West is taking notice “After death, you go on a very long way, that is going up. As you go, little by little, your features change. A dead man is now looking at you through my eyes.” So wrote Mircea Cărtărescu, a Romanian author regularly rumoured to be on the shortlist for the Nobel Prize in literature, aptly reflecting the zeitgeist of a nation coming to terms with its past and gradually dawning on our horizons. In his widely translated work Nostalgia, Cărtărescu reflects on

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  • Bosnia: rampant festivals and bankrupt museums

    on Dec 8, 12 • in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cultural heritage, Museum, News, Politics • with Comments Off on Bosnia: rampant festivals and bankrupt museums

    Bosnia and Herzegovina’s major cultural institutions, including the National Museum, the Art Gallery and the National Film Archive, are in a state of neglect. The State does not support them, because doing so would imply acknowledging the existence of a common cultural and historical heritage. Some, in the capital’s artistic milieu, have suggested privatization A debate has been going on for months in Bosnia and Herzegovina on the alarming situation of cultural heritage institutions of the Yugoslav period, orphan of policy and administrative support. In a country where every cultural expression is attached a strong

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