Ringebu Stavkirke (Stave Church), Norway

Believed to be built in the first quarter of the 13th century, and is one of the largest of the remaining stave churches in Norway. The church was expanded in the 17th century into the cruciform shape it has today.

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The Roman Wall of Lugo, Spain

The only remaining roman wall that completely surrounds a city in the world is in Lugo, Galicia – Spain. Protected by UNESCO World Heritage Site, the wall is more than 2000 meters long, up to 15 meters tall, has more than 70 towers and ten gates. Constructed in the 3rd century, the wall nowadays is mostly a tourist attraction and a way for locals to get around the city on the wide walkway on top of the wall.

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Statues and monuments in Porto/Gaia, Portugal

When we visited Porto and Gaia earlier this year, we noticed that there is a lot of statues and monuments across the cities. Instead of adding them into the same post, we decided to make a separate post about those work of art. Hope you enjoy them as much as we.

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Reinli Stavkirke (Stave Church), Norway

The only remaining stave church where the nave and choir is built with the same width. Dating of the church is debatable as the dating of the wood is older than the documented erection of the building, meaning the wood has been taken from older buildings and possible an older church. Erection is estimated to be between second half of 13th century and first half of 14th century. As with most older churches, this has also underwent big interior and exterior changes through the time. The building is very well preserved and does not have electric light or heating, so it’s only open on special occasions.

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Witch’s Cave of Zugarramurdi, Spain

In Northern Spain, not too far from the French border and just outside the village of Zugarramurdi, Navarre, there is a cavern that has been used for pagan rituals for centuries and rumored to be a meeting place for witches and witchcraft. The rumors led to the Spanish Inquisition to investigate the area in the 17th century and one of the largest witch trials in the world unfold with more than 7000 cases being looked into, implicating more than 5000 named people of all ages, known as the Basque Witch Trial.

The caves themselves are relatively flat with opening in both ends, with a small stream running through, and are still being used to celebrate summer solstice in a mid-summer festival.

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Cape Finisterre Lighthouse

Faro de Finisterre, means literally the lighthouse at the end of the earth. In Roman times it was considered to be the westernmost point on the Iberian Peninsula and the end of the known world. Later it has been discovered that the westernmost point of the Peninsula is in Portugal and the westernmost point on mainland Spain is slightly more to the north.

Cape Finisterre is also the final destination of the Camino de Santiago, where pilgrims from all over Europe has walked to the famous Cathedral in Santiago de Compostela, where they believe the remains of Saint James are to this day.

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Lighthouse at Cabo de Creus, Spain

Faro del Cabo de Creus (Far de cap de Creus in Catalan) is located at the easternmost point on mainland Spain. The lighthouse is only 11 meters tall, but 87 meters above sea level. Next to the lighthouse, there is a restaurant. The view is spectacular and the weather was nice and warm when we visited the area in May.

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Andorra, our impressions, part II

See part I HERE.

Since we had a wonderful time in Andorra and took a lot of photos, here goes another random collection of this magnificent microstate in the Pyrenees.

If you like sports, adventure and nature, this is a place you may want to visit. Andorra promotes and supports the use of bikes and has many ski slopes. It has also some natural parks where you can have different activities and beautiful mountains where you can hike.

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Andorra, our impressions, part I

Andorra is a microstate in the Pyrenees between France and Spain and has a beautiful alpine landscape. From our road trip in Northern Spain we visited Andorra and stayed for three nights before we continued our journey back to Spain (all the way to Finisterra).

If you happen to be en the area of the Northeast coast, we highly recommend to go to Andorra, as its an amazing place with high, steep mountains and long deep valleys. If get off the main motorways you will find winding roads going over the mountain from one valley to another, giving astonishing views along the way. Its nature and landscapes reminded us of some parts of Norway, country in which we reside. Continue reading “Andorra, our impressions, part I”

Tower of Hercules, Spain

Torre de Hércules is an ancient Roman lighthouse just outside the city of La Coruña in the north west tip of Spain. The lighthouse is overlooking a part of the Death Coast (Costa da Morte). The structure dates back to the 2nd century and is the oldest roman lighthouse still in use.

The lighthouse is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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San Juan de Gaztelugatxe, Spain

Gaztelugatxe is an islet on the north coast of Spain where there is a hermitage (religious retreat) in dedication of John the Baptist. The islet is connected to the mainland with a man made walk way and stairs up to the church that dates back to the 10th century.

In the 7th season of Game of Throne the islet was used as Dragonstone with a digitally made castle on top instead of the church.

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Church of São Francisco, Porto – Portugal

Igreja de São Francisco (Church of Saint Francis) is located in the historic center of Porto and was built in gothic style about 600 years ago. in the first half of the 18th century the interior was decorated into a more baroque style.

The church is located not far from the river Douro and its a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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