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Old July 4th, 2009, 08:14 PM   #201
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Yes, Italy (and Southern Europe in general) is the most culturally rich region in Europe. Why is it?
Um.. the legacy of the Classical civilization (Greek and Rome), that in turn inspired the Renaissance?
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Old July 5th, 2009, 11:01 AM   #202
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Old July 6th, 2009, 03:04 PM   #203
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Old July 6th, 2009, 04:01 PM   #204
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Palazzetto dello Sport (Rome Olympics 1960) by Pier Luigi Nervi

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Old July 6th, 2009, 04:20 PM   #205
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Old July 8th, 2009, 09:42 PM   #206
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Alexandrov hall of Grand Kremlin Palace in Moscow






Vladimir hall, same place


Andreev hall, same place.




Not sure about beauty (i like it anyway), but i guess it's the most expensive interior ever been created in Russia.
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Old July 9th, 2009, 06:50 AM   #207
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Gran Hotel Ciudad De Mexico - Mexico City - Ceiling: 1908 - artist Jacques GrŘber



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Old July 11th, 2009, 08:20 PM   #208
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Sala delle Asse, Milan, by Leonardo da Vinci
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Old July 11th, 2009, 11:28 PM   #209
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Italian ones are so mesmeric
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Not sure about beauty (i like it anyway), but i guess it's the most expensive interior ever been created in Russia.
Actually that would be the 1701 Amber Room in the Catherine Palace, St Petersburg, burnt down/ looted during the war but reconstructed in 2007. It is panelled with amber set over gold, and burnished with diamonds over 1800 sq. feet, :



It was built with 6 tons of amber, at a time when the stone was worth 12x more than gold. Today at a much discounted value, its still worth $500 million. Its believed the amber is buried 20m underground, somewhere in Germany, alongside $1.5 billion worth of gold bars.

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^the Taj Mahal and other Indian palaces outdid that though in terms of worth - the Taj has as much as 60 gems and semi precious stones per square inch inlaid into the stone.
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^the Taj Mahal and other Indian palaces outdid that though in terms of worth - the Taj has as much as 60 gems and semi precious stones per square inch inlaid into the stone.
Well, to give the Italians some credit, the inlay-work at the Taj and elsewhere was inspired by Italian pietra dura work in precious and semi-precious stones.

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Yes, Italy (and Southern Europe in general) is the most culturally rich region in Europe. Why is it?
Because italy was the birth place of the " European Renaissance" and that was mainly because of the vast culture exchange with the Arabs and also because Sicily and Spain were at that time ruled by Arabs, a lot of culture ,knowledge ,architecture , cuisine etc was being exchanged and learnt from the islamic empire / empires at that time ( called the golden islamic era ).

Monreale Cathedral in Sicily is one example
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The Renaissance began in Florence, not in Sicily, and four hundred years after the last Arab was expelled from Sicily.

The cultural exchange with the Arabs played an important role of course, but it wasn't the triggering factor for Renaissance, which rather was the rediscovery of the Greco-Roman civilization preserved by the Byzantine Empire, and totally forgotten in the West by that time.
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The Renaissance began in Florence, not in Sicily, and four hundred years after the last Arab was expelled from Sicily.

The cultural exchange with the Arabs played an important role of course, but it wasn't the triggering factor for Renaissance, which rather was the rediscovery of the Greco-Roman civilization preserved by the Byzantine Empire, and totally forgotten in the West by that time.
A bit OT, but I'll say it here.

Well, Islam had an indirect role -- with the capture of Constantinople by the Turks which led to the Byzantine Diaspora.
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Because italy was the birth place of the " European Renaissance" and that was mainly because of the vast culture exchange with the Arabs and also because Sicily and Spain were at that time ruled by Arabs, a lot of culture ,knowledge ,architecture , cuisine etc was being exchanged and learnt from the islamic empire / empires at that time ( called the golden islamic era ).

Monreale Cathedral in Sicily is one example

Again, let me be OT for a minute.

To be sure, there is more than one European Renaissance between the Fall of Rome and the Capture of Constantinople. The Carolingian Renaissance is one such example, as is the Sicilian one you refer to, which was part of a larger rediscovery of classical thought/ideas from the 10th century to the advent of the Great Plague.
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Someone should have mentioned this by now: the vault of Hagia Sophia.

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