[GERMANY.THUERINGEN 30538] Detail of the portal of the Renaissance town hall (1573-76) on the marketplace in Gera. Photo Mick Palarczyk.
‘Coast at Elgol.’
The Skye coast near Elgol offers views across Loch Scavaig with the Cuillins on the northern horizon. Photo Mick Palarczyk.
Salers is a beautifully preserved little town in the western Cantal. Although its walls consist of black basalt from the volcanic surroundings the use lighter pointing lends the houses and countless turrets a more friendly image. Photo Paul Smit.
’Peñafiel Castle seen from the east.’
Peñafiel Castle (Valladolid province) sits atop a narrow ridge of limestone like an imitation of Noah's Ark stranded on the summit of Mount Ararat. The original castle on this site was part of the 9th-10th century Moorish defense line against the Christians along the Duero river. In 1013 it was taken by the Castilians and rebuilt in the 13th and 14th centuries. The central keep was finished in the 15th century. As Peñafiel is located in one of Spain's most famous vine growing regions, the castle nowadays is home to a Wine Museum. Photo Mick Palarczyk.
[GERMANY.THUERINGEN 30537] Detail of the portal of the Renaissance town hall (1573-76) on the marketplace in Gera. Photo Mick Palarczyk.
At Stranocum, east of Coleraine, the mysticism of Ireland is embodied by this splendid tunnel of beech branches which arch up like the vaults of a gothic cathedral. Photo Mick Palarczyk.
‘Field bouquet for a knight.’
On Skye's St. Columba's Isle (near Skeabost) a knight clutches his sword with his fist on a carved medieval grave slab. A visitor of the ancient cemetery has added a softer touch by giving him a small field bouquet. Photo Mick Palarczyk.
’Slaughter of the Innocents in Olite.’
The Gothic timpanum of the church of Santa Maria la Real has a scene depicting the Slaughter of the Innocents with the henchmen of king Herod dressed as medieval knights. The church forms part of Olite Castle which was built by the kings of Navarre in the 14th and 15th century. Photo. Mick Palarczyk.
At the Monastery of the Archangel Michael in Yuryev-Polskoi, a bell-ringer in the monastery’s tower strikes bells that are made of old gas-canisters. Photo Mick Palarczyk.