BOOKS TO UNPLUG AND UNWIND

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Selections from the famous Newsweek ‘Wonders of Man’ book series, showing in great pictorial and editorial detail the great and momentous achievements of man.

Find them at: www.amazon.com

 

VENICE
John H. Davis
Venice is situated across a group of 118 small islands that are separated by canals and linked by bridges, of which there are 400. It was a major financial and maritime power during the Middle Ages and Renaissance, and a staging area for the Crusades and the Battle of Lepanto, as well as a very important centre of commerce and art in the 13th century up to the end of the 17th century. Parts of Venice are renowned for the beauty of their settings, their architecture, and artwork. The lagoon and a part of the city are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The book includes an informative history of Venice with illustrations in colour and black and white, and a selection of literary excerpts.

THE FORBIDDEN CITY
Roderick MacFarquhar
Trace the history of the imperial Chinese city, focusing on the rulers who have contributed to its grandeur since the 13th century. Today, the Forbidden City is a palace complex in central Beijing, China. The former Chinese imperial palace from the Ming dynasty to the end of the Qing dynasty – the years 1420 to 1912 – now houses the Palace Museum.

 

 

 

VERSAILLES
Christopher Hibbert
From the seat of power to a museum of the history of France, the Palace of Versailles was the principal residence of the Kings of France from Louis XIV in 1682 until the beginning of the French Revolution in 1789. The Palace origins dating back to the 17th century, was successively a hunting lodge, a seat of power and, from the 19th century, a museum.

With the gardens and the Palaces of Trianon, the park of the Château de Versailles spreads over 800 hectares. The book includes the Chronology of the French History, Family Tree of the Royal Houses of France, Guide to the Chateaux of France, and a Selected Bibliography.

THE ALHAMBRA
Desmond Stewart
The Alhambra was the last of Islamic palaces built for the last Muslim emirs in Spain. The Alhambra was rediscovered first by British intellectuals and then the north European travellers. It is now one of Spain’s major tourist attractions, exhibiting the country’s most significant and well-known Islamic architecture, together with 16th-century and garden interventions.

The Alhambra is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the last and finest Muslim monument in Spain. The book includes a lively history of the monument, illustrations in colour and black and white, and a selection of literary excerpts about the monument.

HAGIA SOPHIA
Patrick Balfour Kinross
Often referred to as the eighth wonder of the World, the Hagia Sophia is easily one of Istanbul’s most impressive sights, and one of the world’s most distinguished landmarks. The imposing, 1,480-year-old building in the heart of Istanbul’s Sultanahmet district stood for almost 1,000 years as an ornate cathedral, a place where Byzantine emperors came to be crowned. The dome of the Hagia Sophia Turkey is 180 feet high and 100 feet wide and was considered a revolution in the history of architecture. Today, the massive dome is surrounded by four minarets which were built during the Ottoman period. It isn’t often one gets to see original photos by a famous photographer of ancient sites.

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