When East Meets West in Architecture: Public Buildings in Craiova (south-western Romania)

Craiova is the county seat of the historical region called Oltenia, an ethnographic area located in south-western Romania (Wallachia). Given its closeness to what, up to World War I, were parts of the Ottoman Empire, Oltenia has been strongly influenced for most of its modern history by Turkish and Greek (neo-Byzantine) patterns in architecture and…

Luxury and Science in the American Spa: Fordyce Bathhouse of Hot Springs, Arkansas

Dubbed the Carlsbad of the USA, Hot Springs Arkansas was a fashionable place at the turn of the twentieth century, populated as it was by elegant women and affluent businessmen, who travelled from different parts of the USA to enjoy the thermal water treatments offered by health establishments hosted in architecturally attractive buildings. Before the…

A Deserted Place on a Stormy Afternoon: Pine Bluff (South-Eastern Arkansas, USA)

Pine Bluff is a part of the metropolitan area of Little Rock, the capital city of the state of Arkansas. It is the seat of Jefferson County. Geographically, Pine Bluff is a flat area filled with creeks, streams, and bayous, and it makes for the southeastern section of the Arkansas Delta. The numerous pine trees…

A Victorian Manor in the American South: Colonel Peel`s Mansion in Bentonville, Arkansas (USA)

Colonel Samuel West Peel (1831-1924), an Arkansas businessman, was the first native of the state who became a member of the US Congress. Here, he was named a legal representative to the most important five tribes (1) in the Indian Territory (Oklahoma). During the Civil War, as a member of the Confederate Army, he was…

The Lutheran Fortified Church in Cristian (Neustadt), Brașov County-Romania

Cristian, in German Neustadt, is a small village located near the city of Brașov (Kronstadt). Similar to the latter, Cristian was founded by the German colonists in late 13th-early 14th century; these were coming from Rhineland, Thuringia, and Wallonia, and became known as Saxons. Until well after the First World War, the majority of population…

The Mihail Palace in Craiova, south-western Romania

This ecclectic style palace designed in a combination of French academism and late Baroque is located in the center of Craiova, the most important city of the historical region of Oltenia, an area situated on the geographical southern part of Romania. It resembles the Cheverny Palace that can be found on Loire Valley. The construction…

Christmas Markets in Berlin, December 2019

On this Christmas season, Berlin`s municipal authorities organized markets around most of the major landmarks: Alexanderplatz, Gendarmenmarkt, Breitsheidplatz, Potsdamer Platz. All of them abounded in traditional German Christmas decorations made of wood or glass, as well as in cosy places like restaurants and food stalls where people could taste gluhwein, delicious marzipan, apple pie, and…