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Thursday, 16 February 2012

TRAVEL: Genova [Part I]

Collage: including Palazzo Senarega Universita & Palazzo Stefano Balbi-Durazzo-Reale

GENOVA IN ITALY, also known as La Superba and La Dominante del Mare has a glorious history. A secret city known for the discretion of its citizens, its past is ever present with ‘new streets’, meaning new four hundred years ago.

At Palazzo del Principe Andrea Doria:

Remarkable tapestries of the Battle of Lepanto [in the gulf of Patras in Greece] one of the most important battles in European history was the Holy League’s great victory over the Ottoman fleet in 1571 [Members of the Holy League: Spanish Empire, Republic of Venice, Knights of Malta, Grand Duchy of Tuscany, the Duchy of Savoy.

During the Habsburg-Ottoman wars, Sultan Suleiman besieged and almost conquered Vienna in 1529.  It is this war that introduced Europeans to orientalism and …. coffee!

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