Toshogu Shrine in Nikko, Japan – A Kaleidoscope of Colors and Shapes

Last updated on October 23rd, 2020

The centerpiece and most visited attraction of the Nikko UNESCO World Heritage site is the Toshogu shrine. This final resting place for Tokugawa Ieyasu is like a peacock among the pigeons, an extravagant and elaborately colorful showpiece dedicated to the founder of the Tokugawa Shogunate that ruled Japan for almost 300 years.

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Hiking Mount MItake – Where Nature and Religion Meet

Last updated on October 23rd, 2020

Mount Mitake in  Chichibu-Tama-Kai National Park is a green and peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle of nearby Tokyo. Only 90 minutes away, it is easily accessible and provides a non touristy cultural experience as you hike with the locals past shrines, waterfalls and a natural moss covered rock garden.

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Photo POSTcard: Toyokuni Shrine – The Hall of One Thousand Tatami Mats

Last updated on October 23rd, 2020

The Island of Miyajima is best known for the large floating tori gate in its harbor and for the Itsikushima shrine which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. One of the buildings that make up the Itsikushima compels is the Toyokuni Shrine which has the nick name “Hall of One Thousand Tatami Mats” because of its large size.

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The Churches of Paris – Gothic at its Best

Last updated on December 16th, 2019

There are many beautiful churches in Paris, France, but the grand dame Gothic Paris church is without a doubt the Cathedral of Notre Dame. And while visitors flock to see it, within a twenty minute walk are a number of many other lovely historic churches that also should not be missed. Read on to discover some of the other churches of Paris at their Gothic best. Continue reading “The Churches of Paris – Gothic at its Best”

Bavaria’s Wieskirche – The Pilgrimage Church of Wies in Photos

Last updated on August 18th, 2020

Bavaria’s Wieskirche or the Pilgrimage Church of Wies,  is a UNESCO protected church in the green bucolic foothills of the German alps that was built in the mid 18th century by two brothers, J.B. and Dominikus ZImmermann.  The site became a pilgrimage destination to see the Scourged Saviour, a wooden statue that was purported to produce miracles to those who prayed to it. When the existing chapel that displayed the wooden figure became too small for the pilgrimage rush, the local abbey commissioned the larger church and shrine – and so the Wieskirche was built. Continue reading “Bavaria’s Wieskirche – The Pilgrimage Church of Wies in Photos”