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Paradoxplace has nearly 1,000 pages of photos, stories, books, food and restaurants, which attract tens of thousands of new visitors each month.  These were the 100 most visited pages in March 2010.







Last Supper paintings in Venice



This companion page to last Supper paintings in the Renaissance refectories of Florence's Monasteries and Convents includes Veronese's unforgettable "Feast at the House of Levi" and what happened when he was hauled before the Inquisition to explain himself.  The page also includes Veronese's other feast epic - the Wedding at Cana (which is in the Louvre).



Paradoxplace Chronology Pages - The World of the Middle Ages Part Two - The Renaissance and Early Modern Europe (1350 - 1600)



A descendant of the first pre web Paradoxplace page done in Excel in 2000 as a print out for friends visiting Tuscany.  A chatty chronology of the movers and shakers of the Italian Renaissance and Early Modern Europe.  A companion page The World of the Middle Ages Part One - The Middle Ages (476 - 1348) looks at an earlier and just as interesting world.



Paradoxplace Portrait Page - Sandro Botticelli and the (Medici) Magi



Botticelli's self portrait with the Medici clan in "The Adoration of the Magi" and a link to an explanation of who the Magi are and links to other Magi representations including the famous capitals by Gislebertus in Autun Cathedral.



Portraits of Famous Renaissance (and other) People



A large page with thumbnails linking to many of the portraits in Paradoxplace.



The Great Mughal Emperors of India 1526 - 1707



A easy to read history of the Great Mughal Emperors of India - Babur, Humayun, Akbar, Jahangir, Shah Jahan, and Aurangzeb, with portraits and photos of their architectural achievements such as the Taj Mahal.



Leonardo da Vinci, Self Portraits






Reims (Champagne)



With links to pages about the famous Notre Dame de Reims Cathedral, coronation venue for the Kings of France, and the Abbey Church (Basilique) of Saint Remy - a large Romanesque masterpiece which no-one visits.  Banished from Wikipedia, so the photos must be good!



Tuscan Poppies



Vibrant close up and field photos of Tuscan Poppies.  There is a companion page about Tuscan Sunflowers.



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10. Paradoxplace Portrait Page - Vasco da Gama



Link to Paradoxplace Insight Page on The Age of Exploration, including Marco Polo, Christopher Columbus, Amerigo Vespucci, Vasco da Gama, Ferdinand Magellan, Giovanni da Verrazzano and Sir Francis Drake.





Condottieri and the Great Equestrian Statues and Paintings of the Italian Renaissance



The Renaissance revival of Equestrian statues after a 1000 year gap, plus some Condottieri and a couple of Emperors on horseback.  Includes Colleoni (Verrocchio), Gattamelata (Donatello), Guidoriccio da Fogliano (Martini), Sir John Hawkwood (Uccello), Charlemagne (in the Louvre), and, of course, the Emperor Marcus Aurelius.



Paradoxplace Portrait Page - Filippo Brunelleschi



Architect of the amazing Dome of Florence Cathedral, the first Renaissance Hospital, and many other things.



The Medici Family  (1) - The Glorious 1400s



The first of several pages with portraits of and stories about the Medici (pronounced Maydichi) Family (including the two Medici Queens of France).  Other pages include the Medici Popes and the Medici Grand Dukes of Tuscany and their womenfolk.



Map of Italian Regions and Towns



A couple of maps which people obviously find useful.


Paradoxplace Portrait Page - the Borgias



Including a recently discovered portrait of Lucia Borgia located in Australia.



The Age of Exploration - Travellers, Traders and Explorers 1000 - 1600



A powerful overview of the forces driving the Age of Exploration from the early "overland to China" days through the great sea voyages of exploration to the discovery of the Americas.  The travellers and explorers including Marco Polo and Christopher Columbus and many more - where they went and why.  And some wonderful photos of Astrolabes.



Maps of Tuscany



More useful maps.


Paradoxplace Chronology Pages - The World of the Middle Ages Part One - The Middle Ages (476 - 1348)



The movers and shakers of the early and high middle ages - a completely different and in many ways more interesting (Romanesque) world to that of the post Black Death Renaissance



Map of Rome



With links to Paradoxplace pages on  Rome Churches  Rome Palaces  Rome Fountains  Art in Rome  Ancient Rome  Rome Restaurants and Hotels   Guides and Books about Rome



20. Westminster Abbey






INSIGHT PAGE:   The Crusades (1100s and 1200s)



The extraordinary and in many ways brutally unattractive 200 years which changed everything.  Described by a visitor to Paradoxplace as "a most interesting, entertaining, informative and provocative piece" but banished (at least twice) from  Wikipedia.



Florence Duomo and Skylines



Sunset photos of Florence and its great Duomo from the hilltop of San Miniato, plus other famous Florence places and views.



Durham Cathedral



The great Northern England masterpiece, a complete monastic ensemble with the first major stone vaulted nave roof in Europe and home to the tomb of the Venerable Bede and the Shrine of the towering northern Saint Cuthbert (the most visited in England before the murder of Becket).



INSIGHT PAGE: An Emperor, two Kings, a Banker, a Priest, a Pope and a Sultan launch the age of European Nation States



Habsburg Emperor Charles V, Valois King Francis I, Tudor King Henry VIII, Augsburg Banker Jacob Fugger the Rich, Martin Luther, Medici Pope Clement VII and Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent all lived at the same time - the birth of post-medieval Europe.



Medieval French Saints, Kings and Queens and two wars






Chartres Cathedral



The most completely original medieval of the surviving great medieval cathedrals of Europe - 9 portals, 100+ stained glass windows, the only original maze still in existence - dozens of sumptuous photos in "The Place". 



Abbey Church (Basilique) of Saint Remy, Reims



A large Romanesque masterpiece which no-one visits.


Early Medieval Islamic Spain (Al-Andalus) - Chronology, Photos and Maps




Byzantium and Constantinople



Justinian's Constantinople, for centuries the largest and greatest city in Europe.  There are also pages about the famous Imperial Mosaics in Ravenna, the Topkapi Palace and the World of Suleiman the Magnificent.



30. Canterbury Cathedral



One of the most evocative monastic English Cathedrals, its architecture and art (especially stained glass and Zodiac roundels), and Archbishops Lanfranc, Anselm, Becket and Langton.





Basilique St-Andoche, Saulieu (Burgundy)



The meat capital of Burgundy - but this page is all about  some of the most beautiful Romanesque capitals around.



Artists, Writers and Architects of the Italian Renaissance



One of the few accessible lists around of Artists, Writers and Architects of the Italian Renaissance (often found in course note links), plus links to related Paradoxplace pages.



Paradoxplace Photo Galleries Directory



The core directory leading to all of the thousands of photos of Italy, Spain & Portugal, France and Britain in Paradoxplace.



San Gimignano (Tuscany)



San Gimignano - Magical Tuscan hill town with lots of towers and tourists (and the location for the film "Tea with Mussolini").



Some of Rome's Galleries, Artists and Artworks






Paradoxplace photo and history pages about France


The top level entry point to numerous pages covering Paris, Burgundy and Champagne, Chartres and Centre, Poitiers and South West France and the Auvergne.



Mongols - Ghengis to Kublai Khan - the Maps



A cartographic companion to the Insight Page about the Mongol Warlords Ghengis Khan (who built the largest empire the world has ever known), Ogotai Khan, Kublai Khan, Hulagu Khan, Tamerlane and Babur (with an appearance by Prester John).



Masolino, Masaccio and Filippino Lippi in the Brancacci Chapel, Florence



The first great Florentine Renaissance fresco cycle.



Paradoxplace photo and history pages about Rome


Gateway to Paradoxplace's tour de force of Rome's Churches, Art, Palaces, Fountains, Restaurants and Ancient Rome.



40. Donatello in Florence (and elsewhere)



Highlighting some of the works of the greatest artistic genius of the Italian Renaissance.





The Abbey Church of Vézelay (Basilique Ste-Madeleine) (Burgundy)



Church of light and a feast of Romanesque sculpture.



Palermo - The Catacombe Cappuccini



One of the very few web pages with good photos from the famous catacomb filled with clothed preserved corpses.  Not for the faint hearted.



Site Map and Links to the Major Sections of Paradoxplace





San Miniato al Monte, Florence






Medieval Bronze Doors in Italian Churches 1060 - 1200






INSIGHT PAGE:  The 100 Years' War






Conques - Cathédrale Church of Ste-Foy (aka Santa Fe)


The most amazing of the surviving Romanesque Tympanums anywhere.



Paradoxplace Insight Pages



Overview of the various Paradoxplace Insight Pages covering everything from WW II in Italy to the great Cistercian Abbeys of Europe.



Montecassino and WW II in Italy






50. Abbaye St-Pierre de Moissac



The iconic trumeau statue of the Prophet Jeremiah - one of the best photographs of one of the best Romanesque works of art left in Europe,  plus one of the oldest cloisters in Europe.





La Capella dei Magi in the Palazzo Medici-Riccardi, Firenze



Benozzo Gozzoli's masterpiece.



The Medici Popes (Leo X and Clement VII)





Fra Angelico et al in the Convent of San Marco, Florence



Fra Angelico's convent in Florence - now home to the main collection of his work



The Topkapi Palace, Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent and the Magic of Ottoman Constantinople (later Istanbul)






Spain and Portugal



Gateway to dozens of pages about Spain and Portugal - from Madrid and Toledo, down to Andalucia, then up through Portugal to Santiago de Compostela and back across the churches and towns of the Camino, before dropping down through Navarre, Aragon & Catalonia  to southern France - includes many of Spain's great Cistercian Abbeys.



Books about the Art and Architecture of the Middle Ages and Renaissance


Links to the most popular collection of the hundreds of books selected by Team Paradox.



Siena - Palazzo Pubblico, Campo and Duomo


Tuscany's brilliantly atmospheric medieval timewarp city.



The Old English Cathedrals



Links to photo and history pages for the Medieval Cathedrals and Abbeys of Northern England, Central England and Wales, and Southern England.  Paradoxplace has now got photos of nearly all the old cathedrals and many interesting churches in England.



Santa Maria Novella, Florence



The great Dominican competitor to Franciscan Santa Croce in Florence.



60. Brunelleschi's Spedale degli Innocenti (Foundling Hospital) - Florence



The pioneering Florentine Renaissance building, with a series of beautiful glazed roundels by Andrea della Robbia.





Frescos of Last Suppers in Florence's Renaissance Refectories





Ancient Rome and the Good Emperors


Nerva, Trajan, Hadrian, Antoninus Pius and Marcus Aurelius were the five so called "Good Emperors" who ruled Rome for nearly 100 years at the height of its power and prosperity.



Cathédrale St-Lazare, Autun (Burgundy)



Home to the iconic Romanesque sculptures of Gislebertus - especially his Last Judgement tympanum, chapter house capitals and seductive carving of Eve in the Rolin Museum






Gateway to the Paradoxplace Venice Pages.



Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent





Tuscan Photos, Food, Renaissance Art and History



Links to all the pages relating to Florence, Siena, Pisa, Other Tuscan Towns, the Tuscany Countryside and Restaurants.



Florence Restaurant Notes





Photo and history pages about Venice, Piedmont and Northern Italy



Including lots of pages on Venice and Food (Truffle) festival time in Alba (Piedmond)


Adriano and son James travel the Piero della Francesca Trail through Sansepolcro, Monterchi and Arezzo



Including "The Best Picture in the World" in Sansepolcro.



70. Artist Self-Portraits in the Uffizi Collection








The Normans and the Hohenstaufens in Southern Italy and Sicily



Sounds a bit dry, but like most of The Place this page is treasure chest of lively writing and photos, which will introduce many people for the first time to the medieval warlords of Southern Italy and Sicily and their heritage.



Saint George, the Archangel Michael and their Dragons








Iconic Abbey and Battlefield



Lincoln Cathedral



For 200 years the highest building the the world and now just a beautiful beautiful medieval masterpiece



Medieval and Renaissance Popes in Paradoxplace





French Pilgrims' Roads to Santiago de Compostela





I Frari - The Great Franciscan Church of Venice



If you only have time for one Venetian church outside of San Marco, this is it.  Equally if you're into Titian or Bellini Madonnas or intarsia work, or want to see the only large Donatello in Venice.



The Abbey of Cluny, Burgundy





Simply the Best Meals


May appear at  number 79, but in conversations more people comment on this page than any other!



80. Emperor Frederick II and the Castel del Monte (Puglia)



A much larger than life medieval King of Sicily and Holy Roman Emperor and his mysterious octagonal castle





Santa Croce (Florence)


Florence's Franciscan Basilica and its most interesting church.



Fra Filippo Lippi  (monk painter) and his son Filippino (painter)











The Magi in Mosaics, Roof Bosses, Stained Glass, Paintings and Sculpture






Inside Canterbury Cathedral





Chartres Cathedral Medieval Stained Glass Windows






Padova (Padua)






Photo pages about Rome, Lazio and Central Italy



Links to lots of pages about Rome, the medieval monasteries of Saint Benedict and the Cistercians, Etruscan tombs and the Abruzzi.



Basilica di San Vitale, Ravenna



Ravenna is one of our favourite towns - this page includes links to the famous Byzantine Imperial Mosaics in San Vitale, and other pages include the mosaics in Sant'Apollinare Nuovo and other Byzantine places - mostly done in the 500s.



90. North Rose Window Ensemble - Chartres Cathedral








The Medici Family - 2



Grand Dukes of the Cadet Branch of the Medici Family and their Women - 1530s to 1743.



Basilica di Sant'Apollinare Nuovo, Ravenna (late 400s)






INSIGHT PAGE: The Mongol Conquerors



Genghis Khan, who built the largest empire the world has ever known,  and his successors.



Paintings by Artists of the Italian Renaissance



Some of the blockbuster exhibitions which Central Italy enjoyed in the early 2000s plus some famous Renaissance fresco cycles



2002 and Masaccio turns 600






Paradoxplace Maps



Links to maps from past and present in Paradoxplace.



British Cathedral, Abbey, Church and Monastery Photo Page Links






Cathédrale Notre Dame de Reims (Champagne)






Medieval Illustrations of Labours of the Month, Zodiac Signs, Cardinal Virtues and Sins.






100. The Vasari Corridor, Florence


Gave a new meaning to "Journey to Work" for the Medici Grand Dukes of Tuscany, and later a hanging space for self portraits by famous artists.



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