In the era of ancient Rome, this place between the Tiber and two hills – Yanikul and Vatican, was occupied by the circus of Nero. Here he was martyred and the Apostle Peter was buried. Under Pope Anaclet, a small tomb basilica was built on this site.
In 324, Emperor Constantine replaced the modest tomb with a basilica in the style typical of the early Christian churches of Rome. Completed in 349 by Constantius, the son of Constantine, this basilica over time has been significantly enriched by the generous gifts of the popes and wealthy donors. It was here, in this basilica of Constantine, that Charlemagne in 800 received the crown from the hands of Pope Leo III, and after him the emperors Lothar, Louis II and Frederick III were crowned here. Continue reading
An ancient state with a five-thousand-year history, the birthplace of the “Shamakhand queen” from Pushkin’s fairy tale “The Golden Cockerel”, the place where Noah lived out his last days and where his tomb is located, the country that served as a prototype of Persia in the poetry of Sergei Yesenin, is Azerbaijan. When asked when to relax in Azerbaijan, local residents unequivocally answer: from the beginning of summer to mid-autumn. At this time, dry, warm weather sets in, and rains are very rare.
One of the Caucasian republics of the former Soviet Union, Azerbaijan is not frozen in the past, although there are enough historical monuments here. The country changes so much every year that people who have been here several years ago do not recognize it. Significant changes are especially noticeable in its capital, the city of Baku. Continue reading
It’s not for nothing that many people call Vienna the grand drawing room of Europe – with such riches it’s not a shame to receive the highest guests. Moreover, it is difficult to find a place where palaces, parks and cathedrals of the past would so easily and naturally coexist with the laconic and assertive products of our time. And all this in the thick, tart atmosphere of inspiration and daydreaming that Beethoven, Mozart, Strauss, Haydn and other creators presented to the city. Against the backdrop of such greatness, not knowing where to stay in Vienna seems even indecent – the city, which received the geniuses of art, always has something to offer the traveler who seeks shelter. Continue reading