I always like to discover new places and these places to be unique. Architecture, history and other facts made these 5 villages unique enough to pay a visit if you are somewhere around there. Here are 5 European places that time has stopped!
Somewhere, in Occitanie Region of France, there is a village called “Rocamadour”. The commune of Rocamadour is said to have been named after Saint Amator, who is believed to have been the founder of the ancient sanctuary. The crypt Saint-Amadour is situated here. The church of Notre Dame (1479) contains a wooden “Black Madonna”
reputed to have been carved by Amator. And somewhere between St. Amator’s years and the present, time has stopped. When you visit Rocamadour, you visit a medieval village. Only one street, one castle and 6 chapels. 675 locals will try to make your stay unforgettable.
Lavenham is England’s finest medieval village, in Tudor times the 14th wealthiest town in England. Nestled in the heart of rolling Suffolk countryside close to the ancient towns of Bury St Edmunds and Sudbury where fine medieval architecture can be found around every corner. It is noted for its 15th-century church, half-timbered medieval cottages and circular walk. In the medieval period, it was among the 20 wealthiest settlements in England.Today, it is a popular day-trip destination for people from across the country along with another historic wool town in the area, Long Melford.
Slavonice, Czech Republic
In Czech Republic, not far away from the Austrian borders, there is a city called Slavonice. The ornament adorning the Renaissance townhouses at the heart of one of the most photogenic Czech towns is akin to the most delicate, lace-like pattern, chiseled into fine stone. Being so unique, the town was declared an urban heritage site reserve on 31st August 1961. Many explorers simply choose Slavonice in order to be stunned by its sheer beauty and abundant evidence of ancestors’ skilfulness.
Viscri is only one of the Saxon villages of Transylvania. Of course, is a special one,
due to his great fortified church which is part of UNESCO World Heritage. Viscri is best known for its highly fortified church, originally built around 1100 AD by the Szecklers.
The beauty and serenity of the village are reason enough to spend several days there.
By far, my favorite seaside village.Collioure is a commune in the Pyrénées-Orientales department in southern France. There is a record of the castle at “Castrum Caucoliberi” having been mentioned as early as 673, indicating that the settlement here was of strategic and commercial importance during the Visigoth ascendancy. In the early 20th century Collioure became a center of artistic activity, with several Fauve artists making it their meeting place. André Derain, Georges Braque, Othon Friesz, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, James Dickson Innes and Tsuguharu Fujita have all been inspired by Collioure’s royal castle, medieval streets, its lighthouse converted into the church of Notre-Dame-des-Anges and its typical Mediterranean bay. Collioure’s cemetery contains the tomb of Spanish poet Antonio Machado, who fled here to escape advancing Francoist troops at the end of the Spanish Civil War in 1939.
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