Sant’Antimo Abbey. Tuscany

One of the most examples of monastic architecture of the 13th century and by far the most important Romanesque building in the southern of Tuscany near Montalcino.

The church we see today was built around 1100 and took the place of an older 9th century abbey, of which little is left.

Until the 14th century it was an important spiritual, economic and cultural centre, often in conflict with the Republic of Siena.

The refined architectural elements

recall a decorative richness with French influences.


Dhowa Rock Temple. Sri Lanka

Dhowa Rock Temple is a protected heritage site, situated in the central mountains of the Uva province on the Badulla – Bandarawela main road, 7 km far from Ella.

The Dhowa rock temple is famous for its large unfinished Buddha image, carved into the rock face. The cave constitutes of 28 Buddha statues, Samadhi Buddha statue, God statues and paintings.

The temple dates back over 2000 years. Historic portraits can be seen drawn inside a cave.