Heather: St John the Baptist Church


The parish church for Heather in Leicestershire is dedicated to Saint John the Baptist. Featuring a large tower with three bells, it was built circa 14th century. In keeping with the medieval character of the church, it was restored in 1847 with the addition of a new chancel. The building is constructed of coursed sandstone with a west tower, originally with a spire, featuring corner pinnacles.

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Gargoyles adorn the eaves above the clerestory.


Corbel heads feature on the windows of the church. The church is Grade II* listed.

Breedon on the Hill: Church of St Mary & St Hardulph


On a man made cliff in Leicestershire stands the Parish church of Breedon on the Hill. The first Christian monastery was established in Breedon in the late 7th century and was founded by King Aethelred of Mercia. In 731, Tatwin, a priest at Breedon, was made archbishop of Canterbury. Formerly the church of an Augustinian priory founded in the early 12th century, the church incorporates 9th century carved masonry from the monastic foundation formerly on the site.


A Romanesque doorway  (above) with inner decoration feature on the church. The building is constructed of stone rubble and ashlar and underwent repairs in 1784 which were carried out by the 18th century architect Joseph Wyatt.


The church has a battlemented parapet,deeply chamfered lancet windows and intersected tracery. The church is Grade I Listed.

Florence: Ponte Vecchio


The oldest bridge in Florence, crossing the river Arno, is the Ponte Vecchio. The bridge was constructed of stone in 1345 and features three segmental arches.


From the 13th century, all manner of shops lined the medieval bridge. In 1593, the Grand Duke of Tuscany, Ferdinando I de’ Medici, declared that only jewellers and goldsmiths would be permitted to trade on the bridge.


Corridoio Vasariano

When the ruling Medici moved to Palazzo Pitti on the south side of the Arno, the Medici wanted to remain away from contact with the people they ruled. In order to connect the Palazzo Pitti and the Palazzo Vecchio (Town Hall), they commissioned the Italian architect Giorgio Vasari to build a corridor above the shops of the Ponte Vecchio. The Corridoio Vasariano (Vasari Corridor) was built in 1565.

Wollaton Hall: Piazza di Monte Cavallo, Rome


On display at Wollaton Hall is an oil painting of Piazza di Monte Cavallo in Rome. The canvas painting is an imitation of the same scene painted by the 18th century Italian painter Giovanni Antonio Canal, better known as Canaletto. In the foreground of the painting are two marble sculptures of Dioscuri (horse tamers) which once stood in front of the Thermae at the Baths of Constantine. Thermae Constantinianae was a public bathing complex located on Quirinal Hill in Rome which dates to the 4th century.