The hidden venues of Piran, The town “made of salt” & Sečovlje salt pans
Upon arriving, explanations will be given about the organic development of the town tissue; framed by no less than three subsequent and larger town walls, among which the last two are well visible. We are going to see the church of Saint Rock and learn more about the epidemics of plague in the Middle Ages. Hear the story about the virtuoso violinist player Giuseppe Tartini and his devilish dream.
The quintessence of Idrija, the town of Mercury and Alchemy
In 1550, a bucket maker working in a stream found by chance heavy liquid silver metal in his wooden cask and so the mining of Mercury started. Idrija soon became the second biggest mine of Mercury in the world (second only to Almaden in Spain). Quicksilver was used to produce an amalgam with gold in order to facilitate its extraction from the raw mineral ore and was therefore very precious. Its mysterious nature (the only liquid metal that evaporates when heated) has fascinated humankind from the dawn of time.
The fascinating Ljubljana
Enjoy strolling around Ljubljana, see the main monuments and institutions of a small sovereign state capital. In order to remain loyal to our program of “particular” sights we propose you to
see: the courtyard of the German Teutonic Order(find out about the architect Jože Plečnik’s disapproving attitude towards the socialist regime expressed in the crippled red star). Have a walk on the magnificent black marble staircase of the National Library, designed by Plečnik (hear the explanation about the symbolism of light).
Venice as you have never seen it
Church of San Francesco della Vigna, built by Jacopo Sansovino in collaboration with the Franciscan friar Francesco Zorzi, author of a hermetic compendium-book De harmonia mundi. The design of the building was influenced by sacred geometry principals related to the measures of Noah’s ark.
Basilica of San Marco, reliefs on the main door archivolt, showing astrological signs and the months of the year. The built in marble spoils brought from Constantinople. Iconography of the glittering mosaics in the interior, related to Cotton Genesis book. The platonic dodecahedron by Paolo Ucello on the floor.
Florence: Neoplatonism, Hermetism, Magic
Facade of the church Santa Maria Novella, designed by Leon Battista Alberti and the Sun symbolism (heliolatry) in Renaissance (Marsilio Ficino treaty De Sole and De lumine).
Church of San Pancrazio and the replica of the Sacred Sepulcher, designed by Leon Battista Alberti on the model of the tomb of Christ in Jerusalem.
The choir of Sant'Annunziata by Alberti evocative of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre (Anastasis) in Jerusalem.