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Leignon Castle

Leignon Castle is a nineteenth century castle located in Wallonia, a few kilometers south of Ciney. It is a private castle with restricted access to the public. An old building existed prior to the construction of the castle. Located on a former field by Stavelot abbey, its origins may date back to the nineteenth century. Around 1890, Belgian diplomat and early photographer Isidore Jacques Eggermont acquired the cast ...
Founded: 1890 | Location: Ciney, Belgium

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Late Baroque Town of Ragusa

The eight towns in south-eastern Sicily, including Ragusa, were all rebuilt after 1693 on or beside towns existing at the time of the earthquake which took place in that year. They represent a considerable collective undertaking, successfully carried out at a high level of architectural and artistic achievement. Keeping within the late Baroque style of the day, they also depict distinctive innovations in town planning and urban building. Together with seven other cities in the Val di Noto, it is part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

In 1693 Ragusa was devastated by a huge earthquake, which killed some 5,000 inhabitants. Following this catastrophe the city was largely rebuilt, and many Baroque buildings from this time remain in the city. Most of the population moved to a new settlement in the former district of Patro, calling this new municipality 'Ragusa Superiore' (Upper Ragusa) and the ancient city 'Ragusa Inferiore' (Lower Ragusa). The two cities remained separated until 1926, when they were fused together to become a provincial capital in 1927.