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Binderveld Castle

Binderveld Castle was first time mentioned in 1135 when it was owned by Olderic van Bilrevelt , who received the loan in 1135. The castle was rebuilt in 1635-1653 by Hieronymus Van Copis. The castle was again destroyed in 1637, now by State troops. Moreover, in 1728 the castle burned out completely due to an accident. It was rebuilt again in 1729. Only the gate tower and the residence have been preserved. In 1865 the draw ...
Founded: 1729 | Location: Nieuwerkerken, 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.