Top Historic Sights in Keith, United Kingdom

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Strathisla Distillery

Strathisla distillery is the oldest continuously operating distillery in the Scottish Highlands. It was founded as the Milltown Distillery by George Taylor and Alexander Milne in 1786 as an alternative to the waning of the flax dressing industry. They leased the land from the Earl of Seafield. By 1830, the distillery was owned by William Longmore, later William Longmore Ltd. In 1879, the distillery suffered terribly from ...
Founded: 1786 | Location: Keith, United Kingdom

Keith Old Bridge

Keith Old Bridge, also known as Keith Auld Brig was built in 1609. It is the oldest surviving dated bridge in Moray and is a Category A listed building. Keith Old Bridge is built of granite rubble, and spans the River Isla in a single segmental arch, linking the higher northern bank to the lower southern one, where it is widely splayed. On its eastern flank it bears a worn carving of the coats of arms of Thomas Moray and ...
Founded: 1609 | Location: Keith, United Kingdom

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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.