DGJ_1227 – Church to Music Museum

DGJ_1227 – Church to Music Museum
Church Music
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San Maurizio Church – leaning bell tower belongs to Santo Stefano.

The church having been deconsecrated, the interior has been stripped and the church is now full of old violins in display cases – this is now a Vivaldi-related baroque music museum.

The Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) Presents: Destination The Diaspora

San Francisco,CA (PRWEB) October 21, 2004

Pat Johnson, Executive Director of The Museum of the African Diaspora announced the launch of the ultimate travel series for the discriminating traveler. The first tour in the series is a fifteen day adventure in historic Ethiopia. “Please join the MoAD Group for a journey into the past as we also gain a first hand look at the new Ethiopia. As the location for early civilizations and a focal point for religious and cultural developments on the African continent, Ethiopia promises to awaken and enlighten all who cross its vast terrain.” said Pat Johnson. “You will have the travel experience of a lifetime.” She added.

The 15-day itinerary (January 15-29) begins in Addis Ababa, continues to Axum, Lalibela, Bahir Dar, Gondar and back to Addis. Travelers will depart from San Francisco to Addis Ababa, a city that is very young when compared to a country, which dates back more than 3000 years. Founded in 1886, Addis is located at the foot of the highest part of Ethiopia. Highlights in Addis Ababa include the spectacular views from Mount Entoto, the National Museum (which houses the 3.5 million year old skeleton of “Lucy”), the Ethnographic Museum inside University Campus, which houses an extraordinary collection of the priceless and varied ethnic collection, Trinity Church and the Mercato, one of the largest open air markets in Africa.

Travelers will attend the Trinket evening ceremony. Celebrated in Orthodox Christian strongholds this colorful three-day festival celebrates Epiphany and is marked by the procession of the tabots (a replica of the Ark of the Covenant, the original is said to be in the chapel of Axum.)

Other stops on the tour include a boat trip on Lake Tana, the Blue Nile River, a baptism ceremony at the Tabot Madieria, Simon Mountain National Park (Mountains of the Gods) and Lalibela known for its monolithic rock-hewn churches and designated by UNESCO as the “Eight Wonder of the World.”

The cost is 99 per person from San Francisco and includes accommodations in five star deluxe hotels, three meals daily including a special Farewell Dinner, private motor coaches and services of English speaking guides and entrance


The Museum of the African Diaspora, or “MoAD,” will be located in the first three floors of a new 0 million St. Regis Hotel in downtown San Francisco, near the city’s Museum of Modern Art and the Moscone Convention Center. In planning for more than a decade, MoAD will be dedicated to the art, culture, history and literature emanating from the African cradle of humanity that makes all humankind part of the African “Diaspora,” the dispersion of a people from their homeland.

For a complete itinerary logon to www.moadsf.org or call 415.358.7200.

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Church of the Nativity of Our Lady (in front) – Vitoslavlitsy wooden museum, Novgorod

Church of the Nativity of Our Lady (in front) – Vitoslavlitsy wooden museum, Novgorod
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It is appropriate to mention here that already in the 11th century men of other Russian lands, when speaking of Novgorodians, would call them ‘carpenters’=)
The Church of the Nativity of Our Lady from Peredki (16th century ~1531) stands out for its structural perfection. Stemming from the Kuritsko Church is the Dormition, an icon painted in the 14th century (now in the Novgorod Museum of History, Architecture and Art). The remarkable icon of St Nicholas from the Church of the Nativity, probably also belonging to the 14th century, is kept at the Hermitage (St.Petersburg).
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The Rocks: Sydney’s Outdoor Museum

The Rocks: Sydney’s Outdoor Museum

The Rocks is Sydney’s oldest area and is steeped in history and character. One reason is the strict control on development has limited the construction of brash modern buildings. This is one of the reasons they call The Rocks ‘Sydney’s Oldest Museum’. Add to this a vibrant cafe, pub and dining culture, some wonderful shopping, and what is arguably the city’s best view of the Opera House, and you’ve got the recipe for a great Sydney day out. So where’s the best place to start?

That’s an easy one; the place to go is the Sydney Visitor Centre at 106 George Street. It offers a mass of free information and literature about everything to do with The Rocks.

The Rocks may be Sydney’s Outdoor Museum but it’s home to many indoor museums, too, and these are great places to explore the area’s past.

One of the most fascinating is the Discovery Museum located in a restored 1850’s sandstone warehouse. The three floors of the museum narrate the story of The Rocks from its Aboriginal days up to the present. The displays comprise extensive artifacts unearthed over the centuries.

For a glimpse into how life was in The Rocks long ago, visit Susannah Place a group of four terraced houses dating from 1844. They illustrate the raw community of l9th century working class life in the city. Susannah Place retains the brick toilets and open air washing facilities of those days. The block also contains a recreated corner store stocked with goods from that period.

You can get more insights into the Rocks past at Cadman’s Cottage, Sydney’s oldest building. Located on George Street, it was built in 1816 as barracks for the coxswain and crew of the Governor of New South Wales. It’s named after the last government coxswain, John Cadman. Cadmans Cottage houses a museum and the Sydney Harbour National Park Information Centre.

Also here in the oldest part of Sydney you’ll find the Museum of Contemporary Art. Officially opened in 1991, the museum’s four floors display artworks from both local an international artists. The displays are continually changing. The museum offers stunning views over Sydney Cove.

To see one of Sydney’s first churches, head for Miller’s Point on the southern shore of Sydney Harbour, beside Darling Harbour. Garrison Church was built in 1840. Originally named the Church of the Holy Trinity, it became better known as the Garrison Church due to its proximity to the Commonwealth arsenal. Next to the church, you’ll find the volunteer-run Garrison Gallery Museum. The nearby St Brigid’s Millers Point is the oldest existing place of Catholic worship in Australia.

Another Sydney first is the Customs House, built on the land of the Eora people. It was the site of the First Fleet landing in 1788 and now houses a collection of unique exhibits. The Aboriginal flag now flies permanently at Customs House to acknowledge the original owners of the land.

The Rocks is also a fine choice of location for your stay in Sydney. Choose a hotel at The Rocks and not only will you be in the historic heart of the city, but the Opera House, Harbour Bridge and the entire Sydney CBD are on your doorstep. The Rocks hotels include such august hostelries as Sebel Pier One Sydney and Rendezvous Stafford Hotel Sydney.

Richard Greaves has over 20 years experience in the travel industry and writes for Cheaper than Hotels. Cheaper Than Hotels offers The Rocks hotels as Sebel Pier One Sydney and Rendezvous Stafford Hotel Sydney.