The Thinking of Speaking
Issue #11 September / October 2014
Where Are You?
by Sonja Krüger
September / October 2014 | 

During medieval times, this village was the episcopal centre of the region, but it is now just comprised of a few houses made of stone and wood, with the majority of the older houses having been washed away by a fierce storm in the 16th century.

Today, the site also acts as a museum which is open almost daily during the summer months. It is still of interest for some of its more notable buildings. First is a church that was built in 1111 and dedicated to the king.

Here also stands the stone ruins of a great cathedral, which was built around 1300 by a bishop. It was never completed, however, and to this day, it still has no roof. It is the largest and most beautiful medieval building in this region. Even without a roof, it was used until 1538. The stone walls, built with rock taken from the nearby hills, are over 1.5 meters thick and 9 meters high.

Another historical landmark here is at 900 year old farmhouse that has a turf roof. The wood from which the house is made was obtained accidentally when the ship which was carrying the timber to another place sank. The wood washed up on the shore where it was collected and used to construct the farmhouse. The house has been home for 18 generations to the same family line and is one of the oldest wooden houses of the world which is still inhabited.

Can you name this city and country?

Last month's answer: Cinque Terre, Italy

Where Are You?
Writer: Sonja Krüger
Erik Christensen, Porkeri: Mystery image

Miranda Metheny retains all copyright control over her images. They are used in Parrot Time with her expressed permission.

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