Understanding the historic landscape of European cathedral cities
European cathedral cities are characterised by the presence of a medieval cathedral within a settlement comprising of civic, religious and domestic buildings. They can be small settlements as well as capital cities, but they all present similar patterns in their historic landscape created by a common history and culture. Inspired by UNESCO 2011 declaration on the Historic Urban Landscape, URBS will focus on how people perceive, experience and value the historic landscape of cathedral cities. The first aim is to develop a set of narratives and mapping that addresses the experience of cathedral cities from several perspectives, applying historic landscape methodologies together with qualitative research methods to four case studies: Girona (Spain), City of London (UK), Palermo (Italy) and Poitiers (France). The second aim is to demonstrate how cathedral cities in Europe, despite having their individual character, have similarities in their topography and historical layers.
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