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THE SEVENTH WONDER
The Seven Countries in
our project announce the
winners of the
Seventh Wonder of our
Region, The Most Inter-
esting Historical Place
In This Issue
Read about how the
seven countries went
about finding the
most interesting his-
torical places of their
Read about what the
teachers did when
they visited Greece .
Comenie Mouse in Europe
Most interesting historical place Each of the seven schools in our project have been busy visiting places, re-
searching and making posters, paintings and crafts about the most interesting
historical places of their region.
Don’t forget to check out our Twinspace webpage to see all the current videos
and news about the work everyone has been doing.
Greece - The Seventh Mobility From 30th May to 6th June 2015, teachers from 6 countries visited the
5th Dimotiko Scholeio Neas Smyrnis in Athens within the framework of the
Comenius - eTwinning project – “The seven wonders of our region.”
During this time teachers from Slovakia, Czech Republic, Poland, Turkey,
Cyprus and Scotland took part in the varied educational program..
The Seven Wonders of our Region Year 2 Volume 7 June 2015
Slovakia Slovakia has discovered the 7th wonder
Turkish bath in Trenčianske Teplice To find, the most interesting historical place in our region, is very
easy. Everybody, who visits our region, admires Hammam for sure.
Hammam used to be a tub bath in the past for the rich nobility and
financial magnates. Today it is available not only to spa guests but
also for general public. Guests of the spa use it as a place for
relaxation and massages.
The Winner Hammam
History of this major construction
began at time when the former
owner of the spa – Iphigenia de
Castries d'Harcourt, saw the
model of a luxurious Turkish bath at
the World Exhibition in Paris. She
was amazed by it. Therefore she
traveled to Egypt and asked the
viceroy Izmail for permission to
build Hammam also in Trenčianske
Teplice. Izmail accepted her request
and sent his court architect along
with her to Trenčianske Teplice.
Hammam, which in Arabic means a
bath, was finished in 1888 and the
building was unprecedented in
The first thing that surprises visitors, when they enter the Hammam hall, is its illumination with three
domes with glazed holes, creating the impression of the starry sky. On the walls, the architect
Schmoranz arranged two colored roses according to church roses. Each part of the gallery railing is
carved from a single piece of stone. In the middle of the hall there is a marble fountain. Two rows of
columns carved from mild sandstone separate the Hammam hall from the relaxing cabins. They are
decorated by tiles, on every second cabin can be found a monogram of Iphigenia de Castries.
by Denysa Križanová
Czech Republic 7th Wonder: The most interesting historical place
Hrad Pernštejn patří k nejvýznamnějším a
nejkrásnějším moravským hradům. Od
poloviny 13. století byl sídlem rodu pánů z
Pernštejna, který dlouhá staletí hrál
důležitou roli v politickém dění českého
království. Gotický hrad byl až do poloviny
16. století několikrát přebudován a
My jsme navštívili hrad, dělali jsme
fotografie. Ve škole jsme povídali o hradu,
shlédli jsme film. Také jsme vyráběli
The Winner Castle Parnštejn
Castle Parnštejn is the most important and most beautiful castles in Moravia. Since the mid-13th century was the seat of the Lords of Pernštejn, who for centuries played an important role in the political affairs of the kingdom. Gothic castle was until the mid-16th century, rebuilt several times and particularly extended.
We visited the castle, we made photographs. We talked about the castle at school, we watched film about historical castle. We also produced a paper castles.
by Pavel Vrtěl
We started work on discovering the seventh wonder with a lesson about Princess Anna Wazówna. She was King Zygmunt III Waza’s (Sigismund III Vasa’s) sister and she lived in Brodnica. This person is strongly connected with Brodnica. The town and its inhabitants owed her a lot. The memory of the Anna Wazówna has lasted till now and every year, in her honour, International Ecological Fair With Princess Anna is organised.
We did not start our work on the seventh wonder with this
person by accident. She lived in a beautiful palace, which
was built in 1564 especially for her. This palace belongs to
the oldest buildings in Brodnica. The bricks, used as build-
ing material, had originally been used to build a part of the
Teutonic Knights’ Castle. Despite its age, the building is
still one of the musts in our town.
Pupils, working in groups, created beautiful mock-ups of
Anna Wazówna Palace. We organised an exhibition, ad-
mired by our students and guests at our school.
The Winner Anna Wazówna Palace
We made videolessons with Turkey
Slovakia and Czech Republic.
nied by his-
A multimedia lesson, prepared and presented in this very building by Mrs Sylwia Salej, was another very important
part. It was devoted to the history of the building. The students learnt a lot of interesting pieces of information but the
most important thing was the fact that they were able to take part in lessons organised in the oldest building in Brod-
nica – The Anna Wazówna Palace.
And a pearl for the end....
At the beginning of our first task in the “The seven wonders of
our region” project, we went to the Teutonic Knights’ Tower.
Discovering more wonders, we returned in the same place –
the area surrounding the castle and discovered the seventh
and, at the same time, the last wonder of our region – the old-
est building in Brodnica, Anna Wazówna Palace.
Nowadays, the building houses The Town Library.
Therefore, we can compare our work with the saying “We re-
turned to the beginning”.
OUR WINNER ! Palace Anna Wazówna
by Marzena Kaszyńska
The Winner KURŞUNLU MOSQUE
At our school, we held brainstorming
activities to choose the most historical place of our region.
There were many alternatives; however, as excavation work is
not finished in some places we chose “Kurşunlu Mosque” as
the oldest place of our town. We wanted our guests to see it
when they arrived here in March but the restoration work was
going on then.
HISTORY: It is not known for sure but it is estimated that
Kurşunlu Mosque was built between 1221-1237 when Sultan
Alaaddin was the governor of Seljukian State which ruled
Anatolian region for a long time. The design of the mosque
gives us some clues about the architectural structures of
Seljuks. It has got one minaret and a round shape. In the
inscription above the door you can see “1869” year and this is
probably the date of first restoration of it. It has gone through
many restorations and the last one is tried to give an authentic
Who will the winner be……?
and original outlook to the mosque.
On 31st March, 4A classroom students
wanted to draw some pictures about the
mosque as they did not see it closely because
it is closed for restoration for about 3 years.
They drew the mosque in their dreams. We
presented them in the school boards. Then,
they made a short visit to Kurşunlu Mosque
and compared their pictures with the mosque.
Some of them had similar pictures indeed.
They have talked to the İmam (person
responsible for the worship in that mosque)
and collected some information about the
mosque and recorded a short video.
(This one is chosen as the most
similar one to the Mosque)
by Selin Ustek
The Winner The Acropolis
THE ACROPOLIS hill (acro = edge, polis = city), so called the "Sacred Rock" of Athens, is the most important site of the city and constitutes one of the most recognizable monuments of the world. It is the most significant reference point of ancient Greek culture, as well as the symbol of the city of Athens itself as it represents the apogee of artistic development in the 5th century BC. During Perikles' Golden Age, ancient Greek civilization was represented in an ideal way on the hill and some of the architectural mas-terpieces of the period were erected on its ground.
Our pupils carried out a lot of activities about the 7th wonder: they made posters, paintings, a puzzle and a craft.
We visited the Holy Rock
and had a virtual tour of the
Acropolis of Ancient times
via a presentation of the
place on tablets.
Students visited as a group the church with their teach-ers and they learned about the history and the miracles of saint Lazarus, the beloved friend of Jesus who was raised from the dead. According to Orthodox tradition, sometime after the Resurrection of Christ, Lazarus was forced to flee Judea because of rumoured plots on his life and came to Cyprus. There he was appointed by Paul and Barnabas as the first Bishop of Kition (present-day Larnaca). He is said to have lived for thirty more years and on his death was buried there for the second and last time. The Church of Agios Lazaros was built over the reputed (second) tomb of Lazarus. It is one of the most remark-able examples of Byzantine architecture in Cyprus. It is located in the centre of Larnaca, a few metres away from Finikoudes beach and promenade and very near to the shops, restaurants and café bars. I believe no matter if you are a Christian, a Catholic or even if you are not that religious, a visit here is a Must! Be sure to visit the tomb of the Saint which can be seen under the sanctuary –it gives you a very intense feeling of peace.
The Winner The Church of Agios Lazaros
Cyprus There were too many places in our region with great his-torical significance and it was actually too difficult to choose one as the most important. Students of the 4th class decided to make a search on their own with their parents. They visited the places and took pictures, asked about the buildings and their history and finally made a presentation of their work. The canditates places were the Medieval castle in Lar-naka, the venetitian water system in Kamares, the ruins of the ancient city of Kition and the church of Saint Laza-rus. After voting the church was elected as the most his-torical place as it has great importance for the orthodox christians and it's so well known all over the world since it's one of the most old churches of christianity, late 9th century church.
by Panikkos Xiourouppas
The Winner The Glasgow Cathedral
by Martin McCormick
Greece — the 7th mobility
From May 30th to June 6th 2015 teachers from the 6 partner
schools visited the 5 Dimotiko Scholeio Neas Smyrnis in Ath-
ens, Hellas in the framework of the 7th project mobility. Here is
the program of the meeting.
Saturday 30th May
Tour in the centre of Athens (Panathenaic Stadium, Zappeio,
The National Gardens, Parliament).
Dinner in a restaurant with Greek music.
Sunday 31st May
Cape Sounio (Wonder 4), lunch.
Exploring Vouliagmeni Lake (Wonder 5), swimming in the
Monday 1st June
Visit to the Acropolis and the New Museum of the Acropolis
Walking in the narrow streets of Monastiraki & Plaka.
Tuesday 2nd June
Programme of activities in school:
—Singing songs of Mikis Theodorakis
dren learn about the partner countries. Making posters, teach-
ing the pupils traditional dances of the partner countries, sing-
ing a Scottish song.
Coordinators’ discussion about the program – Evaluation –
Filling in EST – Applying for eTwinning labels/competitions.
(Wonder 2), traditional dances, Greek dancing/music.
Wednesday 3rd June
Tour in Nea Smyrni (Saint Fotini Cathedral, Estia cultural
Coffee time in one of Nea Smyrnis Square cafés.
Reception by the Mayor, light lunch.
School show : “Myths and Wonders”.
— Souvlaki time.
Thursday 4th June
Friday 5th June
School trip to Mount Parnitha (Wonder 1).
shop (Wonder 3), lunch.
Sports activities with the pupils.
Saturday 6 June
THE EUROPEAN ETWINNING PRIZES