Borgund Stave Church, Norway

The only stave church to have remained unchanged since the Middle Ages is Borgund Stavlkirke at Laerdal in western Norway. Dedicated to the apostle St. Andrew, it dates from around 1150 and is built...

Lutherstadt Wittenberg – Nailed to the Door

Wittenberg has survived a lot of tumult — during the protestant reformation, the Thirty Years’ War, World War II, the Iron Curtain years—but climate change presents a whole new challenge. Though repairs and renovations...

Borobudur – Ascending to Nirvana

Indonesian antiquities officials, worried that tourist footprints are wearing down the ancient stone, are now pressing to have the terraced walkways closed to visitors. Go before you lose your chance. It was built to be...

The Abbey of Mont-St-Michel

When you think of the engineering required to build this immense church on this tide-scoured outcrop, it’s a marvel it has stood this long. Short-sighted renovations that built the causeway and altered natural tidal...

La Sagrada Familia – The Flower of Modernismo

The unfinished La Sagrada Familia is scheduled to be completed in 2026. But will the proposed underground tunnel for a high-speed train, which may shake its foundations, be completed before the cathedral is finished?...

Naranjo – Tikal’s Unlucky Rival

Over the years, Naranjo has suffered damaged by erosion, forest civil war, and a steady parade of looters, who have stolen many of its most valuable artifacts and severely damaged the ancient site in...

Big Bend National Park

Vast and wild, Big Bend National Park is a land of extremes, diversity, and a few contradictions. Its rugged terrain harbors thousands of species of plants and animals, some seen almost nowhere else on...

Badlands National Park

It’s a strange and seemingly complicated place. From the ragged ridges and saw-toothed spires to the wind-ravaged desolation of Badlands Wilderness Area, Badlands National Park is an awe-inspiring sight and an unsettling experience. Few...

Block Island – Bermuda of the North

Both sophisticated and unpretentious, Block Island is a barefoot-and-bicycle kind of place, with rolling green hills and dramatic 200-foot bluffs that remind many of Ireland, and led the Nature Conservatory to call the island...

Bonifacio, Corsica: Day by Day

Standing on top of II Torrione, Bonifacio started to make sense. The 360° view from the restored defensive tower allow to get bearings on this ancient city, which teeters at the very bottom of...

Michoacan – Honored Native Arts

Michoacan, wildly beautiful and perhaps the most artistic and culture-rich state in all Mexico, is the land of the indigenous Tarascans, a native people known for their brilliantly colored handicrafts and folk art, music...

Hearst Castle – A Paean to Exuberant Wealth

One of the most influential men of the 20th century, publishing titan William Randolph Hearst was larger than life, so it's fitting that his home is, too. In 1919, W.R. (as he was known...

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