The Caves of Lascaux – The Oldest Paintings in the World

Imagine what went through the minds of those four French boys, hunting for a dog that afternoon in 1940, down in the Dordogne region of France. Innocently crawling into a cave, they looked up...

Sanctuary of Apollo – Temple at the Heart of Ancient Greece

Apollo's temple-sanctuary complex, in its stunning mountainous setting, is part of the ancient site of Delphi. The sanctuary is one of the four major pan-Hellenic sanctuaries, and the temple represents the heart of ancient...

Wawel Cathedral – Resting Place of Polish Kings and Queens

The Polish Cathedral Basilica of Saints Stanislaw and Vaclav, more commonly known as Wawel Cathedral, lies on Cracow's Wawel Hill, and was built in 1320. The church is home to a number of ecclesiastical...

Chaco Culture National Historical Park

The remnants of what was once the hub of an important and thriving culture fill a remote, arid valley in northwestern New Mexico. It’s hard to believe that this barren spot once teemed with...

Kalaupapa Historical Park

The Kalaupapa Historical Park covers an area of roughly 10 square miles (26 sq km) and spreads across the Kalaupapa Peninsula (Makanalua Peninsula) on the north shore of the Hawaiian island of Molokai. It...

Roanoke – The Lost Colony

According to popular myth, the first English attempt to settle in North America – Sir Walter Raleigh’s colony at Roanoke – remains an unsolved mystery, in which the “Lost Colony” disappeared without trace. Sir Walter...

Notre-Dame d’Amiens

The queen of Gothic religious architecture is not the Parisian cathedral that Hugo’s hunchback called home, but another grande dame in unassuming little Picardy. The iconic cathedral of Notre-Dame in central Paris has welcomed pilgrims...

Porta Nigra

The city of Trier contains more significant Roman buildings than any other other place north of the Alps. It was designated a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1981, in recognition of its rich...

Catedral de León

Milan Cathedral was the biggest, Chartres had the most inspiring stained-glass pictures, Palma de Majorca had the largest rose window, and so on. But León—at the time the leading city of Christian Spain—set the...

Church of the Holy Nativity

While guided tours still come daily from Jerusalem to see Jesus’ birthplace, the locality is so drained by military turmoil that routine maintenance has been ignored in the decaying church guarding where he was...

Alhambra – Moorish Pleasure Palace

As Europe's historic monuments face unsustainable crowds, the issue of how to control visitation levels becomes critical. Drawing over two million visitors a year, this great Spanish castle in 2005 instituted a new policy:...

Nuremberg Trials Courtroom

Despite their many differences, the victorious Allied powers were agreed that the chief Nazi leaders should face trial for their crimes. The Palace of Justice in Nuremberg was chosen as the venue for the...

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