Torre Tavirа – Remnant of the Port’s Trans-Atlantic Trade

Built in 1778, the Torre Tavira watchtower is a surviving remnant of what was Cadiz's golden era in the eighteenth century when it was one of the wealthiest and most affluent places in Europe....

Chateau d’If:The Count of Monte Cristo

Of  all  the  forbidding  island  prisons  in  the world,  Chateau  d’If  may  be  the  only  one made  famous  by  an  imaginary  character. Built  in  1529  on  an  island  of  rock  in  the middle  of  the  Marseilles  harbor,  the...

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...

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...

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...

Knossos – Daedalus’s Ancient Labyrinth

Though today it’s part of modern Greece, the island of Crete long ago was home to its   own   powerful   Minoan   civilization, named  after  the  famous  king  Minos.  In Greek  mythology,  King  Minos’s  palace  at...

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...

Bank of England

The "Old Lady of Threadneedle Street"—the nickname seems to date from a James Gillray cartoon of 1797— was originally founded in 1694 to provide a sensible mechanism through which the government could raise money....

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...

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...

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...

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...

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