Amalienborg Palace-Winter home of the Danish royal family

Amalienborg Palace is the exquisite centerpiece of Frederikstad in Copenhagen. The palace is a superb arrangement of four buildings around an octagonal plaza. In the center of the plaza stands a glorious statue of...

Coral Castle

Using only simple tools, a slight immigrant from Latvia single-handedly moved over 1,100 tons (997,700 kg) of coral blocks and constructed an engineering marvel called the Coral Castle. The mysterious Coral Castle in south Florida...

Altamira Cave-Picassos of Prehistory

Bacteria from thousands of tourists have irreparably damaged these cave paintings that date back to the Ice Age. Preservation efforts have also created damage by altering the natural atmosphere inside the cave. Speculation exists that the...

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 Papal Palace in Avignon

The Papal Palace is now one of the attractions most visited French. It is currently owned by the city of Avignon, where it is located. The papal palace is the largest medieval Gothic buildings. The...

Charleston Farmhouse

Originally an unremarkable farmhouse at the foot of Firle Beacon, a high point of the South Downs, the house was transformed into a country retreat and gathering place for the Bloomsbury group of writers,...

Pont Neuf

During the sixteenth century only two bridges crossed the River Seine in Paris; consequently in 1578 King Henri III ordered the construction of a third to ease traffic congestion. The designers he appointed were...

Tower Bridge: Iconic Thames landmark and triumph of Victorian engineering

The spectacle of the two bascules, or drawbridges, rising to allow ships on the River Thames to go through beneath, and then settling back together again, is one of the favorite sights of London....

Hermitage – Brooding fortress on the Scottish Borders

If ever there was a grim, bleak stronghold, it is this one. Set on the empty moors near the head of Liddesdale and only 5 miles (8 km) from the border with England, it...

Arles-Roman Ruins in Old Provence

Few  places  in  France  wear  the  marks  of Roman  occupation  as  clearly  as  Arles,  on the  banks  of  the  Rhone  in  Provence.  Yes, this  is  where  Vincent  van  Gogh  painted Starry  Night  and  Sunflowers ...

Khajuraho Temples

The architecture created during the Chandella dynasty (950-1050) is regarded as the pinnacle of Hindu temple building. Several of the temples at Khajuraho are dedicated to Shiva, the Hindu god of destruction and the...

The Temple of Karnak at Luxor

Karnak, or Ipet-Isut as it was known to the Ancient Egyptians, was built as the heart of Thebes, the thriving capital of Egypt, over a period of 1,500 years beginning during the Middle Kingdom...