Ellora Caves

The Ellora caves created in the Deccan Plateau have architectural similarities with other caves in the central Deccan region; they include thirty-four temples and monasteries dedicated to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.The Buddhistand Jain monasteries...

Beehive House – First Utah home of Brigham Young

The large colonial Beehive House is in the heart of Salt Lake City, Utah, home of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS), or Mormon, religion. The religion was established In Utah...

Melrose Abbey

There had been an earlier monastery nearby, founded in the seventh century, but in the twelfth century King David I of Scots persuaded Cistercian monks from Rievaulx in England to come to Melrose, lying...

Cutty Sark

Why the fast, sharp-bowed, square-rigged merchant sailing ships of the mid-nineteenth century were called clippers is not clear, but the first of them is generally considered to be American, the Rainbow of 1845. She...

Fort Macon-Civil War-era fort

On the eastern tip of Bogue Banks, where the Atlantic crashes into Bogue Sound, a young Lt. William Eliason engineered the construction of a huge masonry bastion called Fort Macon to guard Beaufort Inlet....

Royal Chapel – Memorial to the founders of Spain’s empire

The Royal Chapel is the final resting place of the two monarchs who united Spain. Isabella I of Castile's marriage to Ferdinand II of Aragon joined their kingdoms. Their conquest of Granada, the last...

Belvedere Palace-Baroque landmark with a place in Austrian

Belvedere is a complex of two palaces and extensive gardens located in Vienna and offering wonderful views of the city. It was constructed for Prince Eugene of Savoy, one of the most successful military...

Chatsworth House

Of the dozens of historic "Great Houses" enriching England's countryside, Chatsworth, the centuries-old home of the Duchess and the late Duke of Devonshire, is one of the most impressive. It has some 300 rooms...

The Windmills of Kinderdijk

The historic Windmills at Kinderdijk, built to pump excess water from land the Dutch had reclaimed from the sea, are retired now, but the ocean still threatens the low country  of  the  Netherlands.  Although  the  Netherlands  has  the  world’s ...

Kalmar Castle – A medieval defense tower

This legendary castle has a rich history stretching back more than 900 years, to the twelfth century when it was first built. Originally the castle was intended to act as a defense tower, protecting...

Akershus Fortress – A strategically fortress that long kept Oslo safe

King Hakon V Magnusson of Norway (1270-1319) built the impressive Akershus Fortress in 1299 to protect the capital city of Oslo and as a defense against enemies such as Sweden. The strength of the...

Dover Castle-Guardian of the narrowest stretch of the English Channell

Since the English Channel was first formed 10,000 years ago, the White Cliffs of Dover have loomed in front of invaders and travelers from the continent at the crossing's narrowest point. It was an...