Trinity College, Dublin

Queen Elizabeth I founded Trinity College, Dublin's oldest and most famous educational institution, in 1592. Originally a Protestant college, it only began to take Catholics in large numbers after 1970, when the Catholic Church...

Hatfield House

Robert Cecil, 1 st Earl of Salisbury, was probably the most influential man in the kingdom when he started building Hatfield House in 1607. His father, William, 1 st Lord Burghley, chief adviser to...

Cochise County – Land of Wild West Legends

Nowhere is that sentiment more alive than in the county named for the infamous chief of the Chiricahua Apache tribe in 1881. Comprising 6,200 square miles of southeastern Arizona, as big as Rhode Island...

Scotland’s Stately Homes

Some of the country’s best houses and castles are in Scotland, with their own distinctive character, impressive architecture and fascinating interiors. We take a look inside seven of the finest and discover an interesting...

Neuschwanstein Castle

Set amid magnificent mountain scenery on the shores of the Schwansee (Swan Lake), the fairy-tale Neuschwanstein Castle was built in 1869-91 for the eccentric Bavarian King Ludwig II, to a plan by the theater...

Newgrange – Spiritual Center of Celtic Ireland

The origins of Newgrange, one of the most important passage graves in Europe, are steeped in mystery. According to Celtic lore, the legendary kings of Tara were buried here, but Newgrange predates them. The...

Hill of Tara

In times of lore, the Hill of Tara was famous as a pilgrimage destination where the High Kings held supreme reign over Ireland. In the long pagan epoch, devotees arrived bearing gifts from all...

Vatican City

Vatican City, independent state, under the absolute authority of the pope of the Roman Catholic Church. It is an enclave within Rome, Italy, with an area of 44 hectares (110 acres). The smallest independent...

Amber Fort – Magnificent Building of the Sixteenth Century

Made famous by the spectacular hall of mirrors of his residential palace, the Amber Fort, a magnificent edifice of the sixteenth century, located near Jaipur in Rajasthan, is mirrored in the waters of Lake...

Rosslyn Chapel

The Rosslyn Chapel was designed by William Sinclair of the Saint Clair clan, a Scottish noble family descended from Norman knights and, according to legend, directly linked to the Knights Templar. The enigmatic chapel...

Iona – Small, Storm-Swept Island

The religious community of Iona was founded by Saint Columba, who came there in 543 CE from exile in Ireland. Along with 12 fellow Irish companions, Saint Columba founded the first monastery on Iona....

Lindisfarne

In the 7th century, the first priests of a new faith were making their way to the north of England. The pagans they wished to convert were sometimes reluctant recipients to the word of...