Glastonbury – Home of King Arthur’s Camelot

The tiny hamlet of Glastonbury was not only an important Neolithic site, but also the reputed home of King Arthur’s Camelot. Although little remains physically of either, prehistoric religion and Arthurian legend are just...

Geoglyphs of England

From the earliest recorded time humans have felt an intrinsic need to artistically create sacred images. Animals, either mythical or real, were common themes in prehistory. Sometimes the subject matter was a larger-than-life chieftain...

The Church of the Nativity

The Church of the Nativity was built in the 4th century by the mother of the Byzantine Emperor Constantine. Helena also was the person responsible for the construction of the Church of the Holy...

Bethlehem – Birth Place of Jesus Christ

Bethlehem is the birthplace of Jesus and therefore a holy site to Christians around the world. The church is built over a grotto where the Virgin Mary is said to have given birth to...

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...

Mitla – Mexico’s Sacred Places

Situated at an elevation of 4,855 feet (1,480 meters) and 24 miles (38 k) from the large city of Oaxaca, the ruins of Mitla are one of Mexico's most fascinating and enigmatic sacred places. Archaeological excavations...

Santa Croce

Florence's most compelling church is not only an  artistic shrine—with frescoes by Giotto and others—but also the burial place of 270 of the city's most eminent inhabitants, among them Galileo, Michelangelo, and Machiavelli. In...

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...

Sainte Chapelle

Gothic architecture is often most notable for its size and grandeur, but Sainte Chapelle is a magnificent exception. It may be smaller than the great cathedrals of northern France, but Its jewel-like perfection makes...

Montparnasse Cemetery – Resting Place of Many Celebrities

Paris's Cimetiere du Montparnasse is the final resting place of many of France's foremost intellectuals. In the early twentieth century Montparnasse became known as a bohemian area frequented by artists, writers, musicians, intellectuals, and...

Ducal Palace – Home of the Dukes of Brittany

As its name reveals, this imposing structure was once the official residence of the dukes of Brittany. As such, it had to fulfill a number of different functions: It was a military stronghold and...

Chateau des Rochers-Sevigne

The Chateau des Rochers-Sevigne cannot compare with the great chateaux of the Loire, either in terms of size or architectural excellence. Despite its round tower and tall, conical, slate roofs it is closer to...

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