Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Strasbourg

Stretching far above the rooftops of the other buildings in the town’s historic center, the cathedral dominates the landscape of Strasbourg and is an iconic monument in the Alsace region. The second highest cathedral in France, with its single spire reaching 142 meters, took more than three centuries to build, having been constructed between 1050 […]

Troy, Turkey: Not for the Critics

I wanted to like Troy (also known as Truva or Troia in Turkish). I was very excited to visit the site– I’d read the Illiad and I thought I was intellectually prepared to step on the land of classical legend. Unfortunately while the ruins of this ancient city are currently billed as a UNESCO World […]

Moscow: St. Basil’s Cathedral on Red Square

Commissioned by Ivan the Terrible in the 16th century, St. Basil’s consists of nine chapels built on a single foundation. The most impressive and recognizable feature of the cathedral is its brightly colored domes. Its irregular shape and iconic colors create an effect that makes the cathedral seem as if it were popping out of […]

Paris: Les Catacombes 14th Arr.

Created at the end of the 18th century when the Cemetery of the Innocents was ordered to be relocated due to the belief that the centuries old cemetery was the source of infection disturbing the area’s inhabitants, today, the Catacombs hold the skeletal remains of approximately six million Parisians in the city’s underground quarries. The […]

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