La Torre Pendente di Pisa, known on this side of the pond as the Leaning Tower of Pisa is an interesting destination like no other. Built in Pisa, #Italy between 1173 and 1372, trouble for this famous tower started early on when it was discovered the soil on which the foundation was constructed was too weak to support the structure itself.

La Torre Pendente di Pisa, known on this side of the pond as the Leaning Tower of Pisa is an interesting destination like no other. Built in Pisa, #Italy between 1173 and 1372, trouble for this famous tower started early on when it was discovered the soil on which the foundation was constructed was too weak to support the structure itself.

Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic is one of the best vacation destinations in the Caribbean; full of modern sophistication, old world charm and of course the amazing tropical sandy beaches. One of its most interesting attractions is Zona Colonial (also known as Colonial City or Colonial Zone), the first settlement made by Christopher Columbus and the Spanish explorers during their discovery of the New World. This 3 square kilometer section of the city has been...

Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic is one of the best vacation destinations in the Caribbean; full of modern sophistication, old world charm and of course the amazing tropical sandy beaches. One of its most interesting attractions is Zona Colonial (also known as Colonial City or Colonial Zone), the first settlement made by Christopher Columbus and the Spanish explorers during their discovery of the New World. This 3 square kilometer section of the city has been...

One of the least appreciated countries in Europe (more like a well kept secret); Belgium has far more to offer the wandering tourist than just chocolate and waffles. The capital city, Brussels, is home to some extremely charming and spectacular architecture. Among the most stunning is the area known as Grote Markt or Grand Place. A magnificent mélange of structures, some dating from as early as the 1300s, pepper this delightful landscape and make it a truly wonderful place...

One of the least appreciated countries in Europe (more like a well kept secret); Belgium has far more to offer the wandering tourist than just chocolate and waffles. The capital city, Brussels, is home to some extremely charming and spectacular architecture. Among the most stunning is the area known as Grote Markt or Grand Place. A magnificent mélange of structures, some dating from as early as the 1300s, pepper this delightful landscape and make it a truly wonderful place...

Built during the early 12th century, Burgos Cathedral in Burgos, Spain is famous for its massive size and amazing Gothic architecture. Construction began on the cathedral on the orders of King Ferdinand III of Castile and Mauricio, Bishop of Burgos on July 20, 1221. After a hiatus of nearly 200 years work resumed on the cathedral toward the middle of the 15th century and continued for more than 100 years. It wasn’t fully completed until 1567, three years after the death of Michelangelo…

Built during the early 12th century, Burgos Cathedral in Burgos, Spain is famous for its massive size and amazing Gothic architecture. Construction began on the cathedral on the orders of King Ferdinand III of Castile and Mauricio, Bishop of Burgos on July 20, 1221. After a hiatus of nearly 200 years work resumed on the cathedral toward the middle of the 15th century and continued for more than 100 years. It wasn’t fully completed until 1567, three years after the death of Michelangelo…

About twenty five miles north of Mexico City sits a mystical and ancient landmark renowned by archeologists, tourists, and locals alike. The ruins of Teotihuacán were once the largest city in the new world with populations varying between 100,000 and 200,000 at the peak of its splendor in the first century AD. Covering approximately 51 square miles, it has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is the most visited archeological site in Mexico. The reason for all these visitors...

About twenty five miles north of Mexico City sits a mystical and ancient landmark renowned by archeologists, tourists, and locals alike. The ruins of Teotihuacán were once the largest city in the new world with populations varying between 100,000 and 200,000 at the peak of its splendor in the first century AD. Covering approximately 51 square miles, it has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is the most visited archeological site in Mexico. The reason for all these visitors...

Deep in the heart of central Slovakia is a completely preserved medieval town built upon the collapsed caldera of an ancient volcano. With a population of about 10,000, this small town is steeped in history and culture and was added to UNESCO’s World Heritage list in 1993. The history of Banská Štiavnica is closely tied to its rich resources of silver ore and dates all the way back to the Huns in the 3rd century BC. By the late Middle Ages the town was the main producer of silver and gold…

Deep in the heart of central Slovakia is a completely preserved medieval town built upon the collapsed caldera of an ancient volcano. With a population of about 10,000, this small town is steeped in history and culture and was added to UNESCO’s World Heritage list in 1993. The history of Banská Štiavnica is closely tied to its rich resources of silver ore and dates all the way back to the Huns in the 3rd century BC. By the late Middle Ages the town was the main producer of silver and gold…

Bulgaria is a fantastically beautiful country that somehow tourists seem to have forgotten. From forests to mountains to beautiful beaches it is a perfect vacation destination for those looking to get away to a place both friendly and exciting. Its capital, Sofia, holds many ancient and amazing wonders. Among the most interesting is the Boyana Church. Constructed in three stages, the first portion of the church was built beginning in the late 900s. Its early heritage mingles with...

Bulgaria is a fantastically beautiful country that somehow tourists seem to have forgotten. From forests to mountains to beautiful beaches it is a perfect vacation destination for those looking to get away to a place both friendly and exciting. Its capital, Sofia, holds many ancient and amazing wonders. Among the most interesting is the Boyana Church. Constructed in three stages, the first portion of the church was built beginning in the late 900s. Its early heritage mingles with...

Originally built in the late 16th century, Drottningholm Palace is the private residence of the Swedish royal family as well as one of the country’s most popular tourist attractions. The palace is also home to the Drottningholm Palace Theatre which was opened in 1766 as the replacement of an earlier theater that was destroyed by a fire. The theatre was forgotten and fell into disrepair for quite some time after the assassination of King Gustav III in 1792. In 1920 restoration work began…

Originally built in the late 16th century, Drottningholm Palace is the private residence of the Swedish royal family as well as one of the country’s most popular tourist attractions. The palace is also home to the Drottningholm Palace Theatre which was opened in 1766 as the replacement of an earlier theater that was destroyed by a fire. The theatre was forgotten and fell into disrepair for quite some time after the assassination of King Gustav III in 1792. In 1920 restoration work began…

The picturesque capital of the Ticino region of Switzerland is home to one of the greatest surviving examples of medieval fortification, the Three Castles of Bellinzona. Due to its strategic location, Bellinzona has always been a key trading center and the three castles and walls that surround the ancient city were constructed throughout the years to fortify the area. Although the area has been occupied since the Neolithic age it wasn’t until the late 1st century BC, under...

The picturesque capital of the Ticino region of Switzerland is home to one of the greatest surviving examples of medieval fortification, the Three Castles of Bellinzona. Due to its strategic location, Bellinzona has always been a key trading center and the three castles and walls that surround the ancient city were constructed throughout the years to fortify the area. Although the area has been occupied since the Neolithic age it wasn’t until the late 1st century BC, under...

Sitting on the bed of the Wisla River in Poland is a classic example of medieval fortresses and the worlds largest brick gothic castle, Malbork Castle. Originally founded in 1274 by the Teutonic Order, a German Roman Catholic religious order, the castle was expanded upon several times to host the growing number of knights which led it to become the largest fortified gothic building in Europe. With the outermost castle walls enclosing 52 acres, it is four times larger than the...

Sitting on the bed of the Wisla River in Poland is a classic example of medieval fortresses and the worlds largest brick gothic castle, Malbork Castle. Originally founded in 1274 by the Teutonic Order, a German Roman Catholic religious order, the castle was expanded upon several times to host the growing number of knights which led it to become the largest fortified gothic building in Europe. With the outermost castle walls enclosing 52 acres, it is four times larger than the...

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