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6 Feb 2020
Posted in Architecture, History

Pilgrim’s pride.

Once upon a time—in the year A.D. 951, to be exact—a bishop in France wanted to commemorate his thousand-mile trek back home from a pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela, Spain. He chose to build a small chapel, St. Michel d’Aiguilhe, atop a towering volcanic plug in the center of his town, Le Puy-en-Velay.

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23 Jan 2020
Posted in Archaeology, Architecture, Art

Roman holiday.

After 2,000 years of twists and turns, abuse and abandonment, the Mausoleum of Roman Emperor Gaius Octavius Augustus has finally been restored and opens to the public this year.

Rome’s greatest emperor built the grandiose tomb for himself and the imperial family after he visited the tomb of Alexander the Great in Egypt. Work ... Read More >

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9 Jan 2020
Posted in Architecture, Culture

Go into the chapel.

When in the wonderful city of Budapest, Hungary, be sure to visit Matthias Church, originally called the Cathedral of St. Mary. It stands in the old Castle District, and its history stretches back to the 13th century.

We are particularly taken by the Loreto Chapel within and the story behind one of its most interesting ... Read More >

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12 Dec 2019
Posted in Architecture, Art, Culture, History

A religious experience.

How much do you know about the Sistine Chapel in Rome?

Part of the Vatican Museums, this monument to Christianity contains some of the world’s most treasured art, thanks to a number of master painters.

The chapel was designed by Baccio Pontelli for Pope Sixtus IV, for whom it was named, and it was completed in ... Read More >

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3 Oct 2019
Posted in Architecture, UNESCO sites

Pskov resurrected.

Earlier this year, UNESCO added a number of sites to its World Heritage list. Among them are churches by the Pskov School of Architecture.

These 17 unique churches are located in the historic city of Pskov on the banks of the Velikaya River in west Russia, near the Estonia border. The town is known for, ... Read More >

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29 Aug 2019
Posted in Architecture, Art, Travel with us

Manueline style: a primer.

On a journey to Portugal, you’ll notice an architectural style that doesn’t quite fit those you’ve witnessed elsewhere. What you’re seeing is Manueline style, a 16th-century Portuguese architecture that melds late-Gothic elements with maritime themes and 15th-century Spanish Plateresque as well as Mudéjar, Italian, and Flemish flourishes.

The style, most popular from 1490 to 1520, ... Read More >

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25 Jul 2019
Posted in Archaeology, Architecture, Culture

The Inca: A (very) brief history.

On a visit to Peru, you’ll learn about the incredible Inca, who were responsible for some of the country’s most amazing sites. Machu Picchu, of course. Ollantaytambo. Coricancha. Sacsayhuaman…

Here’s a short history of the Inca to get you oriented in time.

Peru’s population can be traced back to 2500 B.C., when farmers and fishermen ... Read More >

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11 Apr 2019
Posted in Archaeology, Architecture, History, Travel with us

Spotlight on Jordan.

The country of Jordan has much to recommend it. Its centerpiece, ancient Petra, should be on every world traveler’s bucket list, but we also love Jerash, just an hour’s drive from the capital city of Amman. Here stand the ruins of the Greco-Roman city of Gerasa, originally founded circa 331 B.C. by Alexander the ... Read More >

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The Bauhaus at 100.

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Bauhaus, the legendary German art school that sought to replace the fussiness of Victoriana and the formalism of Edwardian aesthetics with clean-lined, functionalism—in architecture as well as design. On a one-time-only Hosted Journey to Berlin in November 2019, we take a close look ... Read More >

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Living in Sintra.

Many travelers heading to Portugal put Pena Palace, in the town of Sintra, at the top of their “Must See” list. And while we agree that it shouldn’t be missed, there is another quite compelling reason to visit Sintra: Quinta da Regaliera. In fact, this is our favorite stop in town, and we wouldn’t ... Read More >

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