Archive for the 'Historical' Category

Tower of London

Filed under: Historical, United Kingdom

The Tower of London is a historic monument in London.  It is a complex of buildings within walls and a moat.  It is most famous for being the place where the Crown Jewels are kept.  It has also been a prison, zoo, treasury.  It dates back to 1078 when it was founded by William the Conqueror.



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Ellis Island

Filed under: Historical, Landmarks, New York

From 1892 to 1954, over twelve million immigrants entered the United States through Ellis Island.  Ellis Island is located in New York Harbor just of the New Jersey coast.  It is within viewing distance of the Statue of Liberty.  The original 3.3 acre island now stands at 27.5 acres through expansion by the use of landfill.



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Santa Maria delle Grazie (Milan)

Filed under: Historical, Italy, Religious

Santa Maria delle Grazie (St. Mary of Graces) is a famous church in the Italian city of Milan.  It is most well known as the site of Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper.  The mural is in the refectory of the convent.  During World War II, the church was bombed and the refectory was grounded except for some walls including the walls where the Last Supper is painted



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Great Sphinx of Giza

Filed under: Egypt, Historical

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The Great Sphinx of Giza is a large half-human, half-lion Sphinx status in Eqypt.  It is thought to have been built by the Egyptions in the third millennium BC.



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Doge’s Palace

Filed under: Historical, Italy, Landmarks

The Doge’s Palace is a gothic palace in Venice (Italian Palazzo Ducale di Venezia). The current palace was largely constructed from 1309 to 1424 on 9th century origins, designed perhaps by Filippo Calendario. Giovanni and Bartolomeo Bon created the so-called Porta della Carta, a monumental late-gothic gate on the Piazzetta side of the palace.



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Colosseum

Filed under: Historical, Italy, Landmarks

The Colosseum or Coliseum, originally known as the Flavian Amphitheatre (Latin: Amphitheatrum Flavium, Italian Anfiteatro Flavio or Colosseo), is a giant amphitheatre in the center of the city of Rome. Originally capable of seating 45,000–50,000 spectators, it was used for gladiatorial contests and public spectacles. It was built on a site just east of the Roman Forum, with construction starting between 70 and 72 AD under the emperor Vespasian. The amphitheatre, the largest ever built in the Roman Empire, was completed in 80 AD under Titus, with further modifications being made during Domitian’s reign.



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