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Seven Wonders of the Middle Ages

Stonehenge

Stonehenge, in many peoples’ minds, is the most mysterious place in the world. This set of stones laid out in concentric rings and horseshoe shapes on the empty Salisbury Plain, is, at the age of 4,000 years, one of the oldest, and certainly best preserved, megalithic (ancient stone) structures on Earth, but we know almost […]

Hagia Sophia: The Place of Holy Wisdom

Before it became a famed Islamic Mosque this wonder of the medieval world was the largest cathedral on the planet for almost a thousand years.

Leaning tower in Pisa

Construction on the tower started in 1173 AD near the city’s cathedral on a piece of land known as Piazza dei Miracoli (“Square of Miracles”). The tower was round and 52 feet (16m) in diameter at the base with a projected height of 191 feet (58m). The first level was to be taller than the […]

Colosseum: The Great Arena

The Flavian Amphitheatre, better known as the Colosseum, is both a marvel of architecture and engineering, as well as a powerful symbol of Ancient Rome’s might and brutality. Here are 5 facts about the Colosseum, a place of spectacle and slaughter.… 1) It was the largest amphitheatre ever built, taking ten years to construct and able […]