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Temple of the Frescoes and El Castillo, Tulum

The Red Handprints of Cozumel & Tulum

The Maya sites of San Gervasio (on the island of Cozumel) and Tulum (on the mainland of Mexico in Quintana Roo) are often overlooked for the better-known...
Capela dos Ossos (The Chapel of Bones)

Skulls, Temples & Churches: A Visit to the Walled City of Evora

The sunbaked plain of the Alentejo region in central Portugal is called planicie dourada (golden plain) by the Portuguese, and it is dotted with...
Richard, Duke of York, Ludlow

Richard, Duke of York

Richard, 3rd Duke of York (l. 1411-1460 CE) was the richest man in England and one of the nobles who sparked off the Wars of the Roses (1455-1487...
View of Herculaneum from the Seafront towards Vesuvius

A Visitor's Guide to Herculaneum

In the first part of our new travel series devoted to the archaeological sites around the Bay of Naples, we shared some hints and tips as to how you...
Angkor Wat Temple Complex

Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat is a temple complex in the province of Siem Reap, Cambodia originally dedicated to the Hindu god Vishnu in the 12th century CE. It is among...
Urquhart Castle

Monsters & Heroes of Scotland: Urquhart Castle on Loch Ness

The Scottish Highlands are among the most impressive landscapes in the world with some of the most famous sites - Urquhart Castle on...
Persepolis Faravahar


The faravahar is the best-known symbol from ancient Persia of the winged sun disk with a seated male figure in the center. It is thought to represent...
Plucking the Red & White Roses

Causes of the Wars of the Roses

The Wars of the Roses (1455-1487 CE) was a series of dynastic conflicts between the monarchy and the nobility of England. The ‘wars&rsquo...
Natanz Fire Temple

Fire Temple

Fire Temples are places of worship in the Zoroastrian religion. They were known as ataskada (“house of fire”) by the Persians but are best...


Mithra is the Persian god of the rising sun, contracts, covenants, and friendship. He also oversaw the orderly change of the seasons, maintained cosmic...


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