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Basilica di San Marco Glitters in Gold

In Venice, Basilica di San Marco glitters in gold. No, you won’t be able to see gold on its facade but wait until you see its interior. I’m not sure if they intended to have the interior a bit dark. Perhaps, it’s to emphasize the beaming gold that you’d see

Venice: The Mosaics of San Marco Basilica

These mosaics of San Marco Basilica are from the 11th century but they never lose their luster. They’re our windows to Byzantine art. Be warned: you can’t take photos inside St. Mark’s Basilica. While there’s no entrance fee, the number of visitors allowed to get inside is controlled and limited.

Three Landmarks to See in Pisa

Pisa is in the northwestern part of Italy. You can visit it for a day trip from Florence but make sure to go early to avoid the huge crowd. Take an early train, instead of going on tourist buses. It’s an hour and a half – depends which train you’re

The Leaning Tower of Pisa is a Beautiful Architectural Accident

The Leaning Tower of Pisa is a beautiful architectural accident. Perhaps, this is Italy’s most photographed landmark. It was never built to be leaning but just your normal, free-standing bell tower you see around Italy. It was built during the Medieval Times in Romanesque style. So, why is the Tower

Take a Peek: Inside the Roman Colosseum

What’s inside the Roman Colosseum? I bet you’re curious, right? In my previous post, I showed you the facade of the stunning Roman Colosseum. Now, I’ll bring you inside to see what it’s like while learning a bit of its history. This piece of architectural wonder is a must-see when

View from the Towers of La Clerecia in Salamanca

The Towers of La Clerecia in Salamanca is locally known as Scala Coeli. You can’t, of course, climb the tower without getting into the Clerecia Church. And yes, you’ve got to pay, too. This church used to be known as the Royal College of the Company of Jesus. It was both a

The Aqueduct of Segovia – Ancient Rome’s Legacy in Spain

The aqueduct of Segovia is ancient Rome’s indisputable legacy in Spain. The towering aqueduct is synonymous with the old town of Segovia. You can’t mention the city’s name without identifying it with this arched aqueduct. The city of Segovia, as legend has it, was founded by Hercules, the son of the Roman

Alcazar de Segovia – A Fairytale-like Castle Before Disney

Before Disney, there was Alcazar de Segovia. If you look at it near and far, the castle resembles that of Sleeping Beauty’s Castle in Disneyland. You can’t leave Segovia without seeing and getting into the heart of Spain’s most famous castle. The structure wasn’t really meant to be a castle. It

The Hanging Church in Cairo – Virgin Mary Appeared Here

You might have heard of the “Hanging Gardens of Babylon” but you’ve never heard of the Hanging Church in Cairo. The former was one of the 7 Wonders of the World, while the latter was once the seat of the papacy of the Orthodox Church. This tiny church is known

Saqqara Pyramids in the City of the Dead

The Saqqara Pyramids in the City of the Dead are the burial grounds of Memphis, Egypt’s ancient capital. This place is also known and spelled as Sakkara or Saccara. Unlike the Great Pyramids of Giza, the ones you see here are smaller but older than the former. Off-the-beaten track While tourists

Casa Pedrera – The House That Looks Like an Open Quarry

In Barcelona, there’s a house that the locals fondly call Casa Pedrera (or the Quarry). If you look at its facade, it really looks like a rugged quarry. However, its original name was Casa Mila. Anton Gaudi, Catalan’s most beloved architect built it for the wealthy Mila Family. This house

Time Stands Still at Seville Real Alcazar

Seville Real Alcazar will never fail to enchant you. From its roof to the walls to the ground and to the gardens, the palace is magnificent. The tile works, the designs, the architectural delicateness of arches and carvings will blow your mind away. The rooms are even more stunning than
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