Archive for September, 2009

Ashford Castle

Ashford Castle is a medieval castle located in Cong, County Mayo in Ireland. It is an early 13th Century castle that has since been renovated and rebuilt as a hotel. It has also been known to play host to several notable guests, past and present.Castle HistoryAshford Castle was first built in 1228 by the de Burgh family who also went on to build several other similar castles throughout the province. It remained within the de Burgh family for more than three and a half centuries after which it we…

London Natural History Museum

The Natural History Museum is one of the three large museums located on Exhibition Road, South Kensington in London, the others being the Science museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum. The Natural History Museum is the home to life and earth science specimens totaling over 70 million items included in the five main collections, namely, Botany, Entomology, Mineralogy, Paleontology and Zoology. Not only are the specimens of the museum considered for their scientific value, they also have garne…

St. Vitus Cathedral

St. Vitus Cathedral is a Roman Catholic cathedral located in Prague in the Czech Republic. Its full name is St. Vitus, St. Wenceslas and St. Adalbert Cathedral. Also located within the Prague Castle, this cathedral is also the seat of the Archbishop of Prague. It is also considered as one of the finest examples of Gothic architecture. Cathedral HistoryThe present day St. Vitus Cathedral was first founded on November 21, 1344. There have been other cathedrals previously build on the same site. Th…

Neuschwanstein Castle

Neuschwanstein Castle is a 19th Century German palace that is located in Southwest Bavaria, Germany. It is quite noticeable in that it is built upon a rugged hill in the Bavarian Alps. It is considered as one of the more picturesque castles in the world, complete with its own set of towers and spires. It was the inspiration for the Sleeping Beauty Castle put up in Disneyland Park and the one made out in Disneyland Hong Kong. Castle HistoryThe Neuschwanstein Castle was built upon the orders of Lu…

The Hagia Sophia

The Hagia Sophia is an ancient house of worship now converted into a museum located in Istanbul, Turkey. It is famous for its massive dome and is considered as a premier example of ancient Byzantine architecture. It was considered as the largest cathedral in the world for nearly a thousand years up until the 1520’s when the Seville Cathedral was completed. Building HistoryThe Hagia Sophia was considered to be the epitome of Byzantine architecture. It was constructed as a church somewhere between…