Europe

On this day: The Corinth Canal Opened

On July 25, 1893, the Corinth Canal in Greece opened. Envisioned for millennia, the waterway was cut through rock to sea level so no locks were needed. However, the narrow width means that it is now largely irrelevant to modern…

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Friday, 25th July 2014

Top Ten World’s Tallest Statues

The roster of the world’s tallest statues is dominated by Buddhist figures, with most of the top ten (actually 11 because of a tie) being representations of the Buddha or Guanyin. While we’ve looked at Very Large Buddhas twice before…

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Thursday, 24th July 2014

On this day: The Menin Gate Was Unveiled

On July 24, 1927, the Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing was unveiled in Ypres, Belgium. The Gate commemorates soldiers from Britain and the Commonwealth who were killed in the region during WWI, but whose graves are unknown.

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Thursday, 24th July 2014

On this day: Richard Rogers Was Born

On July 23, 1933, architect Richard Rogers was born in Florence. His family moved to England during WWII. He has designed many notable buildings including the Senedd in Cardiff, the Pompidou Centre in Paris, and London’s Millennium Dome.

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Wednesday, 23rd July 2014

On this day: Jacques-Germain Soufflot Was Born

On July 22, 1713, French architect Jacques-Germain Soufflot was born. He is best known for designing a Church originally dedicated to St Genevieve, but which later became the Panthéon, a secular temple where distinguished French citizens are interred. Residents include…

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Tuesday, 22nd July 2014

Natural Arches

Natural arches – also known as natural bridges – are formed when relatively soft rock is worn away by the action of tides, rivers or weather erosion, leaving behind a bridge-like structure of harder rock. Although there are thousands around…

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Wednesday, 16th July 2014
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The Architecture of Daniel Libeskind

Daniel Libeskind is an American architect known for his bold and unconventional designs for buildings which often significantly (and controversially)…

Trollstigen (Troll’s path)

In a country renowned for its natural beauty, one of the most spectacular landscapes is found along the Trollstigen (Troll’s…

Fill ‘er Up!

In the early days of mass automotive travel, fuel stations often resorted to some wacky gimmicks to differentiate themselves from the pack and lure in customers, such as novelty architecture that made the station building even more of a roadside attraction than the fuel they were selling. Today, many of these wacky 1930s-era stations are icons to thousands of visitors every year.

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