Category Archives: Landmarks

Views: London’s ‘Royal Albert Hall’ At 150 Years

Over the 150 years that have passed since this opening, the Royal Albert Hall has established itself as one of the most important public venues in Britain, instantly recognisable as a backdrop to everything from the BBC Proms to comedy shows and from sporting events to theatre.

John GoodallApril 4, 2021

As described by Marcus Binney (COUNTRY LIFE, March 25, 1971) and The Survey of London, vol 38 (1975), the future Royal Albert Hall was one product of this initiative. The idea of building a music hall on the estate was first proposed in 1853, but, two years later, Prince Albert suggested something more ambitious: a music hall within an enclosing quadrangle of shops and flats inspired by the Palais Royale. He also directed that his exiled compatriot, Gottfried Semper, the architect of the Dresden opera house, design it.

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Guided Walking Tour: ‘Naples – Italy’ (Video)

Have you ever dreamed walking among the most important shop windows of the great Italian brands and finding yourself in a Medieval Castle in the middle of the sea? This can happen in Naples with THIS tour. We will start from Piazza dei Martiri, an elegant district of Naples surrounded by Rococò Palazzos and some in the Liberty style.

From here our walk, among anecdotes of architecture, history and archeology, will arrive at the foot of a medieval fortress: the “Castel dell’ovo” built in the 11th century. A Legend says that an alchemical “egg” is kept in its foundations, which explains the name, but the reality is that it was built on the ruins of a magnificent Roman villa overlooking the sea. In this tour I will then take you, to the feet of the Castle where among the bronze cannons, narrow prisons, you will admire the most beautiful view of the city seen from the sea.

As Goethe said in his Grand Tour “See Naples and Die, because no city is more beautiful then here. Naples is a Heaven” Your archaeologist waits for you, ciao! Raffaele is a Neapolitan Archaeologist with 12 years of field experience and he’s an Official Tour Guide of the Campania Region. He has a BA in Archaeology, a masters in Classical Archaeology and a Ph.D in Archeological Heritage. Also he works on archeological excavations in Naples. Since he was a child, he has always loved the ancient history of Greece and Rome as well as art from the Middle Ages to the 20th (1900s). He loves to meet new people!

Italy Views: ‘Tower Of Pisa’ Undergoes Renovation

The #TowerOfPisa​ in #Tuscany​, is one of the most visited tourist sites in #Italy​. A historic monument, designated a Unesco world heritage site, that has confounded scientists and engineers since its creation. Even at the beginning of construction in August 1173, it started to lean, due to the soft ground that it was built on. Which is why it needs constant attention. Since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic the conservation team are taking advantage of the lack of tourists to make progress with the maintenance of this iconic building. Our correspondent in Italy, Natalia Mendoza went to observe recent operations.

360° Virtual Tour: Empire State Building, New York

The Empire State Building is a 102-story Art Deco skyscraper in Midtown Manhattan in New York City, United States. It was designed by Shreve, Lamb & Harmon and built from 1930 to 1931. Its name is derived from “Empire State”, the nickname of the state of New York.

Hikes: ‘Mount Hollywood & Griffith Observatory’

Mount Hollywood is a fantastic, short hike in the Griffith Park area of Los Angeles. The hike leaves from Griffith Observatory and it has some of the best views in the city as you make your way up. Along the way, be sure to stop and take in the views of the Hollywood Sign, Captains Roost and Griffith Observatory. Let me know what you think about this hike in the comments.

4K Walks: ‘Yellow Crane Tower – Wuhan, China’

The history of the Yellow Crane Tower, or Huanghe Lou in Chinese, dates back to the Three Kingdoms period (220-280) in Chinese history. Initially built in 223 AD, the tower served military purposes as a watchtower at the beginning. In the following centuries, it repeatedly saw both destruction and reconstruction. Especially during the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties, it was destroyed seven times. Yet, each time, it was brought back to life again. Unfortunately, a fire in 1884 completely ruined the building. It was not until 1981 that the tower was once again rebuilt, which took four years. The tower we see today is based on the one designed during the Qing Dynasty. Standing 51.4 meters, the five-story Yellow Crane Tower is perched on the banks of the Yangtze River at the top of the Snake Mountain. It features a mix of octagonal and square structures with a roof covered by 100,000 yellow glazed tiles. Each upturned eave resembles a fluttering crane that is closely linked to the tower’s name.

Aerial Views: ‘Meteora Monasteries – Greece’ (4K)

The Meteora is a rock formation in central Greece hosting one of the largest and most precipitously built complexes of Eastern Orthodox monasteries, second in importance only to Mount Athos. The six monasteries are built on immense natural pillars and hill-like rounded boulders that dominate the local area.