Tag Archives: Historical Buildings

Tours: Highclere Castle Of ‘Downton Abbey’ Fame

Downton Abbey has become THE British cult series. The story about the fate of a noble family and their servants at the beginning of the 20th century in Yorkshire, England, is even set in a real palace: Highclere Castle. There aren’t servants anymore, but it still has a countess. The lady of the house takes us on an exclusive tour of the castle where Downton Abbey has been shot. Some of the locations may look familiar, especially since the second film is now being released after six successful seasons on TV.

Highclere Castle is a Grade I listed country house built in 1679 and largely renovated in the 1840s, with a park designed by Capability Brown in the 18th century. The 5,000-acre estate is in Highclere in Hampshire, England, about 5 miles south of Newbury, Berkshire, and 9.5 miles north of Andover, Hampshire.

Views: UNESCO Launces ‘Digital Replication’ of Historical Beirut, Lebanon

As part of its response to the explosions of 4 August 2020 at the port of Beirut in Lebanon, UNESCO through its Heritage Emergency Fund has launched a large-scale technical documentation of the city’s historical areas in collaboration with the Directorate General of Antiquities of Lebanon and Iconem. This high-definition 3D scan of the city – obtained through drones and photogrammetry – captures essential architectural data of some of the city’s affected monuments, art galleries and cultural spaces which are required by engineers and architects to plan and monitor the rehabilitation phase.

Beirut is the capital and largest city of Lebanon. As of 2014, Greater Beirut has a population of 2.2 million, which makes it the third-largest city in the Levant region. The city is situated on a peninsula at the midpoint of Lebanon’s Mediterranean coast.

Architecture: Restored Georgian Buildings (UK)

History: The Legendary Beau-Rivage Hotel In Geneva, Switzerland

With its stunning view of Lake Geneva, the Beau-Rivage, in Geneva has attracted actors from Roger Moore to Angelina Jolie, and played host to political luminaries like Kofi Annan, Charles de Gaulle and the Dalai Lama. Political history has been made here, too: In 1898, the Empress “Sisi” of Austria was stabbed to death by an anarchist at the Beau-Rivage. Nearly a hundred years later, in 1987, the German politician Uwe Barschel was discovered dead here, in a bathtub. Family-run for generations, the hotel is impressive not just for its size, but also for its discretion. Now, director Jacques Mayer uses interviews, archival film and rarely seen photographs to vividly chronicle some of the most fateful years of the Beau-Rivage.