Sistine Chapel – Michelangelo’s Ceiling Masterpiece

Michelangelos' Sistine Chapel Ceiling is a Masterpiece: Though named after Pope Sixtus IV, who commissioned the Chapel's construction, the Sistine Chapel was given everlasting fame by Pope Julius II.  For, in 1508, it was he who commissioned Michelangelo to paint frescoes to cover the 10,000 … [Read more...]

Pompidou Centre – A Museum of Modern Art

Pompidou's Modern Art Collections Rival the Best in New York or London: The Pompidou Centre is known to Parisians simply as Beaubourg (after the neighbourhood).  Even for the French, 'Beauboug' is much easier than trying to use its full name, The The Centre National d'Art et de Culture Georges … [Read more...]

Sacré-Coeur – A Basilica on the "Mount of Martyrs"

A Basilica Dedicated to the Sacred-Heart of Christ on Montmartre: The site of the Basilique du Sacré Coeur on the hill of Montmartre has long been an attraction for religious figures and groups. Many saints have come to this "mount of martyrs" (Montmartre), including Saint Germain, Saint Bernard, … [Read more...]

Chartres Cathedral – Famous for its Stained Glass

Chartres Cathedral is The Greatest Gothic Cathedral in Europe: Chartres Cathedral (Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Chartres) has long been the main reason that many people visit the town of Chartres. This superb Gothic cathedral has many outstanding features, but it is the collection of 2,600 m² of … [Read more...]

Lascaux and its Famous Prehistoric Cave Paintings

The Cave of Lascaux has the Périgord's Most Famous Cave Paintings: Set near the village of Montignac-sur-Vézère in the heart of the Périgord Noir (Black Périgord) is Lascaux, the finest of the prehistoric caves with its famous cave paintings. The Périgord Noir region is home to more than 60 … [Read more...]

St. Peter’s Basilica – A Most Sacred Shrine

Rome's Foremost Attraction for Pilgrims and Tourists: Formally known by the name Basilica di San Pietro, St. Peter's Basilica is one of Rome's foremost tourist attractions. Come here on any morning and you'll see that a long line of visitors has already formed a big queue to visit this sacred … [Read more...]

Champs-Elysées – Avenue of the Elysian Fields

The Most Beautiful Avenue in the World and Resting Place for Heroes: Not merely a boulevard, the Champs-Elysées has justly earned its name. In Greek mythology, the Elysian Fields was the resting place of heroes who dwelt in perfect happiness. Fortunately, visitors don't have to die to reach it. … [Read more...]

Arc de Triomphe – Napoleon’s Triumphal Arch

"Go Home Beneath Triumphal Arch" - A Promise by Napoleon to his Men: Though less artistic than its older cousin of Porte Saint-Denis, the Arc de Triomphe is the more famous and far larger. Set on Place de Charles de Gaulle-Etoile, atop the hill of Chaillot, it forms the centre from which … [Read more...]

Musée du Louvre – The World Famous Louvre Museum

The Louvre has One of the most Important Art Collections in the World: Unquestionably the most famous name in the world of art museums, the Musée du Louvre (the Louvre) largely deserves its renown. Enormous and filled with irreplaceable treasures from around the world, this premier collection … [Read more...]

Uspenski Cathedral – Helsinki's Orthodox Church

Uspenski Cathedral - Modeled after a 16th century church near Moscow: There are many churches in Helsinki city centre and one of the most notable is the Uspenski Cathedral. A visit to this landmark cathedral in Finland's capital is certainly worthwhile and should be included in your Helsinki … [Read more...]