Bastille Day in Paris

What is Bastille Day or Fête Nationale or Quatorze Juillet: Bastille Day is a National holiday in France which commemorates the Fête de la Fédération held on July 14th, 1790. On the first anniversary of the storming of the Bastille on July 14, 1789 and the start of the French Revolution, a … [Read more...]

Castelo de Sao Jorge – A Castle Dedicated to St. George

Castelo Sao Jorge was the Royal Palace of a Line of Portugal's Monarchs: Like many famous cities in Europe, Lisbon's roots are centuries old. But few proofs of that are so evident here as that of Castelo de Sao Jorge, Lisbon's Saint George's Castle. First begun in the 6th century by late … [Read more...]

Eiffel Tower – A Symbol of Paris and France

La Tour Eiffel

From an Eyesore to One of the most Famous Paris Landmarks: Originally intended as a structure to commemorate the centenary celebration of the French Revolution, who could've guessed that 100 years later the Eiffel Tower would become the symbol of Paris itself? After all, when the the tower was … [Read more...]

Spanish Steps – Scalinata di Spagna

These Landmark Rome Steps are a Favourite Destination for Many Visitors: Though the name may not be entirely accurate (they were built by the French), the Spanish Steps (Scalinata di Spagna) in Rome deliver true delight to visitors of any nationality. 'Ah,' some will say, 'they are just stairs'. A … [Read more...]

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...]