The man who built Switzerland

Nowadays the tiny country of Switzerland is one of the wealthiest and most famous nations on Earth. This was not always the case. For many hundreds of years, it struggled economically and was not well known.  Switzerland is now well known for its banking system, its leading educational institutions, its excellent insurance companies and its extensive and highly precise train system. …

The weirdly beautiful church of Barcelona

The Sagrada Familia, is a church in Barcelona, Spain, which was built around 100 years ago. Well, actually it’s still unfinished. Its architect, the Spaniard Antoni Gaudí (1852–1926) only lived to see about a quarter of it made. While having a very unorthodox shape inside and out, it has already been added to the Unesco World Heritage sites, despite not being …

How a 1700 year old palace is still being used today

The city of Split, Croatia hosts one of the most interesting Roman buildings: The Diocletian Palace was built by Roman emperor Diocletian (c.244-311) in 305 as a retirement home. Although it is called a palace, it used to be a heavily fortified military compound with half of it being used to house military personnel and the other half for Diocletian.

When a castle was sold for £50

In 1967, the beautiful castle of Kilkenny, Ireland was in a horrible condition. Originally built around 1173, it had hosted earls, noblemen, kings and many gatherings of the Irish elite over hundreds of years.