Sudwala Caves – South Africa’s Ancient Cave Formation

Sudwala Caves is a cave formation in the eastern province of Mpumalanga in South Africa. At an estimated 240 million years old, they are the oldest known caves in the world. Sudwala Caves is visited to explore its incredible tunnel lengths, see the colourfully named rock formations (such as the Screaming Monster), and its cavernous … More Sudwala Caves – South Africa’s Ancient Cave Formation

Chateau Berzé-le-Châtel – The Hidden Castle Of Burgundy Wine Country

Overlooking the countryside on top of a rocky outcrop, the Berzé-le-Châtel castle is a medieval fortress known for its 13 fortified towers, terraced gardens, and commanding hilltop position that surveys the Mâconnais wine region below. Dating back to the 10th century, it is a great stopover visit for those exploring the Burgundy wine region. The … More Chateau Berzé-le-Châtel – The Hidden Castle Of Burgundy Wine Country

Cremona Travel Guide – What To Do And See In Italy’s Historic Violin Capital

With its terracotta rooftops, pale yellow and red brick buildings, and grand medieval towers, Cremona in the northern Italian region of Lombardy is one of Italy’s underappreciated gems. The grand Cathedral of Cremona and the Torrazzo tower are some of the most impressive sights in the city, and its cultural heritage and history of violin … More Cremona Travel Guide – What To Do And See In Italy’s Historic Violin Capital

Cremona’s Medieval Town Hall, The Palazzo Del Comune

Situated in the heart of the Italian city of Cremona, the Cremona Town Hall (Palazzo del Comune) is one of the city’s most impressive medieval buildings. The building is located on the Piazza del Comune, just opposite the Cremona Cathedral. The Palazzo del Comune was built in 1206 by the Guelph political party which was … More Cremona’s Medieval Town Hall, The Palazzo Del Comune

Amsterdamse Poort – Haarlem’s Last Surviving City Gate

The Dutch city of Haarlem, capital of the North Holland province, is a historic city filled with reminders of its medieval and Dutch Golden Age Roots. Its grand Gothic cathedral, the St. Bavokerk, is the centrepiece of the city, and the windmill Molen de Adriaan and the Haarlem Cathedral are also impressive buildings of the … More Amsterdamse Poort – Haarlem’s Last Surviving City Gate

Maputo Central Train Station – Is This Africa’s Most Beautiful Station?

One of the most iconic buildings in Mozambique’s capital is the Beaux-Arts style Maputo Central Train Station. Known for its beautiful facade and grand central some, the eye-catching station design is sometimes incorrectly credited to Gustav Eiffel, designer of the Eiffel Tower. The station has a museum with historic trains on display, and was even … More Maputo Central Train Station – Is This Africa’s Most Beautiful Station?

The Most Impressive Astronomical Clocks From Around The World

Astronomical clocks are not just regular clocks. These elaborate and enormous timepieces display astronomical information such as the time, date, positions of the sun and moon, tides, lunar phases, and even zodiac signs. They’re also works of art and engineering masterpieces, first coming to widespread prominence in medieval European cities. Proudly displayed in public spaces, … More The Most Impressive Astronomical Clocks From Around The World

How The Zytglogge Astronomical Clock In Switzerland Inspired Einstein

Switzerland’s small capital city Bern is home to the Zytglogge Astronomical Clock, a masterpiece of medieval clockmaking. Overlooking the charming UNESCO-listed Old Town streets below, the clock is installed in one of the city’s oldest monuments, the Zytglogge tower. While it would still be several centuries until the Swiss dominated the craft of watch-making, this … More How The Zytglogge Astronomical Clock In Switzerland Inspired Einstein

Le Gros Horloge – The Medieval Astronomical Clock Of Rouen

Le Gros Horloge (the Big Clock) is an ornate astronomical clock located on an archway in the French city of Rouen, capital of Normandy. A Gothic-style masterpiece in design and engineering, the clock is one of the proud centrepieces of the old town of Rouen. With pedestrians passing underneath the arch over Rue du Gros-Horloge, … More Le Gros Horloge – The Medieval Astronomical Clock Of Rouen

The Astronomical Clock Of The Torrazzo Of Cremona

Italy’s tallest brick tower, the gorgeous Romanesque-style Torrazzo of Cremona, is also home to the world’s largest astronomical clock. The clock, sitting uncharacteristically low on the tower so everyone can read its face, is beautifully painted with zodiac symbols against a blue sky. The clock is extraordinarily large, and is even larger than London’s Big … More The Astronomical Clock Of The Torrazzo Of Cremona