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Jeronimos Monastery Watch

Image of Lisbon's St. Jeronimos monastery is a famous example of Manueline architecture.

Visitors to Lisbon will be duly impressed with the Jeronimos Monastery. Founded in 1501 as a tribute to the Virgin Mary and the success of ... continue reading


Cistercian Alcobaça Monastery remains the largest church in Portugal Watch

Image of Stretching 327 feet in length, the interior of the church is an exquisite example of Cistercian Gothic architecture.

Facing the Moors in an important battle at Santarém in March 1147, Afonso Henríques vowed that he would build a great monastery if God ... continue reading



Batalha Monastery stands as magnificent example of Gothic architecture Watch

Image of The monastery remains breathtaking today. The west façade is covered in lacy stonework, filled with Gothic windows and overlooks a spacious plaza. The building is illuminated at night to spectacular effect.

In 1385, Portuguese King João I made a sacred vow. He offered petition to God that if his outnumbered army defeated the Castilians at the ... continue reading


Holyrood Palace and Abbey remain a breathtaking ruin, steeped in history Watch

Image of The Palace of Holyroodhouse suffered long periods of neglect, but enjoyed brief glory in the mid-18th century as the headquarters of Bonnie Prince Charlie during the peak of his feverish -- and doomed -- rebellion to restore the Stuart line to the monarchy.

Holyrood Palace, which is also called the Palace of Holyroodhouse is in Edinburgh, and is the primary royal residence in Scotland. The ... continue reading


Top 10 airlines striving to be the worst

Image of For many, air travel has become synonymous with dissatisfaction.

Airlines have worked hard to earn a bad reputation. Remember those veterans returning from Afghanistan who were charged extra just to haul ... continue reading


Iona Abbey influential in the spread of Celtic Christianity throughout Europe Watch

Image of Peaceful and beautiful, Iona features rock-strewn meadows leading into sandy beaches and turquoise blue waters. Only a few structures dot the landscape.

St. Columba founded the Iona Abbey in 6th century Scotland. Located on a small island less than four square miles, the abbey was highly ... continue reading



Scotland's Melrose Abbey lies in ruins after reformation Watch

Image of The beauty of the carved work, with which the abbey is profusely decorated, is seldom equaled, and has been deservedly celebrated by poets over the years.

Melrose Abbey, a Cistercian abbey in the Borders region of Scotland is now little more than picturesque ruins. Founded in 1136, it is ... continue reading


Ruins of St. Andrew's Cathedral tells history of Scotland

Image of The St. Andrews Sarcophagus is an important example of late Pictish sculpture and a beautiful work of art.

The ruins of St. Andrew's Cathedral overlooks the North Sea in St. Andrews. In addition to the Norman and Gothic ruins of the medieval ... continue reading


The Shrine of Our Lady of Einsiedeln holds miraculous statue Watch

Image of The most important part of the basilica is the Lady Chapel, near the entrance in the west end. Destroyed in 1798 by French invaders, and rebuilt in 1817, above the chapel's altar is the Black Madonna, resplendent in rich robes and surrounded by gold clouds.

The Shrine of Our Lady of Einsiedeln is located about 20 miles southeast of Zürich, in the town of the same in Switzerland. The shrine ... continue reading


The Convent of St. Teresa is a testament to the Spanish's nun reform, asceticism Watch

Image of The facade of the convent centers on a statue of St. Teresa.

The Convent of St. Teresa is one of two main destinations for Catholic pilgrims to Ávila in Spain. The 17th-century convent was built ... continue reading


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