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Library at the Abbey of St. Gall is one of the richest medieval libraries in the world Watch

Image of The convent's library contains more than 130,000 volumes, including precious manuscripts dating back to the 8th through the 15th centuries. The famous Plan of St. Gallen Abbey can be seen in a glass case.

From its founding in the 8th century until its dissolution in 1805, The Convent of St Gall, in the eastern Swiss city of St. Gallen was ... continue reading


Holy Hill shrine attracts 300,000 pilgrims annually Watch

Image of Holy Hill, located 30 miles northwest of Milwaukee amid mountainous scenery, is a historic sacred site and registered national landmark.

Holy Hill, located 30 miles northwest of Milwaukee amid mountainous scenery, is a historic sacred site and registered national landmark. ... continue reading



Convent is the only remaining French Colonial building in the U.S. Watch

Image of The convent is a rare survival of the disastrous 18th-century fires that destroyed the rest of the French Quarter, and is a striking example of French colonial architecture today.

Graceful and elegant, the Ursuline Convent in New Orleans remains the sole surviving French colonial building still standing in the ... continue reading


Ultramodern monastery fine example of green construction Watch

Image of The Holy Wisdom Monastery in Madison, Wisconsin sports solar panels on its roof in its bid to be 100 percent energy sustainable.

Monasteries conjure up images of ancient, fortress-like buildings made up of brick and mortar. The Holy Wisdom Monastery in Madison, ... continue reading


Tintern Abbey is beautiful reminder of 12th century monastic life Watch

Image of The ruins of Tintern Abbey remain especially beautiful. The grand Gothic abbey church, carpeted in green grass and open to the sky, is especially enchanting.

Tintern Abbey is a 12th-century Cistercian abbey standing in picturesque ruins on the southeastern border of Wales. The first Cistercian ... continue reading


Ancient Maya site Kabah linked to Uxmal with causeway Watch

Image of The most notable structure at Kabah is the Palace of the Masks, or Codz Pop (meaning

A sacbé, or Mayan ceremonial causeway, links the ancient Maya city of Kabah with Uxmal, a raised pedestrian walkway with ceremonial ... continue reading



Coba boasts the tallest pyramid on the Yucatán Peninsula Watch

Image of Nohoc Mul is the largest pyramid at Coba, standing at over 130 feet in height. This pyramid naturally provides even more spectacular views.

While still in a poor state of preservation, much of it still unexcavated, the Coba Archaeological Park is notable for its extensive ... continue reading


Tulum among the most visited historical sites in Mexico Watch

Image of Among the many sights at Tulum, the Temple of the Frescoes was used as an observatory for tracking the movements of the sun. It contains interesting 13th-century frescoes, though visitors are no longer permitted to enter.

The Tulum ruins are among the most visited archaeological site, in Mexico, preceded by Teotihuacan and Chichen Itza. Located on a cliff ... continue reading


Beautiful sculptures found in Mayan ruins of Palenque Watch

Image of Palenque, unlike other Mayan cities, enjoyed an abundance of water which was controlled by means of an elaborate aqueduct system.

Surrounded by lush jungle and raging waterfalls, the ancient Mayan ruins of Palenque is renowned for its sophisticated architecture and ... continue reading


Uxmal in Mexico among most beautiful examples of Puuc architecture Watch

Image of Among the many wondrous things to see there is the Pyramid of the Magician, the tallest structure at Uxmal. The pyramid is also known as the Pyramid of the Dwarf.

The Mayan site of Uxmal pronounced "oosh-mahl," which translates to "thrice built," is considered one of the most complex and beautiful ... continue reading


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