Hearst Castle

This lavish estate, inspired by Spanish architecture, was the ultimate achievement of architect, Julia Morgan. The Hearst Castle remains a symbol of the extravagent wealth that…

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California Spanish Mission

Between 1769 and 1833, Franciscans missionaries, led by Friar Junípero Serra, established 21 settlements along the coastline of Alta California to spread the Catholic faith among…

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Monticello

Inspired by the classics, Thomas Jefferson's iconic home in Charlottesville, Virginia--whose name Monticello means "little mount" in Italian--has become an American icon. In 1987, 200 years…

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U.S. Neoclassical Architecture

...established through the timeless principles of liberty and order...

The Contrast of Hoover Dam and Grand Canyon West

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Exporing Touraine in the Loire Valley

The city of Tours and Château d'Artigny was a good starting point for our self-guided driving tour throughout the Loire Valley of France. Our day's agenda took us through the…

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Chateau d’Artigny

Upon leaving Chartres, France, we headed off to Château d'Artigny near Montbazon, a few miles away from the city of Tours. Sitting along the Indre River in the heart…

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Chartres Cathedral

In addition to enjoying rich cafés, fresh local cuisine, regional wine and chévre cheese, we set out to experience the home to some of the world's greatest…

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Hagia Sophia

The Hagia Sophia (meaning "Holy Wisdom" in Greek) has remained one of the most profound wonders of my study of architectural history and one that I…

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