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The Pride of the Jordanians: Petra

The year 1812 saw a milestone event in the history of Near Eastern travel. After centuries of having been lost to the outside world, the ancient Nabataean city of Petra was rediscovered by Swiss explorer Johann Ludwig Burckhardt – found … Continue reading

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The Legacy of Ancient Giants: Carrickglass’ Leaba-Dhiarmade-agus-Ghrainne

The legacy of Sligo-reared archaeologist William Gregory Wood-Martin is defined by its complexity – a complexity reflected in his own homeland’s nature. In several ways, the Anglo-Irishman was an exemplary Briton. Born into the Ascendancy in 1847, Wood-Martin would serve … Continue reading

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Big Ben’s Ancestors: John Britton and Gothic Revival Architecture

  Big Ben dominates London’s skyline as part of the most monumental and recognizable building in Britain. Surrounding the famous clock tower, Westminster Palace immediately evokes Britain’s ancient majesty. However, the structure is just over 150 years old. Erected in … Continue reading

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The Americano Grand Tour: A Young American’s Journey Across Europe

Frederick Wilton Russell was an atypical albeit lucky American teenager. In the late 19th century, he embarked on a European expedition with his family, which could be considered an American form of the “Grand Tour.” As was customary at the … Continue reading

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Historical Monuments, Monumental Histories

The idea of the historical monument began during the Renaissance, with the search for Europe’s origins in the Classical.  Examples of large-scale architecture from the past were sought out not only for aesthetic concerns, but also as monumenta, “reminders” of … Continue reading

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