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Spiral columns, carved zig-zags, round arches—at Durham, the rhythmic Anglo-Norman Romanesque pulses with life.
Gladiators, animal hunts, and executions: learn about the Colosseum, a monumental gift to the Roman people.
Art museums and politics have a long and complex relationship; nowhere is this more apparent than the Louvre.
These eclectic buildings embody the close ties between Muslim, Jewish, and Christian cultures in medieval Spain.
Ouro Preto was a remote yet cosmopolitan town where gold supported both artists and architects.
This legendary complex draws thousands of visitors per day. Its bewildering spaces delight—and overwhelm—the eye.
The long forgotten residents of Seneca Village were evicted to make way for Central Park.
Built for nobility and now home to royals, this palace has a checkered past. It held art, then political prisoners.
The severe exterior of this palace complex belies its highly decorative interior, once filled with art.
Like a phoenix, this church rose from the ashes. Wren’s enormous dome was the first of its kind in England.
Rome’s pagan and Christian pasts merge at San Clemente, where a mosaic advertises the power of the Western Church.
In the “Old New Synagogue,” desks surround a Torah plaform. Text outweighs image—only plants ornament the space.