Welcome to Famous Historic Buildings
Building/Site of the Month
Chichen Itza developed in the 9th century when the Maya people moved north due to drought. By the 10th century it had become one of the largest Mayan cities and dominated the area, something it did for over 200 years. Famous for its temples and observatory it became one of the Modern Wonders of the World as late afternoon on the Spring and Autumn equinoxes, the north-west corner of the pyramid of Kukulkan - the serpent god - casts a series of triangular shadows on the north side that gives the impression of a serpent moving down the staircase. VISIT PAGE
About the site
This site provides details and photographs of many of the world’s most famous historic buildings and archaeological sites. These are listed under the country in which they are located and can be accessed from the link on the content bars in the column on the left, although a list of articles is shown for each country under the region page or from the content bar above.
A full list of buildings and sites can be found in the Site Index tab with a link to the article.
On the left side of the page for each country site is a small map, if you click on the map you will be taken to a larger version and an introduction to the country.
Some of the pages have a panorama of the sites which you can view by clicking on the link.
A number of the locations have a link to Encyclopaedia Britannica which will provide additional information and we would like to thank Britannica for allowing these links.
A glossary of the architectural terms and details of the people referred to on the site can be accessed from the menu on the left of each page or from the "Additional Information" link.
If English is not your first language you will find a translator at the bottom of each page.
We hope that you enjoy the website and that it encourages you to visit the places themselves. If you are planning a visit, we have put some links, which may be of use to you, on the "Useful Travel Information" page.
We also, work in collaboration with Goparoo.com, and on a number of our pages we have a link to some of their articles as they provide guidance and advice on visiting these buildings or architectural sites.
The site should be of interest to schools, for students of history and architecture, or for those planning or having been on a tour to the area.
Content and Photographs
All content is produced by Architectural Historian Ron Gatepain, who established and maintains the site. The photographs - sometimes shown as a video – provide a virtual tour of the sites and give an indication of what visitors will see. These were taken by Ron on his frequent trips around the world in order to indulge in his passion for history and architecture: A passion that he is keen to share with others through this website, by contributing to the Encyclopaedia Britannica and by the delivery of talks to special interest groups and as a Guest Enrichment Speaker on cruise ships throughout the world.
Generally, Ron is happy for the photographs to be used, providing it is for non-commercial use and permission is gained before-hand: Although his copyright must be acknowledged.
If you would like to contact us to send us any comments about site content, please click on this link and complete the form. Please do not use it for marketing purposes.