The site was established and is maintained by Enrichment Speaker and Lecturer, Architectural Historian and Building Surveyor
Ron Gatepain.

      Welcome to Famous Historic Buildings

This site provides an introduction, insight and a source of information on some of the world’s famous historic buildings and archaeological sites. It also includes sites and places of historical importance and projects which have come to epitomise the architectural and engineering achievements of civilization throughout the ages.

Using the site
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.
A link is provided under some of the locations which will take you to an aerial view of the area via Google Earth.
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.
This will 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.

Use of Photographs
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.

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