Welcome & Introduction
The Famous Historic Buildings website was established in order to provide an introduction, insight and a source of information on some of the world’s most 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. 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.
On the left side of the main page for each country 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.
All content is produced by Architectural Historian
Ron Gatepain, who established and maintains the site. The photographs - shown
as a video – provide a virtual tour of the sites and give an indication of what
visitors will see. These are 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 and by the delivery
of talks to special interest groups and on cruise ships that he regularly gives throughout the world and through contributing to the Encyclopaedia Britannica.
If English is not your first language you will find a translator on 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.
If you would like to contact us or send us any comments click on the link below and complete the form.
Architectural Historian - Chartered Surveyor - Chartered Builder - Corporate Building Surveyor - Chartered Building Engineer - Educationalist - Writer and Lecturer.