Tag Archive: UNESCO World Heritage Site

Alcazar of Seville royal castle to become ‘Game of Thrones’ set


If, like us, you’ve been wondering about the Red Viper’s vaguely Spanish pedigree, you may finally be getting an answer. A medieval castle in southern Spain will serve as the newest backdrop in the next season of “Game of Thrones.” The staff of the Alcazar of Seville confirmed that the castle has been chosen as…

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Ancient Toilet Reveals Parasites in Crusaders’ Poop

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Intestinal parasites have been found lurking in ancient poop in the toilet of a medieval castle in western Cyprus, scientists report. The findings paint a less than pretty picture of the health and hygiene of crusaders stationed on the Mediterranean island 800 years ago. Poor sanitation likely meant that food and water supplies were contaminated…

Fire rages in Aleppo’s historic medieval market

Historic Medieval Market Torched ALEPPO

Fires have swept through the medieval marketplace of Aleppo, a district that helped make the heart of Syria’s largest city a UNESCO world heritage site. Some described the overnight blaze as the worst blow yet to a historic district that helped make the heart of Syria’s largest city and commercial hub a UNESCO world heritage…

Battle Castle Trailer: Crac des Chevaliers

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Our friends at Battle Castle have released the trailer for the first episode of the series. And as you probably guessed by the title it features Crac des Chevaliers! For those who are unfamiliar with Crac des Chevaliers, it is one of the best preserved medieval castles in the world. Located in Syria it sits…

Rooms to rent in an ancient castle in Durham

Durham Castle

The 11th-century Durham Castle is benefitting from a £5-million refurbishment – and now offers holiday accommodation within its ancient walls. The UNESCO World Heritage Site in north-east England is home to Durham University’s oldest college and its rooms are available to rent for bed and breakfast during the university’s vacation times. There are now 40…

King of the historic castles

Harlech Castle, Wales

Considering its importance, I thought it would be bigger. Not that walls 3.5-metres thick and 12-metres high are insubstantial, but I’d expected a castle that had endured five sieges, taken nearly eight years to build and was the last royalist fortification to fall in the English Civil War to have more bulk. The site is…

The Cathar castles of Languedoc

In southern France, in the region of Languedoc, castles and walled cities stand on high promontories and rocky outcrops along the Cathar castle trail which takes us on journey of discovery back to the middle ages and the Catholic crusade against this heretical sect. Tired of the angry criticism and growing influence of the Cathars,…

University of Tennessee Marco Institute History Lecture Asks “Who’s That Girl?”

Historian Cynthia Robinson of Cornell University will deliver the annual Riggsby Lecture on Medieval Mediterranean History and Culture at 4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 15, in the Hodges Library auditorium at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Robinson’s lecture is titled “Who’s That Girl?: Cross-Cultural Narrative, Mysticism and the Lady on the Alhambra Ceilings,” and is presented…

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