Friday, August 24, 2012

12 Wonderful Water Castles

A water castle is a castle or stately home whose site is entirely surrounded by moats or natural water bodies. The water that surrounds the castle was used as an obstacle to hinder an attacker. In many places in Europe, castles that had formerly been fortified changed their role or were converted over the course of time so that they became largely representational and residential buildings.

1. Červená Lhota Castle, Czech Republic

Friday, August 17, 2012

Amazing Buildings Devoured by Sand

The deserts and sands are the best landscapes for finding old and abandoned buildings. The arid climate lends itself to preservation, and there is little danger of serious decay or damage from flooding.  At the same time, the sand is an ever-shifting geographic feature that can swallow whole towns both quickly (as in a violent sandstorm) or slowly (as it shifts over time). This article deals with the partially buried buildings in sand, some of which were abandoned for hundreds of years, and some only a few years.

1. Rubjerg Knude Lighthouse, Denmark
Lighthouse in 2000.  link

Saturday, August 11, 2012

10 of the Most Impressive Old Aqueducts

Aqueducts were built to bring a constant flow of water from distant sources into cities and towns, supplying public baths, fountains and private households. Many aqueducts over land connect points of similar height in a landscape, usually by bridging a river valley or other eroded opening in an otherwise flat area. This list describes the old aqueducts that were built in the period since the 1st century (Roman times) till the 19th century.

1. Aqueduct of Segovia, Spain

Saturday, August 4, 2012

15 Fairytale Villages of Faroe Islands

The Faroe Islands are an island group and archipelago under the sovereignty of the Kingdom of Denmark, situated between the Norwegian Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, approximately halfway between Norway and Iceland. This archipelago has 18 main islands and 50,000 people, divided into exactly 123 villages. Villages of the Faroe Islands are like a fairytale - the houses are very colorful, grass roofed and located in beautiful natural surroundings.

1. Porkeri
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