Melk Abbey (Austria)

The 900 years old Benedictine abbey is situated in Melk, on the right bank of the Danube.

Mail coach service (Great Britain, 18th century)

Before the emergence of motorised vehicles, letters and packages were delivered by horse-drawn carriages.

Stephenson’s Rocket (1829)

The English engineer George Stephenson’s locomotive was built for a competition of locomotives in 1829.

Darwin's legendary voyage

Darwin's legendary voyage aboard HMS Beagle played a crucial role in the development of the Theory of Evolution.

The Alhambra in the 16th century (Spain)

The name of this magnificent palace complex originates in Arabic and means 'the red one'.

The White House (Washington, D.C., 1800)

One of the best known buildings in the world, this is the residence and office of the President of the United States.

Tower of London (16th century)

The intriguing history of this historic castle spans nearly a thousand years.

Globe Theatre (London, 17th century)

One of the directors of the circular, open-air Renaissance theater in London was William Shakespeare.

Titanic (1912)

RMS Titanic was the largest passenger ship at the beginning of the 20th century.

Santa Maria (15th century)

Christopher Columbus' three-masted carrack, the Santa Maria was the flagship of his first, landmark voyage.

Edison’s light bulb

The American electrical engineer Edison invented the incandescent light bulb in 1879, which changed our everyday life.

The Brandenburg Gate

This Neoclassical structure is one of the best-known landmarks of Berlin and Germany.

Ottoman soldiers (16th century)

The Ottoman army included janissaries (paid warriors) and sipahis (vassal knights).

Louis XIV (the Sun King)

The French monarch got his epithet because of his opulent and extravagant lifestyle.

The Statue of Liberty (New York)

The statue was donated by the French to the USA for the centenary of gaining independence.

Inventions in the textile industry, 18th century

Inventions in the 18th century resulted in huge advances in the development of the textile industry.

Turkish bath (16th century)

One of the positive influences of the Ottoman invasion of Europe was the construction of baths.

Saint Basil's Cathedral (Moscow, 16th century)

The church consecrated to Saint Basil was commissioned by Ivan the Terrible.

Modern empires

Numerous legendary empires were built (and destroyed) in the course of history.

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