1001 Historic Sites You Must See Before You Die

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Both casual travelers and dedicated history buffs will relish this visitor's guide to palaces, cathedrals, temples, battlefields, homes of great artists and statesmen--places and monuments that bear witness to thousands of years of human history. Packed with vivid color photos and detailed textual entries 1001 Historic Sites carries its readers off to places that include:

  • Prehistoric Sites: Stonehenge, England; the Lescaux Cave Paintings, France, and others
  • Battlefields: Waterloo, Belgium; Gettysburg, U.S.A.; Hastings, England; Ypres, Belgium, and others
  • Buildings and Monuments: St. Basil's Cathedral, Moscow; Nishi Hogan-Ji (Buddhist temple), Kyoto, Japan; St. Paul's Cathedral, London; the Eiffel Tower, Paris; the Empire State Building, New York City; the Ponte Vecchio, Florence, Italy; the Wailing Wall, Jerusalem; the Pyramids, Egypt; and many others
  • Homes of the Famous and Infamous: Mozart's Birthplace, Salzburg, Austria; Shakespeare's birthplace, Stratford-upon-Avon, England; Jane Austen's home, Chawton, England; Hitler's retreat at Berchtesgaden, near Munich, Germany; and many others

    1001 Historic Sites makes a great book for browsing, an idea-packed source for vacation planning, a handy reference volume for students of history, and a sheer pleasure for the general reader.
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    This lively and informative guide explores the astonishing variety of places where human beings have left their mark—places that can still be visited and relished today. Each entry outlines the history of an outstanding site, with details on its construction and—where relevant—the architect or engineer who created it. Written and researched by an international team of historians and journalists, this comprehensive study spans the whole of human history, from the cradle of the human race to modern times.

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    1001 Historic Sites You Must See Before You Die is a comprehensive and sumptuous visual guide, and a one-stop compendium of the historically important must-see sites around the world. Join general editor Richard Cavendish and his international team of historians and journalists in an amazing virtual tour of the historically most significant sites you should see in your lifetime. From UNESCO heritage sites that preserve the wonders of the ancient world, such as the Great Wall of China and the pyramids of Egypt, to memorials that commemorate significant moments in the twentieth century, and from the Sterkfontein Caves near Johannesburg in South Africa—the “cradle of the human raceâ€?—to Checkpoint Charlie, the sites featured in this book invariably fascinate and astound their visitors.

    Featuring more than 800 color photographs, 1001 Historic Sites You Must See Before You Die is both beautiful to look at and fascinating to read. You will find many of the great engineering works of the past and present —viaducts, bridges, ships—described within these pages, together with places of worship, such as the Wailing Wall, Jerusalem, and Orvieto Cathedral, Italy. Just as fascinating are key seats of power, from Versailles to the White House, and the world’s major battlefields, from Gettysburg to the Somme. Organized geographically, descriptions of world-famous structures stand beside those of forgotten fields that bear the imprint of historical events. The result is a collection that is enormous in scope and surprising in its variety.

    Open this stunning and informative book and let it become your essential visual guide to the most inspiring sites around the world.

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    Richard Cavendish is a historian of ideas and an authority on Britain’s historic heritage. He writes a regular monthly column in History Today magazine. He is also the author of several books on history and the wonders of the world, as well as the editor of numerous travel guidebooks. He has lectured and broadcast in Britain, the U.S.A., Denmark, Canada, and Australia.

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    Richard Cavendish is an authority on Britain's historic heritage and a regular columnist in the British magazine History Today. As both author and editor, he has contributed to many travelers' guidebooks.

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