An Animated History Of The Holy Roman Empire

Holy Roman Empire GIF

While the Holy Roman Empire kept itself together for over 800 years, the region was never able to achieve the same kind of unity found in other republics, like France. While its decentralized monarchy granted the empire an ample opportunity to expand, it also greatly contributed to its 1806 demise.

The Sordid History Of Aigues-Mortes

Aigues Mortes France

Nestled around 90 kilometers away from Marseilles, Aigues-Mortes is a medieval commune presently home to a little over 8,000 people. While considered by many a magnificent display of architecture of that epoch, the goings-on within the walls weren’t always so savory. For example, in 1686 the Constance tower converted into a prison for Huguenots who refused to convert to Catholicism following Louis XIV’s revoking of the Edict of Nantes. Past that, the tower transitioned once again and became a penitentiary exclusively for women reported to be Huguenots.

The Haunting Grounds Of Poelcapelle, Belgium

Poelcapelle Belgium 1917

If human memory is an unreliable record keeper of the hazards of war, nature certainly is not. Following a deluge of artillery fire on behalf of the British and inordinate amounts of rain, the German defensive proved successful–albeit with quite a bit of struggle. It was the bodies of Brits, and the Belgian landscape, however, that were left in ruins.

An Aerial View Of Norway’s “Troll Wall”

Trollveggen Norway

Despite the squat visions a troll connotes, Norway’s Trollveggen couldn’t present a more different reality. The tallest vertical rock face in Europe, the Troll Wall represents the height of athletic ambition for climbers and base jumpers alike.

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