An Animated History Of The Holy Roman Empire

June 27, 2013

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

June 26, 2013

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

June 22, 2013

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”

June 9, 2013

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.

Segovia Stuns In Winter

June 8, 2013

Segovia Spain

If this 12th century castle looks like something straight out of a movie, that’s because it is–or at least probably. Rumor has it that parts of Segovia’s alcazar served as inspiration for Walt Disney’s own castle in the Magic Kingdom.

One Teen’s View Of Anarchist Barcelona During The Spanish Civil War

June 7, 2013

Marina Ginèsta Spanish Civil War

In this photo, 17-year-old Marina Ginèsta (of the Juventudes communists or communist youth) presents a vision of Barcelona that’s as uncertain as its politics. In that year, 1937, the Mediterranean city would be embroiled in violence, blood and despair known as May Days, or the times in which factions of the Republican side of the war clashed with one another.