Who built Greenwich Foot Tunnel & Why? Greenwich Foot Tunnel was completed in 1902. It was designed by Sir Alexander Binnie so dock workers could cross the river to get to work on the West India Docks. There is an entrance in Greenwich on the river near the Cutty Sark and another at Island Gardens. When the tunnel was built by the London County Council, regulations had to … [Read more...] about Greenwich Foot Tunnel: 50ft Below the Thames
In 1795, Princess Caroline of Brunswick married her cousin ‘Prinny’, the Prince Regent, (later King George IV). It was not a happy marriage. Prinny who had married Caroline for her fat fortune, was far more interested in his mistress, Maria Fitzherbert. The philandering prince started spreading rumours about Caroline’s adulterous and slovenly ways - apparently, she was … [Read more...] about Scandalous Greenwich: Queen Caroline’s Sunken Bath
Pantheon History The current Pantheon is actually the third on this site. The first built by Marcus Agrippa was destroyed by a fire in AD 80. Replaced by Domitian, it then was struck by lightning in AD 110 and burned again. Hadrian did not dedicate the new Pantheon in his own name but that of the original architect, thus the bold inscription reads: M. AGRIPPA L. F. COS … [Read more...] about What You Need to Know About the Pantheon, Rome
Canterbury has great shops, tasty restaurants, a cute river with punting AND it's a UNESCO site - yey! So why is does Canterbury feature as a UNESCO World Heritage site? Well the Cathedral is very famous(more on that later) but it also features the oldest church in England! Considering how many churches there are England it's quite amazing that you can see the oldest here in … [Read more...] about Canterbury: The Oldest Church in England
The 11 columns which remain of this temple are built into a 19th century palazzo which now houses the Rome Stock Exchange. At 12.8m high, the columns are constructed entirely of marble from Marmara Island in Turkey(also used for Hagia Sophia in Istanbul.) Behind the railings, deep excavation exposes the original ground level 5 metres below the present square. Although both … [Read more...] about The Temple of Hadrian in Rome is Famous. But why?