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The site was established and produced in 2011  by Speaker and Lecturer; Architectural Historian and Building Surveyor

Ron Gatepain
who maintains and updates it..


      Welcome to Famous Historic Buildings

Providing information and photographs of many of the world’s greatest and most famous historic buildings and archaeological sites. 

Site/Building of the Month

The Blue Mosque, or to give it its’ correct name, The Sultan Ahmed Mosque named after the 14th Ottoman Sultan Ahmed I who commissioned its construction.  Started in 1609 it took seven years to build and where it was normal to pay for such projects with the spoils of war, Ahmed had not gained any victories so had to pay for it from existing funds. The mosque was built on the site of the Palace of the Byzantine emperors which had to be demolished. The design of the Mosque incorporates both Ottoman and Byzantine architecture. READ MORE

About the website

Many of the World’s famous Historical Buildings and Archaeological Sites can be found listed under the country in which they are situated.  These can be accessed via the page tabs in the column on the left. A list of articles is shown for each country under the region page. If you are looking for a specific place you can look for it on the alphabetical contents block to the left.

A full list of buildings and sites can be found in the Site Index tab with a link to the article. 

On the left side of the page for each country site is a small map, if you click on the map you will be taken to a larger version and an introduction to the country.

Some of the pages have a panorama of the sites which you can view by clicking on the link.
A number of the locations have a link to Encyclopaedia Britannica which will provide additional information and we would like to thank Britannica for allowing these links.
A glossary of the architectural terms and details of the people referred to on the site can be accessed from the menu on the left of each page or from the "Additional Information" link.
If English is not your first language you will find a translator at the bottom of each page.
We hope that you enjoy the website and that it encourages you to visit the places themselves. If you are planning a visit, we have put some links, which may be of use to you, on the "Useful Travel Information" page. 

We also, work in collaboration with, and on a number of our pages we have a link to some of their articles as they provide guidance and advice on visiting these buildings or architectural sites.

The site should be of interest to schools, for students of history and architecture, or for those planning or having been on a tour to the area.

Content and Photographs
All content is produced by Architectural Historian Ron Gatepain, who established and maintains the site in order to promote and encourage others to develop an interest in historic buildings. The photographs - sometimes shown as a video which provide a virtual tour of the sites and give an indication of what visitors will see. These were taken by Ron on his frequent trips around the world in order to indulge in his passion for history and architecture: A passion that he is keen to share with others through this website, by contributing to the Encyclopaedia Britannica and by the delivery of talks to special interest groups and as a Guest Enrichment Speaker on cruise ships throughout the world.
Generally, Ron is happy for the photographs to be used, providing it is for non-commercial use and permission is gained beforehand: Although his copyright must be acknowledged.

If you would like to contact us to send us any comments about site content, please click on this link and complete the form. Please do not use it for marketing purposes. 



              All  Photographs taken by and copyright of Ron Gatepain

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