Trowulan (1293-1450/1500) Majapahit (Java)

Trowulan (1293-1450/1500) Majapahit (Java)

Trowulan 1293-1450/1500 |Majapahit (Java) The Majapahit kingdom was the last Hindu-Buddhist empire in the Indonesian archipelago. Trowulan was its capital. At its height, the kingdom controlled a  vast network of tribute relations (the exact nature of which is even...
Venice (1261-1450)

Venice (1261-1450)

Venice 1261-1450 Venice reached the peak of its imperial reach at the start of the 13th century with the seizure and sacking of Constantinople, the capital of the Byzantine Empire. In the aftermath, Venice acquired Crete and several other islands in the Aegean. In...
The Dragon Boat Festival

The Dragon Boat Festival

The Dragon Boat Festival is traditionally held on the fifth day of the fifth lunar month of the Chinese year. For some reason, nine hundred years ago Emperor Huizong chose to sponsor one on Jinming Lake (near the Northern Song capital Kaifeng) on the third day of the...
Two-Faced Buildings

Two-Faced Buildings

There are not many two-faced buildings in the World. One of the best-known is the former Moskva hotel that was built in Moscow in the 1930s. As you can see in the photograph above, the layout of the two wings of the building are completely different. The building, on...