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CHÂTEAU ROTHSCHILD – BOULOGNE-BILLANCOURT

The château was built in 1855 for banker James Mayer de Rothschild. It was designed by architect Joseph-Armand Berthelin. Frédéric Chopin composed a sonata at the chateau.

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The neo-Louis XIV castle has been abandoned since the Second World War when the Rothschild family fled to England before the arrival of the Germans, who would later inhabit and plunder the house during the four-year Nazi occupation of Paris.

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HATRA

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Hatra may have been built by the Assyrians or by the Achaemenid Empire, or possibly in the 3rd or 2nd century BC under the influence of the Seleucid Empire, but there is no reliable information on the city before the Parthian period. The city flourished during the 1st and 2nd centuries AD, as a religious and trading center.Later on, the city became the capital of possibly the first Arab Kingdom.

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Below: Hatra in 1911.

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WALDO HOTEL

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The Waldo Hotel in Clarksburg, West Virginia, USA, was built from 1901 to 1904 by Congressman and Senator Nathan Goff, Jr. who hired American architect Harrison Albright, best known for his innovative design of the West Baden Springs Hotel in Orange County, Indiana, to design it. The hotel was once the social center of Clarksburg. In its days it was a gathering place for parties, weddings, civic meetings and social events. It was one of the state’s most luxurious hotels.

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The Waldo Hotel in 1914 (photo below).

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THE DOMUS AUREA

The Domus Aurea (“Golden House”, in Latin) was a vast palace built by the Emperor Nero in the heart of ancient Rome after the great fire in 64 AD which destroyed a large part of the city.

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The 300-room structure, now mostly underground, takes its name from the gold leaf that once covered many of its walls.

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VOLUBILIS

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Volubilis is a partly excavated Roman city in Morocco, commonly considered as the ancient capital of the kingdom of Mauretania.

It developed from the 3rd century BC onward as an Amazigh, then proto-Carthaginian, settlement before being the capital of the kingdom of Mauretania. It grew rapidly under Roman rule from the 1st century AD and gained a number of major public buildings in the 2nd century, including a basilica, temple and triumphal arch.

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WAVERLEY ABBEY

Waverley Abbey was the first Cistercian abbey in England. It was founded in 1128 by William Giffard, Bishop of Winchester.

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In July 1201 the abbey was flooded “and all but carried away” by a storm which caused the abbey’s crops to fail. The abbey was rebuilt during the 13th-century, and much of the remains visible today date from this period.

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The site was excavated by the Surrey Archaeological society between 1890 and 1903, and the ruins restored in 1966. (Photo below: 1895).

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