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8 09, 2017

History of Time – sundials and clocks

By |2018-10-28T14:57:08-07:00September 8th, 2017|Egypt|0 Comments

Egyptian sundial (Valley of the Kings, Egypt, ca. 1300 BC). It's on a small chip of limestone so you could carry it around. Using the sun to tell time During most of human history, people told time by the sun. They arranged to meet at dawn, when the sun came up. Or they met [...]

31 07, 2017

Sainte Chapelle – Paris – Conciergerie

By |2017-07-31T10:08:19-07:00July 31st, 2017|Architecture, Medieval|0 Comments

Sainte Chapelle, in Paris The Sainte Chapelle was (and is) a beautiful little church or chapel in France, on the island in the middle of the city of Paris. King Louis IX, also known as Saint Louis, and his mother, Queen Blanche of Castile, built it between 1241 and 1248 AD (before Louis left on the Seventh Crusade). King [...]

30 07, 2017

Conciergerie – Paris, France

By |2019-03-26T06:43:44-07:00July 30th, 2017|Architecture, Medieval|0 Comments

Conciergerie: the king's castle in Paris (parts of it from the 1300 AD) What is the Conciergerie? The Conciergerie was the castle where the kings and queens of France lived when they were in Paris. (But it wasn't called that in the Middle Ages.) More about castles The rulers of France Medieval architecture All our [...]

30 07, 2017

Medieval castles – Middle Ages

By |2019-03-01T09:53:34-07:00July 30th, 2017|Architecture, Medieval|0 Comments

Outer walls of Caen castle, Normandy, France (about 1050 AD) From Roman castra to medieval castles Rich Romans didn't live in castles. They lived in villas. But Roman soldiers lived in military forts called castra, and that is where we get the word castle. The Roman army Roman villas Medieval architecture All our medieval Europe articles After [...]