HERITAGE: Places to Remember

There are numerous places in the world that stand as a grim memento to some of the appalling parts of human history. Many of these dismal sites are also quite frequented by local and international travellers. Come and learn about the past and future of the World Trade Center, about the terrors of Auschwitz camp and Russian gulag, or even about the popular landmarks of Chernobyl power plant.


World Trade Center: Magnificent Buildings Graced Skyline

Nils Kraus

The twin towers of the World Trade Center were more than just buildings. They were proof of New York's belief in itself. Built at a time when New York's future seemed uncertain, the towers restored confidence and helped bring a halt to the decline of lower Manhattan. Brash, glitzy, and grand, they quickly became symbols of New York...

Auschwitz: A Grim Reminder of the Holocaust

Pat Hyland

All over the world, Auschwitz has become a symbol of terror, genocide, and the Holocaust. It was the largest of the German Nazi concentration and extermination camps. It was established by the Nazis in 1940, in the suburbs of Oswiecim, a Polish city that was annexed to the Third Reich by the Nazis. Its name was changed to Auschwitz, which also became the name of Konzentrationslager Auschwitz. Initially, Auschwitz was to be one more concentration camp of the type that the Nazis had been setting u...

Chernobyl Power Plant Tour?

Daniel A. Tanner

Maybe some will think that Chernobyl, Ukraine, is a truly strange place to visit, but for people who like extreme traveling it is a popular destination. Chernobyl is a place where you will fully understand how the promising nuclear power industry can really be dangerous. The huge necropolis of Chernobyl is an area that now looks as if all the people have just been wiped off the face of the earth in one hit. There have been robbers at Chernobyl that took some things, but all the rest is left. Not...

Solovetsky Island: Faith and Terror

Nils Kraus

The Solovetsky Islands (Solovki) are an archipelago situated north of St. Petersburg, Russia. There are about 100 islands, inhabited by only 1400 people. Greater Solovetsky Island is the biggest, on which the famous medieval monastery and Kremlin is built. Its beginnings as a religious center date to the mid 15th century when in 1436 the monastery was founded. There is a whole other side to this place too – in 1920 Solovetsky Camp became the first Soviet concentration camp...

Waterloo Battlefield: The Duke’s Triumph

William Law

Waterloo is a small city of about 20.000 inhabitants in the Belgian province of Walloon-Brabant. It was originally a hamlet of the village of Braine-l'Alleud. However, at the end of the 18th century Waterloo became an entirely separate town. Today Waterloo plays an important economic, touristic and cultural role due to the enthusiasm of its many national and international companies, its trades-people and the high cultural standards of its residents from all corners of the world...