HMS Pandora

The HMS Pandora, part of the Royal Navy fleet, set off from London in 1790 on a voyage to bring the Bounty mutineers to justice. The mutineers were captured and locked in what is now known as “Pandora’s Box”. On the 28th August 1791 the Pandora struck the Great Barrier Reef as she was trying…

Bundaberg Heritage Museums

Bundaberg boasts a huge amount of heritage complimented by their historical societies, museums and factories. The Hinkler House and Hall of Aviation, Historical Museum and Fairymead House are all in the same complex as the Botanic Gardens, while the Bundaberg Barrel, Sugar Mill and Distillery are all in the same area. This makes a day…

The Vatican Museums and Vatican City

Construction of Old St. Peter’s Basilica began 324 CE by order of Emperor Constantine the Great. Construction of the present basilica began on 18 April 1506 and was completed on 18 November 1626. The renaissance architecture was principally designed by Donato Bramante, Michelangelo, Carlo Maderno and Gian Lorenzo Bernini. The Vatican Museums originated as a group…

Carsulae: Etruscan ruins in Umbria

Carsulae is an archaeological site located around 4km north of the town San Gemini, Umbria. The town likely originated as a mansio or rest stop. It is possible the place was selected for the water, which is very high in calcium, and is now bottled under the brand San Gemini. The city dates from 300…