Rumeli Fortress: Built by Mehmet the Conqueror in 1452 prior to the conquest of Istanbul was completed in only four months to control and protect the infamous Bosphorus passage. It is one of the most beautiful works of military architecture anywhere in the world.
Queen Elizabeth I, stain glass window depicting her anniversary of the defeat of the Spanish Armada and visit to Sudeley Castle located near Winchcombe, Gloucestershire, England. Photo: pefkosmad via Flickr
Marie de Médicis (French pronunciation: [maʁi də medisis]) (26 April 1575 – 4 July 1642), was Queen consort of France, as the second wife of King Henry IV of France, of the House of Bourbon. She herself was a member of the wealthy and powerful House of Medici.
Ashtoreth is the name of the moon goddess of the Phoenician people. She was their main female deity, representing all that was passive and tranquil in nature. She was also considered a possible consort of the sun god Baal, their chief male deity.