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Lepikko Cottage

Lepikko Cottage (Lepikon torppa in Finnish) is the humble birthplace of Urho Kaleva Kekkonen (1900-86), President of Finland from 1956 to 1981. It was built in the later half of 19th century and Kekkonen family lived there until 1906. Today Lepikko is a small museum representing the early life of Urho Kekkonen.
Founded: 19th century | Location: Pielavesi, Finland

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Caerleon Roman Amphitheatre

Built around AD 90 to entertain the legionaries stationed at the fort of Caerleon (Isca), the impressive amphitheatre was the Roman equivalent of today’s multiplex cinema. Wooden benches provided seating for up to 6,000 spectators, who would gather to watch bloodthirsty displays featuring gladiatorial combat and exotic wild animals.

Long after the Romans left, the amphitheatre took on a new life in Arthurian legend. Geoffrey of Monmouth, the somewhat imaginative 12th-century scholar, wrote in his History of the Kings of Britain that Arthur was crowned in Caerleon and that the ruined amphitheatre was actually the remains of King Arthur’s Round Table.

Today it is the most complete Roman amphitheatre in Britain.