Discover Top Drone Views of Historical Sites

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Mosul

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Mosul is a war torn city of Iraq on the Tigris River. Professional award-winning drone cinematographers Kelly’s Heroes traveled to document Mosul for a Belgian television series. Unfortunately, war is not new to this area: Mosul lies on the ruins of the great Assyrian capital of Nineveh, once the world's largest city.  Its sacking in 612 BC killed thousands and was one of the most consequential events of ancient history. This video is a Finalist in the Drones for Good category in the second annual DVA's. 

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Athos, The Holy Mountain

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In this video, contributor Icarus Aerial Filming gives us a spectacular bird's eye view of the area around Mt. Athos in northern Greece.  In addition to being home to some of the most important Eastern Orthodox monasteries, the fabled mountain (called Holy Mountain) was the site of one of the great bits of luck enjoyed by the Greeks in the Antiquity - the foundering of a Persian fleet off the coast of Athos in 492 BC forestalled an imminent Persian naval invasion of the Greek mainland.   

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Israel , Masada

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Masada is an ancient fortification built atop a plateau in the Judean Desert of southern Israel, overlooking the Dead Sea.  During the First Jewish War of the first century BC, Masada was the site of a famous seige by Roman troops following which the Jewish defenders committed mass suicide en masse rather than surrender.  Contributor Nelly Volkovich used a drone to create an amazing aerial video of this hallowed mountaintop, which is a UNESCO World Heritage cultural site.  

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Vesuvio

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Mt. Vesuvius (Vesuvio) in southern Italy is amongst the world's most important volcanoes from a historical perspective.  More or less dormant since the 1940's, it is credited with the most famous volcanic event in history.  In 79 AD, a major eruption more or less wiped out four major Roman towns, the most notable of which was Pompeii.  Contributor feola.mike used a DJI drone to create this beautiful video of the great mountain, still considered one of the more dangerous volcanoes on earth. 

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Rock of Cashel

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The Rock of Cashel is one of the most recognized cultural sites in all of Ireland.  It is closely associated with what was perhaps the seminal event of Irish history: the conversion by St. Patrick of the King of Munster to Christianity in the 5th century.  The building ruins remaining on the ancient site include a tower, a chapel and a cathedral.  Contributor Ashville Aerial gives us a drone tour of this Antiquity-age site in County Tipperary in southeast Ireland.

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Douro river - PORTO

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Contributor and drone pilot Francisco Rodriguez created this beautiful aerial video of the great Portuguese city of Porto.  Once a Roman outpost, this city on the Douro River is steeped in history: it was the shipbuilders of Porto who helped launch Europe on its great Age of Exploration.  Famously, Porto Harbor was the launching point for Prince Henry the Navigator's exploratory trip to Africa in 1415, a voyage which was at least as consequential as that of Chrisopher Columbus later in the century.  

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Rumeli Fortress - Mehmed The Conqueror

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Rumeli Fortress sits on the European side of the Straits of Bosphorus in Istanbul, Turkey.  Rumeli played a critical role in the seige of the city then known as Constantinople by forces under Ottoman Sultan Mehmed II, who overwhelmed it after a 53 day seige in 1453.  The sack of what was then the world's largest city marked the end of the Byzantine Empire (the formal successor to the Roman Empire) and is considered one of the most important historical events of the Middle Ages.

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Harlech Castle - Snowdonia National Park - Wales by Mavic 4k

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Contributor AVEA - Alta Vistic Epic Aerial created this marvelous drone video of a famous fortress in northern Wales.  Harlech Castle is situated within Snowdonia National Park in Gwynned County.  It was built by King Edward I during his conquest of Wales in the late 13th century.  During the War of the Roses in the 15th century, Harlech was the site of a famous seige by Yorkist forces which ended in a Lancastrian surrender in 1468.  It's known as the longest seige in British history.

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Walls of History III

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Contributor and drone pilot Eminorcks created this spectacular aerial video of one of the great fortresses of Europe.  The Alhambra of Granada lies in the province of the same name, one of the eight which make up the Andalusia region of Southern Spain.  It is the site of one of the more notable historical events of the second millennium AD: in 1492, Spain's King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella gave the Italian explorer Christopher Columbus the go-ahead for his first great voyage.

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Heidelberg, Germany

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Contributor Frankiez used his DJI Mavic Pro Drone to create this lovely aerial view of the medieval city of Heidelberg, in the Baden-Wurtemberg state of southwestern Germany.   You'll get a marvelous bird's eye view of Heidelberg Castle, built in the 13th century and one of the most famous castles in Europe.  In 1622, Heidelberg was the site of an important battle during the early part of the Thirty Years War, in which the Spanish Imperial Army led by the Count of Tilly beseiged and overcame the city.

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Soaring Over Lisbon (4K)

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Contributor Martigen created this marvelous drone video of the Portuguese capital city Lisbon.  It opens with a magnificent shot of Praça do Comércio on the Tagus River.  The square was built on the ruins of the Ribeira Palace, the great Portuguese royal palace.  The palace and much of Lisbon was destroyed in one of the greatest natural disasters in European history: the 1755 earthquake, which is estimated to have registered up to 9.0 on the Richter Scale, devastated the city and killed up to 100,000 people.  

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Fortress

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The fortress town of Briançon in the French Alps bears a number of distinctions.  First of all, it is the highest town in France with at least 2,000 inhabitants.  Second, its strategic position relative to a key mountain pass made it one of the most heavily fortified cities in Europe after the current structures were built in the 17th century to protect against invasion from the (then) Holy Roman Empire.  Famously, the town withstood a long seige in 1815, near the end of the Napoleonic Wars.  

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The Mavic Visits Charleston, South Carolina

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Charleston is port city in the Southeastern USA state of South Carolina.  While not the largest city in the state, it is the most well known by virtue of its past.  Famously, the guns at Charleston's Fort Sumter fired the first shots of the US Civil War in 1861, setting off the most traumatic chapter of US history.  More recently, the city was devastated by Hurricane Hugo in 1989.  This aerial tour of Charleston is courtesy of contributor Grec's Whirlybird and his DJI Mavic Pro drone.  

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Sarajevo aerial

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Contributor Emirdzanan created this beautiful video of modern Sarajevo.  Now the capital of Bosnia Herzegovina, Sarajevo was the site of one of history's most monumental events.  In June, 1914, the Archduke of Austria Hungary and his wife were visiting the city when they were assassinated by a Serbian terrorist.  Austria Hungary, believing that the Serbian government was complicit in the killing, set a chain of events in motion which ended with the outbreak of the conflict now known as World War I.

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DJI Mavic Pro Cinematic Dinant, Belgium in 4K by mrgilchen

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Contributor Mrgilchen created this aerial tour of Dinant, a small town in Belgium which was the site of a famous atrocity in the first weeks of World War I.   When Germany invaded France through Belgium in August, 1914, the fortress at Dinant on the Meuse River represented a formidable obstacle.  Following a hard-fought battle, German troops are alleged to have executed hundreds of civilians here, an act which helped to inflame public opinion in Allied and Neutral countries.  

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Sunset over Monte Grappa 4k

Alessandro

Contributor Alessandro created this outstanding drone video of the War Memorial atop Monte Grappa, a mountain in the Veneto region of northern Italy.  The video focuses on the memorial located atop the mountain commemorating the Battle of Monte Grappa in the First World War.  Built in 1935, the site is the final resting place for remains of over 12,600 soldiers.  It's just a small fraction of those killed in this important clash, which took place in late 1917 and threatened to knock Italy out of the war.  

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Xi'an, China

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Xi'an is one of the oldest cities in China, and was one of the four so-called Ancient Capitals of China.  In modern times, it is known as the site of the Xi'an Incident of 1936, during the runup to World War II.  Nationalist leader Chiang Kai-shek was detained here and forced to adopt a policy of cooperation with the Chinese Communist Party to resist ongoing incursions by Japan.  The policy ultimately helped to prevent Japanese hegemony in China, albeit at tremendous cost in Chinese lives.

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Recreation Battle of Ebro

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Contributor Sobrevolando created this amazing drone video of a recreation of a famous event in the Spanish Civil War.  During that conflict in the late 1930's, the Ebro River in Catalonia was the site of a long and bloody battle between the warring sides.  On November 16, 1938, the Republican forces who had been on the defensive gave way and were forced back across the river in the face of a Nationalist advance.  This ended the six month Battle of the Ebro, considered the war's decisive campaign.

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The Eagles Nest with a DJI Mavic Pro

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If you want a bird's eye view of Adolph Hitler's mountaintop retreat, check out this fantastic drone video of Kehlsteinhaus ("Eagles Nest").  It's situated atop a giant rock formation near the town of Berchtesgaden in the Bavarian Alps.  The retreat was built for the German dictactor, who made at least 14 trips to the building, which was near the Berghof where he spent the bulk of his time.  In 1944, during one of those trips, the sister of Hitler's mistress Eva Braun was married to a senior SS officer here.

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Pointe du Hoc, Normandy by drone 4K

Marc Olde Kalter

Marc Olde Kalter created this amazing bird's eye view of one of the most important points in the initial battle for Normandy, France which commenced on D-Day, June 6, 1944.  Pointe Du Hoc has commanding views of what became Omaha and Utah Beaches, the two landing zones assigned to the USA's forces. On Day 1 of the invasion, US Army Rangers captured Point Du Hoc and fought off German counter-attacks, securing the beaches from flanking fire which could have derailed the entire operation.  

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Oradour sur Glane - France- Martyr Village 4k

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Contributor FreD ...///... created this haunting aerial video of Oradour-sur-Glane, a small French village in central France that was the scene of one of the worst World War II atrocities in Western Europe.  In June, 1944, troops of the Waffen-SS came through here to reinforce the German positions in Normandy following the Allied D-Day landing.  They massacred 642 residents of the town, mostly women and children.  While the village was rebuilt nearby, the original village was preserved in memorial. 

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Auschwitz, German Nazi Concentration Camp and Extermination - Drone footage 4k

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Contributor Yoshi1999 created this powerful aerial video of the site of the Auschwitz concentration camp in southern Poland.  Auschwitz was the scene of some of the most concentrated killing by Nazi Germany during the Holocaust in World War II.  The camp and its many satellites actually constituted two camps: a "work" camp for slave labor, and a true death camp where prisoners (primarily Jews, but also many Gypsies and Poles) were killed with poison gas upon arrival.  

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1944 Warsaw Uprising | 74rd anniversary from the air in the city centre

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The Warsaw Uprising in the summer of 1944 was a seminal event in World War II as well as for the Polish nation.  Although Germany had no chance of winning the war by this point, troops under control of the German SS brutally suppressed an uprising by the people of Warsaw, mercilessly killing hundreds of thousands of civilians and razing the city.  In this video, contributor Mackox flew a drone over the celebration marking the 74th anniversary of this important historical event.

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Crimea Yalta

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In this video you'll get a bird's eye view of Yalta, a city on the Black Sea coastline of the Crimean Peninsula.  The Crimea became part of the Ukraine following the dissolution of the USSR in the 1990's, but recently voted to rejoin Russia.  Yalta was the site of a famous meeting during the closing months of World War II, when Allied leaders Franklin Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, and Joseph Stalin met to begin planning the post-war world order.  It was the second and last meeting of the so-called Big Three.

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The Risen Tacloban

Carlo Caacbay

Contributor Carlo Caacbay brings us this beautiful aerial video of Tacloban, a port city on the island of Leyte in the Philippines which was devasted by Typhoon Haiyan in 2013.  Tacloban was already in the history books from an earlier event.  In October, 1944, USA General Douglas MacArthur famously waded ashore here following an amphibious invasion of Leyte, fulfilling his "I shall return" promise from the early months of World War II when a Japanese attack overwhelmed American forces in the Philippines. 

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Long Bien Bridge. Hanoi, Vietnam.

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Contributor Justhowes created this beautiful drone video of an important modern historical landmark in Vietnam.  The Long Bien Bridge crosses the Red River in Hanoi, connecting two of the capital city's districts.  Originally called the Paul Doumer Bridge, the 2.4 km (1.5 mi.) cantilever span was designed and built during the French Colonial era, opening in 1903.  Due to its strategic importance, the Long Bien Bridge was bombed repeatedly during the US Vietnam War, and repeatedly repaired.  

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Čachtice Castle - Slovakia

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Čachtice is a well known castle in Slovakia with a gory history.  Located in a town of the same name in the western part of the country, it was built in the 13th century and subsequently renovated in the Renaissance style.  It is best known as the home of Elizabeth Báthory, a Hungarian noblewoman who is regarded as the most prolific serial killer in history.  She was accused of brutally killing possibly hundreds of young women in the castle between 1585-1609 and died in prison. 

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