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Is English Heritage Membership Worth It?

Some of the more popular tourist attractions in England are in the care of English Heritage. These range from prehistoric stone circles, the most famous of which is Stonehenge, to much more recent historical sites such as Charles Darwin’s house or 1960s Cold War Bunkers. In all there are over 400 properties in England that […]

Ten Peculiar, Poignant & Popular Ossuaries Around Europe

Ossuaries, Catacombs and Charnel Houses – crypts, chapels and caverns where human bones have been placed – are spread throughout Europe. Some are many hundreds of years old, others much more recent. As macabre as the idea may sound they are also a popular tourist attraction; the Catacombs in Paris are perhaps the most well […]

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Celebrating Coleridge, Kublai Khan & Xanadu

Samuel Taylor Coleridge, an English poet and philosopher, was born on 21st October 1772 in the small town of Ottery St Mary, Devon. One of his better known shorter poems, Kuba Khan – which is said to be a fragment of a much longer piece, is supposed to have been written after reading an early […]

The Parthenon frieze in the Acropolis Museum.

The Parthenon Marbles in the Louvre

Exploring the history of the Parthenon ‘marbles’ in the Louvre, The display of Parthenon ‘marbles’ in the Louvre Museum includes one block of the famous frieze and one metope, as well as a human head from another metope.

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Yorkshire Museum’s Roman Statue of the God Mars

Pride of place at the Yorkshire Museum is given to a life-size, near complete statue of Mars. This stunning stone statue stands at the entrance to the museum’s galleries in front of a floor map of the Roman Empire. The juxtaposition is intentional and quite meaningful. Mars was the Roman god of war, whose religious […]

Byzantine Church Frescoes on the Island of Crete

Crete has a long and illustrious religious history, stretching way back to Zeus and the Phoenician princess that gave her name to the European continent. The Byzantine religious heritage on this island is as special. At the beginning of the twentieth century an Italian scholar recorded over 800 Byzantine churches with wall paintings. While many […]

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