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Sculpture of the Vatican: history and philosophy
"A small territory with a great mission" is the motto under which on February 11, 1929 Lateran Treaty between the Kingdom of Italy and the Holy See recognized Vatican as a sovereign territory. It was an agreement which opened doors for curious patrons who for centuries had been trading gossip about "What is kept inside Vatican castles?". Evil tongues grumbled that the walled enclave protected magic books of how to seize the world, the castle’s cellars hide torture chambers for sinners, and after liturgies alchemists are busy inventing the Philosopher's Stone. But when museums welcomed visitors, both guests and the Romans gasped with delight. Collectors estimated that the cost of all the works of art featured by almost the smallest country in the world, is 150 times more than the world's GDP.
12.04.2018 | architecture, history, Vatican
YOUR BREAKFAST, SIR! HOW PEOPLE START THEIR DAY AROUND THE WORLD
A mini toast, a slice of cheese and a sip of strong coffee. "That is not a buffet!" a waiter will pronounce indignantly, looking at the disgruntled tourist’s face. The generous Ukrainian soul cannot understand how locals manage to eat their full with that. Therefore, before going to a new country, you need to know exactly whether in the evening you should prepare a couple of sandwiches to indulge them in the morning, whether you need some vegetables, or even some extra litres of water!
18.08.2017 | traditions, oddities
Treasures of Denmark
Why have three wives if there is a chance to get hold of jewels? And as soon as a name of a king becomes “nourished” with a collection of family relics, one can start thinking about the one and only who will continue a reputed kin. Knowing that Thirty Years’ War was about to begin, Christian IV of Denmark and Norway ordered to build a castle that would be impossible to destroy. He transferred all the gold and jewelry there and locked himself inside. The word is, the monarch never found the one and only, but he created currently largest treasury in Kingdom of Denmark – Rosenborg Castle.
05.10.2015 | Denmark, architecture
Sweden. Surviving Without A Shot In The Locker
First day in Sweden. You stand on Stockholm’s main square, absorbing cultural heritage through your eyes. Suddenly a thief runs by, grabs your bag from your hands and gets lost in back streets of the city. “All my money was there!” you shout in his direction. But a bully’s vanished into thin air. What is the first thing you do? Rule 1 – no panic. Rule 2 – pull yourself up and… get a job!
12.07.2015 | society, Sweden
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