Hagia Sophia: Theocracy in the Age of (Post-)Secularisation

Jul 24th, 2020 | Dr Matthew Dal Santo

Yesterday at dawn, July 24 2020, Muslim prayers resounded in Istanbul’s famous Hagia Sophia for the first time since the great domed building’s secularisation on the orders of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, “founding father” of modern Turkey, in 1935. Its eighty-five years as a museum will be over. Outside Turkey, the...

Death in Venice: How has La Serenissima managed infectious diseases through the ages?

Jul 9th, 2020 | Robert Veel

With the unfolding of the COVID-19 pandemic, increased attention has been paid to plagues of the past. Journalists knowingly remind us that the term ‘quarantine’ derives from the Venetian word quarantena, a period of forty (quaranta) days of enforced isolation, and critics claim that not much has changed in terms...

A potted history of the Rhine and its art

Dec 18th, 2019 | Dr Nick Gordon

The Rhine is home to an exceptional number of museums, castles, gardens and beautiful architecture, from Charlemagne’s Aachen, through the cathedrals of Strasbourg and Cologne, to modern masterpieces, themselves often filled with…well… more masterpieces. The density of cultural heritage along the Rhine is the result of a fascinating history that...

Guardians of The Medieval Past: Nine Hill Towns of Central Italy

Aug 30th, 2019 | Dr Jeni Ryde

Perched precariously on rugged hilltops and cliff faces, Italy’s remote medieval towns often sit in splendid isolation, boasting extraordinary views of the pristine surrounding landscape. Generally built for defensive purposes, the stone and masonry walls, sturdy gates and watch towers which typify these towns have survived virtually unchanged since the...

Prague – beyond the Charles Bridge

Oct 19th, 2018 | Christopher Menz

Prague is such an interesting city with abundant architectural, art and historical riches that it warrants several days or multiple visits to do it justice. It is a wonderful place to explore on foot as well as by tram and that is when you find it really rewarding. Although this...

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