A visit to Lenin’s Mausoleum in Red Square

Aug 21st, 2020 | Dr Michael Adcock

Moscow held one more treat for me. Paula had very strategically and considerately pointed out that there was a last small window of opportunity in which to sprint over to Red Square to visit Lenin’s tomb in the first hour of opening, just before our bus was due to depart...

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...

The Architectural Gem of Le Musée du Petit-Palais

Jun 25th, 2020 | Dr Michael Adcock

Travellers visiting Paris are eager to visit the capital’s great museums, such as the famous Louvre Museum and the renowned Orsay Museum. There are, however, some two hundred and fifty museums in Paris which are superlative ‘hidden gems’. In these times of restricted travel, cultural historian Dr. Michael Adcock invites...

Meeting Tenzing Norgay

Apr 16th, 2020 | Judy Tenzing

I was a working-class child from one of the less salubrious parts of Sydney. We didn’t have many holidays, as I recall, but sometimes we would go up to the Blue Mountains and rent an old house in Blackheath for the winter vacation. I loved the cold and the brooding,...

On the art of stealing art

Apr 2nd, 2020 | Dr Nick Gordon

30 March 2020 – all is quiet in The Hague, and a Van Gogh painting is stolen from the Singer Laren museum. The alarm system is triggered, but the thieves have got away before the police arrive, with a painting estimated to be worth more than 6 million euros. Another...

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