Month: September 2020

Kyrgyz State Circus – The modernist circus in Bishkek

The peculiar architecture of the Kyrgyz Circus, in what looks like a 1950s UFO, stands out on the far edge of Victory Square. Designed by the architects

Mulla Sadra – The historic house of the Persian philosopher in Kahak

A theologian, who led the Iranian cultural renaissance in the 17th century. He was born in 1572 at the time of Safavid dynasty. Though not its founder,

Antikythera mechanism – The first known analogue computer is being exhibited in Athens

This artefact was retrieved from the sea in 1901, and identified on 17 May 1902 as containing a gear by archaeologist Valerios Stais, among wreckage retrieved from

Afrikaanse Taalmonument – The Afrikaans language monument in Paarl

Opened in 1975, it commemorates the semi centenary of Afrikaans being declared an official language of South Africa separate from Dutch. Also, it was erected on the

Thermopylae – The battle symbol of courage in Thermopyles

The Battle was fought between an alliance of Greek city-states, led by King Leonidas I of Sparta, and the Achaemenid Empire of Xerxes I over the course

Dunnottar Castle – The fort on the shelving slope in Stonehaven

A medieval fort-castle located upon a rocky headland on the northeastern coast of Scotland. The surviving buildings are largely of the 15th and 16th centuries, but the

Sarcófagos de Karajía – The ancient wise men in Karajia

Their inaccessible location high above a river gorge has preserved them from destruction by looters. Sarcófagos de Karajía consists of a group of seven sarcophagi. The eighth

Alice Liddell – “Alice of Wonderland” rests in Lyndhurst

The heroine of the story was in her childhood, an acquaintance and photography subject of Lewis Carroll. She shared her name with “Alice”, but scholars disagree about

Telefontornet – The old telephone tower in Stockholm

A metallic structure built to connect approximately 5,500 telephone lines in the Swedish capital. Constructed in 1887, the tower was damaged by a fire in 1952 and

William Wallace – The Sword of Scottish knight is being exhibited in Stirling

An antique two-handed sword purported to have belonged to Scottish knight who led a resistance to the English occupation of Scotland during the Wars of Scottish Independence.

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