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The Sleeping Gypsy, painting by Henri Rousseau (1897)

The Sleeping Gypsy is an 1897 oil painting by French Naïve artist Henri Rousseau (1844–1910). It is a fantastical depiction of a lion musing over a sleeping woman on a moonlit night.   What is the Sleeping [ … ]

What is Freemasonry, the oldest secret society?

Freemasonry or Masonry consists of fraternal organisations that trace their origins to the local fraternities of stonemasons, which from the end of the fourteenth century regulated the qualifications of stonemasons and their interaction with authorities and [ … ]

Paro Taktsang, the cultural icon of Bhutan

Paro Taktsang, also known as the Taktsang Palphug Monastery and the Tiger’s Nest, is a prominent Himalayan Buddhist sacred site and the temple complex is located in the cliffside of the upper Paro valley in Bhutan.   What is the [ … ]

The Clifton Suspension Bridge, in Bristol, UK

The Clifton Suspension Bridge is a suspension bridge spanning the Avon Gorge and the River Avon, linking Clifton in Bristol to Leigh Woods in North Somerset.   What is the Clifton Suspension Bridge? Since opening in 1864, it has been a toll bridge; the income [ … ]

Las Lajas Sanctuary are still full of secrets

Las Lajas Sanctuary is a basilica church located in the southern Colombian Department of Nariño, in the municipality of Ipiales, and built inside the canyon of the Guáitara River.   What is Las Lajas Sancturary? The present church was built in Gothic Revival style [ … ]

Neuschwanstein Castle, Schwangau, Germany

Neuschwanstein Castle is a nineteenth-century Romanesque Revival palace on a rugged hill above the village of Hohenschwangau in Bavaria, Germany. What is the Neuschwanstein Castle? The palace was commissioned by Ludwig II of Bavaria as a retreat and as [ … ]