The myth of Sebastião – A book about an ancient king and the history of Portugal by author Georg Franzky Cabral

Portugal in 1578. King Sebastião went off for a crusade in Africa – and never came back. Two years later, Spain took over the country. And while the king’s dead body was never found, the country waited for him to return. Sebastião became a myth and a symbol for hope – of freedom and a better life. Author Georg Franzky Cabral uses the character of … Continue reading The myth of Sebastião – A book about an ancient king and the history of Portugal by author Georg Franzky Cabral

The end of an island: The exceptional history of Dutch island Schokland

The early 20th century. The Netherlands worked out a special plan: Reclaiming parts of land from the sea and creating one of world’s largest man-made islands – just by building dykes and pumping out the water. In 1941/42 the Noordoostpolder was reclaimed and cultivated. Today, more than 70 years later, no building, street or canal is older than that. Almost. Exceptions are Urk, a town … Continue reading The end of an island: The exceptional history of Dutch island Schokland

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Notre-dame de Paris Cathedral | 7 facts about the architectual monument

It is one of the most famous monuments of French capital Paris: the cathedral Notre-dame de Paris. On April 15, 2019 a devastating fire destroyed large parts of the historic building. Here are seven facts about Notre-dame: 1. The name: Notre-dame de Paris. In English it means “Our Lady of Paris.” Many churches are named Notre dame – all of them are sanctified to the … Continue reading Notre-dame de Paris Cathedral | 7 facts about the architectual monument