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Crowned courtesan saint Theodora

Crowned courtesan saint Theodora

Justinian and Crowned courtesan saint Theodora

Crowned courtesan saint Theodora without doubt was an outstanding woman. She was born in the year 500 in Cyprus, in the sultry and happy side of Aphrodite. But Theodora hardly remembered her homeland – the girl was four years old when the family moved to Constantinople, the capital of the Byzantine Empire. Her father was appointed superintendent of the emperor’s bears, and her mother moonlighted prostitution. One day the bear ripped the girl’s father, and the family was on the brink of survival. To have a piece of bread, the widow had to teach her daughters the only craft she knew – to sell their beauty. Theodora and her two sisters entertained the audience dancing and pantomiming before sporting events at the track. Especially the audience applauded vigorously when beautiful Theodora threw off her clothes. Unusually graceful, she quickly gained popularity.
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European Chained libraries

European Chained libraries

European Chained libraries. 16th-century chained library of Zutphen, the Netherlands

European Chained libraries still exist. Books in chains – a way of storing books in public libraries in medieval Europe, where the books were riveted to the shelves. In England, these libraries are called Chained library (e.g. Francis Trigge Chained Library). The chains holding the books were long enough to remove the book from the shelf and read it, but to take the book from the library was forbidden. This practice was common at libraries from the Middle Ages to XVIII century, which was due to a large value of each copy of the book, chains were designed to ensure the safe storage of expensive books.
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Famous Petersburg Ghosts

Famous Petersburg Ghosts

Famous Petersburg Ghosts. Illustration to the Legend of the Mikhailovsky Castle

Famous Petersburg Ghosts.
Belief in ghosts is widespread among mankind, the tradition of worshiping spirits of dead ancestors exist in the culture of the majority of nations. Also, in many religions, there are specific rituals and traditions of burial, undertaken with the intentions to calm the souls of dead. Although most cases are called ghosts of the dead, there are many superstitions and legends about ghosts of animals, ships, planes, entire armies and cities. Almost every European capital city with a rich history has its secrets and mysteries. Petersburg – is not an exception. They say it is still possible to meet here some “residents” of the past eras – White Lady, Peter I, Paul I, Rasputin, Princess Tarakanova, The Bronze Horseman, giant Hayduk…
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Russians expect doomsday predicted by Grigori Rasputin

Russians expect doomsday predicted by Grigori Rasputin

Russians expect doomsday predicted by Grigori Rasputin

Russians expect doomsday predicted by Grigori Rasputin.

Russians expect doomsday predicted by Grigori Rasputin, and the exact date – August 23, 2013, as it was defined by him one hundred years ago. Provincial Russia is anxiously waiting what “The old man warned of”, “terrible storm “, “fire will swallow all life on land, and then life will die and there will be silence of the grave”. According to the predictions of Rasputin, at the time should Jesus Christ will come back to earth, to warn and to comfort the people, and then again will ascend into heaven.
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Millennium History embroidered in unique Maldon Tapestry

unique Maldon Tapestry

Millennium History embroidered in unique Maldon Tapestry

Millennium History embroidered in unique Maldon Tapestry
First of all, Maldon is a quiet town at the mouth of the River Blackwater 40 km north-east of London.
Noteworthy, in 991 BC, it became a stage of one of the bloodiest battles in the ancient English history.
Meanwhile, in 1991, the city began preparation for the celebration of its millennium. And created beautiful tapestry in memory of the Battle was the part of the preparation.
Every Thursday, for two and a half years in a bedroom located in the back of the built in XVII century farm house was working a small group of dedicated to one aim women. Bending over their work, they were laughing and talking, and their work was – the creation of embroidered panels. And now, in the beauty it competes with the amazing French Bayeux Tapestry, which noted the Norman invasion of England in 1066. Rarely mentioned on the pages of history books Maldon, thanks to the the tapestry became famous. Made by traditional methods by hand, it has an inherent kind of naivete, and despite the motives of the present, it seems that a folk tale unfolds in front of you.
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Last letters of Eva Braun

Last letters of Eva Braun

Last letters of Eva Braun

Last letters of Eva Braun were typed just days before they committed suicide. The letters were intended for Eva Braun’s friend Herta Schneider. In one letter, dated April 19, 1945, she writes that, “despite the thud of artillery and falling bombs”, she is “happy to be close” to Hitler and remains “convinced that everything will turn out all right”. But three days later her mood changed from fragile hope to black despair, as the Red Army smashed into the suburbs of Berlin in April 1945. The discovered letters reveal Hitler’s bride-to-be Eva Braun growing sense of doom. “We are fighting until the last but I’m afraid the end is threatening closer and closer’. She also writes of preparing to die and her bewilderment at how God could let such things happen. In the second letter Braun says: ‘Greetings to all my friends, I’m dying how I’ve lived. It’s not difficult for me. You know that.’ Eight days later, 33-year-old Braun was dead, killing herself alongside her husband of only a few hours, Adolf Hitler.
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Fidel Castro in Russia

Fidel Castro in Russia. Fidel Castro rides a horse sleigh

Fidel Castro in Russia. Fidel Castro rides a horse sleigh

Fidel Castro in Russia. The first visit of Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz to Russia, former Soviet Union took place 50 years ago, in June 1963. On April 26, 1963 in an atmosphere of secrecy Fidel Castro flew to the Soviet Union. Moreover, his plane that flew secretly from Havana, landed not in the Soviet capital but in the north of the Soviet Union, in Murmansk, where Fidel first thing moved to the base of Soviet submarines in Severodvinsk. Soviet sailors drove to raid squadron moored nuclear submarine directly to the pier. The Cuban leader has visited it in person, delighted by what he saw. Soviet military even raised in firing position with a nuclear missile to demonstrate the possibility of a real submarine. Castro, dressed in a jacket, with his mighty and gigantic figure was in its compartments. Fidel was amazed, seeing the possibility of Soviet military equipment. He had the impression that the Soviet Union can really protect Cuba from its territory. Castro made a historic visit to the Soviet Union, he visited not only Moscow, but also Soviet republics – Uzbekistan, Georgia, which were the part of a great country – the USSR. And Fidel Castro’s route through the territory of the Soviet Union, and the exact length of stay in a particular city, were under secret.
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