St. Nicholas Chapel

The St. Nicholas Chapel is the oldest building that is still standing on the Valkhof hill in Nijmegen (Nimwegen). The construction of the chapel started around 1030, although its octagonal design resembles the Carolingian Chapels in Aix-la-Chapelle, built late eight century. The chapel is closely linked to Theophano (960-991), the wife of the German emperor … Read more » “St. Nicholas Chapel”

Happy Birthday Mickey

Mickey the Mouse (1928). Foto: Wikipedia

Mickey Mouse celebrates his nineteenth birthday. To mark this event an exhibition explores his influence on art and pop culture. The interactive exhibition in New York, where Mickey saw the daylight, although he was born in Los Angeles in 1928, is inspired by Mickey’s status and his consistent impact on the arts and creativity in … Read more » “Happy Birthday Mickey”

House of Austrian History

The House of Austrian History (Museum für Zeitgeschichte) opened its doors 100 years after the Republic was founded on November 12, 1918. The museum presents, examines and discusses Austria’s history, starting with the founding of the republic in 1918. The location of the museum is historical relevant as well. The last long serving emperor Franz … Read more » “House of Austrian History”

The Roman Road

Reconstruction of a Roman Army camp, Windisch. Foto: TES.

The approximately 400 km long Neckar-Alb-Aare Roman Route follows the course of the ancient Via Romana that connected the Roman legion camp of Vindonissa (now Windisch in Swiss Aargau) and the settlement of Grinario (now Köngen near Stuttgart), and was depicted in the Tabula Peutingeriana, a Roman road map. An unusual route that shouldn’t only … Read more » “The Roman Road”

Hnefatafl in Scotland

The Viking Game (Hnefatafl) Frome. Photo: The Regency Chess Company,Frome, Somerset UK.

The monastery in the eastern part of Scotland where the first examples of Scottish Gaelic were written down in the so-called Book of Deer disappeared about 1,000 years ago. The Book of Deer is an illuminated gospel from the early tenth century and the oldest Scottish and Gaelic language manuscript in existence. A recent archeological discovery in … Read more » “Hnefatafl in Scotland”