Gargoyles are a common feature on Gothic or medieval buildings. They are primarily meant to ensure water does not trickle down masonry, but some of them are merely decorative.
On 29 May 1493, the Ottoman Empire captured the eastern capital of the Roman Empire, Constantinople. On 18 May 1565, the Ottoman Empire advanced on the tiny island of Malta but failed to capture it. The two battles are linked in a not-so-obvious way. In 1493, the Ottoman Empire was based … Continue reading
The centre of Prague certainly has many legends and stories associated with it. This is quite obvious; the centre is older than the outskirts so it’s reasonable to expect more legends here.
The Duomo in Milan – the huge marble cathedral that dominates the city – contains many artefacts and works of art. I wasn’t expecting to see the astrological signs on the floor of the cathedral.
The thoroughfare in Prague between the Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square is always packed. As tourists cross the junction with Rytirska street, many don’t realise a alchemist’s symbol is close by.