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FROM The man in the front seat / April 20, 2018

Peter and Paul Fortress

The Peter & Paul Fortress, is the original citadel of St. Petersburg, Russia. It was founded in 1703, by Peter the Great and is the oldest building in the city. History The building was founded in 1703, on the small Hare Island by the north bank of the Neva River. The origins of the building, stems from a war Peter was fighting with Sweden. He wanted to protect his capital from a feared Swedish counter attack. The building however was never needed, Peter defeated the Swedes before the structure could […]

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FROM The man in the front seat / April 20, 2018

Hungarian State Opera House, Budapest

Opened: 1884 Capacity: 1261 Located in Budapest, the Hungarian State Opera house is one of the most renowned in Europe. Originally called the Hungarian Royal Opera House, it’s construction began in 1875 to the designs of Miklós Ybl and was financed by the Emperor Franz Joseph I of Austria-Hungary. Only 9 years were needed to complete the work when it was opened to the public on 27thSeptember 1884. Music in Budapest Empress Maria Theresa of Austria, brought a calmness to her empire that was reflected in a flourishing of the […]

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FROM The man in the front seat / April 20, 2018

Oberammergau Passion Play

The Oberammergau Passion Play has been performed by the villagers, from the Bavarian town of Oberammergau, since 1634. The play covers the final period in the life of Jesus, from his arrival in Jerusalem to his crucifixion, a period referred to Jesus’ Passion. Visitors come from all over the world, to see the play which up until 1790 was free. On average more than 500,000 people see the it each year, with the vast majority staying for 2 nights. History In the early 17thcentury, the village of Oberammergau in the […]

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FROM The man in the front seat / February 7, 2018

Wieliczka Salt Mines (Krakow)

General Located in the southern Polish town of Wieliczka, the Wieliczka Salt mine was opened in the 13th century and run continuously until 2007. Not only is it one of the world’s oldest salt mines, it is also one of the world’s largest. Today the mine is one of Poland’s Pomniki historii (Historic Monuments) and is noted for its 4 chapels, carved out by the miners over the centuries. The mine itself reaches a depth of 326m (1075ft) and is over 287km (180mi) in length. History Rock salt was discovered […]

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FROM The man in the front seat / July 8, 2017

Jasna Góra Monastery & the Black Madonna

Located in the Polish town of Częstochowa, Jasna Góra, founded in 1382 by Pauline monks who arrived in Poland at the request of Władysław, the Duke of Opole, is not only one of country’s places of pilgrimage, it is for many the religious capital of the country. Millions of people flock to the monastery each year to see the Black Madonna of Częstochowa, also known as Our Lady of Częstochowa, to which miraculous powers are attributed. Since 1711, every August 06th pilgrims leave Warsaw on a 230km (140mi) trek to […]

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