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The stone edifice of Paris's great Cathedral has been in flux for almost 900 years. Change—and resurrection—are central to its identity.
The burning of Notre Dame on April 15 felt apocalyptic, “an elemental crisis of faith and fire,” as historian Jon Meacham called it, unfolding, moreover, during Easter Week, and in a France gripped by social unrest. And it felt so even after ...
 
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It's not the first time it was heavily damaged.
On April 15, a fire broke out and engulfed the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. As one of the most famous landmarks in the world, the cathedral is beloved by many as a symbol of Catholicism. Notre Dame de Paris means Our ...
 
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The discovery of Homo luzonensis raises more questions than it answers.
The Philippines’ wealth in paleontological evidence has led to the discovery of Homo luzonensis—a new ancient human species. The discovery is huge—it overturns our decades-old understanding of how Asia was peopled by ancient humans who traveled from Africa. Homo luzonensis is dated to be at ...
 
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Here's your chance to step inside the iconic royal residence.
This year marks the 200th anniversary of Queen Victoria's birth, and in honor of the milestone, Buckingham Palace is putting on a special exhibit highlighting the British monarch's life, and specifically, how she transformed the Palace "from a private house into a ...
 
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We take a virtual tour around the historic homes associated with the ill-fated Queen.
Following the release of the blockbuster film starring Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie, we explore the locations in which the tragic monarch spent pivotal periods of her life.Mary was born on 8 December 1542 at Linlithgow Palace, which her French mother, Mary of Guise-Lorraine, ...
 
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There are ghosts in MiraNila, but not the sort that cause nightmares.
At the top of MiraNila, a heritage house owned by the Benitez family, is a tower that overlooks the city from one of the highest points of the New Manila area. Long before condominiums and townhouses obstructed the view, and before urbanization ...
 
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Today, babaylans are past reminders of how Filipinos regarded women in high esteem, long before colonizers came ashore.
In the pre-colonial Philippines, the datu was recognized as the leader of the community. The datu commanded households numbering from a couple of dozen to a few thousands. If there was someone that rivaled the power and influence of the datus, it ...
 
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It may have inspired Balenciaga's buzzy show this weekend, but what actually happened to the pearl necklace that belonged Henry VIII's doomed second wife?
No one really knows what Anne Boleyn actually looked like. After she was executed in 1536 (for treason, incest, adultery—anything, really, that Henry VIII could think of to rid himself of her so he could marry Jane Seymour), all the portraits of ...
 
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Queen Anne is just the beginning.
The Favourite, for all its prestige costume drama bonafides, loves a good anachronism. The breaks with the past start small, with some curiously contemporary dialogue, and quickly reach a zenith with a dance scene that—while I’m no expert—seems to stray from the standard 17th-century ...
 
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The letter by Major Lazaro Macapagal, along with a confession of Emilio Aguinaldo’s involvement in Bonifacio’s death, is up for auction this month.
By now, historians have deciphered the extent to which President Emilio Aguinaldo was involved in Andres Bonifacio’s death. It is called the death sentence that would forever alter our nation’s history. On May 10, 1897, the founder of the Katipunan and the ...
 
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The destruction of Manila became an inevitable consequence of a lack of planning.
In his book, Rampage: MacArthur, Yamashita, and the Battle of Manila, James M. Scott sheds light on General Douglas MacArthur’s ineptitudes in the liberation of Manila and the overwhelming atrocities committed by the Japanese during the Battle of Manila based on chilling ...
 
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How a pagan ritual evolved into a holiday of hearts and flowers.
We celebrate Valentine's Day in order to express our love through pink hearts, candy, red roses and a loved-up card– but the true history of the holiday isn't as sweet. Originating as a pagan ritual for fertility, Valentine's Day has evolved throughout ...
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