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Silent Sunday: House at hastily vacated Pyramiden in Svalbard

A ramshackle house at Pyramiden, a hastily vacated Soviet settlement in Arctic Svalbard

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Mtskheta, UNESCO in Georgia

As in Armenia and the rest of the Caucasus, the world heritage sites in Georgia are churches and monasteries, all about religious history and architecture. On my final day in Tbilisi, I hopped on a marshrutka for the half-hour trip to Mtskheta. This town has been continuously inhabited for more than 3000 years and was the […]

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Silent Sunday: Destroyed by war, Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Destroyed by war, ruin of a house, Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina

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The landscapes of Lista

At the southernmost tip of Norway is the mysterious ancient landscape of the Lista Peninsula, frequently hidden beneath a thin veil of ocean mist. I’ve spent many summers here, but a few months ago, I encountered the Lista landscape in late autumn: even more atmospheric then. Lista through history and beyond The Lista landscape is special, and packed with […]

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Silent Sunday: Along the River Ness, Inverness in Scotland

Cityscape along the river Ness, Inverness in Scotland

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Silent Sunday: Petrol pump left behind, Pyramiden in the Svalbard Archipelago

Petrol pump left behind at the abandoned Soviet settlement Pyramiden in the Svalbard archipelago

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Martin Luther and the 95 theses

On 31 October 1517, my birthday as a matter of fact, a disgruntled professor of theology posted 95 theses on the door of the castle church in Wittenberg. And thus began the Reformation. The Holy Roman Empire was shaken to its core and the Christian Church split in two. Protestantism was born The original door […]

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