History in Pictures… Nanchan Temple, China

The Great Buddha Hall of the Nanchan Temple is currently the oldest preserved wooden building in existence in China with the temple itself having been built in  782 CE. Within the temple are seventeen original sculptures which date back to the date of the temples construction during the Tang Dynasty. This makes both the sculptures [...]

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Did You Know…Mt Vesuvius 

Did you know that on August 24 in 79 AD Mount Vesuvius unleashed its volcanic fury, destroying the towns of Pompeii, Herculaneum, Stabiae, and multiple others whilst killing thousands of people with its pyroclastic flows of searing gas and molten rock. Ironically the ash that covered the towns of Pompeii and Herculaneum created an air tight seal [...]

Did You Know…Kassia the Composer

Did you know that Byzantine abbess, poet, composer, and hymnographer, Kassia, is one of the earliest medieval composers whose hymns both still exist and are interpretable by modern scholars and musicians. In-fact Kassia, who lived from 810 AD- 865 AD in Constantinople, still has 23 hymns used in the Eastern Orthodox Church liturgical books today. [...]

2000 year old Podium found in the City of David, Jerusalem

Photo by Shai Halevy- Israel Antiquities Authority Earlier this week archaeologists from the Israel Antiquities Authority uncovered a preaching stone, or podium, on Second Temple Road in the city of David, Jerusalem. The discovery is thought to have been constructed by the same group who made Second Temple Road due to both bearing the same [...]