Better Know A Saint: Cyril Of Alexandria

Saint Cyril Lead

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Saint Cyril, Patriarch of Alexandria between 414 and 444, was a leg breaker for Jesus. During his career, he outmaneuvered and ruined pagan philosophers, Roman politicians, and rival Christians in his quest for ideological purity and ever-greater power within the early Church. That he was eventually canonized for his characteristic single-minded brutality speaks volumes about the spirit of his age.

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Artist Makes A “Flower House” To Breathe New Life Into Detroit

Preview of Flower Installation Project

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Images of Detroit’s abandoned homes and buildings convey a sad, quiet beauty that hints at the city’s forgotten abundance. Yet floral designer Lisa Waud is giving one condemned building a second chance at life. As her recent trial run of Flower House shows, abandoned structures are the perfect backdrop for fresh flora. Offering a scene evocative of a darkly romantic fairytale, the project’s preview confirms that Flower House will surely be this year’s floral highlight.

Chair Upholstered with Flowers

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What’s The Last Photo You Took?

What is the last thing you took a picture of on your phone?

Ivan Cash is a man on a mission: to discover what the last image is on a person’s phone. It starts out as a cute way to break the ice, but ends up being a telling perspective of what people are going through right now. In a world where you can capture an image instantly, where ever you are, what you choose to actually photograph can say a lot about you.

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Las Médulas: Splitting Mountains In Search Of Spanish Gold

Las Medulas Sublime Vista

Las Médulas is a place of profound beauty with a surprising past. Source: Flickr

The Romans marched into Iberia in the second century BCE. The ruins of their architectural achievements are still scattered around the country, in Segovia, Mérida, Tarragona, Zaragoza, and many other places.

Las Médulas also bears a quiet testimony to the power of the empire. The mining site is located in the northwest of Spain, near where the region of Castilla y León meets the border of Galicia. The landscape here rises and falls in low, green mountains with slashes of orange cutting across them. These orange slashes are the scars of the Roman mining operations.

Las Médulas is where the Romans searched for gold. And they found it by tearing through the mountains of this verdant corner of Spain. According to ancient estimates, the Romans removed around 20,000 libra of gold from Spain each year, which converts to about 6,600 kilograms or 14,500 pounds. At current prices, this amount of gold is worth more than $27 million.

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