Christmas In Estonia

Christmas In Estonia

Despite being banned under Soviet occupation, Estonia’s rich Christmas-time traditions have re-emerged entirely unscathed. To Estonians, the holiday blends the religious, secular, modern and old, as it is the day of Christ’s birth as well as the culmination of late autumn festivals. Unlike most Western states, the Christmas tree tradition is relatively new, and was an important from 19th century Germany.

Paris Shimmers At Night

Paris From Above At Night

While Paris was first dubbed the “City of Light” to recognize its status as a haven for the enlightened, the moniker took a more literal turn when the city began lighting the Champs-Elysées with gas lamps in 1828. As Paris was the first city in Europe to do so, its nickname, “La Ville-Lumière” assumed a new meaning.

An Animated History Of The Holy Roman Empire

Holy Roman Empire GIF

While the Holy Roman Empire kept itself together for over 800 years, the region was never able to achieve the same kind of unity found in other republics, like France. While its decentralized monarchy granted the empire an ample opportunity to expand, it also greatly contributed to its 1806 demise.

The Sordid History Of Aigues-Mortes

Aigues Mortes France

Nestled around 90 kilometers away from Marseilles, Aigues-Mortes is a medieval commune presently home to a little over 8,000 people. While considered by many a magnificent display of architecture of that epoch, the goings-on within the walls weren’t always so savory. For example, in 1686 the Constance tower converted into a prison for Huguenots who refused to convert to Catholicism following Louis XIV’s revoking of the Edict of Nantes. Past that, the tower transitioned once again and became a penitentiary exclusively for women reported to be Huguenots.

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