Art 

10 Celebrated Music Pieces by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) was a famous influential composer of the Classical era. Alongside Joseph Haydn, and Ludwig van Beethoven, he is recognized as one of the so-called Vienna Classics, a group of musicians who have strongly influenced polyphonic and symphonic music. Mozart was born in Salzburg, and was a child prodigy, composing piano pieces from the age of five. As a 17-year-old, he already started composing for the Salzburg court, and later on moved to Vienna, where he achieved the heights of his fame. He is well known for…

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People 

15 Contemplation-Worthy Facts about Confucius

Confucius (551 BC – 479 BC) was a famous Chinese teacher, philosopher and politician, who created the basics of one of the national Chinese philosophies – Confucianism. He was active mainly during the Spring and Autumn period of the Chinese Empire, under the rule of the Eastern Zhou dynasty. Confucius was entirely self-taught and self-motivated. And he justified his mission with the need to re-introduce moral principles and family tradition to the people of China. His line of thought has gone down in history alongside the most well known classic…

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Technology 

15 Brilliant Inventions of the Ancient Egyptians

The Ancient Egyptian Civilization was one of the first of the Great Civilizations of the Mediterranean Sea basin. Due to the excellent location, which was the delta of the river Nile, the ancient Egyptians thrived as a culture, rich in agriculture and also life-facilitating inventions. Many of their technical solutions are still known to us and used by us today. Egyptian women ushered in the era of wearing ornate jewelry and rings, the men participated in boxing, fencing and wrestling challenges, and the Egyptian children played board games, and knew…

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Places 

10 Astounding Facts about Petra, Jordan

Petra, Jordan continues to be a city puzzling archeologists and enticing tourists. First of all, it has been entirely carved out of sandstone. Second of all, it shows the evidence of once being a large luxurious metropolis in the middle of the desert. How did its citizens manage to salvage water? Why was the city carved, not built? These are just a few questions posed incessantly by the avid researchers of the city of Petra. Here are some totally unbelievable facts about the „rose-red city half as old as time”….

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War 

6 Astonishing Facts About The Battle of Kadesh

The Battle of Kadesh was held between the Egyptian forces led by Ramesses II, in the fifth year of the Pharaoh’s reign. The Egyptians fought against the Hittite Empire under Muwatalli II, which had risen out of the ruins of Mesopotamia. The city of Kadesh was an essential trading point. It was located on the Orontes River, upstream from lake Homs, on the territory of the present day Syrian-Lebanese border. The battle is dated by most historians back to 1274 BC, and is one of the earliest recorded battles in…

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Art 

10 Most Famous Piano Compositions by Frederic Chopin

Frédéric François Chopin (1810 – 1849) was a famous Polish composer of the Romantic era. He was born with a polish name Fryderyk Franciszek Chopin and only later became a French citizen, since Poland was occupied by the Russians. He was a child prodigy and his piano technique was unparallelled among his contemporaries. Chopin wrote pieces mainly for the solo piano, but his music was accredited as having ‘a poetic spirit’ and expressing a multitude of ambivalent emotions. His compositions draw from both Vienna classics and Polish folklore. These include a…

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Events 

10 Intriguing Facts about the Trial of Joan of Arc

Today, Joan of Arc, the Maid of Orleans, is one of the symbols of the liberation of France. She is also revered as a Catholic saint and martyr. But, her beginnings were quite humble. Born in a peasant family living in medieval France, the girl first claimed she was anointed by God at the age of 12. She believed that her mission was above all to lead France to victory. Life was not easy for her, as dressed in men’s clothing as a teenager she became a counselor to prince…

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Places 

10 Mysterious Facts About Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu is one of the most intriguing places on the planet. Being one of the last remaining Inca sites as well as an example of excellent craftsmanship, it continues to be a tourist magnet and an archeological puzzle. Hidden away in the Andes Mountains, the village made a lucky escape from many conquistadors and self-righteous explorers. Today, many are astonished at its elaborate construction solutions and overall good shape, despite the passing years. Here are some amazing facts about the nearly last Inca site in existence. 1. Machu Picchu…

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War 

15 Important Facts about the Thirty Years’ War

The Thirty Years’ War is a name given by historians to a series of conflicts in Central Europe, which occurred in the years 1618-1648. Today it is estimated to be one of the lengthiest and most violent conflicts in European history. What originally commenced as a feud between the Protestant and the Catholic countries, within the area previously known as the Holy Roman Empire, gradually scaled out of all proportion, becoming a matter of life and death for all the European superpowers. The France was pitted against the Habsburgs in…

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Art 

10 Incredible Paintings by Paul Cézanne

Paul Cézanne was a French painter, representing the so-called Post-Impressionist movement. In short, his work based on the Impressionist technique of painting by means of series of brush strokes, but also leaned towards the angular shapes of Cubism. Art critics today call it a fluent transition between the 19th century and 20th century in visual arts. Cézanne’s style of painting is very recognizable, even to the untrained eye. His works always contain an intense sense of cognitive inquiry into the subject’s nature. Matisse and Picasso often mentioned Cézanne’s paintings as…

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