The corridors once walked by the likes of Jane Austen and the Brontë sisters have been silent for the past four months, as the museums at the homes of some of the UK’s greatest authors have been closed. But after weathering the threat of permanent closure posed by the coronavirus pandemic, many of the UK’s places of literary pilgrimage are tentatively preparing to reopen.
Glass was highly valued across the Roman Empire, particularly a colorless, transparent version that resembled rock crystal. But the source of this coveted material — known as Alexandrian glass — has long remained a mystery.
In normal years, tourism in Chile's natural paradise, Pucon, is thriving. But with travel restrictions amid a pandemic, residents whose livelihood is dependent on tourism are suffering — with no clear end in sight.
A team of researchers from the UK and South Africa has discovered that most of the hulking sandstone boulders — called sarsens — that make up the famous Stonehenge monument appear to share a common origin 25 km (15.5 miles) away in West Woods on the edge of the Marlborough Downs, Wiltshire, England.
Since the 1970s, Oslo’s modest government quarter has been dominated by a huge work of art: ‘The Fishermen,’ a concrete mural by Pablo Picasso and the Norwegian artist Carl Nesjar that overlooks the district’s central square.