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An abandoned mine transformed into a majestic labyrinth…

Where can one eat a lavish underground dinner in a restaurant illuminated by giant salt-crystal chandeliers, and then visit with the seven dwarves near an underground lake, and then stop over in several chapels and a cathedral if you fancy?


Why, the Wieliczka Salt Mine in Poland of course…


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(From Atlas Obscura)


The Wieliczka Salt Mine in Poland is the epitome of technological human progress. The beginnings of the current mine are believed to have been primitively excavated after the discovery of a rock salt deposit in ancient times. In the middle ages, salt became recognized as one of the most important staples in the food and preservation industry, leading to the advancement of salt mining technology and further excavation. During the Renaissance, the mine was one of the largest business ventures in Europe. It was around this time that royal tourists started to flock to the mine, lured there in part by the developing Renaissance taste for humanism and culture…”


For the photo album and more, click here.


The automobile graveyards of Chatillon

As if the zombie apocalypse happened and everyone abandoned their cars trying to get out of town…




Photos of a traffic jam stuck in the woods for 70 years

(Death and Taxes magazine)


“Around the town of Chatillon, Belgium, the end of World War II left a few creepy hallmarks of the armistice in the form of long lines of cars left abandoned by the hundreds in the woods. While one theory goes that the cars belonged to Americans who left them in a hurry on their way off the continent, Bored Panda points out that no one really knows for sure…”


For more photos of this strangeness, click here.


An Old Book, A Video Piece: An Experience of Paintings…


“Thumb” through a beautiful old book from The Public Domain Review…


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Women painters of the world from the time of Caterina Vigri, 1413-1463, to Rosa Bonheur and the present day; 1905; edited by Walter Shaw Sparrow; The Copp Clark Company Limited, Toronto.


“A heavily illustrated collection of essays, edited by British art critic Walter Shaw Sparrow, focusing on notable women painters from the 15th century to the beginning of the 20th. Of the eight essays only one is written by a woman, Helena Westermarck, a Finnish artist and women’s historian active in the suffragette movement. From the rather lavish preface by Sparrow :


What is genius? Is it not both masculine and feminine? Are not some of its qualities instinct with manhood, while others delight us with the most winning graces of a perfect womanhood? Does not genius make its appeal as a single creative agent with a two-fold sex?…”


See the rest here.


Plus, a video, below — “a 3-minute journey through 500 years of female portraits” –





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