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The Mosaics of Paphos
The ancient mosaics here are considered among the finest in the world, and serve as a stunning record of Greco-Roman daily life.
Added by Dr Alan P Newman
Found: 47 Lumps of Orichalcum, an Ancient Alloy Attributed to Atlantis
March 01, 2017
Medieval Europe Couldn't Quit This Story About a Woman Eating Her Lover's Heart
Her husband tricks her into eating it.
February 14, 2017
Basilica of Saints Justus and Pastor
Possibly the oldest church in Barcelona, this basilica has its pagan and Christian mythologies all mixed up.
Added by FelipeTrigo
6 Stops on the Hunt for the Holy Grail
Tracing history’s most elusive holy relic will lead you to these real places.
February 06, 2017
The Texas Woofus
A mythical chimera first sculpted in 1936 as a mix of the main animals of Texas livestock.
Added by saltrack25
Gog and Magog
These mythological giants take time out of their busy day guarding a Victorian market to let you know what time it is.
Added by francesrosey
The Naked Ladies
No one knows who created the statues or if they are arranged properly, let alone the artwork's real name.
Added by georgeindc
One of the most remote spots in America and the first protected wilderness area in Nevada, named after an old legend.
Added by lewblank
The Complicated, Inconclusive Truth Behind Rat Kings
They've been mythologized for centuries.
December 23, 2016
How to Appease Household Spirits Across the World
Quit playing games with my hearth.
December 14, 2016
Kopiec Wandy (Wanda Mound)
An artificial hill and apparent calendric structure built in the Early Middle Ages immortalizes a legendary Polish princess.
Added by AdamTKincaid
Eskilstuna N, Sweden
Sigurdsristningen (Ramsund Carving)
Stone carvings record the Norse myth of Sigurd, providing a glimpse into Scandinavia's transition from paganism to Christianity.
Added by Ehnfors
Sankt Goarshausen, Germany
Statue of Loreley
A memorial for a young woman and her ghost, which are claimed to have caused countless deathly shipwrecks.
Added by Christine Williamson
When Tomatoes Were Blamed For Witchcraft and Werewolves
People have feared tomatoes for 600 years.
October 24, 2016
Comuna Arefu, Romania
Prometheus Statue at Vidraru Dam
The ancient Greek Titan guards this massive dam holding a lightning bolt to symbolize electricity.
Added by emmastargirl
Dock of Souls (Muelle de las Almas)
A wooden dock art installation on Chiloé Island taps into the island's indigenous mythology.
Added by Stephen J Taylor
Statue of Sveta Sofia
"Holy Wisdom" overlooks the city that became its namesake.
Added by Molly McBride Jacobson
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