Padova: Eremitani Museums

I like to consider myself as somewhat of a museum tiger. I can spend hours in succession exploring the collections of the largest museums in the world. But Padova’s Musei Civici or Eremitani Museums were just too much for me. They are anything but boring, but simply too large to…

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Padova: Cappella degli Scrovegni

The Cappella degli Scrovegni is arguably Padova’s most famous monument. I had been looking forward to visiting it for quite some time and had made my reservation to see the chapel weeks in advance. These reservations are compulsory, and to protect the vulnerable frescoes inside, a maximum of 25 visitors…

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Padova: Il Santo

The church of Sant’Antonio di Padova, known as Il Santo to locals, is not just any church. It is in fact the second most important church of the Order of the Franciscans, after the Papal Basilica of Saint Francis in Assisi. It is huge, but not as large as the…

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Padova: Eremitani

I can only describe the church of the Eremitani in Padova as a pleasant surprise. We still had about an hour to go before we could visit the famous Cappella degli Scrovegni, so we decided to pop in here and have a look. Our expectations were quite low, as the…

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Padova: Palazzo della Ragione

The city of Padova was known as Patavium in Antiquity. It suffered badly during the fifth and sixth century invasions of peoples like the Huns and the Longobards. The city opened its gates to the former in 452, while the latter almost completely destroyed it in 602. Padova was again…

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De IJzeren Eeuw: Arme grond, rijke man

De vierde aflevering van de IJzeren Eeuw haalt de buiten Groningen waarschijnlijk niet erg bekende ondernemer Willem Albert Scholten (1819-1892) uit de vergetelheid. Deze domineeszoon uit het Gelderse Loenen begon in 1841/42 in het Groningse Foxhol (nu gemeente Hoogezand-Sappemeer) een fabriekje in aardappelmeel en aardappelmout. Het zou niet bij dat…

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Boekbespreking: Juliana. Vorstin in een mannenwereld

(gastbijdrage door Geerten Boogaard) Eind 2016 verscheen weer een wetenschappelijke vorstenbiografie. ‘Onder auspiciën van het NIOD’, maar zonder koninklijke zegen, leverde sociologe Jolande Withuis haar langverwachte biografie over Koningin Juliana af. Door de NIOD-achtergrond van de schrijfster zit de lezer op de eerste rij wat de oorlogsjaren betreft. Heel nauwkeurig…

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Venice: San Marco

A trip to Venice can never be complete without a visit to what is arguably the Serenissima’s most important and most famous religious edifice: the Basilica di San Marco. What is most surprising about the basilica is that, although it is almost a millennium old and has been dedicated to…

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