Gorica Bridge in Berat, Albania, and its curious legends.

We are in Berat, a city located in central Albania with an ancient history: it is considered the cradle of a multiculturality among the most unique in the nation. The city develops on the two banks of the river Osum, and is famous for some place of interests, like the Ottoman white houses, the city’s castle, where many people live still today, and the many mosques opposed to as the Byzantine churches. Just the peaceful division between Muslims and Orthodox Christians has created a curious legend, handed down orally, which…

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Victorian ‘Post-Mortem’ Photographs: truth or myth?

There are lot of stories about dead people being propped up on stands to seem alive and photographed. But the reality was different…. As we know, victorian England had a particular relationship with death. Do you remember the funeral for pets? Because Victorians often died young, quickly, especially for injuries and infections, people invented elaborate grieving rituals to give meaning to their loved ones’ ephemeral lives. All of this happening at the same time with advances in photography, that led to the prevalence of post-mortem photos, where Victorians would take…

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