The 199 steps (with benches for coffins) of Whitby, England

Thousand of people regularly climb up the 199 steps leading to St. Mary’s Church. Fortunately for them, visitors, locals, tourists or simply curious, some benches dot the stairway, providing perfect places for weary walkers to rest their legs and soak in the beautiful views of Whitby’s harbor. Absolutely one of the most beautiful views of Whitby you can achieve. What many tourists don’t know is that the platforms they sit on weren’t intended to hold the living. Absolutely no. Pallbearers, when they needed a break while carting the dead to…

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#TodayInHistory – June 15

June 15 – Some important events on this day. 763 BC 👉🏼 Assyrians record a solar eclipse that will be used to fix the chronology of Mesopotamian history. 1215 👉🏼 King John signs Magna Carta. The Magna Carta or “the Great Charter” in Latin was agreed by King John of England at Runnymede, near Windsor, on this day. First drafted by the Archbishop of Canterbury to make peace between the unpopular King and a group of rebel barons, it promised the protection of church rights, protection for the barons from…

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