Pozzo del Diavolo: was this cave created by Hercules’s wrath, the devil, or volcanic activity?

We are in Italy, in Lazio region, above Vico Lake in the beautiful beech forest of Monte Venere, part of the UNESCO’s Primeval Beech Forests of Europe transnational network of protected sites. At 507 meters above sea level, Lake Vico is the highest volcanic lake in Italy and the beech forest of Monte Venere is among the lowest in the country (most beech forests are located above 900 meters). Thanks to its peculiar natural characteristics, the lake offers a rich variety of plant species and different environments, allowing the life…

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Tomás de Torquemada: the mad monk burns 2,000 at the stake

On this day, September 16, 1498 a frail, 78-year-old Dominican monk offered his final prayers to God, turned his face to his pillow, then died.And thousands rejoiced. He was Tomás de Torquemada, the first Grand Inquisitor of the Spanish Inquisition, a man responsible for different ways of torture and terror, and an estimated 2,000 burnings at the stake.Born in 1420 and nephew of a noted Dominican cardinal and theologian, he joined a monastery in tender age and devoted himself to education and piety. Impressing his elders, it was not long…

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#TodayInHistory – September 16

September 16 – Some important events on this day. 1498 👉🏼 A frail, 78-year-old Dominican monk, Tomás de Torquemada, offered his final prayers to God on this day, turned his face to his pillow, then died. And thousands rejoiced. Why? ✔️READ THE ARTICLE! 1630 👉🏼 Massachusetts village of Shawmut changes its name to Boston 1795 👉🏼 British capture Capetown, South Africa, from the Dutch 1810 👉🏼 Mexico issues Grito de Dolores, calling for the end of Spanish rule (Mexican Independence Day) 1847 👉🏼 Shakespeare Birthplace Trust buys bard’s birthplace in…

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