Henry Hudson and the deadly quest for the the Northern Passage

June 22, 1611: English explorer Henry Hudson was set adrift in a small boat off the North American coast by mutineers. He was never seen again. When the mutiny took place Hudson, who was searching for the legendary Northern Passage, had reached a large sea that was later named after him, Hudson Bay. In the 17th century European capitals and trading companies were anxious to establish a new route to Asia, and especially India with its coveted and valuable spices. Shipping goods to and from this part of the world…

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8 + 1 wonderful libraries you can visit also from your home

Regular visitors to libraries may be missing the the welcoming atmosphere, the smell of old books, and wandering around quiet shelves. Many of these public, private, and academic spaces have closed like lot of other institutions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, as lot of museums, libraries around the world have created immersive, 360-degree tours of their interiors. Simulations that can offer more than inspiring views of the libraries, which often they serve as interactive platforms that provide information about the their history and resources. Recently, Harvard University’s Harry Elkins…

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Lapu-Lapu: the Philippine hero who killed Ferdinand Magellan

Someone has compared the first circumnavigation of the globe to the first adventures in space. The reason? Magellan and his companions faced the unknown, and seas never crossed by other Europeans before, in territories where unknown and perhaps hostile citizens lived. Although the history of space exploration has had its victims (18 astronauts in all, both men and women women, among the Soviets and the United States), the Magellan expedition ended much more disastrously, at least for the cost in terms of human lives. Ferdinand Magellan (1480-1521) was not very…

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Goldfield Hotel: a step back into Nevada History

Goldfield, Nevada, is one of those legendary towns that exploded during the gold boom of the early 1900s, only to be deserted almost completely in a matter of years. Millions of dollars worth of gold were produced in newborn town between 1903 and 1940, which turned into an entertainment hub: legendary boxing championships took place there, and its Northern Saloon was said to be so long that 80 bartenders were needed to serve the length of it. So, It only made sense then to build an opulent and oversized hotel…

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AcquaSpa: a dive into the urban decay.

This water park and wellness center, located in Pantigliate, at the gates of Milan and inaugurated in 2005, was completely abandoned in 2014. The abandoned Aquapark was divided into Blue Lagoon, which was the area for adults and had 10 types of water slides, including the Black Cannon for the most daring, and Laguna Baby, the area for children aged 2 to 10 years. Within the aquaspa there were swimming pools, sauna and massage rooms, as well as gyms and a sport hall. What, until a few years ago, was…

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Travelers Monument: one of the most curious parts of the journey on the Mojave Road, California~

The Mojave Road, is a historic route across what is now the Mojave National Preserve in the Mojave Desert in the United States. This rough road stretched 147 miles (237 km) and today has become a famous trek for off-road enthusiasts. The Old Mojave Road was first used by Native Americans, then Spaniards, and later early American settlers to make their way west through the dangerous Mojave Desert. The traveler’s Monument is one of the most curious parts of the journey on the Mojave Road. This large pile of rocks…

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Riverview Mental Hospital: More From British Columbia~

Abandoned insane asylums are some of the most chilling urbex destinations, and the West Lawn building of Riverview Hospital in Coquitlam, British Columbia, abandoned since 1983, isn’t an exception. At one time Riverview Hospital was known as Essondale Hospital, for Dr. Henry Esson Young (1862-1939) and the neighbourhood where the hospital is located also became known as the Essondale neighbourhood, still today. There is a curious collection of stories and anecdotes from the staff of Riverview Hospital, called Riverview Reminisces and published in 1992. These are example of the stories…

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Tenerife: the abandoned Añaza hotel

This hotel in Tenerife is in complete abandonment and it is perfect for a disquieting holiday in a deserted and lunar-like landscape! This is the Añaza hotel of which little or nothing is known. At the entrance, the courtyard is covered with vegetation, and there are lot of graffiti on the walls. Inside there are yellowed mattresses, broken glass bottles and also ashes of a barbecue. I have not found lot of information, probably is the hotel abandoned since the Fifties in the village of sailors of Los Pocitos, on…

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Crimes, mysteries and ghosts in Beelitz, Germany.

Crimes, mysteries and ghosts: this is Beelitz, a famous abandoned German hospital, located near Berlin, exactly in the south-west part. The entire structure is made up of 60 buildings and was built in 1898. During this period, tuberculosis spread in Germany, and the hospital was built with the intention of hosting the tuberculosis patients, with the function of a sanatorium. This was far from population centers and therefore in the middle of nature, perfect for the sick. However, during the World War I, this structure became a military hospital, dedicated…

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Greece: The ruins of Old Navarino Castle

We are in Greece, where the ruins of a 13th-century fortress perched above a really breathtaking Mediterranean bay. Once an important observation place, it was built in Greece in the 13th century by the Franks, on the ruins оf an anсient аcrοpolis. Its strategic location made it a prime spot for protecting the bay and as such, it endured centuries of attacks and sieges. The Venetians gained control of the fortress in the 15th century, but soon the Ottomans attempted to stake their claim to the castle. The fortress passed…

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Discover a gigantic unexplored cave in Canada.

A huge cave has been discovered hidden in the remote Canadian nature, and despite its overwhelming scale, researchers suggest it may never have been seen by human eyes before! We live in one era in which Google Maps, street view or similar are available in every smartphone, tablets, computers of billions of people on earth, so one would think that there are no unknown corners of our planet, but this thought is far from being reality! It was recently discovered in Canada, in the “Wells Gray Provincial Park”, a cave…

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