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2,700-year-old papyrus is believed to contain earliest reference of Jerusalem

An ancient papyrus fragment, recovered by the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA), contains what is believed to be the earliest reference to Jerusalem apart from the Bible. Dating back to around 7th century B.C., and therefore older than the Dead Sea Scrolls, the document features two lines in ancient Hebrew that state: From the king's maidservant,…


St. Peter's Basilica

8 incredible facts about St. Peter’s Basilica

St. Peter's Basilica (or San Pietro in Vaticano in Italian) is probably the most famous architectural specimen from the Renaissance period. The grandiosely designed church (which still remains one of the largest in the world) was built on the burial site of the namesake St. Peter, who was one of the twelve apostles of Jesus,…



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Did the Irish reach America before the Vikings and Columbus?

To start off with the histrionic statement - Christopher Columbus was not the first European to reach the Americas. The honor is commonly believed to belong to one Leif Erikson, the intrepid Viking explorer from Iceland who arrived in North America almost 500 years before Columbus, and also established the Norse settlement at 'Vinland' (a…


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