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Tagged With: Monastery

RESTAURANTS Eating Out – Since 803!

WHAT HAPPENED IN THE YEAR 803? There were no cathedrals, Charles the Great ruled Central Europe and the Byzantine Empire the Mediterranian, the Maya blossomed in Central America and the earth was still a disc (the people believed). In in this year – unbelievable –  a gastronomical jewel was opened and is still going strong: … Weiterlesen »

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ART THEFT … And Then came George!

FIRST OF ALL – you might know The Cloisters in New York, this seeming- ly mispla- red roma- nic-gothic monas- tery on the nor- thern tip of Manha- ttan, overlooking the big city. Naturally, you called it a copy, as I did for years.Then you discover, that the Metropolitan Museum, only a couple of miles … Weiterlesen »

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TRAVEL The Crypt Of The Moving Corpses …

YES, I KNOW, YOU HAVE SEEN AND HEARD EVERYTHING about the collection of thousands of dried corpses beneath the Capuchine Monastery in Palermo (Sicily). I tell you, you haven’t! This pervert touristic highlight is so popular that – secretly – it gets replenishments from time to time. The crypt now is home to roughly 8000 … Weiterlesen »

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RELIGION Interesting People … (No. 3)

An absolutely amzing story! Some years ago I visited the Guangyan monastery in the Fengxi Mountains 60 km or 40 miles off Chengdu in Central China. There I met Deng Juan, the abbot, who was 103 years old. He told me about the 600 years old history of the temple, founded by the Yongle emperor … Weiterlesen »

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SAINTS Interesting People … (No. 7)

I knew him before he became a Buddhist monk. He had lived in Hamburg, a friend and roadie of the Beatles when they startet their career in the „Starclub“ there. But then this Englishman broke his hip, was hospitalized for ages and could never walk again properly. And one day, by chance, I met him … Weiterlesen »

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