"Art is a conservative power, the strongest of all; it preserves spiritual possibilities that without it – perhaps – would die out."
- Thomas Mann, “Reflections of a Nonpolitical Man” (1918)

"No," quoth the Cherub: "George the Third is dead."
“And who is George the Third?” replied the apostle:
“What George? what Third?” “The King of England,” said
The angel. “Well! he won’t find kings to jostle
Him on his way; but does he wear his head?
Because the last we saw here had a tustle,
And ne’er would have got into Heaven’s good graces,
Had he not flung his head in all our faces.

"He was — if I remember — King of France;
That head of his, which could not keep a crown
On earth, yet ventured in my face to advance
A claim to those of martyrs — like my own:
If I had had my sword, as I had once
When I cut ears off, I had cut him down;
But having but my keys, and not my brand,
I only knocked his head from out his hand.

"And then he set up such a headless howl,
That all the Saints came out and took him in;
And there he sits by Saint Paul, cheek by jowl;

Lord Byron, The Vision of Judgment, on how Louis XVI got to heaven. Read the whole poem, it’s hilarious. (via lifeisyetfair)
fabien-euskadi:

Sintra, its magic mists and clouds and woods and lakes and places and palaces.
Sintra and those unique chimneys of the National Palace where a king, a mad king, was imprisoned for the rest of his days, where he would walk in circles like a maniac till he walked no more…

fabien-euskadi:

Sintra, its magic mists and clouds and woods and lakes and places and palaces.

Sintra and those unique chimneys of the National Palace where a king, a mad king, was imprisoned for the rest of his days, where he would walk in circles like a maniac till he walked no more…

Reblogged from pr-ocella

Dom Vasco da Gama (ca. 1460 – 1524)Vasco da Gama was a Portuguese explorer. In the Age of Discovery he commanded the first ships to sail from Europe to India, the longest voyage ever held at that time.

Dom Vasco da Gama (ca. 1460 – 1524)

Vasco da Gama was a Portuguese explorer. In the Age of Discovery he commanded the first ships to sail from Europe to India, the longest voyage ever held at that time.

Heroicos muchachos del Tercio Ortiz de Zarate recibiendo la Bendición antes del Combate.Spanish troops of the Requetés during the Spanish Civil War. Priest blessing the battle.

Heroicos muchachos del Tercio Ortiz de Zarate recibiendo la Bendición antes del Combate.

Spanish troops of the Requetés during the Spanish Civil War. Priest blessing the battle.

(Bran Castle in Transylvania, also called “Dracula’s Castle”. It is often connected to Vlad III Țepeș “the Impaler” and is one of the most famous and most visited castles in Europe.)
Castelul Bran din Transilvania este unul dintre cele mai faimoase castele și cele mai vizitate din Europa, altfel cunoscut sub numele de Castelul lui Dracula.A törcsvári kastély, ismertebb nevén Drakula kastély Erdélyben. Itt található Európa egyik leglátogatottabb kastélya.

(Bran Castle in Transylvania, also called “Dracula’s Castle”. It is often connected to Vlad III Țepeș “the Impaler” and is one of the most famous and most visited castles in Europe.)


Castelul Bran din Transilvania este unul dintre cele mai faimoase castele și cele mai vizitate din Europa, altfel cunoscut sub numele de Castelul lui Dracula.

A törcsvári kastély, ismertebb nevén Drakula kastély Erdélyben. Itt található Európa egyik leglátogatottabb kastélya.