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American Italian Heritage Museum in Albany, New York

The American Italian Heritage Museum, located in a former Catholic church along Albany's Central Ave, houses an eclectic mix of memorabilia documenting the Italian-American community's contribution to life in the United States. The museum was created in Utica in 1985 and moved to its current location in Albany in 2004. The building was built by Italian...

Wed Feb 28, 2024 18:05
Podcast: Jerry’s Hat Museum

Listen and subscribe on Stitcher, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and all major podcast apps. In this episode of The Atlas Obscura Podcast, we visit Jerry’s Hat Museum, where a retiree has turned to an old chapel to house a collection of thousands of hats, pens, odds, ends and other artifacts from his Illinois hometown. Our podcast is an audio...

Wed Feb 28, 2024 17:34
Automatons of the Goyesque Carillon in Madrid, Spain

Spanish cartoonist Antonio Mingote is one of the best-loved artists of 20th-century Spain. When he was contacted to create the automatons of this carillon, he drew inspiration from one of the most influential painters in the history of Spanish art: Francisco de Goya. The location could not be more perfect, in one of the balconies of the Plus Ultra...

Wed Feb 28, 2024 17:04
Surprise! You Own a Long-Lost Cemetery

It was a regular December day in Los Osos, California when Levi Henry received a meeting invitation from community volunteers in Tennessee. They wanted to talk to him about a cemetery in Chattanooga. Having grown up in Los Angeles, Henry had never been to the Southern city before, but knew it was where his father was from. He decided to attend the meeting. ...

Wed Feb 28, 2024 16:14
Stephen and Stitt in Hong Kong

While the practice of having two lion statues guarding a building is not uncommon, Stephen and Stitt, the iconic lions of Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC), are anything but ordinary. Proudly standing outside HSBC’s business center in Hong Kong, these statues are a symbol of reverence and unique history.  The first pair of lion sculptures...

Wed Feb 28, 2024 16:05
A False Volcano Emergency Created This Stunning Abandoned Village

The oldest inhabited part of Pozzuoli, a town just west of Naples, looks like a typical picturesque Italian village ready to be taken by storm by hordes of tourists. Named Rione Terra, or “Earth quarter,” it’s perched on a tuff promontory overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea. Pastel-colored buildings dating back to the 1600s flank the narrow, stone-paved...

Tue Feb 27, 2024 23:56

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