KALININGRAD

Kaliningrad Oblast is a federal state of the Russian Federation that is located on the coast of the Baltic Sea and has the city of Kaliningrad as its administrative center.

Until 1945, Kaliningrad was known as Königsberg, the former capital of East Prussia,  but after its World War II victory over Nazi Germany, the Soviet Union annexed the city and the surrounding area.

Kaliningrad’s ultimate strategic value to Russia is that it functions as a warm-water port as well as a staging area for military exercises. Russia has held frequent exercises in the region and Moscow has often threatened to place nuclear weapons in Kaliningrad, which borders multiple NATO states.

Strange, isn’t it?

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DRESDEN, NIJINSKY, PICASSO, BELGRADE

The Headlines:

Dresden in 1900.

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Vaslav Nijinsky (1899-1950) in “L’après-midi d’un faune”, 1912.

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Pablo Picasso (1881-1973), “Les Demoiselles d’Avignon”, 1907.

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Russian Tsar building, Belgrade.

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ROSS ERRILLY FRIARY

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The Ross Errilly Friary is a medieval Franciscan friary located about a mile to the northwest of Headford, County Galway, Ireland. It is a National Monument of Ireland and among the best-preserved medieval monastic sites in the country.

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1460: This is the most likely date that Ross Errilly friary was founded in.

1472-1474: Lady Nuala O’Donnell, mother of Red Hugh O’Donnell (d.1505) is said to have gone in person to a Chapter taking place in the friary of Ross, to appeal for the establishment of a Franciscan friary in Donegal.

1469: The earliest contemporary reference to Ross Errilly friary occurred when John Blake, a Galway citizen, bequeathed forty pence to the friary of Ross.

1496: The will of a Galway merchant, John Lynch, made a bequest to the friary of Ross.

1540: The friary was official dissolved during the general suppression of monasteries.

View more information HERE.

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