My professor from university has been interviewed in regards to this new found “grail”. See Dr. Therese Martin’s explanation regarding the subject.

I have seen this chalice in person various times, I must admit it is lovely.

***CORRECTION: The first image is of Predjama Castle near Postojna, Slovenia***

Thank you to tugoslavija!

Bled Castle

Location: Lake Bled, Slovenia

c. 11th century

"It has been over a thousand years since on 10 April 1004 the German king Henry II conferred the estate of Bled located in the province called in Carniola on Bishop Albuin of Brixen and his church. In 1011 Henry II awarded Albuin’s successor, Adalberon, the castle on the cliff (castellum Veldes) in a charter in which the castle was first explicitly mentioned. The Bled Castle was the administrative seat of the Brixen estate in the Gorenjsko region. Medieval documents refer to Bled with its German name Veldes. In terms of written documents, Bled Castle is the oldest castle in Slovenia. Castle buildings are arranged around the lower and upper courtyards.” (Source:Bled Castle)

The source of the name Bled

Medieval documents refer to Bled with its German name exonym Veldes.
According to Fran Ramovš, the Slovenian autonym Bled, first documented in the modern times, was coined in 800 AD from an older word beld or pelt, which was also the root of the German Veldes. On the other hand, Valvazor believed that the word Veldes was derived from Felsen (German for rock), denoting the cliff on which the castle was built. In terms of written documents, Bled Castle is the oldest castle in Slovenia.

My friend Maria Caballero was nice enough to share these amazing photos are such a breathtaking place. Thanks Maria!

bobbov
bobbov:

Córdoba was once the most important city in Europe. It was the centre of the medieval Caliphate of Córdoba and capital of the western Islamic Empire. It reached its peak in the 10th century when it rivalled Baghdad and Constantinople as one of the great cities of the World. Its greatest surviving monument to the city’s magnificent past is its Grand Mosque – the Mezquita. Work on the mosque actually started in 786 when it was built on the site of an old Visigothic church. However, it was enlarged three times before reaching its present size in 987 when it became the largest sacred building in the Islamic world. And big it most certainly is - so massive that a Gothic cathedral was built inside the mosque - and a few chapels!

bobbov:

Córdoba was once the most important city in Europe. It was the centre of the medieval Caliphate of Córdoba and capital of the western Islamic Empire. It reached its peak in the 10th century when it rivalled Baghdad and Constantinople as one of the great cities of the World. Its greatest surviving monument to the city’s magnificent past is its Grand Mosque – the Mezquita. Work on the mosque actually started in 786 when it was built on the site of an old Visigothic church. However, it was enlarged three times before reaching its present size in 987 when it became the largest sacred building in the Islamic world. And big it most certainly is - so massive that a Gothic cathedral was built inside the mosque - and a few chapels!

mirousworlds

eadfrith:

The mythological headless creature known as a Blemmyes. Believed to have had their eyes in their shoulders and mouth in their chests.

The Rutland Psalter.  Folios 57r, 88r 84r respectively.

Manuscript made in England, possibly in London circa AD 1260

Add MS 62925: Images from the British Library manuscript website.

http://www.bl.uk/manuscripts/FullDisplay.aspx?ref=add_ms_62925

historiated
historiated:

Doorway from Moutiers-Saint-JeanMade in Burgundy, Francecirca 1250Limestone
'According to tradition, the monastery of Moutiers-Saint-Jean was founded by the first Christian kings of France, Clovis I and his son Clothar I. They are almost certainly depicted in the standing figures presenting their charters, now installed in the embrasures on either side of the portal. The small seated figures in the flanking niches represent biblical personages believed to prefigure or foretell Christ's Crucifixion. The tympanum above the doorway depicts Christ crowning the Virgin as the Queen of Heaven. This portal, probably from the north aisle of the cloister, would have led from the monastic precinct into the abbey church. The portal suffered severe damage during the sixteenth-century Wars of Religion; the heads of the two kings may have been repaired in the seventeenth century.'
The doorway is in the collection of The Cloisters, The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Description and image taken from the Met’s website, where you can zoom in on photos of the doorway.
(**Tour 5/5)

historiated:

Doorway from Moutiers-Saint-Jean
Made in Burgundy, France
circa 1250
Limestone

'According to tradition, the monastery of Moutiers-Saint-Jean was founded by the first Christian kings of France, Clovis I and his son Clothar I. They are almost certainly depicted in the standing figures presenting their charters, now installed in the embrasures on either side of the portal. The small seated figures in the flanking niches represent biblical personages believed to prefigure or foretell Christ's Crucifixion. The tympanum above the doorway depicts Christ crowning the Virgin as the Queen of Heaven. This portal, probably from the north aisle of the cloister, would have led from the monastic precinct into the abbey church. The portal suffered severe damage during the sixteenth-century Wars of Religion; the heads of the two kings may have been repaired in the seventeenth century.'

The doorway is in the collection of The Cloisters, The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Description and image taken from the Met’s website, where you can zoom in on photos of the doorway.

(**Tour 5/5)

artofthedarkages

artofthedarkages:

The Sutton Hoo Belt Buckle

A gold belt buckle ornamented with dense intertwining ribbon animals, each biting one another.

Cast out of gold, inlaid with niello.

Made in the early 600s in Anglo-Saxon England, used in a ship burial for a king. Discovered during initial excavations at Sutton Hoo, and promptly bequeathed in 1939 to the British Museum, where it is currently held.

I’ve shared pieces from the Sutton Hoo hoard but I never get tired of seeing the amazing workmanship on every piece.

If you’re in Madrid, try to check out these hidden gems. I’ve lived here for almost 5 years and still haven’t seen them all!

(The link is in Spanish by the way)