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Month: April 2021

The quest to conquer the skies. First balloons in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth

The quest to conquer the skies. First balloons in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth

From the dawn of time, men have fantasized about the ability to fly. The Greek myth about Icarus and Daedalus and their artificial wings, entrenched in our collective identity, influenced the imagination of continuous generations of Europeans. In the second half of the 18th century, humanity took a giant leap towards conquering the skies, and Europe went crazy over a new phenomenon: ballooning.

Basilisk, the terror of the old Warsaw

Basilisk, the terror of the old Warsaw

Danger lurks at every corner. People trembled at the thought of war or a silently creeping deadly plague, and each natural disaster meant uncertainty and a struggle to survive. Apart from those threats, our ancestors feared the very tangible Evil lurking in the shadows on the verge of reality. The dead returning from the afterlife and the monsters hiding in the vast forests were as real as a flood or drought. It was not only a fairy tale of peasants,…

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