Let me show you something. This beauty, is one of my favourite mansions in my city. Many know the building as "The Mansion on the road Μetamorphoseos" (English Renaissance, Greek; Μεταμορφώσεως). Built in 1896 is one of the remaining examples of architecture of Thessaloniki (Greece) before the fire of 1917. It was originally used as a Bulgarian Consulate and after the liberation of Thessaloniki in 1912, was purchased by the Petridis family (’60s). About 20 something years ago it was no longer used as a residence and it became property of the municipality of Thessaloniki. It housed a transportation office and also served as a warehouse. The restoration work began on 2006. Before that it look totally abandoned (at least from the outside) and a scary place to visit. P.S The legend says it’s haunted… source

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Rationalism

In epistemology, rationalism is the view that “regards reason as the chief source and test of knowledge” or "any view appealing to reason as a source of knowledge or justification". More formally, rationalism is defined as a methodology or a theory "in which the criterion of the truth is not sensory but intellectual and deductive". Rationalists believe reality has an intrinsically logical structure. Because of this, rationalists argue that certain truths exist and that the intellect can directly grasp these truths. That is to say, rationalists assert that certain rational principles exist in logic, mathematics, ethics, and metaphysics that are so fundamentally true that denying them causes one to fall into contradiction. Rationalists have such a high confidence in reason that proof and physical evidence are unnecessary to ascertain truth – in other words, "there are significant ways in which our concepts and knowledge are gained independently of sense experience". Because of this belief, empiricism is one of rationalism’s greatest rivals. 

Different degrees of emphasis on this method or theory lead to a range of rationalist standpoints, from the moderate position “that reason has precedence over other ways of acquiring knowledge” to the more extreme position that reason is "the unique path to knowledge". Given a pre-modern understanding of reason, rationalism is identical to philosophy, the Socratic life of inquiry, or the zetetic (skeptical) clear interpretation of authority (open to the underlying or essential cause of things as they appear to our sense of certainty). Read More | Edit | Click pictures for more details.

Epistemology (from Greek ἐπιστήμη, epistēmē, meaning “knowledge, understanding”, and λόγος, logos, meaning “study of”) is the branch of philosophy concerned with the nature and scope of knowledge and is also referred to as "theory of knowledge". It questions what knowledge is and how it can be acquired, and the extent to which knowledge pertinent to any given subject or entity can be acquired. Much of the debate in this field has focused on the philosophical analysis of the nature of knowledge and how it relates to connected notions such as truth, belief, and justification. The term “epistemology” was introduced by the Scottish philosopher James Frederick Ferrier (1808–1864).

Epistemology (from Greek ἐπιστήμη, epistēmē, meaning “knowledge, understanding”, and λόγος, logos, meaning “study of”) is the branch of philosophy concerned with the nature and scope of knowledge and is also referred to as "theory of knowledge". It questions what knowledge is and how it can be acquired, and the extent to which knowledge pertinent to any given subject or entity can be acquired. Much of the debate in this field has focused on the philosophical analysis of the nature of knowledge and how it relates to connected notions such as truth, belief, and justification. The term “epistemology” was introduced by the Scottish philosopher James Frederick Ferrier (1808–1864).

― Haruki Murakami 村上 春樹, What I Talk About When I Talk About Running

Haruki Murakami 村上 春樹, What I Talk About When I Talk About Running

Περὶ τῆς Οὐρανίας Ἱεραρχίας 
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De Coelesti Hierarchia (Greek: Περί της Ουράνιας Ιεραρχίας - On the Celestial Hierarchy) is a Pseudo-Dionysian work on angelology, written in Greek and dated to ca. the 5th century CE; it exerted great influence on scholasticism and treats at great length the hierarchies of angels. The work has also been very influential in the development of Orthodox Christian theology. Thomas Aquinas (Summa Theologica, I.108) follows the Hierarchia (6.7) in dividing the angels into three hierarchies each of which contains three orders, based on their proximity to God, corresponding to the nine orders of angels recognized by Pope St Gregory I.

Seraphim, Cherubim, and Thrones;
Dominations, Virtues, and Powers;
Principalities, Archangels, and Angels.

― Mary Ann Shaffer, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

Mary Ann Shaffer, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

Nosferatu ; A Symphony of Horror (1922)

"Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens" (original title) is a German Expressionist Vampire horror silent film. Vampire Count Orlok expresses interest in a new residence and real estate agent Hutter’s wife. Silent classic based on the story “Dracula.” Stoker’s heirs sued over the adaptation, and a court ruling ordered that all copies of the film be destroyed. However, one print of Nosferatu survived, and the film came to be regarded as an influential masterpiece of cinema.

Director: F.W. Murnau. Writers: Henrik Galeen (screen play), Bram Stoker (based on the novel: “Dracula”). Stars: Max Schreck, Greta Schröder, Ruth Landshoff. Trailer || Full Movie || My Edit. (Plz be kind and don’t remove the gifs to use them separately. They belong together. Thank you!)

Häxan (1922) 
(English title: The Witches or Witchcraft Through The Ages) is a Swedish/Danish silent horror film written and directed by Benjamin Christensen. Based partly on Christensen’s study of the Malleus Maleficarum, Häxan is a study of how superstition and the misunderstanding of diseases and mental illness could lead to the hysteria of the witch-hunts. The film was made as a documentary but contains dramatized sequences that are comparable to horror films.

Häxan (1922) 

(English title: The Witches or Witchcraft Through The Ages) is a Swedish/Danish silent horror film written and directed by Benjamin Christensen. Based partly on Christensen’s study of the Malleus Maleficarum, Häxan is a study of how superstition and the misunderstanding of diseases and mental illness could lead to the hysteria of the witch-hunts. The film was made as a documentary but contains dramatized sequences that are comparable to horror films.

From my trip to Scotland (personal diary)
Personal photography © 2014

"While you are on foot, your eyes wander freely around the buildings of the city. Sometimes you feel dizzy from their number and sometimes from their extent and charm. Most of them, big like giants stand still guarding Edinburgh’s beautiful architecture but without overshadowing the smaller and equally lovely onesYou can spot buildings in the streets in the classical Greek style. You will see them everywhere, you can easily recognise them. Looking like a well preserved facade of Parthenon (Acropolis) back in Athens. I got goosebumps all over my body. To me was a marvellous, unforgettable experience. Not only because i was seeing for the first time Scotland’s Baronial architecture, the majestic Gothic Revival i was only dreaming, not only about the Greek architecture that spends a peaceful life in the Athens of the North among Renaissance towers and Medieval castles but the fact that all the above architectural styles create this amazing, beautiful and very atmospheric town… and i was there to witness it from close.”

My life in one picture

― Christopher Morley

Christopher Morley

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Happiness is a cup of coffee (or tea) and a really good book…

Happiness is a cup of coffee (or tea) and a really good book…

Vergina Greek: Βεργίνα, is a small town in northern Greece, located in the regional unit of Imathia, Central Macedonia. Since the 2011 local government reform it is part of the municipality Veroia, of which it is a municipal unit. The town became internationally famous in 1977, when the Greek archaeologist Manolis Andronikos unearthed the burial site of the kings of Macedon, including the tomb of Philip II, father of Alexander the Great. The finds established the site as the ancient Aigai (Greek: Αἰγαί; Latin transcription: Aegae). source

Museum of Royal Tombs of Aigai, Macedonia, Greece

The museum, which was inaugurated in 1993, was built in a way to protect the tombs, exhibit the artifacts and show the tumulus as it was before the excavations. Inside the museum there are four tombs and one small temple, the heroon built as the temple for the great tomb of Philip II of Macedon. The two most important graves were not sacked and contained the main treasures of the museum. Tomb II of Philip II, the father of Alexander was discovered in 1977 and was separated in two rooms. The main room included a marble sarcophagus, and in it was the larnax (1st and 2nd picture) made of 24 carat gold and weighing 11 kilograms. Inside the golden larnax the bones of the dead were found and a golden wreath (1st and 5th picture) of 313 oak leaves and 68 acorns, weighing 717 grams. In the room were also found the golden and ivory panoply (3rd picture) of the dead, the richly-carved burial bed on which he was laid and later burned and silver utensils for the funeral feast. In the antechamber, there was another sarcophagus with another smaller golden larnax containing the bones of a woman wrapped in a golden-purple cloth with a golden diadem decorated with flowers and enamel (last picture). There was one more partially destroyed by the fire burial bed and on it a golden wreath representing leaves and flowers of myrtle. Above the Doric order entrance of the tomb there is a wall painting measuring 5.60 metres which represents a hunting scene (4th picture).

In 1978 another burial site (Tomb III) was also discovered near the tomb of Philip, which belongs to Alexander IV of Macedon son of Alexander the Great. It was slightly smaller than the previous and was also not sacked. It was also arranged in two parts, but only the main room contained a cremated body this time. On a stone pedestal was found a silver hydria which contained the bones and on it a golden oak wreath. There were also utensils and weaponry. A narrow frieze with a chariot race decorated the walls of the tomb. The other two tombs were found to have been sacked. Tomb I or the Tomb of Persephone was discovered in 1977 and although it contained no valuable things found, on its walls was found a marvellous wall painting showing the abduction of Persephone by Hades. The other tomb, discovered in 1980, is heavily damaged and may have contained valuable treasures while it had an impressive entrance with four Doric columns. It was built in the 4th century BC and the archaeologists believe that the tomb belonged to Antigonus II Gonatas. pictures | edit

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