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colour photograph of Fatih Akin who is holding a microphone and holds up one hand
Exploring the films of director Fatih Akin

Belonging and identity in contemporary multicultural Germany

white map of Europe with purple background, and words Esch-sur-Alzette, Kaunas and Novi Sad
European Capital of Culture 2022

Esch-sur-Alzette, Kaunas and Novi Sad in the spotlight

black and white photograph of two people standing in front of a large glacier
Discovering Dreesen: a pioneering German photographer

Photographer, globetrotter, influencer

Gouache depicting a garden with large pond, rocks, pavilions and flower pots, late Qing dynasty
The Chinese Garden

Traditional Chinese garden design connects the realm of the physical with that of the ideal, to express the harmony that should exist between humans and nature.

Lilly Steinschneider wearing a pilot costume, she is holding her eye protecting goggles and her pilot cap in her right hand
Lilly Steinschneider, Hungary's first female pilot

Conquering the skies in 1912

cropped black and white photograph, a man with a beard wearing long robes and a hat
Abdullah Frères, Ottoman photographers

Documenting life in Constantinople and the Ottoman Empire

Detail of a miniature of Charlemagne at a table receiving a letter
How the Carolingian dynasty changed how we read

Learn how the Frankish noble family helped popularise and standardise written text as we know it now.

An assembly of women reading, in 'L'Épître Othéa'.
Private and public reading

Different reading practices in the Middle Ages

View from above of a combination lock
Ismail al-Jazari: The Muslim inventor who may have inspired Leonardo da Vinci

Uncover the story of the 12th century polymath who laid the groundwork for modern engineering, hydraulics and robotics.

A modern-day example of a monastic refectory of St. Paul's Abbey in Oosterhout (the Netherlands).
Monastic mealtimes

Nourishment for body and soul

black and white photograph of a group of people who are wearing white tennis clothing
Photographers Augusta and Anna Curiel

Sisters who chronicled early 20th century life in Suriname

Jesuits in China, Part 2

Learn about the intrigue, spying, and political and religious opposition that would lead the Jesuits to be banned from China for almost 100 years.

An early copy of the Annals of Petau, showing the short entries in Latin for each year (beginning with ‘Anno’ with a stylised initial 'A' in red)
From Easter to Emperor

Monastic annals and the evolution of medieval historiography

Jesuits in China

A story of mutual discovery, part 1

Engraving of writers Virgilius, Cicero and Seneca talking to each other
Cicero’s legacy in medieval western Europe

Rhetorical and philosophical teaching of Marcus Tullius Cicero

Sharing joy and cultural heritage

Europeana Advent Calendar 2021

cover of a booklet with word 'How to play the old course St Andrews' and a green silhouette of a golfer
How to play the Old Course at St Andrews, Scotland's home of golf

A guidebook to 'the finest golf course'

Monastic vs scholastic reading habits

Differences in medieval readers approaches

Tiny but mighty

Watching the evolution of Dutch agriculture on TV

black and white photograph of Zarasai in the distance behind a lake and sailing boat
Sport and tourist history in Zarasai, Lithuania

How a ski jump symbolises Lithuanian sport and tourist history