If a maritime catastrophe expert was asked about an example of one of the most interesting stories, he would probably mention the case of Vasa. In 1961, this very warship was taken out of the sea to be examined by scientists. It is known for being the most expensive and the most decorated ship in the 17th century’s Sweden. The ship that, after sailing 1,300 metres, sunk in the harbour of Stockholm. This embarrassing distance unfortunately did not live up to the expectations people had of Vasa, which was supposed to outshine all the military units on the Baltic Sea at that time.
At a first glance, the answer to this question seems ridiculously easy. These masterpieces survived in written forms in books and on digital devices. Of course, the contemporary copies of books of distinguished thought leaders of ancient times are copies of the originals.
Most of the travellers coming to Portugal start their visit from Algarve or Lisbon. In the former, they look for relaxation on beautiful beaches, and in the latter, they want to get to know the capital and occasionally its surroundings. We forget a bit that there are other equally or even more interesting places to see in Portugal. I recently visited the region around the city of Porto.
In the 14th century, between the years 1322 and 1324, Europe was struck by especially severe winters. It was so freezing cold for months that even the whole Baltic froze. Merchants, military and bandits made use of this bizarre situation and used the frozen sea as a shortcut. Resourceful innkeepers were overjoyed and started building their inns in the middle of the sea. Special construction of the furnaces prevented them from melting the ice underneath. Seems unreal, right?
Jesus is sentenced to death. Soldiers decorate his head with a crown of thorns. They put a cross on his back, which he carries to the top of Calvary in sweat and tears. He is nailed to the cross and put amongst the other condemned men. He is left to die of exhaustion and of the wounds he’s suffering. When the guards aren’t looking, Jesus takes his chance, slips off the cross and runs away. Is that not what happened? It would have been, had the Romans not known how to crucify people.