The Rotting Rothschild Mansion In Paris-The Rothschilds are known as one of the greatest European banking dynasties ever established, amassing the largest private fortune in modern history. The family is less well-known for anything to do with squalor, ruin or decay

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The Mouth of Truth -Starting from the Middle Ages, it was believed that if one told a lie with one's hand in the mouth of the sculpture, it would be bitten off. The Mouth of Truth is located in the portico of the church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin in Rome, Italy

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Last photo taken of Empress Elisabeth of Austria before her assassination in 1898. The tightness of her corset enabled her to walk and talk for awhile though she had been stabbed in the heart with a small blade.

1935: Lady Elizabeth, the Duchess of York, is followed by her daughters, the 9-year-old Princess Elizabeth, right, the future Queen Elizabeth II, and 5-year-old Princess Margaret, arriving at London's Olympia for the Royal Tournament.

In the year 1271 Marco Polo, age 17, set out from Venice with his father and uncle on a journey across Asia. Marco’s account of his 24-year odyssey would reveal a world never before described. Traveling by caravan, the Polos followed ancient trade routes through lands that still evoke Marco’s amazing finds. Though he revealed little of himself in his widely translated book, The Description of the World, Marco is idealized as a learned explorer on a mosaic in Genoa, Italy, pictured here.

I love these photos of old abandoned buildings! Who could leave all these books, not to mention the beautiful cabinetry! save the books!

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