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History

The Benedictine monk who changed the way we learn music

As Augustine wrote, "He who sings prays twice."

The fascinating history of Paris’ “Hostel of God”

The Hôtel-Dieu de Paris is the oldest hospital in Paris and the longest operating in the world.

This monastic complex, sitting on top of a 130-ft-tall monolith, is 11 centuries old

The monolith is traditionally referred to as “the Pillar of Life,” making it a symbol of the Cross.

The oldest continuously operating library in the world is in this Egyptian monastery.

It's also the second richest library on Earth, due to the number and value of its books.

Why are there unicorns in the Bible?

A matter of translation ended up weaving a unique Christian iconographic tradition.

This papyrus contains the oldest Marian prayer known to date

It is from the year 250, and is written in Greek.

The oldest catechism in Christian history dates from the 1st century

And it’s an anonymous treatise the Church Fathers held in the highest esteem.

The pope who “baptized” coffee

Coffee was considered “the Devil’s Drink” until Clement VIII tried it.

Back to school: The five oldest universities in Europe

The university system as we know it developed in Europe around what were then called “cathedral schools.”

This gigantic Iron Age city might have inspired the story of David and Goliath

Excavating the remains of the city of Gath, archaeologists have found even older unusually large buildings and fortifications.

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