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UNESCO World Heritage status for Madinat al-Zahra
Culture Sun, Jul 1, 2018

UNESCO World Heritage status for Madinat al-Zahra

A MEDIAEVAL Arab city and the remains of the Caliphate of Córdoba has been granted UNESCO World Heritage status after the organisation met and voted in Manama, Bahrain today (Sunday). The Madinat al-Zahra – known in...

Santiago cathedral's La Gloria portico restored
Culture Fri, Jun 29, 2018

Santiago cathedral's La Gloria portico restored

A PAINSTAKING 50,000 hours of restoration work on the La Gloria portico at Santiago de Compostela cathedral has been unveiled and visitors will finally get to see the intricate archway without its scaffolding for the...

Mario Vargas Llosa hospitalised after fall
Culture Thu, Jun 21, 2018

Mario Vargas Llosa hospitalised after fall

NOBEL Prize-winning author and former presidential candidate Mario Vargas Llosa has been admitted to hospital after a fall at his home in Madrid. The 82-year-old Peruvian had not long returned home from the island of La...

UK's Norman Foster to extend El Prado museum
Culture Thu, Jun 21, 2018

UK's Norman Foster to extend El Prado museum

BRITISH architect Norman Foster is behind plans to extend Madrid's iconic El Prado art museum, one of the capital's 'big three' along with the Reina Sofía and the Thyssen-Bornemizsa. Foster &...

'Titanic' doll up for auction
Culture Mon, Jun 4, 2018

'Titanic' doll up for auction

A DOLL which 'survived' the and was recovered from the sea bed 65 years later is up for auction again, her current owner has revealed. Only the head remains of passenger Eva Hart's favourite doll, whom she...

Curtain-up on Cecilia's 'Ecce Homo' opera in Arizona
Culture Mon, May 21, 2018

Curtain-up on Cecilia's 'Ecce Homo' opera in Arizona

AN OPERA based upon the bizarre tale of an elderly lady's botched restoration of a 19th-century has been aired in Arizona ahead of its world première. Cecilia Giménez was 81 when, in 2012, she decided to restore...

Picasso painting bought in 25,000 'chunks'
Culture Mon, May 14, 2018

Picasso painting bought in 25,000 'chunks'

A LATE-ERA Picasso painting was bought online by 25,000 individuals before being put on display in a Swiss museum. The 1968 (pictured) has just been set up at Geneva's MAMCO museum, six months after its sale in what...

UK-born Spanish Film Academy chair Yvonne Blake to be replaced
Culture Tue, May 8, 2018

UK-born Spanish Film Academy chair Yvonne Blake to be...

BRITISH-BORN Spanish Film Academy chairwoman Yvonne Blake will not return to her role following her stroke in January, and the job is likely to go to her current second-in-command. Celebrated costume designer Ms Blake,...

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