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San Antolín cathedral, Palencia. Image by Miguel Angel Garcia / CC BY 2.0
Europe’s first intelligent cathedral
San Antolín cathedral in Palencia, Spain, has become Europe’s first smart cathedral. A total of 130 black wireless devices have been placed throughout the 14th-century Gothic building to monitor conditions including temperature, humidity and insect activity. The project is designed to catch damage before it happens and is due to be rolled out to the Museum of Basque History in Bayonne, France, and the monastery of Yuso, in San Millán de la Cogolla, Spain. Read more: elpais.com
Search for Cervantes’ remains
Officials in Madrid have granted permission to excavate burial sites under the Trinitarias convent in the hope of finding the remains of the novelist Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra. Arguably Spain’s greatest writer, the author of Don Quixote died in poverty and was reportedly buried at the convent in Madrid on 23 April 1616. Despite this knowledge, his body has never been identified. Read more: elpais.com
Luxurious residence of ousted president Yanukovich open to public
The residence of ousted Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovich, having been deserted by armed guards, is now open to visitors. People have been taking a tour of the estate over the weekend and posting photos of its attractions on social media. The 140-hectare property is located in Mezhyhirya, outside Kyiv and, among other things, includes a private zoo and a luxurious car collection. Read more: rt.com
Moscow Planetarium’s new exhibition promotes struggling space program
A new exhibition called ‘I want to be a cosmonaut!’ is on at the Moscow Planetarium. It presents artifacts from the history of the Soviet space program and projections of films by the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos). Visitors can test a space-station treadmill or try on space-suit gloves. This is part of Russia’s efforts to find a new generation of cosmonauts, as its space program has been struggling for the past 20 years. Read more: themoscowtimes.com
Poland set for cultural regeneration
Poland’s Ministry of Culture and National Heritage is to grant PLN275.2 million (around €660,500) towards funding 18 cultural projects across the country, in a scheme aiming to promote and protect Polish heritage. The International Cultural Centre in Warsaw’s New Theatre and Malbork Castle are among the projects and sights set to benefit. Read more: newpolandexpress.pl