Curiosities you may not know about Naples' 'Veiled Christ'
Naples is one of the most beautiful and fascinating cities in the world, both for its architecture and its sights, including museums. One of the most appreciated places of all is undoubtedly the Sansevero Chapel, inside which is the statue of the 'Veiled Christ'.This is a marvellous work where the dead Christ, lying on a mattress, is covered by a veil that adheres perfectly to his form. The magnificence of the statue lies in the veil, carved from a single block of marble, which seems transparent over Christ's body. On his face, moreover, one can see precisely the signs of suffering following the Passion.On the account of the 'Veiled Christ', there is also a fascinating legend about the veil and alchemy, of which Raimondo di Sangro, the commissioner of the work.
Maya, a 3,000-year-old "highway" discovered in the middle of the forest
A literally unbelievable discovery comes from South America, and specifically from the territories that once belonged to the Mayas, one of the three great pre-Columbian civilisations along with the Incas (Peru) and Aztecs (Mexico). In the territory between present-day Guatemala and Mexico, in fact, a huge network of highways has been discovered.The complex of roads and bridges dates back as far as 3000 years, and the team of scientists who made the discovery compared it in importance to the discovery of the Egyptian pyramids. It is estimated that the 'highway' continues for hundreds of kilometres and intersects some 417 ancient Maya settlements.For this discovery, a new technology called lidar was used, an advanced type of radar that reveals presences hidden by dense vegetation, resulting in 3D reconstructive images.