BBC World Service Can you build a city on millions of porcelain pieces? In Jingdezhen, the centre of Chinese porcelain-making for a thousand years, up to 90% of some firings were discarded and smashed: as a result, in some areas there are more shards in the ground than soil. Writer Huan Hsu explains why shard-hunting has become a lucrative pursuit. Have you ever dug up something valuable from the ground?
The Oxford University Museum of Natural History contains many treasures, but the building is one in its own right.
Built in 1861, the interior decoration is not purely ornamental. The men leaning against the columns on the ground floor are famous scientists, like Aristotle and Darwin. The columns on the top floor are made from various British stones and are topped by bronze leaves and branches from different plants.
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More than 3 million visitors come to the Palace of Versailles each year. Many of them just want to see the "Hall of Mirrors".
The Palace of Versailles in France started out as a modest hunting lodge. But Louis the 14th, known as the Sun King, transformed it into the largest and most grandiose palace in the world – harnessing the power of art and architecture to maintain and strengthen his political authority. Today, France’s kings are long gone, but the Palace of Versailles and its vast garden still stand. UNESCO has named Versailles World Heritage Site number 83, given that it represents a masterpiece of human creative genius, that it exhibits an important interchange in human values and because it is associated with artistic works of outstanding universal significance. Report: Genevieve Oger