Great Graves: Exploring the most impressive tombs in Europe

There’s an element of pilgrimage in visiting the graves of departed heroes. Gazing onto the final resting places of national icons such as Beethoven and Napoleon is a window onto history and the ever-changing narratives that drive national identity. …

Dead but not forgotten: exploring the great London cemeteries

The dead live in London. Their names are immortalised on road signs, blue plaques and etched brass plates on landmark monuments. But what about the actual final resting places of great, departed Londoners? Most are overlooked, once you get …

Understanding India’s Shakti Peeth temples

If you spend any time in India, you’ll hear the term shakti peeth. In a country overflowing with sacred sites, these landmark Hindu temples have an extra level of significance. You’ll probably encounter your first shakti peeth by …

India’s most unusual temples

People often say that god exists in everything, and in India people take that idea to its logical conclusion. Dotted around this spectacular subcontinent are surprising shrines to sportsmen and Bollywood superstars, and temples paying homage to humble household …