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    The fancy, the scientific and the strange: antique book illustrations and theories

    Illustrations of codices and other old books bespeak about doctrines and ideas of a certain period of time, besides the artists’ aesthetical tastes. In certain eras, people thought that beauty originated from God and that it was the artists’ responsibility to reflect God’s glory on works of art appropriately. Thus, they made certain masterpieces with especially great sense of responsibility and carefulness.

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    In Hungarian saddle

    You might think that England is the home of horse-racing, but even in the Ancient Rome supporting and gambling fever raged, just look at the huge size of the Circus Maximus in Rome. But it would be hypocrisy to say that horse- and chariot racing became popular only because of the sight and the love of horses. The opportunity for booking and winning – as it was also a kind of gambling – was at least as important. You can have a look into the history of the Hungarian horse-racing. 

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    Places and dramas of waiting

    Despite that you often think life is too short to spend it waiting, you do spend a great deal of time on waiting during your lives. According to statistics, one spends on average three years with queuing. Either it is queuing or other kind of waiting, they are all manifestation forms of social adaptation, which are organic parts of your lives and culture.

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    Legendary confectioneries - the Auguszt

    There is a family that has been exercising the confectioner profession for the fifth generation now: they are the family Auguszt. This week, we are looking for the answer for the question ‘what is the secret of the dynasty’.

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    National memorial place from public cemetery

    Cemeteries are not just places that can be interpreted on the emotional level of passing or mourning. There are graveyards that became pilgrimage destinations in the past decades, like the Házsongárdi of Kolozsvár (Cluj-Napoca), the Père-Lachaise of Paris, or the Fiumei Road Graveyard. This week, through the history of the latter, we are searching for the answer to the question ‘How it became a National Pantheon from a public cemetery?’

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Virtual exhibitions


Besides searching and browsing digitized cultural contents, visitors can view thematic virtual exhibitions from the records of MaNDA’s database, which are widened weekly. Our aim with the exhibitions is to introduce the cultural contents of the database in a new context, in a way that they would never be in the same virtual room otherwise, due to their spatial, legal or formal features. You can see our former exhibitions under this menu.

Establishment of Europeana


During the period of the Swedish EU presidency in April 2001 in Lund, representatives of the then 15 Member States formulated their demand that a breakthrough in the field of cultural digitisation was necessary. One of their most important issues was that a cooperative forum should be created in order to put cultural digitisation in the European dimension and the accessibility and visibility of the European digital cultural heritage must be promoted.