Connection: Destroyed during invasionStari Ras and Sopocani
- During one of the raids, in 1689, the Ottoman Turks set fire to the monastery and carried off the lead from the church roof. The brotherhood escaped and the monastery remained deserted for over two hundred years, until the 20th century. The church slowly decayed: its vaults caved in, its dome fell down, and the remains of the surrounding buildings were covered with rubble and earth. (Wikipedia
- Karol Wojtyła was archbishop of Kraków and became Pope John Paul II, the first non-Italian pope in 455 years, in 1978.
Connection: Damaged in World War IICanterbury
- The most devastating raid was on 1 June 1942 during the Baedeker Blitz. On that day alone, 43 people were killed and nearly 100 sustained wounds. Some 800 buildings were destroyed with 1,000 seriously damaged. Although its library was destroyed, the cathedral did not sustain extensive bomb damage and the local Fire Wardens doused any flames on the wooden roof. (Wikipedia
)Tower of London
- Although only one bomb fell on the Tower of London in the First World War, the Second World War left a greater mark. On 23 September 1940, during the Blitz, high-explosive bombs damaged the castle, destroying several buildings and narrowly missing the White Tower. After the war, the damage was repaired and the Tower of London was reopened to the public. (Wikipedia