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  • By: Vincent van den Born
  • Developed and built for a rally in 1939 that never was, the Porsche Type 64 is the first in a long line of Porsche race cars. Bought from the Porsche family in 1949, it was the first proper Porsche sold, and was raced during the 1950’s by forgotten race legend Otto Mathé. Up for auction in August, the prototype Porsche is expected to sell for $20 million.
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  • By: Vincent van den Born
  • “The system of fortifications centred around the Trelleborg-type ring fortresses displayed Harald Bluetooth’s ability to command and organise significant manpower and resources, while offering major strategic benefits.”
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  • By: Vincent van den Born
  • The largest of all the manors of the Loire-river in France, Chambord, is classified as a World Heritage site. Recently, a renovation was completed that restored its French-style landscaped gardens, after a forty year absence. The occasion is celebrated by an exhibition of contemporary art, featuring some of the biggest names of the 20th century.

    In related news, the Palace of Versailles, better known and visited still than Chambord, is revealing an until now well-kept secret: the Opéra Royal du Palais has now opened its door to the public. This and more in the following France 24 above.

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