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Here we will regale you with many tales, myths and mysterious legends happened in this medieval city. All can be seen by those who have the eyes to see ... come with us and we will show you where to look.

Dark’s News

17th June 2017

Steven Dark Writer, Actor, Independent Celebrant (London)

Rudas Baths & The Legendary Vampires at the Castle’s Court

21st November 2017

Recently restored and modernized the Rudas baths originally built during the Turkish occupation of Hungary in the 16th century still retains many features of traditional Turkish design. Six thermal baths of varying temperatures bubble gently in one dimly lit, intimate and steamy room downstairs. The ceiling of the centre bath is a patchwork of small, […]

Dracula’s Castle – Hunyad, Budapest

29th October 2017

Built in 1307 by King Carol Robert of Anjou, it was reportedly the prison of Vlad the Impaler (Dracula) who was locked up in its dungeon for seven years after he was deposed in 1462. So, he just might be one of the many spirits who still resides there. There are many others, as well. […]

Absinthe – La Fée Verte (The Green Fairy)

10th September 2017

Nothing typifies the milieu of La Belle Epoque more than Absinthe, the notorious drink of choice of artists and Bohemians in fin de siecle London and Paris. While little of the alleged psychoactive or hallucinatory aspects of absinthe have been explained by science, what we do know is that the drink touched the lives and […]

Myths and Legends of Playing Cards – Episode 2

31st August 2017

Ruthven Castle (now Barracks) The castle that once stood on the site of the barracks, was said to be haunted by its notorious lord, who was trapped in limbo playing cards with the Devil. Ruthven was first used as a Barracks in 1689 however a castle used to stand on the site and which was […]

The Bone Chapel (Ossuary), Kutna Hora, Czech Republic.

21st August 2017

Famous castles, churches, chapels and cemetaries of Europe – The Bone Chapel (Ossuary), Kutna Hora, Czech Republic. The Sedlec Ossuary (Czech: Kostnice v Sedlci) is a small Roman Catholic chapel, located beneath the Cemetery Church of All Saints (Czech: Hřbitovní kostel Všech Svatých) in Sedlec, a suburb of Kutná Hora in the Czech Republic. The […]

Myths and Legends of Playing Cards – Episode 1

2nd August 2017

The Devil in his many guises and of many different names – Lucifer, Satan, Beelzebub, Mephisto, Mephistopheles is a rather well travelled chap appearing throughout history to just about every society and culture that has existed. As a young boy growing up in my home country of Wales I learned a local legend that, many […]

Esoteric Prague Part 2 – The Golem

29th July 2017

The Golem of Prague In the Old Town area of Prague in the heart of Josefov, the Jewish quarter, stands an unprepossessing building that hides within its walls a secret. In the attic of the Old-New Synagogue there is a genizah, a room or depository in a synagogue or cemetery, usually specifically for worn-out Hebrew-language […]

Esoteric Prague Part 1

24th July 2017

Prague, mother of cities and the city of more dreaming spires than Oxford is a city both modern and ancient. The capital of the Czech Republic with a population of about 0.9 million is the powerhouse of a booming Czech economy. Even in the current global world recession Prague is doing very well. Over the […]

House at the Black Madonna – Grand Cafe Orient Prague

25th June 2017

Carrot cake, the Black Madonna & the Order of the Knights Templar – Grand Cafe Orient at the House of the Black Madonna (Prague, Czech Republic) by Steven Dark Designed by Josef Gocár, The House of the Black Madonna ((U Cerné Matky Boží)) is a cubist building in the “Old Town” area of Prague, Czech […]

1850s Prague Photography on Display at City Gallery

20th June 2017

1850s Prague Photography on Display at City Gallery Some of the earliest photos ever captured of the Czech capital, from photographer Andreas Groll, are now open to the public. From now until May 8, you can see Groll’s early photography of Prague and other cities at the exhibit Andreas Groll (1812–1872): Unknown Photographer at Prague […]

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