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The Sainte-Chapelle: a safe and a revolution
Michael Benhamou
May 20, 2022
Diary/Letter
Is Bordeaux a croissant?
Michael Benhamou
May 20, 2022
Foci-Analysis
Albi’s inspiring sobriety
Michael Benhamou
May 20, 2022
Diary/Letter
Goethe's Refuge
Michael Benhamou
May 20, 2022
Historical Event
The fluctuating Pantheon
Michael Benhamou
May 20, 2022
Foci-Analysis
Roussillon, progress and nostalgia
Michael Benhamou
May 20, 2022
Foci-Analysis
Tōdai-ji Temple - in between China and Japan
Durga Kale
May 20, 2022
Foci-Analysis
Bishamonten- the listener
Durga Kale
May 20, 2022
Historical Event
Austerlitz - Napoleon’s genius and predicament
Michael Benhamou
May 20, 2022
Historical Event
Hell in Abruzzo
Michael Benhamou
May 20, 2022
Historical Event
Pope Innocent X: stubborn but smart
Michael Benhamou
May 20, 2022
Historical Event
Faith adapting to difficult times
Snehal Tambulwadikar Khedkar
May 20, 2022
Foci-Analysis
Kinkaku-ji - from nothingness to beauty
Durga Kale
May 20, 2022
Foci-Analysis
Phoenix statue on the golden Pavilion Temple
Durga Kale
May 20, 2022
Foci-Analysis
Shachi - summoning rain with fish tails
Durga Kale
May 20, 2022
Diary/Letter
Going full Brou 
Michael Benhamou
May 20, 2022
Foci-Analysis
What cows mean for Indians
Snehal Tambulwadikar Khedkar
May 20, 2022
Foci-Analysis
The Platform of love - Rasmancha
Snehal Tambulwadikar Khedkar
May 20, 2022
Foci-Analysis
Smooth boat rides at Bishnupur
Snehal Tambulwadikar Khedkar
May 20, 2022
Foci-Analysis
Architectural distress at Dijon 
Michael Benhamou
May 20, 2022
Foci-Analysis
Dijon’s hidden jewel 
Michael Benhamou
May 20, 2022
Foci-Analysis
Mixed feelings in Beaune 
Michael Benhamou
May 20, 2022
Diary/Letter
The power of Tournus 
Michael Benhamou
May 20, 2022
Foci-Analysis
Elephants and monsters at Sens
Michael Benhamou
May 20, 2022
Foci-Analysis
Sens Cathedral - from nightmares to light
Michael Benhamou
May 20, 2022
Foci-Analysis
Lost in Tonnerre 
Michael Benhamou
May 20, 2022
Diary/Letter
Breaking down with Henri Miller 
Michael Benhamou
May 20, 2022
Foci-Analysis
Offering the moon for love
Snehal Tambulwadikar Khedkar
May 20, 2022
Foci-Analysis
Arab merchants connecting East and West
Snehal Tambulwadikar Khedkar
May 20, 2022
Diary/Letter
Ice Skating on the Seine
Michael Benhamou
May 20, 2022
Historical Event
Fontainebleau, Kings & Proust
Michael Benhamou
May 20, 2022
Foci-Analysis
The Snakes of Badami Caves 
Snehal Tambulwadikar Khedkar
May 20, 2022
All Arts Location
Beauty and modernity of Vitthala Temple 
Snehal Tambulwadikar Khedkar
May 20, 2022
All Arts Location
The elephants of Ellora caves 
Snehal Tambulwadikar Khedkar
May 20, 2022
Randomity
Wedding at Virupaksha Temple 
Snehal Tambulwadikar Khedkar
May 20, 2022
Historical Event
Brotteaux's cement of blood
Michael Benhamou
May 20, 2022
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Foci-Diary

June 2022

So what's our latest?

Well, it's that we have begun something !

Focillon. Years in the making. Historians, archeologists, anthropologists, artists... all teaming up to make culture more accessible, more personal. Using old dusty manuals but also quotes from famous travelers, film locations, novels or our own emotions, we want to give you the tricks to crack what's in front of you - historical landscapes, paintings, religious buildings, your own street even! (we have some stalkers in the band..)

As the map shows, our team has covered most continents - but we obviously miss experts and content on Africa, Asia or Latin America. We're hoping this late Spring launch will attract new researchers, new artists.

Why artists? Because we intend to create arts & history objects pretty soon - t-shirts, mugs, home accessories - to finance this operation. More to come!

In the meantime: enjoy all of this and tell us what you think (contact@focillon.org).

Take good care,
The Foci-Team

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The force of worship behind temples and pious art.

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Paintings, sculptures or posters deserving a dive

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Death

Some wisdom for the last journey

Citylife

Urban settlements! Towns! Megalopolis!

Nature

What our earth once was, what it is becoming...

Business

On innovation, companies & gross profits

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War

When violence collides with history

Love

When affection collides with affection

Family

When affection turns into babies

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