Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Flags of the World | São Tomé and Príncipe

The islands São Tomé and Príncipe are located in the Gulf of Guinea and its flag has been adopted in 1975, the year the island nation gained independence from Portugal.

The design of the current flag has been inspired by the flag of the movement for independence.

Monday, August 19, 2019

Struve Geodetic Arc | Norway

The Struve Geodetic Arc is a chain of survey triangulations stretching from Hammerfest in Norway to the Black Sea, through ten countries and over 2,820 km.

This helped to calculate the exact size and shape of the planet and marked an important step in the development of earth sciences and topographic mapping.

Struve Geodetic Arc is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Struve Belarus  Struve Estonia  Struve Finland  Struve Latvia  Struve Lithuania  Struve Norway Struve Moldova  Struve Russia  Struve Sweden  Struve Ukraine

Sunday, August 18, 2019

The necropolis of Bet She’arim | Israel

Beit She'arim is a Roman-era Jewish village (now ruin) that thrived from the 1st-century BCE until its demise in the early 20th century.

Hewed into the limestone slopes of hills bordering the Vale of Jezre’el, a series of man-made catacombs was developed from the 2nd century AD as the necropolis of Bet She’arim.

Necropolis of Bet She’arim: A Landmark of Jewish Renewal is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Saturday, August 17, 2019

The beauty of Kosovo

Kosovo declared independence on the 17th of February 2008. The small south east European state sits between Albania, Macedonia, Serbia and Montenegro. The capital of the Republic is Prishtina, a city of around 500,000 people. The population of Kosovo exceeds 2 million.

Friday, August 16, 2019

The beauty of Monaco - Monte-Carlo

Monaco is a tiny country hidden amongst the south of France, the second smallest country after Vatican city. With only 32,000 inhabitants.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Trinity Cathedral | Russia

The Trinity Cathedral is a cathedral church, the oldest of all the remaining buildings in the Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius. It was built in 1422-1423 by St. Nikon.

Architectural Ensemble of the Trinity Sergius Lavra in Sergiev Posad is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Industrial city of Ivrea | Italy

The industrial city of Ivrea is located in the Piedmont region and developed as the testing ground for Olivetti, manufacturer of typewriters, mechanical calculators and office computers.

Ivrea, industrial city of the 20th century is a UNESCO World Heritage site. It comprises a large factory and buildings designed to serve the administration and social services, as well as residential units.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Flags of the World | Marshall islands

The flag of the Marshall Islands was adopted upon the start of self-government, May 1, 1979.

In 1947 the USA and the UN Security Council signed an agreement putting the "Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands" (most of Micronesia, including the Marshall Islands), under the wing of America.
Thousands of troops and their families were based at the islands. In total 66 nuclear tests were carried out between 1946 and 1958 on Bikini and Enewatak.

After a 1975 referendum, the Trust Territory was split into the separate states of Palau, Federated States of Micronesia, and Republic of the Marshall Islands. In 1979, the Marshall Islands became self-governing.

Monday, August 12, 2019

Bhong Mosque | Pakistan

Bhong Mosque (Bhong Masjid) is located in the village of Bhong, Sadiqabad Tehsil, in southern Punjab, Pakistan. It was designed and constructed over a period of nearly 50 years (1932–1982).

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Sunday, August 11, 2019

Palacio de Generalife | Spain

The Palacio de Generalife (meaning something like the Architect's (alarife) Garden) was the summer palace and country estate of the Nasrid rulers of the Emirate of Granada, Spain.

Alhambra, Generalife and Albayzín, Granada is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Roman theatre of Mérida | Spain

The Roman colony of Augusta Emerita (present day Mérida, Spain) was founded in 25 BC by Augustus, the first emperor of the Roman Empire. The city was the capital of the Roman province of Lusitania. The modern city of Mérida has been built on top of Emerita, yet, archaeological remains are well preserved.

Archaeological Ensemble of Mérida is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The 22 component parts of the property comprise an area of 31 ha. One of these components is the Roman Theatre.

The church of peace in Świdnica | Poland

The religious and political conflicts of the 17th century that took place in the German states ended with the so called Peace of Westphalia in 1648. Silesian Protestants, supported by Sweden, negotiated the right to establish three new churches.

The Austrian emperor, Ferdinand, allowed to build churches in Glogau (Głogów), Schweidnitz (Świdnica) and Jauer (Jawor). Two of the three churches are still standing today, only the Protestant church in Glogow had burned down in 1758. These churches are the largest timber-framed religious buildings in Europe

Churches of Peace in Jawor and Świdnica is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Friday, August 9, 2019

Flags of the World | Uganda

The flag of Uganda was adopted on 9 October 1962, the date that Uganda became independent from the Great Brittain. In the middle you see a Grey Crowned Crane, the national bird of Uganda.

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Patan Durbar Square | Nepal

Kathmandu Valley is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The cultural heritage of the Kathmandu Valley is illustrated by seven groups of monuments and buildings which display the full range of historic and artistic achievements for which the Kathmandu Valley is world famous.

The seven groups of monuments and buildings include:
- Durbar Squares of Hanuman Dhoka (Kathmandu), Patan and Bhaktapur
- the Buddhist stupas of Swayambhu and Bauddhanath
- and the Hindu temples of Pashupati and Changu Narayan.


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