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One‘s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things
Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer
One‘s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things
The Eiffel Tower (Tour Eiffel) is a wrought-iron lattice tower on the Champ de Mars in Paris, France. It is named after the engineer Gustave Eiffel, whose company designed and built the tower. The French have a nickname for the tower: La Dame de Fer, "The Iron Lady" It was at the 1889 Exposition Universelle, the date that marked the 100th anniversary of the French Revolution, that a great competition was launched in the Journal Officiel. The plan to build a tower 300 m (984 ft) high was conceived as part of preparations for the World's Fair. The first digging work started on the 28th January 1887. Each of the 18,000 pieces used to build the tower was calculated specifically for the project and prepared in Eiffel's factory on the outskirts of Paris. The wrought-iron structure is composed of four immense arched legs, set on masonry piers that curve inward until joining in a single, tapered tower. On the 31st March 1889, the Tower had been finished in record time – 2 years, 2 months and 5 days – and was established as a veritable technical feat. Gustave Eiffel walked the 1,710 steps to the top of the Tower to place the tricolored French flag at its summit. At the time, the Tower was 312 meters high. An object of discord, desire and fascination, the iconic Parisian landmark (324 m (1,063 ft) high including the antenna at the top) never fails to impress, and has become a global cultural icon of France, and one of the most recognisable structures in the world.
Shanghai, China's largest city Photo credit: @m.ynaux . Shanghai 上海 (literally 'Above the Sea'), a port city on the Huangpu River, on China’s central coast, is the country's biggest city and a global financial hub. No other city in the country is more vibrant and fascinating or has such a unique colonial past. Situated on the estuary of the Yangtze, the longest river in Asia, it serves as the most influential economic, financial, international trade, and cultural center in East China. Its heart is the Bund (also called Waitan), a famed waterfront promenade lined with colonial-era buildings of different western architectural styles. There is everything from classic Parisian style, to Tudor style buildings that give an English flair and 1930s buildings reminiscent of New York or Chicago. Across the Huangpu River rises the Pudong district’s futuristic skyline, including the 128-story Shanghai Tower, the 468 m (1,535 ft) high Oriental Pearl Radio and TV Tower (Dongfang Míngzhuta) with distinctive pink spheres, the 88-story Jin Mao Tower and the 101-story Shanghai World Financial Center.
Set in the 18th arrondissement of Paris, the charming hilltop Montmartre district, also known as "La Butte", is a former artists' village once inhabited by Picasso, Renoir and Dalí, and home to the white-domed Sacré-Cœur Basilica. Montmartre was originally named “Mons Martis”, meaning the “Mount of Mars”. Later, it was christened to “Montmartre”, also known as “Mount of the Martyr”. At the top of the hill, the first bishop of Paris, Saint Denis, was decapitated in 250 AD. An officially designated historic district, Montmartre is full of authentic charm, surrounded by beautiful, picturesque bohemian architecture. Its narrow alleys, its windmills, its little details, its soul are some of the things that make Montmartre so unique. Each brick that paves the way in this charming quarter is bound to carry a story. There are sweeping views of the city from its steep, winding streets. One of the best places to capture a postcard-perfect view of Paris is from the panoramic viewpoint at the parvis of Sacré Coeur Basilica.
Built between 1860 and 1871, the Église Saint-Augustin de Paris (Church of St. Augustine) is a Catholic church located on the crossroads of Boulevard Haussmann and Boulevard Malesherbes, in the 8th arrondissement of Paris, France. Until the Second Empire, this neighborhood was called “La Petite Pologne” (Little Poland) because of the ambient poverty. It is now one of the most expensive in Paris. The structure is 300 ft (91 m) in length and 240 ft (73 m) in width, and was the first big church in Paris to be built with a metallic framework covered in stones. The architecture blends Romanesque and Byzantine art with a 200 feet (61 m) high cupola. Metal and cast iron (very popular building materials during the second half of the 19th century) were used for its framework as well as the angels that decorate the church. The church looks absolutely stunning with its impressive rose window (covered in gold leaves since the latest renovation works) and its beautiful frieze. The red steel spire with its golden cross sits atop the slate blue steel dome. An equestrian statue of Joan of Arc (Jeanne d'Arc) was erected in front of the Eglise. Saint-Augustin was intended to be the resting place of Napoleon III and the Empress Eugénie who died in exile and were instead interred in St Michael's Abbey, Farnborough in England.
The Louvre Pyramid (Pyramide du Louvre) is a large glass and metal pyramid designed by Chinese-American architect Ieoh Ming Pei, surrounded by three smaller pyramids (reflecting pools with modern fountains, in the main courtyard (Cour Napoléon) of the Louvre Palace (Palais du Louvre) in Paris, France. Completed in 1989 (symbolically the bicentenary year of the French Revolution), the large pyramid has become a landmark of the city of Paris. The modern glass structure fits perfectly with the palace and has even become a tourist attraction in its own right. The work also involved renovation of the facades and gave the Louvre a real facelift. The pyramid used as an entrance in the Louvre's courtyard has the exact same proportions as the Great Pyramid of Giza. The choice of this figure also serves as a reminder of the importance of the Egyptian antiquities collection inside the museum. At its base, the pyramid measures 35 m (116ft) wide and 22 m (72 ft) high. 95 tons of steel and 105 tons of aluminum support the structure. The glass panes of the pyramids are made up of diamonds and triangles. This mixture creates the triangular form in irregular proportions, which creates the appearance of cut jewels. The pyramid and the underground lobby beneath it were created because of a series of problems with the Louvre's original main entrance, which could no longer handle the enormous number of visitors on an everyday basis. Visitors entering through the pyramid descend into the spacious lobby then re-ascend into the main Louvre buildings.
Venice, a city in the Venetian Lagoon, northeastern Italy Photo credit: @vero_lula . Venice (Venezia), the capital of northern Italy’s Veneto region, is situated across a group of 118 small islands that are separated by canals and linked by over 400 bridges, in a lagoon in the Adriatic Sea. Venice has no roads, just canals – including the Grand Canal thoroughfare – lined with Renaissance and Gothic palaces. Parts of Venice are renowned for the beauty of their settings, their architecture, and artwork. The lagoon and a part of the city are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The name Venetia is derived from the ancient Veneti people who inhabited the region by the 10th century BC. The city was historically the capital of the Republic of Venice. Venice has been known as the "Serenissima", "Queen of the Adriatic", "City of Water", "City of Masks", "City of Bridges", "La Dominante", "The Floating City", and "City of Canals" The city built over the waters of the Adriatic Sea is almost dreamlike, with its elaborate architecture, art-filled palaces, a palpable history stretching back more than 1,000 years and, of course, its network of ridiculously picturesque canals that take the place of streets, plied by gondolas, water taxis and canal boats.
Strasbourg, capital of the Alsace region, France Photo credit: @gorgeous_nyc . Strasbourg, capital city of the Grand Est region, at the border with Germany in the historic region of Alsace, in northeastern France, has one of Europe’s largest medieval quarters. The city was originally a Celtic village, and under the Romans it became a garrison town called Argentoratum. It was captured in the 5th century by the Franks, who called it Strateburgum, from which the present name Strasbourg (meaning "Town (at the crossing) of roads") is derived. Strasbourg is traversed by the Ill River, which divides and surrounds the Grande Île (Big Island) on which the old town and most of the city’s famous buildings are situated. The island was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1988, the first time such an honour was placed on an entire city centre. Strasbourg is also the seat of a number of European institutions and bodies including the European Parliament, the Council of Europe, and the European Court of Human Rights. In 1792 Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle, a French poet, musician and soldier, composed in Strasbourg the anthem of the Rhine Army (Chant de guerre pour l'Armée du Rhin), since known as “La Marseillaise”
The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris, commonly known as Sacré-Cœur (Basilique du Sacré-Cœur, a reference to the heart of Jesus, which is the representation of his divine love for humanity), located at the summit of the butte Montmartre, the highest point in the city, is a popular landmark and the second most visited monument in Paris, France. The basilica, in the shape of a Greek cross with 4 coupolas, draws inspiration from both Romanesque and Byzantine architecture, with round shaped arches. Perched on a hill to the north of Paris, the basilica dominates the skyline of Montmartre (once a hangout for Paris' bohemian crowd) with its white dome. The unspoiled white colour of the building is just one of its many charms. Stones used for construction secrete a white substance (cullet), which makes the building beautiful and white when it rains. The bell tower defies gravity and contains the most famous bell in France, "La Savoyarde", a work of 19 tonnes given by the four dioceses of Savoie.
Hallstatt Village in Austria's mountainous Salzkammergut region Photo credit: @garynine . Hallstatt, a small town in the Austrian state of Upper Austria (Oberösterreich), is situated between the southwestern shore of Lake Hallstatt (Hallstätter See) and the steep slopes of the Dachstein massif (the second highest mountain in the Northern Limestone Alps), in Salzkammergut region. With towering mountains on all sides, this quaint lakeside town has attracted visitors for centuries. Its 16th-century Alpine houses and alleyways are home to cafes and shops. Hallstatt is believed to be the oldest known salt mine in the world and archaeologists assumptions are that mining started here in the Bronze Age. That’s why the period between 800 and 400 BC is called Hallstatt period, showing the importance of this little village in Europe’s history. Due to its salt extraction, the region was very wealthy and this is another reason why you can call Hallstatt “the Pearl of Austria”. During Roman Times, mining was continued and also revived in the 14th century. In 1997, this amazing place, maybe Europe’s most beautiful village, was listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Bautzen, a hill-top town in eastern Saxony, Germany Photo credit: @jen.nxy . Bautzen, a city rising high above the Spree River, in Saxony Land, eastern Germany, is often regarded as the unofficial, but historical capital of Upper Lusatia (Oberlausitz, a region in Central Europe) A number of the towers and fortifications constructed in the Middle Ages can still be viewed and the town is also the cultural centre of the Sorb folk - a linguistic and cultural Slav minority in German which is closely related to the Czechs and Poles. As a border town in a strategic positions, Bautzen changed hands frequently in the early centuries of the Middle Ages, moving from the Holy Roman Empire to Czech control and into Polish hands before ending up in the Electorate of Saxony. Bautzen has a very compact and well preserved medieval town centre with numerous churches and towers and a city wall on the steep embankment to the river Spree, with one of the oldest preserved Waterworks in central Europe. It is also famous for its “Bautz’ner” mustard, which even has a museum dedicated to it.
Crystal Palace in Buen Retiro Park in Madrid, Spain Photo credit: @reyals88 . The Palacio de Cristal ("Crystal Palace"), a conservatory located in the centre of the Buen Retiro Park (Parque del Buen Retiro, literally "Park of the Pleasant Retreat") in central Madrid, Spain, was built in 1887 on the occasion of the Exposition of the Philippines (then a Spanish colonial possession), held in the same year, to house exotic flora and fauna. This 19th-century building, in the shape of a Greek cross, is one of the finest examples of iron architecture. It is made almost entirely of glass set in an iron framework on a brick base, which is decorated with ceramics. Its domed roofs makes the structure over 22 m (72 ft) high. The structure was designed in a way that would allow it to be dismantled and moved to another location. In front of the entrance to the palace are steps leading down into the large artificial lake of the Retiro Park. The park is set in around 130 hectares (321,237 acres) with a wide variety of over 15,000 trees, and is the venue for Madrid's annual book fair in May and June, where a long avenue of stalls present literature from all over the world in a variety of languages.
Prague, capital city of the Czech Republic Photo credit: @salma_arina . Prague, capital of the Czech Republic and a UNESCO monument, is one of the largest cities of Central Europe and has served as the capital of the historic region of Bohemia for centuries. It is regarded by many as one of Europe's most charming, colorful and beautiful cities. This magical city of bridges, cathedrals, gold-tipped towers and church domes, has been mirrored in the surface of the swan-filled Vltava River for more than ten centuries. Nicknamed “the City of a Hundred Spires,” it is known for its Old Town Square, the heart of its historic core, with colorful baroque buildings, Gothic churches and the medieval Astronomical Clock, which gives an animated hourly show. The pedestrian Charles Bridge (Karlův most), a stone Gothic bridge completed in 1402 and lined with statues of Catholic saints, is one of Prague's most iconic landmarks. It stands astride the Vltava River, connecting the Old Town and Lesser Town.
Vajdahunyad Castle in Budapest, Hungary Photo credit: @bodizoltan . Vajdahunyad Castle (Vajdahunyad vára) is one of the romantic castles in Budapest, Hungary, located in the City Park (Városliget) by the boating lake. The castle, despite all appearances, was built in 1896 as part of the Millennial Exhibition which celebrated the 1,000 years of Hungary since the Hungarian Conquest of the Carpathian Basin in 895. Vajdahunyad Castle is in fact a fantasy pastiche showcasing the architectural evolution through centuries and styles in Hungary. It amalgamates some of the finest buildings in the historical Hungary into a single eclectic palace, featuring styles from the Middle Ages to the 18th century: Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque. Originally, it was made from cardboard and wood, but it became so popular that it was rebuilt from stone and brick between 1904 and 1908. Today, it houses the Museum of Hungarian Agriculture, the biggest agricultural museum in Europe.
Thean Hou Temple in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Photo credit: @sara_dawud . Thean Hou Temple 天后宫, a 6-tiered temple dedicated to the Chinese sea goddess Mazu, a "Queen of Heaven" said to protect fishermen and sailors, located in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia's capital, is one of the oldest and largest temples in Southeast Asia. Built by Hainanese living in Malaysia in 1894, the temple is set on a hill, overlooking the Federal highway, and offers wonderful views of the city. It is also a shrine where many come to worship Guan Yin, the Goddess of Mercy. This vividly decorated multistorey temple with elements of Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism is a grandiose structure and represents a successful combination of modern architectural techniques and authentic traditional design, featuring imposing dragon-inspired columns, spectacular roofs, ornate carvings and intricate embellishments. Its grand architecture has made it a popular tourist destination. The front entrance of the temple features a multi-arched gateway with red pillars, the colour symbolic of prosperity and good fortune. During the New Year celebrations, red lanterns are used for decorating the entire temple.
Casa Milà, popularly known as La Pedrera (the stone quarry), a reference to its unconventional rough-hewn appearance, is a modernist building in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. Built between 1906 and 1912, it was the last private residence designed by architect Antoni Gaudí. The name, ‘Casa Milà’ comes from the fact that it was the new home of the Milà family. The couple occupied the main floor and rented out the other apartments. The building occupies an entire corner of the Passeig de Gràcia in Barcelona's Eixample district. Casa Mila is Gaudi’s most iconic work of civic architecture due to both its constructional and functional innovations, as well as its unique shape and façade of undulating limestone, with large windows and intricate wrought iron balconies. It is a total work of art. The Roof Terrace is one of the most spectacular parts of Casa Milá, with its giant chimney pots looking like multicoloured medieval knights. In 1984, it was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
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Park Güell (Parc Güell) is one of the most impressive public parks in the world, composed of gardens and architectonic elements located on Carmel Hill, in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. It’s a strange, enchanting place where his passion for natural forms really took flight and the artificial almost seems more natural than the natural. Park Güell was created in 1900, when Count Eusebi Güell bought a tree-covered hillside (then outside Barcelona) and hired Gaudí to create a stylish park for Barcelona aristocracy in landscaped grounds. The project, however, was unsuccessful and the park became city property in 1923. Though never fully completed, it still remains one of Gaudi’s most colorful and playful works. The park contains amazing large columns made from stone, rubble-surfaced arches, stunning tiling and fascinating buildings. The walkway supported by twisting rock pillars seem to be growing out of the ground like palm-tree trunks. Although these are rather irregular in shape they do feel strangely natural too. Park Güell also has a small house in the park which Gaudí lived in at one stage. The house has now been converted into a museum, the Gaudi House Museum (Casa Museu Gaudí), and contains interesting furniture also designed by Gaudí. In 1984, UNESCO declared the park a World Heritage Site under "Works of Antoni Gaudí"
La Sagrada Família, known in Spanish as "Templo Expiatorio de la Sagrada Familia" (Basilica and Expiatory Church of the Holy Family), a large unfinished Roman Catholic church in Barcelona, Spain, is one of Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí's most famous works. When the foundation stone of the Basílica was laid in 1882, it’s unlikely that anyone involved anticipated that the construction of this church would take well over a century to complete. But when Antoni Gaudí, now famous for his unique take on the Modernista movement, took charge of the project a year later, he scrapped the original neo-Gothic design plans and exchanged them for a grander vision, unlike any the world had ever seen. Gaudí worked steadily on his masterpiece until his death in 1926. He tried to define the Sagrada Familia's construction, but he only completed detailed plans for the three of the most important parts: the central nave, the sacristy and the facade of Glory. Since then a series of architects have attempted to continue his legacy. The Sagrada Familia is an expiatory temple, that is to say, a place made to commemorate the reparation of sins made against God or the laws of the Church. The work is directly financed by donations made by visitors and the public, which explains its slow construction progress. Gaudí's work on the building is part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and in November 2010 Pope Benedict XVI consecrated and proclaimed it a minor basilica, as distinct from a cathedral, which must be the seat of a bishop. Construction still continues today and its completion is scheduled for 2026, a date symbolic of the centenary of Antoni Gaudí's death.