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📖 tower bridge is a combined bascule and suspension bridge in london built between 1886 and 1894. the bridge crosses the river thames close to the tower of london and has become an iconic symbol of london. because of this, tower bridge is sometimes confused with london bridge, situated some 0.5 mi (0.80 km) upstream. tower bridge is one of five london bridges now owned and maintained by the bridge house estates, a charitable trust overseen by the city of london corporation. it is the only one of the trust's bridges not to connect the city of london directly to the southwark bank, as its northern landfall is in tower hamlets.
the bridge consists of two bridge towers tied together at the upper level by two horizontal walkways, designed to withstand the horizontal tension forces exerted by the suspended sections of the bridge on the landward sides of the towers. the vertical components of the forces in the suspended sections and the vertical reactions of the two walkways are carried by the two robust towers. the bascule pivots and operating machinery are housed in the base of each tower. before its restoration in the 2010s, the bridge's colour scheme dated from 1977, when it was painted red, white and blue for queen elizabeth ii's silver jubilee. its colours were subsequently restored to blue and white.
🌍 location: tower bridge (london)
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📖 old town square (czech: staroměstské náměstí[ˈstaroˌmɲɛstskɛː ˈnaːmɲɛsciː] or colloquially staromák[ˈstaromaːk]) is a historic square in the old townquarter of prague, the capital of the czech republic. it is located between wenceslas square and the charles bridge.the square features various architectural styles including the gothic church of our lady before týn, which has been the main church of this part of the city since the 14th century; the church's towers are 80 m high. prague orloj is a medieval astronomical clock located on the old town hall. the clock was first installed in 1410, making it the third-oldest astronomical clock in the world and the oldest one still in operation.
the baroque st. nicholas church is another church located in the square, while the tower of the old town hall offers a panoramic view of old town. an art museum of the czech national gallery is located in kinský palace.
🌍 location: old town square (prague)
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📖 the golden gate bridge is a suspension bridgespanning the golden gate, the one-mile-wide (1.6 km)strait connecting san francisco bay and the pacific ocean. the structure links the american city of san francisco, california – the northern tip of the san francisco peninsula – to marin county, carrying both u.s. route 101 and california state route 1 across the strait. the bridge is one of the most internationally recognized symbols of san francisco, california, and the united states. it has been declared one of the wonders of the modern world by the american society of civil engineers.the frommer's travel guide describes the golden gate bridge as "possibly the most beautiful, certainly the most photographed, bridge in the world." at the time of its opening in 1937, it was both the longest and the tallest suspension bridge in the world, with a main span of 4,200 feet (1,280 m) and a total height of 746 feet (227 m).
(🔎 #wikipedia) 🌍 location: golden gate bridge (san francisco)
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📖the eiffel tower (/ˈaɪfəl/ eye-fəl; french: tour eiffel[tuʁ‿ɛfɛl]) 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.
constructed from 1887–89 as the entrance to the 1889 world's fair, it was initially criticized by some of france's leading artists and intellectuals for its design, but it has become a global cultural icon of france and one of the most recognisable structures in the world. the eiffel tower is the most-visited paid monument in the world; 6.91 million people ascended it in 2015.
the tower is 324 metres (1,063 ft) tall, about the same height as an 81-storey building, and the tallest structure in paris. its base is square, measuring 125 metres (410 ft) on each side. during its construction, the eiffel tower surpassed the washington monument to become the tallest man-made structurein the world, a title it held for 41 years until the chrysler building in new york city was finished in 1930. due to the addition of a broadcasting aerial at the top of the tower in 1957, it is now taller than the chrysler building by 5.2 metres (17 ft). excluding transmitters, the eiffel tower is the second tallest structure in france after the millau viaduct.
(🔎 #wikipedia) 🌍 location: eiffel tower (paris, france)
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📖 luxor temple is a large ancient egyptian templecomplex located on the east bank of the nile river in the city today known as luxor (ancient thebes) and was constructed approximately 1400 bce. in the egyptian language it is known as ipet resyt, "the southern sanctuary". in luxor there are several great temples on the east and west banks. four of the major mortuary temples visited by early travelers and tourists include the temple of seti i at gurnah, the temple of hatshepsut at deir el bahri, the temple of ramesses ii (a.k.a. ramesseum), and the temple of ramesses iii at medinet habu; and the two primary cults temples on the east bank are known as the karnak and luxor. unlike the other temples in thebes, luxor temple is not dedicated to a cult god or a deified version of the king in death. instead luxor temple is dedicated to the rejuvenation of kingship; it may have been where many of the kings of egypt were crowned in reality or conceptually (as in the case of alexander the great who claimed he was crowned at luxor but may never have traveled south of memphis, near modern cairo.)
to the rear of the temple are chapels built by amenhotep iii of the 18th dynasty, and alexander. other parts of the temple were built by tutankhamunand ramesses ii. during the roman era, the temple and its surroundings were a legionary fortress and the home of the roman government in the area.
🌍 location: luxor temple
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📖 the gili islands (indonesian: tiga gili [three gilis], kepulauan gili [gili islands]) are an archipelago of three small islands or gili island triplets — gili trawangan, gili meno and gili air — just off the northwest coast of lombok, indonesia.the islands are a popular destination for tourists. each island has several small resorts, usually consisting of a collection of huts for tourists, a small pool and restaurant. most local inhabitants live on trawangan in a township stretching along its east side just inland (which is also where most recent development is taking place). automobiles and motorised traffic are prohibited on the islands by local ordinance, so the preferred method of transportation is by foot and bicycle or the horse-drawn carriage called a cidomo. scuba diving and freediving in and around the gilis is also popular due to the abundance of marine life and attractive coral formations. most famous diving spots are shark point, manta point and simon's reef.
(🔎 #wikipedia) 🌍 location: gili islands
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📖 casa milà (catalan pronunciation: [ˈkazə miˈɫa], [ˈkasa miˈla]), popularly known as la pedrera or "the stone quarry", a reference to its unconventional rough-hewn appearance, is a modernist building in barcelona, catalonia, spain. it was the last private residence designed by architect antoni gaudí and was built between 1906 and 1912.
the building was commissioned in 1906 by pere milà (ca; es) and his wife roser segimon (ca; es). at the time, it was controversial because of its undulating stone facade, twisting wrought iron balconies and designed by josep maria jujol. several structural innovations include a self-supporting stone façade, and a free-plan floor, underground garage and the spectacular on the roof-terrace.
in 1984, it was declared a world heritage site by unesco. from 2013 is the headquarters of the fundació catalunya la pedrera (ca; es) which manages the visit to the building, exhibitions and other cultural and educative activities at casa milà.
(🔎 #wikipedia) 🌍 location: casa milà _ la pedrera (barcelona, spain)
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📖 the palace of westminster is the meeting place of the house of commons and the house of lords, the two houses of the parliament of the united kingdom. commonly known as the houses of parliament after its occupants, the palace lies on the north bank of the river thames in the city of westminster, in central london, england.its name, which is derived from the neighbouring westminster abbey, may refer to either of two structures: the old palace, a medieval building complex destroyed by fire in 1834, or its replacement, the new palace that stands today. the palace is owned by the monarch in right of the crown and for ceremonial purposes, retains its original status as a royal residence. the building is managed by committees appointed by both houses, which report to the speaker of the house of commons and the lord speaker.
the first royal palace was built on the site in the 11th century, and westminster was the primary residence of the kings of england until fire destroyed much of the complex in 1512. after that, it served as the home of the parliament of england, which had been meeting there since the 13th century, and also as the seat of the royal courts of justice, based in and around westminster hall.
(🔎 #wikipedia) 🌍 location: the palace of westminster (london)
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📖 chongqing ([ʈʂʰʊ̌ŋ.tɕʰîŋ]), formerly romanized as chungking, is a major city in southwest china. administratively, it is one of china's four direct-controlled municipalities (the other three are beijing, shanghai and tianjin), and the only such municipality in china located far away from the coast.
chongqing was a sichuan province municipality during the republic of china (roc) administration, serving as its wartime capital during the second sino-japanese war (1937–1945). the current municipality was created on 14 march 1997 to help the three gorges dam migration, succeeding the sub-provincial city administration that was part of sichuan province. chongqing's population as of 2015 is just over 30 million with an urban population of 18.38 million. of these, approximately 8.5 million people live in chongqing central urban area; fuling district, wanzhou district and qianjiang district are in fact cities in their own right, and along with the central urban area constitute a metropolitan areahousing 17 million people. according to the 2010 census, chongqing is the most populous chinese municipality, and also the largest direct-controlled municipality in china, and comprises 26 districts, eight counties, and four autonomous counties.
(🔎#wikipedia) 🌍 location: chongqing
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📖 gudvangen is a village in the municipality of aurlandin sogn og fjordane county, norway. it is a popular tourist destination and is located at the end of the nærøyfjord where the nærøydalselvi river empties into the fjord. the european route e16 highway passes by the village. heading southwest on the highway leads to voss municipality while heading northeast the e16 enters the gudvanga tunnel on its way to the villages of flåm, undredal, and aurlandsvangen. the nearby village of bakka lies about 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) to the north. the kjelfossen waterfall is located just to the southeast of the village.
(🔎 #wikipedia) 🌍 location: gudvangen
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📖 the széchenyi chain bridge is a suspension bridge that spans the river danube between buda and pest, the western and eastern sides of budapest, the capital of hungary. designed by the english engineer william tierney clark and built by the scottish engineer adam clark, it was the first permanent bridge across the danube in hungary. it was opened in 1849.
it is anchored on the pest side of the river to széchenyi (formerly roosevelt) square, adjacent to the gresham palace and the hungarian academy of sciences, and on the buda side to adam clark square, near the zero kilometre stone and the lower end of the castle hill funicular, leading to buda castle.
the bridge has the name of istván széchenyi, a major supporter of its construction, attached to it, but is most commonly known as the "chain bridge". at the time of its construction, it was regarded as one of the modern world's engineering wonders. it has asserted an enormous significance in the country's economic, social and cultural life, much as the brooklyn bridge has in new york and united states of america. its decorations made of cast iron, and its construction, radiating calm dignity and balance, have elevated the chain bridge to a high stature in europe.
it became a symbol of advancement, national awakening, and the linkage between east and west. (🔎 #wikipedia) 🌍 location: chain bridge (budapest, hungary)