® 📸 artist: @kankankavee
📖 the bhumibol bridge, also known as the industrial ring road bridge is part of the 13 km long industrial ring road connecting southern bangkok with samut prakan province. the bridge crosses the chao phraya river twice, with two striking cable-stayed spans of lengths of 702 m and 582 m supported by two diamond-shaped pylons 173 m and 164 m high. where the two spans meet, another road rises to join them at a free-flowing interchange suspended 50 metres above the ground.
the bridge opened for traffic on 20 september 2006, before the official opening date of 5 december 2006. it is part of the bangkok industrial ring road, a royal scheme initiated by king bhumibol adulyadej that aimed to solve traffic problems within bangkok and surrounding areas, especially the industrial area around khlong toei port, southern bangkok, and samut prakan province.
according to tradition, all bridges over the chao phraya in bangkok are named after a member of the royal family. in october 2009, it was announced that both bridges would be named after king bhumibol adulyadej, with the northern bridge officially named "bhumibol 1 bridge" and the southern bridge "bhumibol 2 bridge". the unofficial name "mega bridge" was also widely used.
the bridge was featured on the discovery channel.
® 📸 artist: @ken4photo
📖 oia or ia is a small village and former community in the south aegeanon the islands of thira (santorini) and therasia, in the cyclades, greece. since the 2011 local government reform it has been part of the municipality of santorini, of which it is a municipal unit. it covers the whole island of therasia and the northwesternmost part of santorini, which it shares with the municipal unit of santorini. the main street is named nikolaou nomikou. the population was 1,545 inhabitants at the 2011 census, and the land area is 19.449 km2.
oia was previously known as apano meria (απάνω μεριά or επάνω μεριά, "upper side"), a name which still occurs locally as pano meria, and the inhabitants are still called apanomerites (απανωμερίτες). the ancient greek oia was one of the two harbours of ancient thera and was located in the southeast of the island, where kamari is now.
oia reached the peak of prosperity in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. its economic prosperity was based on its merchant fleet, which plied trade in the eastern mediterranean, especially from alexandria to russia. the two-story captains' houses built on the highest part of the village are a reminder of the village's former affluence. part of the town was destroyed by the 1956 earthquake.
🌍 location: oia (greece)
® 📸 artist: @nycafterdark
📖 the cathedral of st. patrick (commonly called st. patrick's cathedral) is a decorated neo-gothic-style roman catholic cathedral church in the united states and a prominent landmark of new york city. it is the seat of the archbishop of the roman catholic archdiocese of new york as well as parish church, located on the east side of fifth avenue between 50th and 51st streets in midtown manhattan, directly across the street from rockefeller center, facing the atlas statue. it is considered one of the most visible symbols of roman catholicism in new york city and the united states.the land on which the present cathedral stands was purchased in 1810. the jesuit community built a college on the site, three miles north of the city. it contained a "fine old house" which was fitted with a chapel of st. ignatius. the school closed in 1814 and the jesuits sold the lot to the diocese. in 1813, the diocese gave use of the property to dom augustin lestrange, abbot of a community of trappists (from the original monastery of la trappe) who came to america fleeing persecution by french authorities. in addition to a small monastic community, they also looked after some thirty-three orphans. with the downfall of napoleon in that year, the trappists returned to france in 1815, abandoning the property. (🔎#wikipedia)
🌍 location: the cathedral of st. patrick (manhattan)
® 📸 artist: @nova.york
📖 the statue of liberty (liberty enlightening the world; french: la liberté éclairant le monde) is a colossal neoclassical sculpture on liberty island in new york harbor in new york city, in the united states. the copper statue, a gift from the people of france to the people of the united states, was designed by french sculptor frédéric auguste bartholdi and built by gustave eiffel. the statue was dedicated on october 28, 1886.
the statue of liberty is a figure of a robed woman representing libertas, a roman liberty goddess. she holds a torch above her head with her right hand, and in her left hand carries a tabula ansatainscribed in roman numerals with "july iv mdcclxxvi" (july 4, 1776), the date of the u.s. declaration of independence. a broken chain lies at her feet as she walks forward. the statue became an icon of freedom and of the united states, and was a welcoming sight to immigrants arriving from abroad.
bartholdi was inspired by a french law professor and politician, édouard rené de laboulaye, who is said to have commented in 1865 that any monument raised to u.s. independence would properly be a joint project of the french and u.s. peoples. because of the post-war instability in france, work on the statue did not commence until the early 1870s.
🌍 location: statue of liberty (new york)
® 📸 artist: @bmseventh
📖 metropol parasol is a wooden structure located at la encarnación square, in the old quarter of seville, spain. it was designed by the german architect jürgen mayer and completed in april 2011. it has dimensions of 150 by 70 metres (490 by 230 ft) and an approximate height of 26 metres (85 ft) and claims to be the largest wooden structure in the world. its appearance, location, delays and cost overruns in construction resulted in much public controversy. the building is popularly known as las setas de la encarnación(incarnation's mushrooms).
🌍 location: metropol parasol (seville)
® 📸 artist: @renato.films
📖 the basilica of the sacred heart of paris, commonly known as sacré-cœur basilica and often simply sacré-cœur (french: basilique du sacré-cœur, pronounced [sakʁe kœʁ]), is a roman catholic church and minor basilica, dedicated to the sacred heart of jesus, in paris, france. a popular landmark and the second most visited monument in paris, the basilica is located at the summit of the butte montmartre, the highest point in the city. sacré-cœur is a double monument, political and cultural, both a national penance for the defeat of france in the 1870 franco-prussian war and the socialist paris commune of 1871crowning its most rebellious neighborhood, and an embodiment of conservative moral order, publicly dedicated to the sacred heart of jesus, which was an increasingly popular vision of a loving and sympathetic christ.
🌍 location: basilica of the sacred heart of paris
® 📸 artist: @sennarelax
📖 neuschwanstein castle (german: schloss neuschwanstein, pronounced [nɔʏˈʃvaːnʃtaɪn], english: "new swanstone castle") is a 19th-century romanesque revival palace on a rugged hill above the village of hohenschwangau near füssen in southwest bavaria, germany. the palace was commissioned by ludwig ii of bavaria as a retreat and in honour of richard wagner. ludwig paid for the palace out of his personal fortune and by means of extensive borrowing, rather than bavarian public funds.
the castle was intended as a home for the king, until he died in 1886. it was open to the public shortly after his death. since then more than 61 million people have visited neuschwanstein castle. more than 1.3 million people visit annually, with as many as 6,000 per day in the summer.
® 📸 artist: @cbuiron
📖 budapest /ˈbuːdəpɛst/ is the capital and the most populous city of hungary, and the tenth-largest cityin the european union by population within city limits. the city had an estimated population of 1,752,704 in 2016 distributed over a land area of about 525 square kilometres (203 square miles). budapest is both a city and county, and forms the centre of the budapest metropolitan area, which has an area of 7,626 square kilometres (2,944 square miles) and a population of 3,303,786, comprising 33 percent of the population of hungary. the budapest metropolitan area had a gdp of $141.0 billion (€129.4 billion) in 2016, accounting for 49.6 percent of the gdp of hungary. gdp per capita in the city is $64,283, which means 148% of the eu average measured on purchasing power parity. thereby the city is among the top 100 gdp performing cities in the world.
budapest is a leading global city with strengths in commerce, finance, media, art, fashion, research, technology, education, and entertainment. it is a leading r&d and financial centre and the highest ranked central and eastern european city on innovation cities top 100 index, as well ranked as the second fastest-developing urban economy in europe.
🌍 location: budapest (hungary)
® 📸 artist: @michelacarlotto
📖 the alcázar of seville is a royal palace in seville, spain, built for the christian king peter of castile. it was built by castilian christians on the site of an abbadid muslim residential fortressdestroyed after the christian conquest of seville.although some elements of other civilizations remains. the palace, a preeminent example of mudéjar architecture in the iberian peninsula, is renowned as one of the most beautiful. the upper levels of the alcázar are still used by the royal family as their official residence in seville, and are administered by the patrimonio nacional. it is the oldest royal palace still in use in europe, and was registered in 1987 by unesco as a world heritage site, along with the adjoining seville cathedral and the general archive of the indies.
the fifth season of the fantasy drama television series game of thrones premiered on hbo on april 12, and concluded on june 14, 2015. it was broadcast on sunday at 9:00 pm in the united states, consisting of 10 episodes, each running approximately 50–60 minutes. the season primarily adapts material from a feast for crows and a dance with dragons, the fourth and fifth novels in george r. r. martin's a song of ice and fire series, though it also uses elements from the third novel, a storm of swords, as well as the upcoming sixth novel the winds of winter.
🌍 location: real alcazar de sevilla
® 📸 artist: @mattscutt
📖 the original world trade center was a large complex of seven buildings in lower manhattan, new york city, united states. it featured the landmark twin towers, which opened on april 4, 1973 and were destroyed in 2001 during the september 11 attacks. at the time of their completion, the twin towers — the original 1 world trade center, at 1,368 feet (417 m); and 2 world trade center, at 1,362 feet (415.1 m) — were the tallest buildings in the world. other buildings in the complex included the marriott world trade center (3 wtc), 4 wtc, 5 wtc, 6 wtc, and 7 wtc. the complex was located in new york city's financial district and contained 13,400,000 square feet (1,240,000 m2) of office space.
the core of the complex was built between 1975 and 1985, with a cost of $400 million (equivalent to $2.27 billion in 2018). the world trade center experienced a fire on february 13, 1975, a bombing on february 26, 1993, and a bank robbery on january 14, 1998. in 1998, the port authority decided to privatize the world trade center, leasing the buildings to a private company to manage, and awarded the lease to silverstein properties in july 2001.
🌍 location: world trade center (1973-2001)
® 📸 artist: @antbuchet
📖 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)
® 📸 artist: @dagniee
📖 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)