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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)
® 📸 artist: @ilhan1077
📖 prague is the capital and largest city in the czech republic, the 14th largest city in the european union and also the historical capital of bohemia. situated in the north-west of the country on the vltava river, the city is home to about 1.3 million people, while its larger urban zone is estimated to have a population of 2.2 million.the city has a temperate climate, with warm summers and chilly winters.
(🔎 #wikipedia) 🌍 location: prague, czech republic
® 📸 artist: @mattscutt
📖 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.
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, and its replacement, the new palace that stands today. the palace is owned by the monarch in right of the crownand 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.
(🔎 #wikipedia) 🌍 location: place of westminster, london, england
® 📸 artist: @mattscutt
📖 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.
the tower has three levels for visitors, with restaurants on the first and second levels. the top level's upper platform is 276 m (906 ft) above the ground – the highest observation deck accessible to the public in the european union. tickets can be purchased to ascend by stairs or lift (elevator) to the first and second levels. (🔎 #wikipedia)
🌍 location: eiffel tower, paris, france
® 📸 artist: @secretagent_wesanderson
📖 elephant jungle sanctuary is an ethical and sustainable eco-tourism project located approximately 60km from the city of chiang mai, northern thailand. founded in july 2014, it is a joint initiative between members of the karen hill-tribes and chiang mai locals who were concerned about the welfare of elephants in thailand.
currently comprised of 9 spacious locations elephant jungle sanctuary is home to over thirty formerly mistreated elephants, who are now free to enjoy their lives. 🌍 location: elephant jungle sanctuary
📸 artist: @stefanotermanini
📖 the municipality of bled (pronounced [ˈbleːt]; slovene: občina bled) is a municipality in northwestern slovenia in the upper carniola region. the seat of the municipality is the town of bled, located on the shores of lake bled. the area is a popular tourist destination. the municipality of bled was established in october 1994. it was greatly reduced in size with the establishment of the municipality of gorje in june 2006, because it has retained only 38% of its previous territory.
(🔎 #wikipedia) 🌍 location: the municipality of bled, slivenia
® 📸 artist: @gianlucacolozza
📖 the colosseum or coliseum, also known as the flavian amphitheatre (latin: amphitheatrum flavium; italian: anfiteatro flavio[aŋfiteˈaːtro ˈflaːvjo] or colosseo [kolosˈsɛːo]), is an oval amphitheatre in the centre of the city of rome, italy. built of travertine, tuff, and brick-faced concrete, it is the largest amphitheatre ever built. the colosseum is situated just east of the roman forum. construction began under the emperor vespasian in ad 72, and was completed in ad 80 under his successor and heir titus. further modifications were made during the reign of domitian (81–96). these three emperors are known as the flavian dynasty, and the amphitheatre was named in latinfor its association with their family name (flavius).
(🔎 #wikipedia) 🌍 location: colosseum, rome, lazio, italy
® 📸 artist: @beholdingeye
📖 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 ansata inscribed 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. 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 american peoples. because of the post-war instability in france, work on the statue did not commence until the early 1870s. in 1875, laboulaye proposed that the french finance the statue and the u.s. provide the site and build the pedestal. bartholdi completed the head and the torch-bearing arm before the statue was fully designed, and these pieces were exhibited for publicity at international expositions.
(🔎#wikipedia) 🌍 location: statue of liberty, manhattan, new york
® 📸 artist: @si.cecile
📖 the eiffel tower is a wrought iron lattice toweron 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
® 📸 artist: @ilhan1077
📖 bavaria, officially the free state of bavaria(german: freistaat bayern [ˈfʁaɪʃtaːt ˈbaɪɐn]) is a landlocked federal state of germany, occupying its southeastern corner. with an area of 70,550.19 square kilometres (27,200 sq mi), bavaria is the largest german state by land area. its territory comprises roughly a fifth of the total land area of germany. with 12.9 million inhabitants, it is germany's second-most-populous state (after north rhine-westphalia). bavaria's capital and largest city, munich, is the third largest city in germany. 🌍 location: bavaria (munich, germany)
® 📸 artist: @jan9.0
📖 the halászbástya hungarian pronunciation: [ˈhɒlaːzbaːʃcɒ] or fisherman's bastionis a terrace in neo-gothic and neo-romanesque style situated on the buda bank of the danube, on the castle hill in budapest, around matthias church. it was designed and built between 1895 and 1902 on the plans of frigyes schulek. construction of the bastion destabilised the foundations of the neighbouring 13th century dominican church which had to be pulled down. between 1947–48, the son of frigyes schulek, jános schulek, conducted the other restoration project after its near destruction during world war ii.
(🔎 #wikipedia) 🌍 location: fisherman's bastion, budapest, hungary
® 📸 artist: @dorpell
📖 the pena palace (portuguese: palácio da pena) is a romanticist castle in são pedro de penaferrim, in the municipality of sintra, portugal. the castle stands on the top of a hill in the sintra mountains above the town of sintra, and on a clear day it can be easily seen from lisbon and much of its metropolitan area. it is a national monument and constitutes one of the major expressions of 19th-century romanticism in the world. the palace is a unesco world heritage site and one of the seven wonders of portugal. it is also used for state occasions by the president of the portuguese republic and other government officials.
(🔎 #wikipedia) 🌍 location: pena palace (sintra, portugal)