вторник, 9 ноября 2010 г.

BRAZIL / Manaus, Amazonas

The Amazon Theatre (Teatro Amazonas).
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Manaus is a city in Brazil, the capital of the state of Amazonas. It is situated at the confluence of the Negro and Solimões rivers. It is the most populous city of Amazonas, according to the statistics of Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics, and is a popular ecotourist destination. Manaus belongs to mesoregion Center Amazonense and microregion Manaus. It is located in northern Brazil, 3,940 kilometers (2,168 miles) from the federal capital, Brasília.

The Amazon Theatre is an opera house located in the heart of Manaus, inside the Amazon Rainforest in Brazil. House was designed by Secondary School of Engineering of Lisbon in 1883, in neoclassic style influenced by the ecleticism at the end of the 19 century. It was built during the Belle Époque at a time when fortunes were made in the rubber boom. Construction of the Amazon Theater was first proposed in 1881 by a member of the House of Representatives, Antonio Jose Fernandes Júnior, the idea being to construct a jewel in the heart of the Amazonian forest and to make Manaus one of the great centers of civilization.

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среда, 29 сентября 2010 г.

FRANCE / Paris

Notre Dame de Paris.
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Notre Dame de Paris, also known as Notre Dame Cathedral, is a Gothic, Catholic cathedral on the eastern half of the Île de la Cité in the fourth arrondissement of Paris, France. It is the cathedral of the Catholic Archdiocese of Paris: that is, it is the church that contains the cathedra (official chair), of the Archbishop of Paris, currently André Vingt-Trois.
Notre Dame de Paris is widely considered one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture in France and in Europe, and the naturalism of its sculptures and stained glass are in contrast with earlier Romanesque architecture. The first period of construction from 1163 into the 1240's coincided with the musical experiments of the Notre Dame school.

среда, 22 сентября 2010 г.

SOUTH AFRICA / Sea Point

Sea Point is situated close to the centre of Cape Town and has many attractions. The beach front is laid out as a promenade with lawns, gardens and tidal swimming pools.
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четверг, 17 июня 2010 г.

BRAZIL / São Paulo

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São Paulo  is the largest city in Brazil, the largest city in the southern hemisphere, and the world's 5th largest metropolitan area. The city is the capital of the state of São Paulo, the most populous Brazilian state. The name of the city honors Saint Paul. São Paulo exerts strong regional influence in commerce and finance as well as arts and entertainment.

четверг, 10 июня 2010 г.

TAIWAN / Spectacular Night View of Taipei City

"TAIPEI 101"
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Taipei 101 formerly known as the Taipei World Financial Center, is a landmark skyscraper located in Xinyi District, Taipei, Taiwan. The building ranked officially as the world's tallest from 2004 until the opening of the Burj Khalifa in Dubai in 2010.
Taipei 101 comprises 101 floors above ground and 5 floors underground. The building was architecturally created as a symbol of the evolution of technology and Asian tradition.

воскресенье, 16 мая 2010 г.

TAIWAN / Confucius Temple in Taipei

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Sweeping eaves, an oval entrance and walls of brown brick, Confucius Temple is one of the most historic buildings in Taipei. Full of traditional Chinese sculptures and painting, the temple was built in 1875 by Mainland Chinese architects and carpenters, destroyed by the Japanese inthe early 1900s, and rebuilt from 1925-1939. Inside, you will see a semi-circular pond, providing good feng shui for the temple. A ceremony to honor Confucius is annually held here on September 28th. The temple's administration frequently holds academic discussions on Confucian study.