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Funchal - the capital of the Madeira Islands, Portugal

February 29th, 2008 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

Funchal is the capital of the Madeira Islands of Portugal. Funchal is also the largest city on the islands and with its neighbouring boroughs has over 150,000 inhabitants. It was founded by João Gonçalves Zarco in 1421 and was elevated to city status by King Manuel I in 1508.

Today Funchal is a modern city, located in a unique area; the natural geological features form an "amphitheatre" surrounding the city, which begins at the harbour and rises almost 1200 metres high on gentle slopes. This provides a natural shelter and was what attracted the first settlers.

Madeira's capital for more than five centuries, Funchal is said to have been named as such because of the abundance of fennel (funcho- in portuguese) that was growing there.

Part of Funchal Municipality is Ilhas Selvagens (Savage Islands ), one nature reserve 160 km (100 mi) South of Funchal.

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Bridge of tolerance, “Pink bridge”, Glogow, Poland

February 29th, 2008 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

Bridge of tolerance (common name "Pink bridge") in Glogow, Poland.

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The castle in Lutsk, Ukraine

February 29th, 2008 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

The town was founded around a wooden castle built by a local branch of the Rurik Dynasty. At times the stronghold was a capital of the duchy, but since there was no need for a fixed capital in medieval Europe, the town did not become an important centre of commerce or culture. In 1240 the nearby town was seized and looted by the Tatars, but the castle was not harmed. In 1321 George son of Lev, the last of the line, died in a battle with the forces of Gediminas, Grand Duke of Lithuania and the castle was seized by the forces of the latter. In 1349 the town was captured by the forces of Casimir III, but it was soon retaken by Lithuania.

During the Lithuanian rule the town began to prosper. Liubartas, son of Gediminas, erected a stone castle as a part of his fortification effort. Vytautas the Great founded the proper town by importing colonists (mostly Jews, Tartars, Armenians and Karaims). In 1427 he also transferred the Catholic bishopric from Volodymyr to Luchesk. Vytautas was the last monarch to underline the title of Duke of Volhynia and reside in the Luchesk castle.

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The Rivne Nuclear Power Plant, Ukraine

February 29th, 2008 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

The Rivne Nuclear Power Plant is a nuclear power plant in Kuznetsovsk, Rivne Oblast, Ukraine.

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Ruins of a medieval Ordensburg castle, Radzyn Chelminski, Poland

February 29th, 2008 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

Ruins of a medieval Ordensburg castle in Radzyn Chelminski in Poland. The Castle was built by the Teutonic Knights.

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Ruins of the Teutonic Knights’ castle, Torun, Poland

February 29th, 2008 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

Ruins of the Teutonic Knights' castle from the 13th century in Toruń, Poland.

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Chęciny Castle, Poland

February 29th, 2008 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

Chęciny Castle was built in the late 13th or early 14th century. It fell into ruin in the 18th century and remains in that state to this day.

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Camp Lijak, Slovenia

February 29th, 2008 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

Camp LIJAK is situated next to farmhouse and has 35 camping units available. It offers warm and cold running water, lavatories and showers, sinks for dishwashing, washing machine, refrigerator and electric utilities. We also offer caravans for a rent. Our guest are also entitled to their own landing site and an additional bonus at arrival.

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