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The Great Pyramid of Giza (Cheops), EGYPT

June 24th, 2005 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

The Great Pyramid of Giza, EGYPT

The Great Pyramid of Giza is the oldest and last remaining of the Seven Wonders of the World and the most widely recognized pyramid in the world. Though no pharaoh has ever been found buried in an Egyptian pyramid, it is presumed by egyptologists to have been built as a tomb for the Fourth dynasty Egyptian Pharaoh Khufu (also known under his Greek name Cheops), after whom it is often called Khufu's Pyramid or the Pyramid of Khufu.

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The Great Sphinx of Giza, Egypt

June 24th, 2005 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

The Great Sphinx of Giza, EGYPT

A Sphinx is an iconic image of a recumbent lion with a human head, invented by the Ancient Egyptians of the Old Kingdom, but a cultural import in archaic Greek mythology, where it received its name (Greek Σφιγξ, "strangler").

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The Monument to The Shipyard Workers, Gdansk, Poland

June 24th, 2005 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

The Monument to The Shipyard Workers, Gdansk, POLAND

The monument was erected in memory of the workers killed in the December riots of 1970.


Neptune statue at the Old Town, Gdansk, Poland

June 23rd, 2005 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

Neptune statue at the Old Town, Gdansk, POLAND

Dluga and Dlugi Targ streets and Neptune statue


St. Mary’s Church, Gdansk, Poland

June 23rd, 2005 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

St. Mary's Church, Gdansk, POLAND

St. Mary's Church (Polish: Bazylika Mariacka, German: Marienkirche) in Gdańsk is the largest brick church in the world, and one of the largest Gothic buildings in Europe. It is 105.5 m long, and the nave is 66 m wide. Inside the church is room for 25,000 people. It is an aisled hall church with a transept.

Initially the site of the church was occupied by a six-span basilica with a low turret, erected between 1343 and 1360. Parts of the pillars and lower levels of the turret are preserved from this building.

In 1379 a masonry master Henryk Ungeradin with his team started construction work on the present church. By 1447 the eastern part of the temple was finished, and the tower was raised by two floors in the years 1452-1466.

Since 1485 the works were carried over by Hans Brandt, who supervised the erection of the main nave core. The works were finally finished after 1496 under Heinrich Haetzl, who supervised the construction of the vaulting.

Until 20th century both the church interior and exterior were well preserved. The church was severely damaged in World War II, during the storming of the city by the Red Army in March 1945. The wooden roof burned completely and most of the ceiling fell in. 14 of the large vaults collapsed. The windows were utterly destroyed. In places the heat was so intense that some of the bricks simply melted, especially in the upper parts of the tower which acted as a giant chimney. The floor of the church containing priceless gravestone slabs was torn apart, allegedly by Soviet soldiers attempting to loot the corpses buried underneath.

Fortunately, most of the artworks from the interior survived, as they were evacuated for safekeeping to the villages surrounding the city. Many of these have returned to the church, but some are displayed in various museums around Poland. Efforts are underway to secure their return.

The reconstruction started shortly after the war in 1946. The roof was rebuilt in August, 1947. After the basic reconstruction was finished, the church was reconsecrated on 17 November 1955. The reconstruction and renovation of the interior is an ongoing effort and continues to this day.

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Palace of Culture and Sciences in Warsaw, Poland

June 23rd, 2005 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

Palace of Culture and Sciences in Warsaw, POLAND (in polish: Pałac Kultury i Nauki w Warszawie)

Heritage of comunism in POLAND


St. Mary’s Church, Cracow, Poland

June 22nd, 2005 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

St. Mary's Church, Cracow, Poland

St. Mary's Basilica is a Gothic church built in the 14th century adjacent to the main market square of Kraków, Poland. It is particularly famous for its wooden altar carved by Veit Stoss. On every hour, a trumpet signal called the hejnał is played from the top of the taller of St. Mary's two towers. The plaintive tune breaks off mid-bar, to commemorate a famous 13th century trumpeter, who was shot in the throat while sounding the alarm before a Mongol invasion. The noon hejnał is heard across Poland and abroad, broadcast live over the Polish Radio 1 national radio broadcaster.

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