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The Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA

June 20th, 2007 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

The Milwaukee Art Museum (MAM) is located on Lake Michigan in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

The museum's history began in 1888 when the Milwaukee Art Association was created by a group of German panorama artists and local businessmen; its first home was the Layton Art Gallery. In the early 1900s the Milwaukee Art Institute was founded. Alfred George Pelikan, who received his Masters in Fine Arts (MFA) from Columbia University, was the Director of the Milwaukee Art Institute from 1926 to 1942. The Milwaukee Art Center (now the MAM) was formed when the Milwaukee Art Institute and Layton Art Gallery merged their collections in 1957.

The MAM's permanent holdings contain an important collection of Old Masters and 19th-century and 20th-century artwork, as well as some of the nation's best collections of German Expressionism, folk and Haitian art, American decorative arts, and post-1960 American art. The museum holds a large number of works by Georgia O'Keeffe.

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Thirty-Three-Arch bridge, Isfahan, Iran

June 11th, 2007 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

33 Pol or Allah-Verdi Khan is one of the 33 bridges of Isfahan, Iran. It is highly ranked as being one of the most famous examples of Safavid bridge design.

Commissioned in 1602 by Shah Abbas I from his chancellor Allahverdi Khan Undiladze, an Iranian ethnic Georgian, it consists of two layers of 33 arches (hence the Persian name, Sioseh, which means 33). There is a larger base plank at the start of the bridge where the river Zayandeh rud flows into it, with a mounted tea house there.

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The Erasmusbrug (”Erasmus Bridge”), Rotterdam, Netherlands

June 6th, 2007 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

The Erasmusbrug ("Erasmus Bridge") is a cable stayed bridge across the Nieuwe Maas river, linking the northern and southern halves of the city of Rotterdam, Netherlands.

The Erasmusbrug was designed by Ben van Berkel and completed in 1996. The 808 metre long bridge has a 139 metre-high asymmetrical pylon, earning the bridge its nickname of "The Swan".

The southern span of the bridge has a 89 metre long bascule bridge for ships that cannot pass under the bridge. The bascule bridge is the largest and heaviest in West Europe and has the largest panel of its type in the world.

The bridge was officially opened by Queen Beatrix on September 6, 1996, having cost 165 million Dutch guilders (about 75 million Euros) to construct. Shortly after the bridge opened to traffic in October 1996, it was discovered the bridge would swing under particularly strong wind conditions. To reduce the trembling, stronger shock dampeners were installed.

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Non-typical architecture, Habitat St., 67 - Montreal, Quebec, Canada

May 12th, 2007 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

Non-typical architecture, strange building at Habitat St., 67 - Montreal, Quebec, Canada

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Sanctuary of Our Lady of Licheń, Poland

May 12th, 2007 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

The Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lichen is located in Greater Poland in a village called Stary Licheń, near Konin.

The Sanctuary is Poland's largest church, the seventh largest in Europe and eleventh in the World. It was constructed between 1994 and 2004. The architect was Barbara Bielecka.

The Basilica is being built in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary and receives a large number of pilgrims. It houses a 200-year-old painting known as the "Our Lady of Sorrows, Queen of Poland".

The church, rising 98 meters (central nave), 128 metres (church tower), is 120 metres long and 77 metres in width.

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Former mausoleum of Enver Hoxha, Tirana, Albania

March 10th, 2007 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

Former mausoleum of Enver Hoxha in Tirana, Albania

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The Albertina, Vienna, Austria

March 7th, 2007 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

The Albertina is a museum in the Innere Stadt (First District) of Vienna, Austria. It houses one of the largest and most important print room collections in the world with approximately 65,000 drawings and approximately 1 million old master prints, as well as more modern graphics works.

Vienna's Albertina was erected on one of the last remaining section of the fortifications of Vienna, the Augustian Bastion. Originally, the Hofbauamt (Court Construction Office), which had been built in the second half of the 17th century, stood in that location. In 1745, it was refurbished by the director of the Hofbauamt, Emanuel Teles Count Silva-Tarouca , to become his palace. It was therefore also known as Palais Taroucca. The building was later taken over by Duke Albert of Saxe-Teschen. He used it as his residence and later brought his collection there from Brussels, where he had acted as the governor of the Habsburg Netherlands. For that purpose, he had the building extended by Louis Montoyer. Since then, the palace has immediately bordered the Hofburg. The collection was expanded by Albert's successors.

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The Henie-Onstad Art Centre, Hovikodden, Norway

March 5th, 2007 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

The Henie-Onstad Art Centre is a museum located at Høvikodden in the municipality of Bærum, Norway. The centre was founded by Sonja Henie and her husband, Niels Onstad in 1968.

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