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The Columbus Lighthouse (the Faro a Colón), Santo Domingo

April 2nd, 2009 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

the Faro a Colón , a cross-shaped lighthouse built in honor of Christopher Columbus

The Columbus Lighthouse – Faro a Colón – with an approximate cost of 400 million Dominican pesos and amidst great controversy,[citation needed] was erected in Santo Domingo in honor of this occasion.

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The pointe de Pen-Hir, Brittany, France

October 30th, 2008 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

The pointe de Pen-Hir (Breton - Beg Penn Hir) is a promontory of the Crozon peninsula in Brittany. It is the site of the Monument to the Bretons of Free France, known as the Cross of Pen-Hir and inaugurated by General de Gaulle in 1960.

[Source: Wikipedia]

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The Douaumont Ossuary, near Verdun, France

October 13th, 2008 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

The Douaumont Ossuary is a memorial containing the remains of soldiers who died on the battlefield during the Battle of Verdun in World War I. It is located in Douaumont, France, near Verdun.

During the 300 days of the Battle of Verdun (21 February 1916–19 December 1916) approximately 230,000 men died out of a total of 700,000 casualties (dead, wounded and captured). The battle was known as the 'Verdun meat grinder' and was in fact conducted on a battlefield less than twenty square kilometers.

The ossuary is a memorial containing the remains of soldiers who died on the battlefield. Through small windows, the remains of 130,000 unidentified French and German soldiers can actually be seen filling small, windowed alcoves around the edge of the building. Inside, the ceiling and walls are covered by some of the names of soldiers who fell in the battle of Verdun. Some of the names are from the fighting in the area in WWII. The families of the individual soldiers recognized here paid for their plaques. In front of the monument lies the largest cemetery of France outside Paris with 25,000 graves. The ossuary was officially inaugurated on 7 August 1932 by French President Albert Lebrun.

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The Sorcerer’s (Mickey) Hat at Disney Hollywood Studios, Orlando, Floryda, USA

August 5th, 2008 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

The Sorcerer’s (Mickey) Hat at Disney Hollywood Studios.

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Memorial of the Unknown Soldier, Cairo, Egypt

July 18th, 2008 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

Unknown Soldier Memorial is a pyramid-shaped monument in Nasr City, Cairo. Its construction was ordered by president Anwar Sadat in 1974 in honour of Egyptians who lost their lives in the 1973 October War. It was inaugurated in October 1975. The site was also chosen for the president's tomb after his assassination in October 1981.

The monument is made of concrete and resembles a hollow pyramid, with a height of 36.64 meters, and a base width of 14.3 meters. The four pillars are 1.9 meters thick, and are inscribed with 71 symbolic names. At the center of the base is a solid basalt cube representing the soldier's tomb. The memorial is open to visitors at all times.

[Source: Wikipedia]

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The Colossi of Memnon, Armant, Egypt

June 5th, 2008 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

The Colossi of Memnon (known to locals as el-Colossat, or es-Salamat) are two massive stone statues of Pharaoh Amenhotep III. For the past 3400 years they have stood in the Theban necropolis, across the River Nile from the modern city of Luxor.

The twin statues depict Amenhotep III (fl. 14th century BC) in a seated position, his hands resting on his knees and his gaze turned eastward toward the river and the rising sun. Two shorter figures are carved into the front throne alongside his legs: these are his wife Tiy and mother Mutemwiya. The side panels depict the Nile god Hapi.

The statues are made from blocks of quartzite sandstone which was stone quarried at either el-Gabal el-Ahmar (near modern-day Cairo) and near Edfu (north of Aswan) when reconstructed. Including the stone platforms on which they stand, they reach a towering 18 metres (approx. 60 ft) in height.

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Christian Fish, Lednica, Poland

June 5th, 2008 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

Christian Fish in Lednica in Poland.

The fish symbolizes Jesus Christ, who said “I am the gate to life.” (John 10:9). Additionally, it reminds of the prophet Jonah, who spent three days in the belly of the fish and came out again after this time, like Jesus, who rose from the dead after three days.

[Source: www.lednica2000.pl]

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The heart of asia monument, Urumqi, China

March 14th, 2008 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

The heart of asia monument near Urumqi in China.

This rather impressive monument marking the geographic center of Asia was completed in the late 1990’s. The center tower measures over 14 meters and the marble circular platform about 60 meters in diameter. Surrounding the center platform are 49 smaller granite monuments about 2 meters tall and each one representing one of the Asian country included in the measurements. The most western country included was Cyprus. Reflecting China’s political perspective, Palestine and Sikkim were regarded as independent countries. A satellite aerial view from 2000 meters provides a good view of the entire area.

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