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Fjallgatan

Take a walk through a historic district on Södermalm's Fjällllgatan, lined on one side by well-preserved and charming wooden buildings and offering a superb view of the city on the other. Bus 3, 66 or 53

Currently 389 panoramas in this collection

Alcudia Beach - a sunny day

Fantastic clear warm water. Mallorca, Spain.

2009-09-19
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Alcudia Beach - a sunny day
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Alcudia Beach

Alcudia beach at dawn. Alcudia, Mallorca, Spain.

2009-09-19
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Camping North of Sweden

This is a camping by the Gulf of Bothnia to the north of Baltic Sea. Swedish nature at its best. There are thousands of people coming from all over Sweden and the world to stay at campings like this to enjoy the Swedish summer, fishing, relaxing in a green area with water all over the place. This place is near Kalix, somewhere between Luleå and the Finnish border. When this image was taken was end of April and the see was still frozen. It is off season and there are no tourists here yet. All cotages are empty but will be filled during the summer.

2010-04-28
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Salon Denon

The vestibule of Room Denon, the Salon Denon (named after the first director of the Louvre Museum under Napoleon I), located at the other end of the room, whose extraordinary ceiling painted by Charles-Louis Müller glorifies state patronage in France. This vestibule associated the dual function of the Palais du Louvre, monarchic and artistic, for it also led to two galleries of paintings (now the Salle Daru and the Salle Mollien).

2011-04-03
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Formentor

Formentor rocks, Mallorce, Spain

2009-09-15
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Formentor
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Gammelstad Church town, 1

Gammelstad, listed on Unesco's world heritage objects, has one of the biggest and best preserved church towns in the world, with more than 400 Church cottages surrounding the mediaeval stone church. Gammelstad Church Town comprises church cottages, a mediaeval stone church, private homes, a parish storehouse and much more. Luleå, Sweden.

2010-04-28
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Gammelstad Church town, 1
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Gammelstad Church Town

Gammelstad, listed on Unesco's world heritage objects, has one of the biggest and best preserved church towns in the world, with more than 400 Church cottages surrounding the mediaeval stone church. Gammelstad Church Town comprises church cottages, a mediaeval stone church, private homes, a parish storehouse and much more. Luleå, Sweden.

2010-04-28
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Gammelstad Church Town
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Hotel in Alcudia

A hotel at night between the swimming pools in the middle of the hotel, Mallorca, Spain.

2009-09-15
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Hotel in Alcudia
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Lulea Church, Sweden

Luleå, a town in the Swedish province of Norrbotten have a population of about 73000. It has been a market place for the area for a long time but the modern Luleå started growing when it became the harbour for shipping iron ore from nearly situated iron mines. The World Heritage church town, Gammelstad, which has been the original Luleå is about 10 km from the current Luleå town.

2010-04-27
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Lulea Church, Sweden
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Sa Colabra

Sa Calobra (the Snake) is a small village situated on a pretty bay bounded by high cliffs in northern Mallorca. Located at the end of a long winding road, it has a pebbly beach, a restaurant and some bars. Most people visit Sa Calobra to see the renowned Torrent de Pareis (River of the Twins), an impressive canyon with a beautiful little beach.

2009-09-18
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Valdemossa

Valdemoss, Mallorca, Spain, is a beautiful mountain village close to Deia on Majorca island. Many famous people such as Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta Jones have homes here. The famous composer Frederic Chopin has spent a winter in this village.

2009-09-19
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Bagh-e Eram Garden

"Bagh-e Eram" (Garden of Eden) is a historic garden in Shiraz and one of the most beautiful & exceptional examples of Persian Gardens with the quadripartite structure with focal water feature, connecting aqueducts, and surrounding trees, as well as the placement of the palace. It has many typical tall cypres trees. It was originally built during the middle of nineteenth century by the Ilkhanate or a paramount chief of the Qashqai tribes of Pars.

Today Eram Garden and Qavam House are within Shiraz Botanical Garden of Shiraz University. The garden is a World Heritage Site & protected by Iran's Cultural Heritage Organization.

2013-05-12
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Bagh-e Eram Garden
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Lulea Sunset

Sunset over Stadsviken in Luleå. Luleå, a town in the Swedish province of Norrbotten have a population of about 73000. It has been a market place for the area for a long time but the modern Luleå started to grow when it became the harbour for shipping iron ore from nearly situated iron mines. The World Heritage church town, Gammelstad, which has been the original Luleå is about 10 km from the current Luleå town.

2010-04-27
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Tornio Church

The church and cemetery in Tornio, Finland. The town is by the Swedish border and neighbour to Haparanda, the east most town of Sweden.

2010-04-28
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Valdemossa Port

Valdemossa Port, Mallorca, Spain.

2009-09-17
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Valdemossa Port
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The Hall of Mirrors (La Grande Galerie) #1

The Hall of Mirrors (French:Grande Galerie or Galerie des Glaces) is the central gallery of the Palace of Versailles and is renowned as being one of the most famous rooms in the world.
The principal feature of this famous hall is the seventeen mirror-clad arches that reflect the seventeen arcaded windows that overlook the gardens. Each arch contains twenty-one mirrors with a total complement of 357 used in the decoration of the galerie des glaces.

2011-04-03
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The Hall of Mirrors (La Grande Galerie) #1
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Afif-Abad Palace Garden

A former palace built in 1863, a Persian garden, and currently also housing a weapon museum.

Originally Golshan Garden, constructed at the request of Mohammed Khan Qavamol-Molk about two hundred years ago. The current main building was constructed by Mirza Ali Mohammadkhan Ghawam II in 1863. After his death the garden was eventually inheritted by Afife, thus being called Afif Abad.

The garden is a beautiful example of a Persian garden and the palace's cellar is used as a weapon museum. There is a beutiful spa part in the garden, which is converted to a café for visitors today.

2010-01-15
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Afif-Abad Palace Garden
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Bishapur Palace Ruin - Hall

The palace of Bishapur, a cross-shaped central room and several smaller halls adjacent to it. the building consisted of four half vaults (iwans) and an open square in the middle, the same building type as the "four iwan mosque", which was designed in the Middle Ages. There are sixty-four niches, which were apparently decorated with statues. Mosaics have been found in several rooms and in several places, stucco decorations were found.

To the west and east of the central, cross-shaped hall, are the rooms that are known as the western and eastern mosaic halls. To the north was the mysterious building that is commonly known as the "temple of Anahita". See arial photos and mosaics found in Bishapur HERE!

2013-05-17
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Bishapur Palace Ruin - Hall
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Golden Hall 1 (City Hall)

After partaking of an exquisite meal in the Blue Hall guests take the stairway up to the Golden Hall (Gyllene salen) to dance. The walls of the Golden Hall are covered with more than 18 million glass and gold mosaic pieces, the work of artist Einar Forseth. Using a Byzantine inspired style the mosaics depict portraits of historical figures and events in Swedish history. The hall is dominated by the "Queen of Lake Maelaren" on the northern wall which represents Stockholm being honoured by the East and the West.

2009-09-21
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Golden Hall 1 (City Hall)
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Nyhavn

Nyhavn is a colourful 17th century waterfront, canal and popular entertainment district in Copenhagen, Denmark.

2012-07-29
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Nyhavn
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Drottningholm Palace

Drottningholm palace park, a Unesco world heritage.
The Royal Domain of Drottningholm stands on an island in Lake Mälar in a suburb of Stockholm. With its castle, perfectly preserved theatre (built in 1766), Chinese pavilion and gardens, it is the finest example of an 18th-century north European royal residence inspired by the Palace of Versailles.

2010-08-14
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Naghsh-e Jahan Square - by Night

Naghsh-e Jahan, Naqshe Jahan, Emam or Imam Square (Meydan-e Naghsh-e Jahan) in Esfahan by night. Constructed between 1598 and 1629, it is now an important historical site, and one of UNESCO's World Heritage Sites.

It is a rectanglar square with a length of 500 meters from north to south with a width of approximately 165 meters. It is completely surrounded by decorated arcades and a bazaar, with the center of each side marked by a monumental building. The entrance to the Grand Bazaar (northern side) and the Imam Mosque are opposite one another on the short ends while the Ali Qapu Palace (western side) and the Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque face one another on the longer sides. See a panorama of here in daylight here.

2013-05-17
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Naghsh-e Jahan Square - by Night
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Ramberget 1

The view of Gothenburg (Göteborg) Sweden from atop Ramberget. This is from a viewpoint, from which you can see most landmarks of the town. There is a huge stone map with directions to the landmarks carved into it just under the camera (navigate downwards to see it). This is actually a public park situatd on a hill where people go for a walk with beautiful views.

2011-04-03
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Golestan Palace

The oldest of the historic monuments in Tehran, the Golestan Palace (Flower Garden Palace or Rose Garden Palace). Originally i citadel built during the Safavid dynasty (1524-1576). Agha Mohamd Khan Qajar (1742-1797) chose Tehran as his capital. The Arg became the site of the Qajar (1794-1925).Court and Golestan Palace became the official residence of the royal family. During the Pahlavi era (1925-1979) Golestan Palace was used for formal royal receptions. The most important ceremonies to be held in the Palace during the Pahlavi era were the coronation of Reza Khan (r. 1925-1941) in Takht-e Marmar and the coronation of Mohammad Reza Pahlavi (r. 1941-deposed 1979) in the Museum Hall. In its present state, Golestan Palace is the result of roughly 400 years construction and renovations. The buildings at the contemporary location each have a unique history.

2013-05-17
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Karlstad - Stora torget

Stora torget (City Square) in Karlstad, Sweden.

2013-05-17
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Karlstad - Stora torget
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The Mona Lisa Room

In this room you will find the most famous portrait painting of the world, Mona Lisa (by Leonardo da Vinci). Anybody that visits the Louvre Museum for the first time, wants to see this lady if this is the only work that has to be seen. But this is not the only masterpiece in the room. Opposite to Mona Lisa you can see The Wedding Feast at Cana (by Veronese), a huge (6.77 x 9.94 m) painting, which depicts Jesus 1st miracle, where he turns water to wine. This room is full of wonderful Italian paintings, but these 2 paintings steal the most of the attention.

2011-04-03
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Naghsh-e-Rostam - Overview

Four tombs belonging to Achaemenid kings are carved out of the rock face. They are all at a considerable height above the ground. In front of the tombs is a small tower, which is known as the Ka'bah-i Zardusht ("Zarathustra's ka'bah" - the real ka'bah being the famous monument in Mecca). Probably, this tower was used to keep the holy fire or books (e.g., the Avesta).

Seven oversized rock reliefs at Naqsh-e Rustam depict monarchs of the Sassanid period. The investiture relief of Ardashir I (c. 226-242). The triumph of Shapur I (c. 241-272). The "grandee" relief of Bahram II (c. 276-293). The two equestrian reliefs of Bahram II (c. 276-293). The investiture of Narseh (c. 293-303). The equestrian relief of Hormizd II (c. 303-309)

2013-05-17
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Naghsh-e-Rostam - Overview
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Geiranger Eagle Eye

The Geirangerfjorden is a fjord in the Sunnmøre region of Møre og Romsdal county, Norway. It located entirely in Stranda Municipality. It is a 15-kilometre (9.3 mi) long branch off of the Sunnylvsfjorden, which is a branch off of the Storfjorden (Great Fjord).

The fjord is one of Norway's most visited tourist sites. In 2005, it was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, jointly with the Nærøyfjorden, although this status is now threatened by the disputed plans to build power lines across the fjord. A car ferry, which doubles as a sightseeing trip, is operated by Fjord1 Nordvestlandske. It runs lengthwise along the fjord between the small towns of Geiranger and Hellesylt.

2013-07-01
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Spiterstulen

Spiterstulen lies 1,100 metres above sea level, between the two highest mountains in Norway, Galdhøpiggen and Glittertind in Jotunheimen.

Jotunheimen (English: The Home of the Giants) is a mountainous area of roughly 3,500 km² in southern Norway and is part of the long range known as the Scandinavian Mountains. The 29 highest mountains in Norway are all in Jotunheimen, including the very highest - Galdhøpiggen (2469 m).

2013-07-01
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Spiterstulen
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Persepolis Overview

Overview of the Perseplis from the eastern tophill just under the royal tomb av king Artaxerxes II (Ardashir II).

2013-05-13
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Persepolis Overview
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Stockholm View

Stockholm View from the City Hall Tower 106 meters above the edifice. This panorama is extra large, which allows extended zooming capability when viewed in Fullscreen mode. A full tour of Stockholm City Hall can be seen Here.

2011-09-17
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Stockholm View
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Town Hall Square

Town Hall Square (Tallinn, Estonia) has been a meeting place and marketplace for centuries. The square in front of City Hall was an active marketplace, even before the town hall was built. They used the square for all kinds of public events, from partying to the killings. Today the square is the city's social center, with lots of beer gardens in summer and concerts, craft sales and medieval markets.

2010-06-16
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Tehran

Tehran is the capital of Iran. With a population of around 8.3 million and surpassing 14 million in the wider metropolitan area, it is the countries's largest city and urban area, and one of the largest cities in Western Asia. The city is home to many historic mosques, churches, synagogues and Zoroastrian fire temples. Tehran is ranked 29th in the world by the population of its metropolitan area. Throughout history, the capital has been moved many times, and Tehran is the 32nd national capital of the country although it has been a capital city for about 220 years. In the early 18th century, Karim Khan Zand ordered a palace, and a government office to be built in the city, possibly to declare the city his capital, but later moved his government to Shiraz. Tehran finally became the capital of Iran in 1795, when the Qajar king Agha Mohammad Khan was crowned in the city.

2013-05-17
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Azadi Roundabout 1

The Azadi Tower (Freedom Tower), previously known as the Shahyad, is the symbol of Tehran, the capital of Iran, and marks the west entrance to the city. It is part of the Azadi cultural complex, located in Tehran's Azadi Square in an area of some 50,000 m². There are several fountains around the base of the tower and a museum underground.

2013-05-17
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Ulriksdal Palace front view

Ulriksdal Palace was built in the 1600s on the banks of Edviken Lake and visitors to the palace witness many different epochs.

Several Swedish regents have left their mark on Ulriksdal. Queen Kristina built a pleasure garden in front of the palace and Hedvig Elenora built an Orangery in the park.

Queen Kristina enjoyed the palace so much that she let her coronation procession proceed from Ulriksdal.

2010-08-07
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Ulriksdal Palace front view
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Vasa Port

What made Vasa perhaps the most powerful warship in the world up to that time was her broadside, the combined weight of the shot that could be fired from one side of the ship, more than 300 kg in all. A truly fearsome machine of war!
Armament:
64 bronze cannon.

2011-04-03
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Vasa Port
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The Hall of Mirrors (La Grande Galerie) #2

The Hall of Mirrors (French:Grande Galerie or Galerie des Glaces) is the central gallery of the Palace of Versailles and is renowned as being one of the most famous rooms in the world.
The principal feature of this famous hall is the seventeen mirror-clad arches that reflect the seventeen arcaded windows that overlook the gardens. Each arch contains twenty-one mirrors with a total complement of 357 used in the decoration of the galerie des glaces.

2011-04-03
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The Hall of Mirrors (La Grande Galerie) #2
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Mir Chaghmagh Square

The city center and heart of the city of Yazd, Mir Chakhmagh or Mir Chaghmagh square with Takkieh Mir Chaghmagh construction, which is an entrance portal to the bazaar. This stunning three-story facade is one of the most recognizable and unusual buildings in Iran. Also the Mir Chakhmagh mosque is at this square and the Bazar-e Khan at the opposite side. There is also an Ab-anbar at this square, its with 5 wind catchers are visible from the square.

2013-05-16
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Mir Chaghmagh Square
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Afif-Abad palace

A former palace built in 1863, a Persian garden, and currently also housing a weapon museum.

The current main building was constructed by Mirza Ali Mohammadkhan Ghawam II in 1863. After his death the garden was eventually inheritted by Afife, thus being called Afif Abad.

2010-01-15
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Bishapur Palace Ruin - overview

The Palace complex of Bishapur from the top of one of its four iwans. According to an inscription, the city itself was founded in 266 by Shapur I (241-272), who was the second Sassanid king and inflicted a triple defeat on the Romans, having killed Gordian III, captured Valerian and forced Philip the Arab to surrender. In his native province of Fars, he built a new city that would measure up to his ambitions: Bishapur, Shapur's City. Outside the city, Shapur decorated the sides of the Bishapur River gorge with huge historical reliefs commemorating his triple triumph over Rome.

See arial photos and mosaics found in Bishapur HERE!

2013-05-17
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Bishapur Palace Ruin - overview
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Golden Hall 2 (City Hall)

After partaking of an exquisite meal in the Blue Hall guests take the stairway up to the Golden Hall (Gyllene salen) to dance. The walls of the Golden Hall are covered with more than 18 million glass and gold mosaic pieces, the work of artist Einar Forseth. Using a Byzantine inspired style the mosaics depict portraits of historical figures and events in Swedish history. The hall is dominated by the "Queen of Lake Mälaren" on the northern wall which represents Stockholm being honoured by the East and the West.

2009-09-21
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Golden Hall 2 (City Hall)
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Amalienborg Palace

Amalienborg is the monarch's winter residence. The Amalienborg complex consists of four palaces, planned around an octagonal courtyard, in the centre of which stands the French sculptor J.F.J. Saly's equestrian statue of Frederik V, the founder of Amalienborg Palace and Frederiksstaden, the surrounding district of Copenhagen, Denmark.

2012-07-28
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Amalienborg Palace
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Drottningholm Palace

The Drottningholm Palace is the private residence of the Swedish royal family. It is located in Drottningholm. It is built on the island Lovön (in Ekerö Municipality of Stockholm County), and is one of Sweden's Royal Palaces. It was originally built in the late 16th century. Apart from being the private residency of the Swedish royal family, the castle is a popular tourist attraction.

The Chinese Pavilion, together with Drottningholm Palace and its grounds, is on UNESCO's World Heritage List.

2007-10-07
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Drottningholm Palace
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Naghsh-e Jahan Square - by Day

Naghsh-e Jahan, Naqshe Jahan, Emam or Imam Square (Meydan-e Naghsh-e Jahan) in Esfahan by day. Constructed between 1598 and 1629, it is now an important historical site, and one of UNESCO's World Heritage Sites.

During the reign of Shah Abbas I and his successors, this square was an area where festivities, polo, dramatics and military parades took place. market place was taken as the centerpiece of the new city and Shah Abbas laid out an immense square, the Naqsh’e Jahan Square, nearly 1700 feet long -- twice the size of Red Square in Moscow, seven times the size of St. Mark’s Square in Venice. Naghsh’e Jahan Square is the second-largest square in the world (after Beijing's Tianamen Square). See it by night here

2013-05-17
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Naghsh-e Jahan Square - by Day
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Götaplatsen

Götaplatsen is a public square in Gothenburg, Sweden, at the southern end of Kungsportsavenyn (Avenyn), the city's main street. The square was inaugurated when Gothenburg held a major international industrial exhibition, 1923, celebrating the city's 300th anniversary. Götaplatsen is Gothenburg's cultural hub, enclosed by the Gothenburg Concert Hall, the Gothenburg Museum of Art, the Gothenburg City Theatre and the City Library. At the centre of the square presides the Poseidon statue - the statue has become one of the symbols of the city.

2011-04-03
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Götaplatsen
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Haparanda

Haparanda is a locality and the seat of Haparanda Municipality in Norrbotten County, Sweden. It is adjacent to Tornio, Finland.

On the oposite side of the river, which is frozen in this panorama, lies Tornio of Finland.

2010-04-18
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Kungsträdgården in blom

Kungsträdgården in blom at First of May, which is a public holiday in Sweden. Traditionally there have been big labour demonstration at this day but nowadays people mostly come out to the parks just to enjoy a day out under the sun, here at Kungsträdgården park in central Stockholm.

2012-05-01
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Kungsträdgården in blom
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Luleå Harbour

Luleå Southern Harbour (Södra Hamnen) is a historical industrial and harbour area in downtown Lule#229;.

Today Södra Hamn consists mostly of housing areas (except a small business and industrial area in the eastern part)

2010-04-18
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Luleå Harbour
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Luleå Airport

F 21 Luleå, Norrbottens flygflottilj, Norrbotten Air Force Wing, or simply "F 21", is a Swedish Air Force wing with the main base located in Luleå in northern Sweden. It is one of the three remaining wings in Sweden and currently has two squadrons of multirole aircraft. Here we can see a retainer the Viggen fighter.

2010-04-18
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Luleå Airport
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Darius I Tomb - Sahpur's Triumph

Darius I the Great tomb is the 1st one built here & well-known for the king's "autobiography", which is contained in two inscriptions.
To the left, the most famous Sassanian rock relief from Naqsh-e Rostam, the triumph of Shapur I. Showing how king Shapur has defeated two Roman emperors. In 244, the Roman emperor Gordian III with the Roman legions invaded Mesopotamia & besieged the Sasanian capital Ctesiphon, the war lasted long & Gordian was killed during the campaign & replaced by Philippus Arabs, who makes a peace truce with Shapur. Here emperor Philip kneeling in front of the king's horse. The standing man, seized by the hand by Shapur, is the Roman emperor Valerian, who was defeated & taken captive in another war in 260. A more elaborate version of this monument, also showing a dead Gordian, can be seen at Bishapur (Bishapur Gallery, relief II).
Immediately below the tomb of Darius the Great, the double equestrian victory reliefs of Bahram II.

2013-05-17
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Darius I Tomb - Sahpur's Triumph
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Järntorget, Stockholm

Järntorget (Swedish: The Iron Square) is a small public square in Gamla stan, the old town in central Stockholm, Sweden. The second oldest square in Stockholm, slightly younger than Stortorget, Järntorget dates back to around 1300 and remained the city's most important trade centre for centuries. Originally called Korntorget ("Grain Square"), the square is first mentioned as Järntorget in 1489, both names being used in parallel until 1513 when iron trade had surpassed corn trade in importance at the place. At the Iron Market (Square) you will also find Sundberg's pastry (Sundbergs Konditori), which was founded in 1785 and claims to be Stockholm's oldest.

2012-07-18
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Järntorget, Stockholm
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Saint George and the Dragon

St George and the Dragon, Sten Sture the Swedish regent to be St George, Danes (King Christian I) the dragon and Sweden the maid/princess to be saved. This statue is at Köpmantorget (Swedish: "Merchant's Square"), a small public square in Gamla stan, the old town in central Stockholm, Sweden. This small square was never used as a market. Instead, when it first appears in historical records on a map dated 1733, it was named after its location on the eastern end of Köpmangatan, the street leading to Stortorget, the square which used to be the main market place in Stockholm for centuries.

2012-07-18
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Saint George and the Dragon
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Outer Court Yard of the Royal Palace

The Outer Court Yard of the Royal Palace (Swedish: Yttre Borggården) is the site of changing of the Royal guard. Outer courtyard is enclosed by two curved wings. The northern occupied by the Royal Guard and the south mainly Slottsboden.

2012-07-18
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Outer Court Yard of the Royal Palace
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Stortorget, Old Town

Stortorget (Swedish: The Great Square) is a small public square in Gamla Stan, the old town in central Stockholm, Sweden. It is the oldest square in Stockholm, the historical centre around which the medieval urban conglomeration gradually came into being. Today, the square is frequented by tens of thousands of tourists annually, and is occasionally the scene for demonstrations and performances. It is traditionally renowned for its annual Christmas market offering traditional handicrafts and food.

2012-07-18
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Stortorget, Old Town
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Old Town, Vasterlanggatan

Västerlånggatan (Western Long Street) is an alley (street) in the old town Stockholm. Västerlånggatan became together with Österlånggatan (Eastern Long Street), the main streets of the town in 15th century.

2012-07-18
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Old Town, Vasterlanggatan
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Persepolis - The Great Stairway

(#1) The construction of the large Stairs of All Nations in Persepolis was ordered by king Xerxes (486-465), the son and successor of the founder of the city, Darius I the Great. Originally, the main access had been in the south; now, one had to ascend to the terrace from the west.

The Grate Stairway of Persepolis is a monumental double-ramped stairway, which was designed in such a way that one could only proceed slowly and with dignity, because you are forced to walk upright.

2013-05-13
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Persepolis - The Great Stairway
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Tallinn Old Town

Tallinn, Estonia

2010-06-16
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Tallinn Old Town
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Tehran City Theater

Tehran City Theater (opened ca. 1972) or Teatr-e Shahr is a performing arts complex in Tehran, Iran. Architect Ali Sardar Afkhami designed the main building in the 1960s, later expanded. The complex contains several performance spaces including Chaharsou Hall, Qashqai Hall, Sayeh Hall, and the Main Hall.

2013-05-17
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Tehran City Theater
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Ulriksdal Palace - Lake side entrance

2010-08-07
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Ulriksdal Palace - Lake side entrance
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Vasa Stern

The high stern allowed men with muskets to shoot down into the decks of a lower ship.
Vasa should be splendid, a hull built of more than a thousand oak trees with 64 cannon, masts over 50 meters high and hundreds of painted and gilded sculptures.

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The Hercules Salon

The first salon of the King’s Grand Apartment, the Hercules salon was created at the end of Louis XIV’s reign. The works on the Hercules salon lasted until 1736, when François Lemoine completed the painting of the vault depicting the Apotheosis of Hercules, which was supposed to show that "Virtue raises man above himself". This vast allegorical composition with 142 figures aimed to rival the masterpieces of the Italian fresco painters but it was painted on primed canvases, i.e. glued onto the support. The work was so exhausting that the young painter, despite the success of his work, committed suicide shortly afterwards.

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Bagh-e Dolatabad Garden

Bagh-e Dolatabad Garden, one of the nine gardens in Iran that together are protected and listed on World Heritage list as example of Persian Gardens. Built 1746 by Mohammad Taghi Khan or just the great Khan. A 60km long ghanat was built to irrigate this garden and some other historical sites like Bazar-e Khan, Madrese-ye Khan, Kravansera and Hamam-e Khan.

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Afif-Abad Palace Garden Tea House

This is part of the original relax/spa part adjacent to the palace's bathroom. Nowadays it is used as a café (tea house) for the palace's visitors.

The vaulted alcoves have beautiful tile paintings, illustrating different story scenes from Shahnameh, the national epic of the cultural sphere of Greater Persia by the Persian poet Ferdowsi.

Among the stories are:
The battle of Rostam and Esfandiyar, Rotam killing the White Demon, Simurgh coming to Rostam's aid in battle, Duel of Rostam and his son Sohrab.

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Bishapur Temple of Anahita - Open Court

The building that is known as the Temple of Anahita, is in fact an unidentified structure, deeper than the other rooms of the palace. The structure, with its pleasant, harmonious dimensions, can only be reached by descending a long stairs. The water conduit in the shrine of Anahita. It is a building without parallel. Once you've descended the stairs, you will find yourself on a small square, surrounded by high walls. The square must have been a pool, surrounded by sidewalks. The doors in the walls give access to a corridor that surrounded the square, and which in turn gave access to the place where the aqueduct reached this square building.

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Blue Hall 1 (City Hall)

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Blue Hall 1 (City Hall)
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Michelangelo Gallery

The Galerie Michel-Ange (Michelangelo Gallery), with its magnificent marble floor houses the Italian sculptures, notably Michelangelo's famous Slaves.
In the Michelangelo Gallery at the Louvre (Musée du Louvre), the visitors crowd around this idyllic image of a loving couple: a winged man and a swooning woman in a voluptuous embrace, their lips about to join in a kiss. take a closer look at this masterful composition of Psyche and Cupid.

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The Salle Daru

The Salle Daru was created and decorated in 1863 for the imperial museum, as conveyed by its red and gold decor (the French imperial colors). In this section of the Louvre Museum (Musée du Louvre) you can see Davids masterpiece The Consecration of the Emperor Napoleon and the Coronation of Empress Joséphine along other large-scale French Neoclassical paintings.

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Drottningholm Palace (Changing of the Royal Guards)

Changing of the Royal Guards is a several hunderd years old ceremony during which the guards of the Royal Family or its palaces are changed. Here you can see it at Drottningholm Palace grounds just outside Drottningholm Palace Theatre.

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Drottningholm Palace (Changing of the Royal Guards)
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Masjed-e Emam - Sanctuary

Masjed Emam (previously Masjed-e Shah) The Imam's Mosque. The main dome of the mosque behind the largest of the four iwans in the courtyard opposite to the iwan connected to the main portal.

The dome of the sanctuary (Shabestan) is vast in scale (25 meters across by 52 meters high) and comprises two shells, the bulbous dome being fourteen meters higher than the interior dome. The interior of the dome is ornamented with a sunburst at the apex from which descend tiers of arabesque. The mosque's interior and exterior walls are fully covered with a polychrome, mostly dark blue, glazed tile revetment above a continuous marble dado.

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Lilla Bommen

Lilla Bommen is a marina in the Goteborg's city centre. The ship Barken Viking seen here is just at the pier and the Skyscraper Skanska with the its typical red/white colour nicknamed the lipstick.

In 2010 a 60m high ferris wheel named Goteborgshjulet (The Goteborg Wheel) was installed at the place, also seen in the panorama. The Ferris wheel was moved from here to the amusement park Liseberg in spring 2012.

2010-08-29
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Persepolis - The Gate of All Nations - west

The Gate of all Nations, referring to subject nations of the empire, consisted of a grand hall that was a square of approximately 25 metres (82 ft) in length, with four columns and its entrance on the Western Wall (here!). There were two more doors, one to the south which opened to the Apadana courtyard and the other opened onto a long road to the east (the Processional Way). All people from all subject nations had to go through this gate to enter the palace complex.

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Alexander Church

Alexander Nevsky cathedral is Tallinn's largest domed cathedral. The large, richly decorated Orthodox church was built in a mixed style of Toompea in 1900, when Estonia was part of the Russian tsarist empire. The architect was Mikhail Preobrazhenski from St. Petersburg. Tallinn, Estonia.

2010-06-16
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Shamsol Emareh Palace

Shamsol Emareh Palace seen from Nasser Khosrow street. Shams-ol-Emareh (Edifice of the Sun) is the most stunning structures of the Golestan Palace. The idea of building a tall structure came to Nasser-ol-Din Shah from pictorial images of European buildings. The Monarch wanted a structure from which he could have panoramic views of the city. Construction on the Shams-ol-Emareh began in 1865 and was completed two years later. The building has two identical towers. The exterior views have multiple arches, intricate tile work and ornate windows. This building is a fusion of Persian and European architecture.

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Ulriksdal Palace

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Vasa stratbord

It took almost two years (1626-1627) to build Vasa. From dawn to dusk, carpenters, sawyers, smiths, ropelayers, sailmakers, painters, carvers, gun carriage makers and other specialists struggled to complete the navy’s great, new ship.

2011-04-03
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Västerås Stora Torget

Stora Torget in Västerås is a square in the north-north-west of Västerås. There has been trading around the square since the early 1900s. In the square there is the sculpture Aseaströmmen by Bengt-Göran Broström, where the amount of cyclists who went to and from Vasteras large industrial Asea (now ABB) at shift changes.

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2012-09-20
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The War Salon (Salon de la Guerre)

The decoration of the War Room (Salon de la Guerre) glorifies the military victories that led to the Peace of Nijmegen. The walls are covered with marble panels decorated with six trophies and gilded bronze carvings. The wall has an oval plasterwork bas-relief representing Louis XIV on horseback trampling over his enemies. It is surmounted by two gilded Renommées supported by two prisoners in chains. The ceiling represents France in the centre, armed and sitting on a cloud, surrounded by Victories. The ceiling panels portray the king’s three conquered enemies: Germany, kneeling, with an eagle; Spain, threatening, with a ro#229 lion and Holland, upside down on a lion. The fourth panel represents Bellone, Goddess of war, enraged between Rebellion and Discord.

2011-04-03
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Bagh-e Dolatabad Garden Pavilion

The main pavilion of the Bagh-e Dolatabad. The main pavilion has got the worlds tallest (34m) wind catcher tower (Badgir) in a unique octagonal shape. Other parts consists of hashti, birouni, andarouni, separate winter and summer pavilions, Ab-anbar (water cistern), stables, etc.

2013-05-16
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Bishapur Temple of Anahita - corridor

The corridors around the square courtyard of the structure, the så called Temple of Anahita. The square must have been a pool, surrounded by sidewalks. The doors in the walls give access to a corridor that surrounded the square, and which in turn gave access to the place where the aqueduct reached this square building.

2013-05-17
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Blue Hall 2 (City Hall)

Every year since 1930, with few exceptions, the Nobel Prize Banquet has been held in the City Hall. Following the prize ceremony at Stockholm Concert Hall, some 1,300 people, including 250 students, sit down to eat in the Blue Hall (Blå hallen), in one of the world's most exclusive banquets. The Nobel Laureates, their families, the Swedish Royal Family, representatives of the Swedish Government and distinguished foreign guests all participate.

2009-09-21
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Drottningholm Palace Theatre

The 18th-century Court Theatre at Drottningholm is on the "world heritage" list.

The building was completed in 1766 and rests on the remains of an earlier theatre destroyed by fire in 1762.

2007-10-07
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Masjed-e Emam - Northeast Ivan

Masjed-e Emam (or Arabic Masjid-i Imam) (originally named Masjed-e Shah) the Imam's Mosque in Esfahan, Iran was built on the southern side of Naqsh-e Jahan square, under Safavid Shah Abbas around 1600 AC. The mosque's monumental portal iwan is located exactly opposite the portal iwan on the northern arcade of the square, which connects the entrance to the grand bazaar.

Masjid-i Shah has a courtyard (50 by 67 m) surrounded by a two-story arcade on four sides with four iwans, one at the center of each side. Here the Northwest iwan which via a triangular vestibule connects the main portal to the courtyard.

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Masjed-e Emam - Northeast Ivan
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Järntorget, Göteborg

Järntorget is a public square in Gothenburg, Sweden. Järntorgsbrunnen or the five world contents is an sculpture in Järntorget i Göteborg (Gothenburg). The sculpture consists of a fountain in granite with associated wells cut in cast iron. Around the well is located five naked girls in bronze symbolizing the five continents and a ship in the middle at the highest point of the sculpture sailing to the five continents reminding about the city's traditions.

2011-04-03
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Järntorget, Göteborg
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'Raft of the Medusa' in Salle Mollien

The Salle Mollien was created and decorated in 1863 for the imperial museum, as conveyed by its red and gold decor. It houses large French Romantic paintings such as The Raft of the Medusa, July 28. Liberty Leading the People and The Death of Sardanapalus are on display here.

2011-04-03
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'Raft of the Medusa' in Salle Mollien
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Artaxerxes I Tomb - Hormizd II Relief

The equestrian victory of Hormizd II (303-309) is immediately below Achaemenid tomb II (Artaxerxes?) and a vanished relief of Shapur II. It shows how king Hormizd unhorses an enemy, who may be identified with king Papak of Armenia, or perhaps one of the kings of the Kushans in the far east.

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Artaxerxes I Tomb - Hormizd II Relief
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Naranjestan Ghavam, Iwan

Built 1879-1886, was the home of Governor's Court of Fars during the Ghajar period. Significantly represent Iranian Architecture during Ghajar period. Since 1998, the complex is used by the faculty of Art and Architecture of Shiraz University.

2010-01-14
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Naranjestan Ghavam, Iwan
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Sunnylvsfjorden

The Sunnylvsfjorden is a fjord in Stranda Municipality and Norddal Municipality in Møre og Romsdal county, Norway. The 26-kilometre (16 mi) long Sunnylvsfjorden is one of the innermost branches of the large Storfjorden. The fjord ranges from 600 to 2,000 metres (2,000 to 6,600 ft) wide and the fjord reaches 452 metres (1,483 ft) below sea level at its deepest point, just west of Skrenakken near the mouth of the fjord. The famous Geirangerfjorden branches off to the west from the Sunnylvsfjorden.

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Persepolis - The Gate of All Nations - east

While Persians and Medes had the privilege to take the south door directly towards Apadana, all the other subject nations were supposed to use the eastern door (here!) to the Processional Way to approach the Throne Hall. A pair of Lamassus, bulls with the heads of bearded men, stand by the western threshold. Another pair, with wings and a Persian head, stands by the eastern entrance (here!), to reflect the Empire's power.

To the left of the gate, the Apadana courtyard & its northern stairs can be seen.

2013-05-13
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Song Festival Grounds

The Tallinn Song Stage was built in 1959 for arranging the Song Festivals. The stage was meant to hold over 15 000 singers but it’s also possible to use it the other way – the performance will take place in front of the stage and audience is sitting on the stage.

2010-06-16
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Sardar-e Bagh-e Melli

Sardar-e Bagh-e Melli (National Garden's Portal) or Meydan-e Mashgh was built in the Qajar period by direct order of Reza Shah Pahlavi. This portal was constructed as an entrance to the parade ground, owned by the army. After building the gate, the idea of creating the first public garden of Tehran within the area of the parade ground was suggested and carried out. Thereafter, the Portal of the Parade Ground was called (The Portal of Bagh Melli). The public garden did not remain that long and numerous buildings like Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the National Library and the Museum of Ancient Iran was built within the area but the name of the gate remained Portal of National Garden.

2013-05-17
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Sardar-e Bagh-e Melli
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Ulriksdal Palace Park 3

View from the fountain in the park.

2007-08-14
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Ulriksdal Palace Park 3
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Vasa Museum, Life on Board

Over 450 men should have shared the space inside Vasa if she had sailed on. Crowding on the warship was extreme. Several men shared the space between each pair of cannon, where they would live, eat and sleep. The officers had somewhat better conditions. The great cabin was decorated with sculptures on the walls and they could sleep in fold-out beds instead of directly on the deck.

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Västerås Notudden

Notudden is a larger marina at northeast of the 'Västra hamnen' in Västerås.

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2012-09-19
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The Peace Salon (Salon de la Paix)

The Peace Room (Salon de la Paix) features the same decoration of marble panel and trophies of gilded bronze and carved weapons as in the War Room, to which is symmetrical. However, Le Brun decorated the cupola and the ceiling panels with the benefits of the peace given to Europe by France.

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The Peace Salon (Salon de la Paix)
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Masjed-e Jameh Mosque

The 12th-century mosque is still in use today. It was first built under Ala'oddoleh Garshasb of the Al-e Bouyeh dynasty. The mosque was largely rebuilt between 1324 and 1365, and is one of the outstanding 14th century buildings of Iran..

2013-05-16
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Masjed-e Jameh Mosque
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Bishapur Palace Area - Overview

See arial photos and mosaics found in Bishapur HERE!

2013-05-17
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Bishapur Palace Area - Overview
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The Council Chamber (City Hall)

Directly across the Civic Court lies the Council Chamber (Rådsalen) where Stockholm's City Council assembles every third Monday. The interior of the Council Chamber is absolutely majestic and its 19 meter-high ceiling takes its inspiration from the Swedish Viking Age. The public gallery has room for about 200 spectators to attend the council meetings.

2009-09-21
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Cour Marly

Completed in 1857, these were occupied by the Ministry of Finance from 1871 to 1989. The Cour Marly was covered with a glass roof designed by Ieoh Ming Pei (the architect of the Pyramid) and opened in 1993. It now contains statues from the park at Marly, Louis XIV's favorite residence. The terraced floor provides a splendid setting for the works, bathed in constant natural light.

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The Embroidery Parterre

Closest to the palace lies the parterre de broderi, which originally had an intricate embroidery pattern of box-wood hedges and coloured gravel.

Today, these have been replaced by a large lawn with box-wood hedges on the outer edges as well as a band of crushed brick and black hyperite.

2010-08-14
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Masjed-e Emam - 3

Masjed Emam (previously Masjed-e Shah) The Imam's Mosque. Here a Sangab (litterally a water stone bowl) a stone bowl carved in a one piece of stone as Water is an important element in the design; both the main court and the courts of the madrasas have pools at their center reflecting the architectural splendor of the Masjid-i Shah and here inside the building as this huge fountain.

Throughout the whole mosque, with the exception of the sanctuary dome and portal iwan, Shah Abbas was keen to minimize labor costs and time by introducing a novel technique called "kashi haft-rangi" (seven colored tiles). The haft-rangi is usually a square tile that incorporates various colors in one firing.

2013-05-17
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Masjed-e Emam - 3
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Fafangan

The Fåfängan garden Restaurant and café, in the Södermalm heights, is a perfect place to enjoy a lunch or just a cup of coffee with one of the most beutiful panroma view over Stockholm. Take bus 53.

2007-08-29
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Gustav Adolfs Torg

Gustaf Adolf's square is a located in central Gothenburg, Sweden. It was named Stortorget (the Big square) until 1854 when a statue was raised over the founding father of Gothenburg, king Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden (Gustav Adolf). Surrounding the square you can find Gothenburg City Hall (the former stock exchange building), the law court (by Gunnar Asplund), and the main canal of Gothenburg.

2011-04-03
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Golestan Palace - Shamsol Emareh - Interior

Golestan Palace Shamsol Emareh - Interior

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Naghsh-e Rostam

Naqsh-e Rostam, is situated a few kilometers northwest of Persepolis, the capital of the ancient Achaemenid empire. As is shown by a pre-Achaemenid relief and several old graves, Naqsh-e Rostam was already a place of some importance when king Darius I the Great (522-486 BC) ordered his monumental tomb to be carved into the cliff. Later, similar royal rock tombs were added. they belong to Darius' son and successor Xerxes (486-465), his son Artaxerxes I Makrocheir (465-424) and his grandson Darius II Nothus (423-404). Archaeologists are almost certain that the tombs were closed after the burial. After Alexander the Great had overthrown the Achaemenid empire, the doors were smashed and the tombs were looted.

After the fall of the Achaemenid empire, Naqš-i Rustam remained important to the Persians. After 260 CE, the Sasanian king Shapur I had a monumental relief cut out in the rock, showing how he made Philippus Arabs ruler of the Roman empire and received the defeated Roman emperor Valerian. Other reliefs were added by Shapur's successors.

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Naranjestan Ghavam, garden

Built 1879-1886, was the home of Governor's Court of Fars during the Ghajar period. Significantly represent Iranian Architecture during Ghajar period. Since 1998, the complex is used by the faculty of Art and Architecture of Shiraz University.

2010-01-14
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Naranjestan Ghavam, garden
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Persepolis Overview. Processional Way

An Overview over the Perseplois at the end of the Processional Way, just before the the Unfinished Gate. To the right, off the Processional Way, two seemingly unused capitals can be seen, they are in the form of Griffins (eagle headed lions). Further away the Gate of All Nations. Another well preserved capital is seen on the ground just between the photo position and the unfinished gate.

2013-05-13
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Stockholm-Tallinn Ferry

Stockholm-Tallinn Ferry, leaving Stockholm every day for Tallinn. Another Ferry leaves Tallinn for Stockholm about the same time.

2010-05-16
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Bagh-e Melli or Meydan-e Mashgh

Bagh-e Melli (The National Garden) is a government compound where the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Iran, The National Museum of Iran, Malek National Museum, and the future National Museum of Post are located. The compound is located in central Tehran.

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Ulriksdal Palace Park 2

Several Swedish regents have left their mark on Ulriksdal. Queen Kristina built a pleasure garden in front of the palace and Hedvig Elenora built an Orangery in the park. You can see both in this panorama.

2007-08-14
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Ulriksdal Palace Park 2
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Vasa, Model of different parts

The Vasa Museum or Vasamuseet displaying the Swedish warship Vasa (or Wasa) that was built from 1626 to 1628.
Time stopped on Vasa at five o’clock in the afternoon on August 28th, 1628. When the ship was salvaged 333 years later, the crew’s seachests were still packed with provisions, clothing and personal mementoes.

2011-04-03
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Västerås Kunsgsgatan Bridge over Svartån

Kungsgatan at the bridge over Svartån in Västerås. Svartån is a river that has its sources in northern Västmanland, runs to the south-east and flows in Västerås bay of Lake Mälaren in Västerås. Svartån is 91 km long.

In central Västerås multiple dwellings have vertical walls down to the river, one of the most depicted motifs in Västerås.

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Västerås Kunsgsgatan Bridge over Svartån
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The 1830 Room

The 1830 Room was the finishing touch on Louis-Philippe's galleries at Versailles when it was inaugurated in June 1837.
The decor commemorates the accession to power of Louis-Philippe, Duc d'Orléans, following the July 1830 Revolution, the "Three Glorious Days": first as lieutenant-general of the kingdom and, a few days later, as king "elected" by the French under the name Louis-Philippe I.
The Duc d'Orléans Arriving at the Hôtel de Ville in Paris" and "The Reading of the Proclamation of Deputies and the Proclamation of the Lieutenant-General of the Kingdom", "Louis-Philippe Taking the Oath before the Chambers to Uphold the Charter of 1830" and "The Flags of the National Guard Being Given to Paris" hang beneath the ceiling depicting "Truth Accompanying Justice and Wisdom, Protecting France from Hypocrisy, Fanaticism and Discord".

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The Hall of Battles

The Galerie des Batailles (Gallery of Battles) is a 120 metre long and 13 metre wide gallery occupying the first floor of the aile du midi of the Palace of Versailles, joining onto the grand and petit 'appartements de la reine'. It is an epigone of the Grande galerie of the Louvre and was intended to glorify French military history from the Battle of Tolbiac (traditionally dated 495) to the Battle of Wagram (5–6 July 1809).

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Traditional Hotel (Hojjat House)

This traditional hotel (Vali Hotel) is a converted old mansion originally called the House of Hojjat. During years 2005-2007 the house was restored and renovated by Mr Ali-Asghar Dehghan and two other companions and converted to the current Hotel Vali. A traditional Yzdi style house which is delight to sit in or stay at.

2013-05-16
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Traditional Hotel (Hojjat House)
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Ancient City Bishapur

Bishapur, "the beautiful [city] of Shapur", as the name indicates was founded by king Shapur (241-272 AC). Like the bridge at Shushtar, it was built by Roman soldiers who had been captured after the defeat of the Roman emperor Valerian in 260. Many aspects of Bishapur's architecture look Roman e.g. the "Hippodamian street plan" (or the grid plan). The core of the city is the old castle, situated in a steep rock. The oldest monument was relief I in the Tang-e Chowgan gorge. Reliefs II and III commemorate the defeat of Valerian. While these were cut, the city, palace, and the so-called Temple of Anahita were built by the Roman prisoners of war. Later monuments include reliefs V, IV, and VI.

The city, surrounded by walls that stood ten meters high, was inhabited by some 50,000 to 80,000 people. The main monuments have been excavated between 1935 and 1941. Most of the city is still buried.

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Ancient City Bishapur
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The Oval (City Hall)

The Oval is a vaulted antechamber whose name is derived from its oval shape. The walls of The Oval are covered with a series of five, 300 year-old tapestries. These tapestries were made in Beauvais in France. Every Saturday civil wedding services and partnership registrations are conducted in the Oval.

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Cour Puget

The Cour Puget formed part of the wing of Napoleon IIIs palace. It was initially given over to the Ministry of State, which was in charge of large-scale building projects, and later, from 1871 to 1989, to the Ministry of Finance. Since 1993, under a glass roof similar to that of the Cour Marly, it has housed outdoor statuary from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries.

2011-04-03
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Drottningholm Palace Park

The park and gardens at Drottningholm have been developed in three stages, inspired by three main styles.

The oldest garden was planted at the end of the 1600s upon the initiative of Queen Hedvig Eleonora. At the centre stands the Hercules fountain - bronze figures created by the sculptor Adriaen de Vries. After a walled terrace comes the parterre d'eau with ten jets of water and lawns enclosed by box-wood hedges.

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Drottningholm Palace Park
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Fjallgatan

Take a walk through a historic district on Södermalm's Fjällllgatan, lined on one side by well-preserved and charming wooden buildings and offering a superb view of the city on the other. Bus 3, 66 or 53

2006-12-17
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Fjallgatan
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Chehel Sotoon - Main Hall

Main hall or audience hall of Chehel Sotoon Palace in Esfahan. Behind the verandah there is a small raised throne room which leads into a spacious audience chamber. This is richly decorated with paintings celebrating the heyday of the Safavid dynasty, including a particularly celebrated one of Shah Tahmasb receiving the Mughal Emperor Humayun at a banquet(116). The two largest paintings are depicting the Karnal battle between Nader Shah Afshar and Mohammad Shah Gurkani, king of India, which led to conquest of Delhi and India by the Persian king(114) and The battle of Chaldoran between SHah Esmaeel Safavid and the Ottoman ruler Sultan Salim(115).

2013-05-17
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Göteborgs Operan

2011-04-03
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Golestan Palace - Shamsol-Emareh - Exterior

Golestan Palace, Shamsol Emareh Pavilion Exterior

Shamsol Emareh Palace seen from Nasser Khosrow street. Shams-ol-Emareh (Edifice of the Sun) is the most stunning structures of the Golestan Palace. The idea of building a tall structure came to Nasser-ol-Din Shah from pictorial images of European buildings. The Monarch wanted a structure from which he could have panoramic views of the city. Construction on the Shams-ol-Emareh began in 1865 and was completed two years later. The building has two identical towers. The exterior views have multiple arches, intricate tile work and ornate windows. This building is a fusion of Persian and European architecture.

2013-05-17
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Ka-abah-e Zarathustra

In front of the tombs is a small tower, known as the Ka'bah-e Zardusht, built during Achaemenid period. Mortar was not used in its construction and the limestone blocks are held in place by iron cramps. Probably, this tower was used to keep the holy fire or books (e.g., the Avesta). There was a garden near the tombs and tower.

In front of the Achaemenid tombs, there must have been a park (paradeisos). One of the Persepolis fortification tablets mentions that trees are to be planted at Nupistash, which seems to be Naqsh-e Rostam.

2013-05-17
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Naranjestan Ghavam

Naranjestan Ghavam, Shiraz, Iran. Built 1879-1886, was the home of Governor's Court of Fars during the Ghajar period. Significantly represent Iranian Architecture during Ghajar period. This has been the main reception room. Since 1998, the complex is used by the faculty of Art and Architecture of Shiraz University.

2010-01-14
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Persepolis - The Bull Gate

The Bull gate of the Hall of 100 columns. It is located in the courtyard between the unfinished gate (can be seen here) at the end of the Prcessional Way and the Hall of 100 Columns (The Throne Hall).

Two massive bulls guarded the hall entrance, one of them can be seen in this panorama, another one of them (undamaged) now in Chicago's Oriental Institute. That bull and a few digital reconstructions can be seen here.

2013-05-13
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Ulriksdal Place Greenhous

Centrally located in the Ulriksdal Palace grounds beside the palace itself lies the greenhouse - nowadays the Orangery Museum.

During the "Great Power" era in Sweden citrus fruit was expensive and exclusive and embellished the Royal Court's banquets. At Ulriksdal a lavish Orangery was built.

Nowadays, the Orangery has taken on another function, it houses an exhibition of Swedish sculpture from the Swedish National Museum's collection. The sculptures are from 1700s-1900s.

2010-08-07
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The Vasa Museum

Scandinavia's most visited museum, the home of Wasa, probably the mos ambitious and greatest warship ever built in Sweden. The ship sank during its very short virgin voyage 1628. After it was saved in 1961 this museum was built around it to build a museum for an extraordinary and surprisingly well preserved ship.

2007-10-21
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Västerås Badhusgatan

Badhusgatan in Västerås. Vasteras central parts have partially retained its town plan from the medieval times. The district north of the cathedral, 'Kyrkbacken', and along Svartån have saved an ancient character with old buildings and courtyards in timber and timber knot.

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2012-09-19
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Traditional Hotel (Tehraniha House)

Another old mansion, originally named the Tehraniha House, which has been converted to an exquisite example of traditional hotel. Hotel Fahadan's sight is a delight.

2013-05-16
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The Prince's Gallery (City Hall)

The Prince's Gallery (Prinsens galleri or Stora galleriet) which runs along City Hall's southern long side is primarily used for the reception of honoured guests. The French windows running the length of the Gallery's south side offer a wonderful view of Lake Mälaren and Södermalm. This panorama is reflected on the Gallery's opposite wall in the form of an al fresco called "Stockholm's Shores" created by Prince Eugen, artist and brother of the Swedish King Gustav V.

2009-09-21
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The Water Parterre

2010-08-14
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Chehel Sotoon - Iwan

The verandah of the Chehel Sotoon Palace in Esfahan. The magnificent talar or verandah (Iwan), is the dominant feature of the palace and the slender columns, over 40m tall, which support it are cut from single chenar trees (platanus orientalis). The roof is also made from chenar tree beams and inset with complex decoration. The surface of much of the throne room is still covered with mirrored glass and this probably also was used on the pillars, as it was in the palace of Ali Qapu, so as to give the appearance of a roof floating in the air. Looking out over the pool from the Verandah, one is able to appreciate the importance attached historically by Persians to the concept of "talar" or iwan which fulfilled their love of sitting in the garden while they were protected from the light and heat.

2013-05-17
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Göteborg Konstmuseum

2011-04-03
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Golestan Palace - Salam Hall

Talar Salam (Reception Hall) was originally designed to be a museum. After the Takht-e-Tavoos (Iranian's famous Jeweled Peacock Throne) was moved to the Royal jewels collection at the Central Bank, this hall was designated to hold special receptions in the presence of the king, hence the name Talar Salam.

This hall has exquisite mirrors work. The ceiling and walls are decorated with plaster molding. The floors are covered with mosaic. During the reign of Nasser-ol-Din Shah, this hall was used to exhibit Iranian and European paintings alongside gifts presented to the Iranian court. Royal jewels were also exhibited inside glass cases. These jewels are now housed at the Royal Jewels Museum of the Central Bank.

2013-05-17
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Linköping stora torget

Linköping stora torget (downtown market/square). Linköping is a city in southern middle Sweden. Dominating the city's skyline from afar is the steeple of the cathedral. Linköping was a small town until 1937, when the Saab aircraft industry was formed, starting a period of rapid expansion. Linköping University was established in the 1960s. Today the city is a center of high-technology and software industry.

2012-07-18
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Investiture of Ardeshir I

The Left relief: The Investiture Relief of the Sasanian king Ardashir I (224-241). From right Ahuramazda, who is handing over a ring to Ardashir, on the left. Both figures can be identified by their crowns. This ring, which is usually called cydaris, is the symbol of power. Both men are seated on horses and crush defeated enemies: Artabanus under Ardashir's horse and Ahriman under Ahuramazda's.

The right relief: Audience Relief of Bahram II. Bahram's hands rest on his giant sword, showing that he is the man in charge of the kingdom. From the right, three imperial grandees show their devotion to the king. On the left, three people with diademslook at Bahram.

2013-05-17
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Nasir al Mulk Mosque

Naisr al Mulk mosque is a traditional mosque with one of the most beautiful tile works and architecture typical from the Ghajar era with extensive colored glass wrok in its decoration. The mosque was built 1888.

2010-01-13
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Christmas Shopping Rush

The shopping rush some evenings before Christmas, December 2006, here in fornt of the department store NK, at Hamngatan, Stockholm

2006-12-17
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Persepolis - The Throne Hall Main Entrance

The Main Entrance of the Throne Hall (The Hall of Hundred Columns). There was a portico at this entrance decorated with two colossal bulls (one can be seen here). The entrance itself is decorated with 5 rows of Persian and Mede soldiers and on the sixth row the king on the throne in audience.

2013-05-13
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Darius Palace

Vessel handle in the form of a winged ibex with its hooves resting on a mask of Silenus Its back legs rest on a mask of Silenus, a figure associated with the cult of Dionysus and wine-drinking, alluding to the function of the metal vessel. The king and his court would take these gold and silver pieces with them on military campaigns.
Rhyton (drinking horn) with gazelle protome This silver vessel testifies to the taste for luxury tableware among the dignitaries of the Achaemenid Empire. Animals were often chosen to decorate these splendid pieces in an Iranian tradition reaching back thousands of years. In Iran, animals appeared on painted pottery in the 4th millennium BC, especially on the large bushels found at Susa.

2011-04-03
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Ulriksdal Palace Park (Morianbron)

Queen Kristina enjoyed the palace so much that she let her coronation procession proceed from Ulriksdal.

2007-08-14
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Vakil Bath house

Vakil bath house (Hamam Vakil) has been an old public bath house built during the Zand dynasty in second half of 18th century. It was a part of the royal district constructed during Karim Khan Zand's reign, which includes Arg of Karim Khan, Vakil Bazaar, Vakil Mosque and many administrative buildings.

Here is the entrance hall of the bath house where the shoes and cloths were changed before entrance to the bathing area. The building is used as a museum today.

2010-01-12
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The Abundance Salon

On evening soirees, the Abundance Salon was the place of refreshments, where a buffet served coffee, wine and liqueurs. It was also the antechamber of the Cabinet of Curiosities or the Rarities of Louis XIV (now occupied by the Games Salon of Louis XVI) which was accessed by the rear door. The king liked to show his distinguished guests the silverware vases, gems and medals which were kept here and which inspired the decor of the vault, where one can see in particular the great royal vessel depicted above the doorway.

2011-04-03
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Zendan-e Eskandar

This monumental domed chamber, known locally as Zindan-i Iskandar (Alexander’s Prison), is situated at the center of the old city of Yazd, in the historical Fahadan neighborhood. The Zindan-i Iskandar takes its name from the legend that Alexander built a castle in this region as a prison for captive princes but this has nothing to do with Alexander or prison. Historical sources suggest that the mausoleum and its adjoining structure are the remains of Madarasa Ziaiyya, a religious school in the second half of the thirteenth century (the Il-Khanid period).

2013-05-16
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The Three Crowns Chamber (City Hall)

The Three Crowns Chamber has been named after the three chandeliers which hang from the beamed ceiling. The southern and northern walls are covered with silk brocades woven in China. Among the paintings in the room one sees Elias Martin’s ”View from Mosebacke” painted in the 1790s.

2009-09-21
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The Theatre Bosquet

Beyond the cascades lie four hedge groves and the crown fountain. Today the groves remain as they were formed during the 1700s.

The southwest grove contains a theatre of leaves, with hedges forming the walls and stage.

During the summer concerts are held at this outdoor venue.

2010-08-07
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Chehel Sotoon - Garden

The Garden of Chehel Sotoon Palace in Esfahan. This great Safavid Palace was one of nearly 300 built in Isfahan when it was the capital of Iran. It was largely completed under Shah Abbas II (1642-1667), although work may have started on the palace as early as 1598, and is said to derive its name from the pillars which dominate the verandah. There are twenty of these laid out in three rows of six with two additional ones on either side of the main entrance. When these are reflected in the water of the pool the number is made up to forty, the Persian for which is "chehel". The garden of this palace along 9 others are designated UNESCO World Heritage as the fine example of the Persian Gardens.

2013-05-17
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Kongsportbron

2011-04-03
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Kongsportbron
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Golestan Palace - Marble Throne

The Marble Throne (Takht-e marmar) in Golestan Palace is a 250 year old royal throne in Tehran, Iran. The throne was built from 1747 to 1751 for Fat'h Ali Shah Qajar. It was designed by Mirza Baba Shirazi Naqqash-Bashi and royal stonecutter Ostad Mohammad Ibrahim Isfahani.The throne's supports are carved in the shape of men, women, fairies, and demons.

The Royal Balcony of the Marble Throne is said to be built during the reign of Karim Khan Zand but it has been changed several times during the Qajar period. The twin stone columns of the balcony were transferred to Tehran by the order of Agha Mohammad Khan from Shiraz.

2013-05-17
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Christmas Market 3

Stortorget, Old Town, Stockholm.

2008-12-23
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Christmas Market 3
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Linköping Cathedral, Exterior

Linköping Cathedral (Linköpings domkyrka). The stone church was constructedaround 1120 ; a basilica of about half the size of the present building. Around 1230 the church was extended to the East, with a new choir and transept. The next extension of the church was made following the coronation of King Valdemar, in 1251. Now, the main building was constructed, and the church received its current length. Its length is 110 meters and the height of the tower is 107 metres (351 ft). At the beginning of the 15th century, 1408-1420, the chapels were constructed in Gothic architecture. The tower was rebuilt between 1747-1758 and again between 1877-1886. A restoration was made in 1967, restoring the shape of the 17th century roof. The roof is covered with copper plating.

2012-07-18
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Linköping Cathedral, Exterior
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The Investiture of King Narseh

The Investiture of king Narseh (293-303). The king, the second large figure from the right, receives the cydaris ring from a female figure. A young prince is standing between them; to the left are imperial grandees.

Next to this relief is another huge rock relief that has never been fished. Further away to the right one of the cross shaped Achaemenid tombs.

2013-05-17
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Persepolis - The Throne Hall South Entrance

The south Entrance of the Throne Hall (The Hall of Hundred Columns). The entrance itself is decorated with 3 rows of people from different nations carrying the king sitting on his throne over their heads in the highest row. showing the positon of the king and all the other nations in the empire.

Through the gate the Harem's building can be seen with a bull capital in front of its entrance. It is used as a museum today.

2013-05-13
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Darius Palace, Apadana (Audience Hall)

Capital of a column from the audience hall of the palace of Darius I (510 BC).
This colossal capital from one of the thirty-six monumental columns which supported the roof of the apadana at Susa is evidence of an architectural tradition purely Iranian. It is typical of Achaemenid art in combining elements taken from different civilizations to form a coherent stylistic ensemble.

2011-04-03
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Darius Palace, Apadana (Audience Hall)
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Ulriksdal Palace Park - Flower emblem

Flower emblem.

2007-08-14
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The Diana Salon

Like the Venus Salon, the Diana Salon served as a vestibule to the Grand Apartment and in Louis XIV’s day, on evening soirees, as a billiard room. In Greek Antiquity, Diana, the goddess of hunting, was associated with the moon due to her coldness. She was also the sister of Apollo, the Sun God. The mouldings are decorated with hunting scenes of heroes of the Antiquity.
The central part of the ceiling represents Diana presiding over navigation and hunting. On the mantelpiece, the Sacrifice of Iphigenia and, opposite, over the console, Diana and Endymion.

2011-04-03
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Hamam-e Khan

Deep in the heart of the old city, this restored underground hammam is one of the original historic restorations in Yazd and deserves its ongoing popularity. The interior is all tranquil pools, arched ceilings and fine tilework.

2013-05-16
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Zinat al Mulk House, garden

Originally the private house of Ghavam's sister Zinat-ol-molouk (Zinat-ol-molk) and later the residence of the court governor of Fars province in Ghajar period.

It is a beautiful house in traditional style with a court yard in the middle and the rooms around the court yard. The rooms are richly decorated with wall and ceiling paintings or mirror tile work.

2010-01-14
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Zinat al Mulk House, garden
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Tower Museum 1 (City Hall)

In Tornmuseet, Among other things, is to find the 7.6 meter high plaster model of Sankt Erik statue created by the brothers Gustav and Aaron Sandberg. This model was produced in the Blue Hall and it was meant to be placed at 67 m height of the tower in the middle of the clocks. A trial with a full size statue, made of a lighter material, showed that this project was not feasible. Tower top became an open observation deck. Sankt Erik was never made of durable material, but ended up instead as a plaster sculpture in the tower museum.

2009-09-21
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Tower Museum 1 (City Hall)
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Chinese Pavilion (Kina slott)

The Chinese Pavilion (or in Swedish "Kina Slott") is a small Chinese pleasure pavilion in the Drottningholm Palace park, built in the 1760s as birthday gift from King Adolf Fredrik to Queen Lovisa Ulrika.


The Chinese Pavilion (1766) in the Drottningholm Palace park was built for Queen Luise Ulrike as a summer residence; the interior shows a mingling of French Roccoco and Chinoiserie. Nearby is the little settlement of "Canton" (1750-60), built to house the craftsmen making furniture and wallpaper for the Chinese Pavilion..

2010-08-14
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Alighapoo Palace

Alighapoo or Aali Qhapu ("High Porte" or "Great Gate") is a grand palace in Esfahan/Isfahan, Iran. It is located on the western side of the Naqsh-e Jahan Square opposite to Sheikh Lotf-allah mosque, and had been originally designed as a vast portal.

2013-05-17
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Kungsportsplatsen

2011-04-03
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Kungsportsplatsen
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Golestan Palace - Ivory Hall

Golestan Palace Ivory Hall (Talar-e Aadj).

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2013-05-17
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Christmas Market 1

Stortorget, Old Town, Stockholm.

2008-12-23
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Christmas Market 1
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Linköping Cathedral, Interior

Linköping Cathedrals (Linköpings domkyrka). The present church is about 800 years old. However, its history starts in the 11th century, with a wooden church being built. Later, around 1120, a stone church was being constructed; a basilica of about half the size of the present building. At the beginning of the 15th century, 1408-1420, the chapels were constructed in Gothic architecture, with large windows and star shaped vaults.

Fire damaged the roof of the church in 1546 and 1567. The tower was rebuilt between 1747-1758 and again between 1877-1886 by Helgo Zettervall. However, a restoration was made in 1967, restoring the shape of the 17th century roof.

2012-07-18
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Linköping Cathedral, Interior
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Godoya - Alesund

Godøy is an island in Giske Municipality in Møre og Romsdal county, Norway. The island is famous for its beautiful nature, dominated by the 497-metre (1,631 ft) tall mountain Storhornet and the large lake Alnesvatnet.

There is a lot of cultivated farm land along the shores. There is ferry-free road transportation (including the Giske Bridge) that connects the island to the town of Ålesund.

2013-07-01
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Persepolis - The Throne Hall

The Throne Hall or the Palace of hundred Columns, the second largest building at Persepolis (70x70 square metres). It had 100 columns supporting the roof. In the beginning of Xerxes's reign, the Throne Hall was used mainly for receptions for military commanders and representatives of all the subject nations of the empire. Later the Throne Hall served as an imperial museum/treasury as the gold and other treasures had grown so much that the original treasury's space had not been enough and part of the treasures were moved and kept here.

2013-05-13
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Darius Palace (Frieze of Griffins)

Panel with sphinxes These decorative panels of polychrome glazed brick come from the palace of Darius I at Susa (510 BC). A pair of winged lions with bearded human heads sit facing each other. Above them hovers the winged disc of Ahura-Mazda. This complex traditional iconography is rendered in a pure Persian style
Frieze of Griffins
The artists of the Achaemenian period inherited a pictorial vocabulary rich in mythological creatures. The griffin-lion, often represented at Susa, is here pictured on an element of architectural decoration from the palace of King Darius I the Great (522-486 BC). It featured here alongside the lion and the winged bull passant on reliefs made with bricks, with or without colors.

2011-04-03
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The Mars Salon

Mars is a planet but also the God of War. The choice of this military theme which inspired all the decoration of the salon can be explained by the fact that this large room was originally meant to serve as the guard room for the parade apartment. It was later reserved, at evening soirees, for music and dancing, so that it was commonly known as the "ballroom".
In the centre of the ceiling, Mars on a chariot drawn by wolves. The work is framed by two compositions; one, to the east: Victory supported by Hercules followed by Abundance and Felicity; the other, to the west: Terror, Fury and Fright taking over the powers of Earth.

2011-04-03
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Zinat al Mulk House

Originally the private house of Ghavam's sister Zinat-ol-molouk (Zinat-ol-molk) and later the residence of the court governor of Fars province in Ghajar period.

It is a beautiful house in traditional style with a court yard in the middle and the rooms around the court yard. The rooms are richly decorated with wall and ceiling paintings or mirror tile work.

2010-01-14
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Arge Karim Khan

Arg of Karim Khan (or Arge Karim Khan) is a citadel built during the Zand dynasty of Persia around 1800 CE. It is named after the dynasty's king Karim Khan, who also used it as his residence. It has four circular towers at its corners. Inside the Arg, there are different buildings, the north building was used in the winter, the south building for summer use, and west building was four all seasons. Outside of the building has simple presentation but on the contrary inside the rooms have beautiful decorations which is the characteristic of buildings during Karim Khan.

2010-01-12
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Brahe hus

Brahehus was built by the Lord High Chancellor Per Brahe the Younger, in the mid-17th century. It was originally intended as a country retreat, but in 1645 there was a change of plan. Instead the castle was now to be a dower house for Per Brahe the Younger's wife, Kristina Katarina Stenbock. She died, however, a couple of years later and the castle come to be used as guest accomodation instead. After being ravaged by fire in 1708, it fell into decay. Some restoration work has been done during the present century.

2010-04-02
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Tower Museum 2 (City Hall)

Tornmuseet
If you want to get up in the 106 meter high tower, there is an elevator to the fifth floor, but you can also walk the 365 steps.On the fifth floor you will find the tower museum(tornmuseet). Here, there are models and busts found in the town hall, as well as samples of gold mosaic of the Golden Hall.

2009-09-21
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Tower Museum 2 (City Hall)
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Lilla Bomnen

Liseberg wheel (formerly Gothenburg Wheel) is a Ferris wheel in Gothenburg, which opened the first time May 22, 2010. The wheel was originally called Gothenburg Wheel and stood first at Kanaltorget between the Opera House and the shopping center "Nordstan", at the northern end of Kungsportsavenyn / Östra hamngatan (the position you see in this panorama), but was moved in spring 2012 to Liseberg and will then have the new name Liseberg wheel. The wheel is 60 feet in diameter and has 42 gondolas. Total wheel weighs 275 tons.

2011-04-03
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Golestan Palace - Wind Catcher Pavilion Interior

Emarat Badgir (Building of the Wind Towers) was constructed during the reign of Fath Ali Shah (circa 1806). The building underwent major renovations, including structural changes, during the reign of Nasser-ol-Din Shah. A watercolor rendering by Mahmood Khan Malek-ol-Shoara depicts the original structure prior to renovations,.

The building is flanked by two rooms known as goshvar (earrings). There is a central room which boasts the finest stained glass window in Golestan Palace. Outside, there are four wind towers of blue, yellow and black glazed tiles and a golden cupola. The wind towers are constructed to allow the cooling wind to move through the structure.

2013-05-17
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Golestan Palace - Wind Catcher Pavilion Interior
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Chinese Pavilion

The Chinese Pavilion (or in Swedish "Kina Slott") is a small Chinese pleasure pavilion in the Drottningholm Palace park, built in the 1760s as birthday gift from King Adolf Fredrik to Queen Lovisa Ulrika.

The Chinese Pavilion, together with Drottningholm Palace and its grounds, is on UNESCO's World Heritage List.

2007-10-07
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Painters of Louis XIV

The room of paiters of Louis XIV in the department of French Paintings.
Louis XIV commissioned the portrait of himself as a gift for his grandson Philip V of Spain. It remained in the royal collections until after the Revolution, when in 1793 it was handed over to the Muséum Central des Arts de la République, later known as the Musée du Louvre (The Louvre Museum).

2011-04-03
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Miscellaneous places

See panoramas from other places than Stockholm like Copenhagen; the royal capital of Denmark with the Amalienborg Royal Palace in the city center, Linköping; city in southern middle Sweden well known for its cathedral, Västerås; one of the oldest cities in Sweden and Northern Europe , Brahehus; a ruin in Sweden, Ulricehamn lake; a beautiful lake with camping facilities by its shore, Karlstad.

2012-07-18
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The Pulpit Rock

Preikestolen or Prekestolen, also known by the English translations of Preacher's Pulpit or Pulpit Rock, is a steep and massive cliff 604 metres (1982 feet) above Lysefjorden, opposite the Kjerag plateau, in Forsand, Ryfylke, Norway. The top of the cliff is approximately 25 by 25 metres (82 by 82 feet), almost flat, and is a famous tourist attraction in Norway. You have to take the 3.8 km (2.4 mi) hike to get to Preikestolen.

2013-07-01
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Persepolis - The Throne Hall #2

Another view of the Throne Hall or The Palace of hundred columns. The Throne Hall or the Palace of hundred Columns, the second largest building at Persepolis (70x70 square metres). It had 100 columns supporting the roof. In the beginning of Xerxes's reign, the Throne Hall was used mainly for receptions for military commanders and representatives of all the subject nations of the empire. Later the Throne Hall served as an imperial museum/treasury as the gold and other treasures had grown so much that the original treasury's space had not been enough and part of the treasures were moved and kept here.

2013-05-13
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Sergels Torg, Stockholm

Sergels torg is in the center of Stockholm downtown. It consists of a lowered triangle patterned part, a roundabout with a glass obelisk. There are several important facilities around it, which have made Sergels torg to a meeting place in the center of the town. They are "Kulturhuset", the subway central station where all subway lines pass and Ahlens, town's biggest department store.

2009-07-31
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Sergels Torg, Stockholm
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The Venus Salon

This salon, as well as Diana’s Salon, formed the main access to the Grand Apartment, since the grand staircase, known as the "Ambassadors’ Staircase" (destroyed in 1752) ended here. Like all the following rooms, this salon takes its name from a planet, the theme linked to the solar myth which inspired all the decor of Versailles in the 1670s. Here Venus is depicted on the ceiling with the features of the Goddess of Love who, in Greek Antiquity, was associated with this planet.

2011-04-03
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Jameh Mosque, Entrance

The mosque is a fine specimen of the Azari style of Persian architecture. The mosque is crowned by a pair of minarets, the highest in Iran, and the portal's facade is decorated from top to bottom in dazzling tile work, predominantly blue in colour. Within is a long arcaded courtyard where, behind a deep-set south-east iwan, is a sanctuary chamber (shabestan). This chamber, under a squat tiled dome, is exquisitely decorated with faience mosaic: its tall faience Mihrab, dated 1365, is one of the finest of its kind in existence.

2013-05-16
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Jameh Mosque, Entrance
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Tower (City Hall)

Stockholm City Hall's highest crest is the is the 106 meter high tower. There is an elevator to the fifth floor, but you can also walk the 365 steps. A staircase leads up to the so-called circular passage. Tower Passage, whose floor is slightly inclined as a ramp with a few steps, takes the visitor around for several yards along the tower walls to wind towers and wooden tower with its huge wooden structure. From tornaltanen leads a narrow wooden stairs up to a viewing platform directly below the bells. As a visitor orientation is an engraved copper plate on the balustrade around the upper balcony showing the attractions and directions you can turn our gaze towards.

2009-09-20
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The English Garden

Viewing paths stretch through the English garden and partly through the baroque garden providing beautiful viewpoints and landscape vistas.

Only a few of all the romantic buildings that were planned for the English garden were completed

Copies of ancient marble statues are found at a number of locations in the park. The originals were purchased by Gustav III during his journey to Italy in 1783-84.

The intention was to provide beautiful surprises amongst the foliage or a visual endpoint from a distance.

2010-08-14
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Femman, Nordstan

2011-04-03
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Golestan Palace - Wind Catcher Pavilion Exterior

Emarat Badgir (Building of the Wind Towers) was constructed during the reign of Fath Ali Shah (circa 1806). The building underwent major renovations, including structural changes, during the reign of Nasser-ol-Din Shah. A watercolor rendering by Mahmood Khan Malek-ol-Shoara depicts the original structure prior to renovations,.

The building is flanked by two rooms known as goshvar (earrings). There is a central room which boasts the finest stained glass window in Golestan Palace. Outside, there are four wind towers of blue, yellow and black glazed tiles and a golden cupola. The wind towers are constructed to allow the cooling wind to move through the structure.

2013-05-17
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Golestan Palace - Wind Catcher Pavilion Exterior
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Naghsh-e Rajab

The oldest relief in the middle is the Investiture of Ardashir I. Made by king Ardashir I (224-241), the founder of the Sasanian empire shows, to the right, the supreme god Ahuramazda (or, as he was called back then, Hormuzd), who hands over a ring to Ardashir, on the left.
The relief to the left is the Equestrian Relief of Shapur I. He is shown on horseback. Behind him are nine people. There is a trilingual inscription in front of his horse, which says:
This is a figure of the Mazda-worshipping demigod, lord Shapur, the king of kings in Iran and abroad, who received his face from God, son of the Mazda-worshipping demigod, lord Ardashir, the king of kings who received his face from God, and the grandson of lord Papak, the king.
To the right Investiture Relief of Shapur I.

2013-05-17
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Naghsh-e Rajab
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Napoleon III Apartments (Grand Salon)

The new Louvre opened by Napoleon III boasted a number of sumptuous reception halls. Those of the Palais des Tuileries have unfortunately been lost. However, the rooms in the Ministry of State, opened in 1861 in the Aile Richelieu, have retained their decor of gold, stuccos, marble, bronze, silk and velvet. They also feature ornate painted ceilings. Running parallel to the small rooms, the entrance gallery leads to the large hall (the "salon-théâtre"), the small dining room, and the large dining hall.

2011-04-03
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Napoleon III Apartments (Grand Salon)
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The Pulpit Rock 2

Preikestolen or Prekestolen, also known by the English translations of Preacher's Pulpit or Pulpit Rock, is a steep and massive cliff 604 metres (1982 feet) above Lysefjorden, opposite the Kjerag plateau, in Forsand, Ryfylke, Norway. The top of the cliff is approximately 25 by 25 metres (82 by 82 feet), almost flat, and is a famous tourist attraction in Norway. You have to take the 3.8 km (2.4 mi) hike to get to Preikestolen.

2013-07-01
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Persepolis - Apadana Palace - Western Portico

The Apadana Palace, the greatest of all palaces in Persepolis, built by Darius the Great. The palace had a grand hall in the shape of a square, each side 60 metres (200 ft)long with seventy-two columns. Thirteen of which still stand on the enormous platform. Each column is 19 metres (62 ft) high with a square Taurus and plinth. At the western, northern and eastern sides of the palace there were three rectangular porticos each of which had twelve columns in two rows of six. The position of camera for this panorama is on the western portico just at the entrance to the main hall. A digital reconstruction of Apadana Palace can be seen here.

2013-05-13
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Persepolis - Apadana Palace - Western Portico
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Arg-e Karim Khan Court Yard

The court yard of Arg-e Karim Khan compound in front of the main reception hall and it's iwan. Unfortunately there is no water in the fountain and the aquaduct at the time of the photography.

2013-05-12
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Arg-e Karim Khan Court Yard
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Var Ruset (Spring Rush)

"Spring Rush" is an annual race-runner for the girls to be held in several Swedish cities. This one in Stockholm with around 18000 participants. The race is five kilometers long. It is about to run, jog, or walk 5 km at your own pace. This is not a competition but a festival for girls of all ages.

2010-06-01
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Var Ruset (Spring Rush)
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Rozeye Mohammadieh (Hazireh Mosque)

Rozeh-ye Mohammadieh Mosque (or Hazireh Mosque).

2013-05-16
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Rozeye Mohammadieh (Hazireh Mosque)
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Bishapur, Relief II

In this rock relief monument, we see a triumphant king, adored by his subjects. In 244 AD, the Roman emperor Gordian III had been killed under or in connection with the war with the Persians, and his successor Philippus Arabs concludes a peace treaty with Shapur I and pays an enormous indemnity to the Persians to withdraw the army from a potentially disastrous situation. He owed his throne to King Shapur. Indeed, he was recognized as emperor by Shapur and the Senate. On this relief, we can see the dead Gordian underneath the victor's horse in the center of the scene. In front of the horse, we see Philip, kneeling and begging to be spared.

However, in 260, the same Sassanian king defeated another Roman emperor, Valerian, and had even taken him captive. Here, we see how the king has seized the captured emperor Valerian by the hand. (Zoom in to see the details!).

2013-05-17
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Bishapur, Relief II
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Lake Malaren - Canoe

Mälaren (Maelaren, Malaren) is the third biggest lake in Sweden. Maelaren consists of bays, sounds and gulfs and has many islands in it. The number of islets with an area smaller than 1 hectare is over 7800. 6500 of these islets have an area less than 100 m². You can compare this view with the next panorama "Frozen Lake" in this gallery, which is taken on the same spot during the winter. Quite interesting comparison.

2009-08-09
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Lake Malaren - Canoe
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Court Yard (City Hall)

2009-09-20
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Court Yard (City Hall)
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The Swan House Island

The Swan House Island with the Swan House and the wooden bridge.

2010-08-14
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The Swan House Island
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Sioseh-Pol by night - Downstreams

Si-o-seh pol of Esfahan consists of two levels. The lower level of 33 arches is surmounted by a second layer, with one arch above each of the pontoons and two arches above the lower single arch, giving it its name and rhythmic appearance.

The bridge itself is 295m long and 13.75m wide. The thirty four piers on which it is constructed are 3.49m thick and the arches are 5.57m wide. The southern side of the bridge, where the waters of the Zayandeh run more swiftly has supplementary arches, and it is this that makles them suitable as a tea house. The bridge acted as a springboard for the development of the Khajou Bridge some 50 years later.

2013-05-17
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Sioseh-Pol by night - Downstreams
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Korsvägen

2011-04-03
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Korsvägen
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Golestan Palace - Shamsol-Emareh - Vestibule

Golestan Palace, Shamsol-Emareh Vestibule.

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2013-05-17
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Napoleon III Apartments (The Salon Théâtre)

The new Louvre opened by Napoleon III boasted a number of sumptuous reception halls. Those of the Palais des Tuileries have unfortunately been lost. However, the rooms in the Ministry of State, opened in 1861 in the Aile Richelieu, have retained their decor of gold, stuccos, marble, bronze, silk and velvet. They also feature ornate painted ceilings. Running parallel to the small rooms, the entrance gallery leads to the large hall (the "salon-théâtre"), the small dining room, and the large dining hall.

2011-04-03
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Napoleon III Apartments (The Salon Théâtre)
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Herdals Mountain 2

2013-07-01
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Herdals Mountain 2
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Persepolis - Apadana Eastern stairs - Center Wall

The central scene of the relief of Apadana's eastern stairs. There are eight soldiers, Persians and Medes. The Persians belong to the regiment of "Immortals". They are ready for battle, carrying a sword, spear, and shield. Above them is a traditional representation of a winged sun, flanked by two sphinxes. A digital reconstruction of Apadana Palace can be seen here.

2013-05-13
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Persepolis - Apadana Eastern stairs - Center Wall
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Arg-e Karim Khan, Hamam

The private hamam (bath house) inside Arg-e Karim Khan compound.

2013-05-12
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Arg-e Karim Khan, Hamam
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Yazd Water Museum

Yazd Water Museum , located in a restored mansion that happens to have a qanat or two underneath. The displays are clear and mostly in English.

2013-05-16
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Yazd Water Museum
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Bishapur, Relief III

The third relief at Bishapur's Tang-e Chowgan has five horizontal registers. Like reliefs one and two, it was made by the Sasanian king Shapur I (241-272). In the center, we see Shapur's triple victory, which was also the theme of the second relief at Bishapur, and is depicted in Naqhsh-e Rostam too.

Underneath the king's horse, we see the Roman emperor Gordian III, who was killed in 244; elsewhere, we recognize Philippus Arabs, who was made emperor by Shapur; and to the left, we see the captured Valerian. These figures are very damaged, but it is obvious that the design is a copy of the relief at Naghsh-e Rostam.

2013-05-17
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Bishapur, Relief III
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Stadshusparken (City Hall Garden )

The small park between the building and Lake Mälaren's shore is adorned with several sculptures, among them Carl Eldh's ensemble representing the three artists August Strindberg, Gustaf Fröding and Ernst Josephson, as well as Eldh's bronze sculptures "Sången" and "Dansen" ("The Song" and "The Dance"). To the south-east of the City Hall, facing Riddarholmen, is a pillar roughly 20 meters tall with a statue of Engelbrekt Engelbrektsson on top

2009-09-20
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Stadshusparken (City Hall Garden )
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Sioseh-Pol by night - Upstreams

2013-05-17
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Sioseh-Pol by night - Upstreams
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Frozen Lake

Winter 2010-2011 got really cold and extremely long in Sweden. The lakes got extra thick layer of ice on them, and you could safely walk quite far on the ice. Here is a view on a lake. You can compare this view with the previous panorama "Lake Malaren - Canoe" in this gallery, which is taken on the same spot during the summer. Quite interesting comparison.

2011-03-12
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Frozen Lake
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Botaniska trädgården

2011-04-03
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Botaniska trädgården
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Golestan Palace - Stairways

Golestan Palace Salam and Ivory Halls stairways.

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2013-05-17
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Golestan Palace - Stairways
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Golestan Palace - Audience Hall Exterior

Golestan Palace, Exterior of the Audience Hall (Talar-e Salam) and the Ivory Hall (Talar-e Aadj)

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2013-05-17
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Golestan Palace - Audience Hall Exterior
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Napoleon III Apartments (Dining Rooms)

The new Louvre opened by Napoleon III boasted a number of sumptuous reception halls. Those of the Palais des Tuileries have unfortunately been lost. However, the rooms in the Ministry of State, opened in 1861 in the Aile Richelieu, have retained their decor of gold, stuccos, marble, bronze, silk and velvet. They also feature ornate painted ceilings. Running parallel to the small rooms, the entrance gallery leads to the large hall (the "salon-théâtre"), the small dining room, and the large dining hall.

2011-04-03
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Napoleon III Apartments (Dining Rooms)
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Trollstigen

Trollstigen (English: Trolls' Path) is a serpentine mountain road in Rauma Municipality, Møre og Romsdal county, Norway. It is part of Norwegian National Road 63 that connects the town of Åndalsnes in Rauma and the village of Valldal in Norddal Municipality. It is a popular tourist attraction due to its steep incline of 10% and eleven hairpin bends up a steep mountainside. During the top tourist season, about 2,500 vehicles pass daily. During the 2012 season, 161,421 vehicles traversed the route, compared to 155,230 vehicles during 2009.

2013-07-01
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Trollstigen
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Persepolis - Apadana Eastern stairs - Southern Wall

The eastern stairs of the Apadana at Persepolis with excuisite stone relief that miraculously survived the sack of Persepolis by the soldiers of Alexander the Great in 330 BCE. The relief consists of three parts: the northern wall, with representations of Achaemenid dignitaries; the center, with eight soldiers; and the southern wall (seen here), show a procession of people from different subject nations bringing tribute to the Achaemenid king, Darius the Great (r.522-486). A digital reconstruction of Apadana Palace can be seen here.

2013-05-13
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Persepolis - Apadana Eastern stairs - Southern Wall
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Arg-e Karim Khan, Outside view

Arg-e Karim Khan walls and towers outside view, seen from Shahrdari square.

2013-05-12
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Arg-e Karim Khan, Outside view
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Lariha House

Lariha House, built by Mohammad Ebrahim Lari around 1883. Wooden entrance doors and a hashti (a place people would sitt an wait until permission to enter the house is given) Rooms all around the house for use during different seasons. Souther side has an iwan and wind catcher. A "sardab" cellar with a fountain is there and to access there you need to go 38 steps stairs downwards. Today it is used as a museum and national library and document archive.

2013-05-16
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Lariha House
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Bishapur, Relief IV

The fourth Sasanian rock relief at Bishapur -chronologically, the fifth- was made for king Bahram II (276-294) and shows how he receives a delegation of Arabs. The course of the old aqueduct, which has damaged three of the reliefs on this side of the river, is clearly visible.

The Arabs are recognizable on this relief because they are accompanied by a dromedary. King Bahram II can be recognized by looking at his winged crown.

2013-05-17
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Bishapur, Relief IV
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Pol-e-Khaju esfahan

This bridge was built between 1642 and 1667 under Shah Abbas II. It derives its inspiration from Si-o-Seh Pol, being built in two layers, however it expands and enhances many of the features of the older bridge. The bridge is some 110 meters long and a little over 20m wide for most of its course.

From the lower section of the bridge which consists of some 20 arches, stairs lead to the spacious second story where a series of niches has been cut for people to collect and meet. An octagonal pavilion is set in the center of the bridge which now houses an art gallery.

2013-05-17
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Pol-e-Khaju esfahan
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Ramberget 2

The view of Gothenburg (Göteborg) Sweden from atop Ramberget. This is from a viewpoint, from which you can see most landmarks of the town. This is actually a park on a hill where many people go for walking and having a great view over the city.

2011-04-03
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Ramberget 2
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S. Blasieholmshamnen at Grand Hotel

Södra Blasieholmshamnen in front of Grand Hotel, arguably the most exclusive hotel in Sweden. Among other celebrities it is a tradition that all the Nobel Prize winners stay at this hotel each year during the prize ceremonies.

2007-10-21
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S. Blasieholmshamnen at Grand Hotel
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Persepolis - Tripylon Palace - Northern Stairs

The Tripylon ("triple gate") Palace of Persepolis can be found between the Apadana and the Hall of Hundred Columns. To the north of the building is a flight of stairs (seen here), decorated with guardsmen. If you descend the stairs, you're close to the Eastern stairs of the Apadana. You can see a digital reconstruction of this facade here.

2013-05-13
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Persepolis - Tripylon Palace - Northern Stairs
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Bazar Vakil - Carpet market

Bazar Vakils carpet market, restored part of the old bazar with many carpet shops. Hand woven carpets of highest quality framed as paintings on the display of several shops.

2012-07-18
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Bazar Vakil - Carpet market
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Zoroastiran Fire Temple

The Zoroastrian Fire Temple in Yazd, established in 1932, holds the highest grade of fire, the Atash Behram, "Fire of victory". It involves the gathering of 16 different "kinds of fire". The fire of this temple has been kept alight continuously since 470 AD. The temple consists of a garden and two buildings with relief decorations similar to the ones seen in Persepolis like Faravahar, cypres trees, etc. See more images from this temple in the blog (http://360stockholm.blogspot.se/2013/06/travel-diary-iran-2013-day-7.html)

2013-05-16
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Zoroastiran Fire Temple
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Bazar Vakil

A traditional bazar built several centuries back. It comprises arched alcoves with wide platforms in between, and seventy-four high and well-proportioned arches sustaining the roof, and there is a high domed crossing, where the east and west bazars diverge from the main bazar.

2010-01-10
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Bazar Vakil
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Bishapur, Relief V

The fifth Sasanian rock relief at Bishapur -chronologically, the fourth- is a classical representation of an investiture, this time of king Bahram I (273-296). There is a close parallel to the relief of the Investiture of Ardashir I at Naghsh-e Rostam and of Shapur I at Naghsh-e Rajab.

The scene is typical. From the left, the supreme god Ahuramazda approaches the king and gives him the ring of power, the cydaris. There is a diadem tied to it. To the right, we see Bahram accepting the cydaris. Bahram is represented as a conqueror, with a defeated enemy underneath his horse. Like two other monuments on the north bank of the Tang-e Chowgan, the fifth relief is also damaged by the aqueduct that used to be there. It was removed in the 1970s.

2013-05-17
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Bishapur, Relief V
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Sioseh-Pol, esfahan

Siosepol or Siose Bridge (Si-o-Seh, which means 33 Bridge or the Bridge of 33 Arches), also called the Allah-Verdi Khan Bridge, is one of the bridges of Isfahan. It is highly ranked as being one of the most famous examples of Safavid bridge design. The bridge was originally known as the Bridge of Allahverdi Khan who was the general responsible for its construction. Commissioned in 1602 by Shah Abbas I from his chancellor Allahverdi Khan Undiladze, an Iranian ethnic Georgian, it consists of two rows of 33 arches. There is a larger base plank at the start of the bridge where the Zayandeh River flows under it, supporting a tea house.

2013-05-17
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Sioseh-Pol, esfahan
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French Romantic Sculptures

2011-04-03
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French Romantic Sculptures
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Feskekôrka

Feskekôrka (Swedish: Fiskkyrkan (normalized), English: Fish church) is an indoor fish market in Gothenburg, Sweden, which got its name from the building's resemblance to a Gothic church. It opened 1 November 1874 and was drawn by the city architect Victor von Gegerfelt. Feskekôrka is an institution in Gothenburg as well as a tourist magnet, housing one of the city's oldest trades, fishing.

Apart from a fish market, there is also a fish- and seafood restaurant in the building.

2012-06-23
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Feskekôrka
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Stockholm Globe Arena

The Globe Arena in Stockholm, is currently the largest hemispherical building in the world, with a total volume of 600,000 m³(21 million ft³).

The Globe has a diameter of 110 metres, the interior height is 85 metres, max capacity ~ 16,000 persons

The Globe is primarily used for ice hockey but is also used for musical performances as well as other sports than ice hockey.

2007-09-19
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Stockholm Globe Arena
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Dalsnibba - Geiranger

Dalsnibba is a mountain in Stranda Municipality in Møre og Romsdal county, Norway. Dalsnibba, at a height of 1476 m (4843 ft) over sea level, offers a fantastic and breath taking view. The Geiranger fjord is seen here 1476m lower down.

2013-07-04
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Dalsnibba - Geiranger
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Persepolis - Xerxes Palace

Actually this is spot north of Xerxes Palace (Hadish) in an area between Xerxes and Darius Palace, but also between Apadana and Tripylon.

2013-05-13
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Persepolis - Xerxes Palace
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Emam Mosque

Emam Mosque (former Shah Mosque or Masjed-e Shah) located in the Tehran's Grand Bazar.

2013-05-17
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Emam Mosque
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Bishapur, Relief VI

The sixth and youngest Sasanian rock relief in the Tang-e Chowgan gorge, Bishapur was made for the Sasanian king Shapur II (309-379) and shows the suppression of a revolt.

The relief has two registers. The king is sitting on his throne in the center of the upper register, his hand on his sword. From the right, soldiers come closer. They bring prisoners, among which Iranian noblemen can be recognized. In the lowe register, someone is offering the head of a decapitated enemy. There's also an elephant, which suggests that Shapur's victory was won in one of the eastern parts of the Sasanian Empire.

2013-05-17
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Bishapur, Relief VI
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French Romantic Sculptures 2

2011-04-03
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French Romantic Sculptures 2
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Oscar Fredriks Kyrka, interior

This is a large church in red brick, which originally had 1685 seats. Church's plan differs from the traditional form, in that the tower got its place alongside of the choir. The church has since restored three times the building: 1915, 1940 and 1974. The interior is uniform in the leafy greenish colors. The tower is sixty meters high, built in the angle between the nave and north transept arm.

2011-04-03
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Oscar Fredriks Kyrka, interior
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The Globe Arena

Pope John Paul II held a mass in the arena, Other notable appearances at the arena have included Dalai Lama and Nelson Mandela. As for concerts, acts such as Kiss, Bob Dylan, George Michael, Mariah Carey, The Rolling Stones, Roxette, Guns N' Roses, Bruce Springsteen, Britney Spears, Luciano Pavarotti, Black Sabbath, Simon and Garfunkel, U2, Shania Twain, R.E.M., Metallica, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Iron Maiden, Rammstein, Def Leppard, Rush, Aerosmith, Beyonce, Linkin Park, The Who, The Police and many more.

2007-09-21
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The Globe Arena
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Storfjorden 2

Storfjorden or Storfjord is a 110-kilometre (68 mi) long fjord in the Sunnmøre region of Møre og Romsdal county, Norway. It stretches from the village of Hareid in the west to the villages of Tafjord and Geiranger in the east. The Storfjorden system branches off into several smaller fjords including the famous Geirangerfjord and Tafjorden. At the village of Stranda, the main fjord branches off into the Sunnylvsfjorden-Geirangerfjorden to the west and the Norddalsfjorden-Tafjorden to the east.

2013-07-01
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Storfjorden 2
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Persepolis - Darius Palace - Tachara

This palace was one of the few structures that escaped destruction in the burning of the complex by Alexander. The Tachara, measuring 1,160 square meters (12,486 sq. feet), is the smallest of the palace buildings in Persepolis. Its main room is a mere 15.15m x 15.42 m (49.70 ft. x 50.59 ft.) with three rows of four columns.

2013-05-13
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Persepolis - Darius Palace - Tachara
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Azadi Roundabout 2

Meydan-e Azadi or former Shahyad . Built in 1971 in commemoration of the 2500th anniversary of the Persian Empire, this "Gateway into Iran" was named the Shahyad Tower, meaning "Kings' Memorial", but was dubbed Azadi (Freedom) after the Iranian Revolution of 1979. It is 50 meters (164 ft) tall and completely clad in cut marble. Built with white marble stone, there are eight thousand blocks of stone. The shape of each block was calculated by computer, and programmed to include all the instructions for the building's work. The inauguration took place on October 16, 1971.

2013-05-17
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Azadi Roundabout 2
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Vakil Mosque, Iwan

Built 1751-1773 during the Zand Dyansty, is the most impressive building of the Vakil buildings. The mosque, like other Karim Khan Zand structures, is so solid that even after two violent earth quakes it stands as firm and solid as ever.

2010-01-13
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Vakil Mosque, Iwan
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Diana in Salle des Caryatides

The room contains the Louvre's collection of Roman copies after Greek originals from the Hellenistic period. The Diana of Versailles, a slightly over lifesize marble statue of the Greek goddess Artemis (Diana), with a deer, in the Musée du Louvre, Paris. It is a Roman copy (1st or 2nd century AD) of a lost Greek bronze original attributed to Leochares, c. 325 BC.

2011-04-03
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Masjede Jameh Esfahan - Courtyard

Masjed-e Jamé is the oldest Friday (congregational) mosque in Iran, located in the historical centre of Isfahan. The monument illustrates a sequence of architectural construction and decorative styles of different periods in Iranian Islamic architecture, covering 12 centuries, most predominantly the Abbasid, Buyid, Seljuq, Ilkhanid, Muzzafarid, Timurid and Safavid eras. Following its Seljuq expansion and the characteristic introduction of the four iwans (Chahar Ayvan) around the courtyard as well as two extraordinary domes, the mosque became the prototype of a distinctive Islamic architectural style. The Jameh Mosque of Esfahan is a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2012.

2013-05-17
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Oscar Fredriks Kyrka

Oscar Fredrik Church is a church in Gothenburg, Sweden. The style is Neo Gothic, but the influence is not the Nordic gothic style but rather the style one can find in the large cathedrals down in continental Europe. The church is built on the Dahlinska hill. The church and the parish got its name from king Oscar II (Oscar Fredrik being his full name).

2012-06-23
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Lysefjorden

Lysefjord (or Lysefjorden) is a fjord located in Forsand in Ryfylke in south-western Norway. The name means light fjord, and is said to be derived from the lightly coloured granite rocks along its sides. The fjord was carved by the action of glaciers in the ice ages and was flooded by the sea when the later glaciers retreated. Lysefjord is an extremely popular tourist attraction and day trip from nearby Stavanger, from where cruise ships travel the full distance of the fjord. As well as the extraordinary scenery of the fjord itself, two points along its length are popular side trips. The rock of Preikestolen, located above a vertical drop of 600 meters, can be seen from the fjord, but is more impressive from above. At the end of the fjord lies the Kjerag mountain, a popular hiking destination with even more spectacular drops.

2013-07-01
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Persepolis - The Royal Tomb

The Royal Tomb of Artaxesxes II, cut into the mount. As is customary, the relief on the upper part of the tomb shows the king sacrificing to the eternal, sacred fire and the supreme god Ahuramazda. He is standing on a platform that is carried by people that represent the subject nations.

2013-05-13
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Tall Ships Race, Slussen

The Tall Ships' Races are a combination of sailing races between ports and festivals of the world largest sailing ships while in the ports. Here you can see the visitors at Slussen.

2007-07-28
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Ulricehamn

Ulricehamn is a locality and the seat of Ulricehamn Municipality, Sweden, with 9,787 inhabitants in 2010. The town is located on the slopes of a lakeside, where the river Ätran flows into lake Åsunden. The geography is signified by the scenic nature of trees and water, which offers popular activities such as bicycling, inlining and boat trips.

In the winter, Ulricehamn has become something of the Ski centre of Western Sweden. For alpine skiing, there are 7 lifts and 6 slopes; while for cross-country skiing there are some 210 kilometers of prepared courses.

2012-07-18
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Vakil Mosque, Shabestan

The mosque's Shabestan (evening prayer hall) with an area of 2700 sq.m. contains 48 simillar tall pillars of stone with a beautiful ceiling and a marble altar that is considered to be one of the master pieces of the Zand era. The night prayer hall is supported by 48 monolithic pillars carved in spirals, each with a capital of acanthus leaves.

2010-01-13
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The Musée Charles X

The Musée Charles X is housed in nine rooms in the south wing of the Cour Carrée. It was under the reign of Charles X that the best artists of the time were commissioned to execute the decoration, inspired by the Antiquities collections. The painted ceilings of the first four rooms evoke Homer, Pompeii and Herculaneum.

2011-04-03
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Masjede Jameh Esfahan - Sanctuary

Masjede Jame's one of the two extraordinary domes in Esfahan. At the back of the southern eivan (iwan) of the courtyard you fine this wonderful sanctuary named "the Nezam Al Molk" dome. This dome was built during the great Seljuk era in 1030. The dome reminds us the Sassanid architecture.

The Jameh Mosque of Esfahan is a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2012.

2013-05-17
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Golestan Palace - Karim Khani Sanctuary

Golestan Palace Karim Khani Sanctuary (Khalvat-e Karim Khani) and the tomb of the Nasereddin Shah Ghajar cut in a one piece marble stone.

2013-05-17
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Lysefjord 2

Lysefjord (or Lysefjorden) is a fjord located in Forsand in Ryfylke in south-western Norway. The name means light fjord, and is said to be derived from the lightly coloured granite rocks along its sides. The fjord was carved by the action of glaciers in the ice ages and was flooded by the sea when the later glaciers retreated. Lysefjord is an extremely popular tourist attraction and day trip from nearby Stavanger, from where cruise ships travel the full distance of the fjord. As well as the extraordinary scenery of the fjord itself, two points along its length are popular side trips. The rock of Preikestolen, located above a vertical drop of 600 meters, can be seen from the fjord, but is more impressive from above. At the end of the fjord lies the Kjerag mountain, a popular hiking destination with even more spectacular drops.

2013-07-01
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Nybroplan

Nybroplan, Strandvägskajen at Raul Wallenberg's torg.

2007-10-21
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Bagh-e Delgosha Garden

Bagh-e Delgosha, the Garden of the Heart's Delight, another example of the Persian gardens in Shiraz, was made in the eighteenth century. It is in an orange grove near Boustan avenue, which leads to the tomb of Sadi. Some of the walks are lined with cypress trees with blue painted water channels. The main building which has three stories with two entrances in two sides and a porch in the middle floor with a view of pool is a sign of glorious days.

2013-05-12
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Cour Khorsabad, Assyria

This courtyard houses the impressive remains of the palace inaugurated in 706 BC by King Sargon II (721-705 BC) in Khorsabad (northern Iraq). He created an immense city that required a huge workforce. Carefully proportioned monsters, the fruit of mathematical calculations, guarded the gateways.

Lion-taming spirits were part of a complex architectural and decorative system governed by artistic and religious criteria. They symbolized divine and royal power, and the calm strength that emanated from them protected the palace and ensured the continuity of the ruler's power.

2011-04-03
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Golestan Palace - Courtyard

Golestan Palace courtyard, here opposite to the Salam Hall entrance.

2013-05-17
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Skeppsbron (during Tall Ships Race)

The Tall Ships' Races are the biggest annual event for large sailing vessels in the world, and have been taking place since 1956. The Tall Ships' Races bring young people from different countries and backgrounds together and present challenges that only the ocean can provide.

2007-07-28
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Dolatabad garden, Outer Court Yard

This is the outer courtyard of the Dolatabad mansion/Garden. You enter this courtyard first before you can enter the main courtyard, which the main garden containing the pavilions. Normally in traditional mansions or houses you first enter a hashti and wait for permission to enter, sometimes your business was taken care of already there, after that you could enter the outer courtyard and only very close people could enter the main garden or pavilions.

2013-05-16
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Anne of Austria's summer apartments 2

Between 1655 and 1658, Anne of Austria, the queen mother and regent during Louis XIV's childhood, created a suite of private apartments on the ground floor of the Petite Galerie. The six interconnecting rooms (a common arrangement at the time) comprised a large salon, anteroom, and vestibule, a grand cabinet (study or private sitting room), a bedchamber, and a petit cabinet overlooking the Seine. The decoration was carried out by the Italian Romanelli (frescoes and ceilings) and Anguier (stucco).

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Ali Gholi Agha Bath - Large Bineh

Ali-Gholi Agha bath (Hamam-e Ali-Gholi Agha) in Esfahan built in 1710 AC.

2013-05-17
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The Swedish National Museum of Art

Nationalmuseum (in Swedish) – Sweden's largest art museum.

2007-10-21
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Persepolis

Persepolis was the ceremonial capital of the Achaemenid Empire (ca. 550–330 BC). Persepolis is situated 70 km northeast of the modern city of Shiraz in the Fars Province of modern Iran (ancient Parse). Founded by Darius the Great around 518 B.C., looted and burned by Alexander in 331–330 B.C. The site includes a 125,000 square metre terrace, partly artificially constructed and partly cut out of a mountain. Major tunnels for sewage were dug underground through the rock and a complex system of water channels and drainage was cut into the rocky terrace. Several palaces were then built on the terrace.

King Darius the Great 'invented' Persepolis as the splendid seat of the government of the Achaemenid empire and as its center for receptions and festivals. The wealth and might of Persia was to be visible in every aspect of its construction. Persepolis was a showcase. UNESCO declared the citadel of Persepolis a World Heritage Site in 1979.
To see the plan of Persepolis with the photo points marked on it with red dots click here!

2013-05-13
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Anne of Austria's summer apartments

Between 1655 and 1658, Anne of Austria, the queen mother and regent during Louis XIV's childhood, created a suite of private apartments on the ground floor of the Petite Galerie. The six interconnecting rooms (a common arrangement at the time) comprised a large salon, anteroom, and vestibule, a grand cabinet (study or private sitting room), a bedchamber, and a petit cabinet overlooking the Seine. The decoration was carried out by the Italian Romanelli (frescoes and ceilings) and Anguier (stucco).

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Bishapur Palace Corridor - 1

2013-05-17
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Bishapur Palace Corridor - 1
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Ali-Gholi Agha Bath

Ali-Gholi Agha bath (Hamam-e Ali-Gholi Agha) in Esfahan built in 1710 AC.

2013-05-17
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Sodra Riddarholmshamnen

Stockholm

2007-09-01
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Quran Gate Square of Yazd

Quran Gate of Yazd at northern edge of the city at the road to Esfahan.

2013-05-16
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Quran Gate Square of Yazd
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Le Brun room (The Battles of Alexander The Great)

4 huge paintings of Alexander's adventures by Charles Le Brun, royal painter to Louis XIV are found in here.
Passage of the Granicus River Alexander's 1st clash with Persians just after crossing Granicus river entering Asia in 334 BC.
The battle of Arbella (Gaugamela) The final clash between the armies of Alexander and Darius III, 331 BC
Alexander in Babylon Alexander makes his triumphant entry into Babylon, the administrative capital of the Persian Empire in 331 BC.
Alexander and Porus Four soldiers carry the wounded Punjabi king Porus before Alexander in the Battle of the Hydaspes River in 326 BC.

2011-04-03
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Le Brun room (The Battles of Alexander The Great)
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Bishapur Palace Corridor - 2

2013-05-17
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Bishapur Palace Corridor - 2
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Herdals Mountain

2013-07-01
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Herdals Mountain
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Sa-di mausoleum

The famous poet Saadi's (Sadi, Sa-di) Mausoleum. Marble tomb dates from 1860s, an octagonal shaped building, walls inscribed with Saadi work in tile. The tomb of Saadi, the poet and mystic of 13th century western (about 207-1291). He is recognized not only for the quality of his writing, but also for the depth of his social thoughts. The following poem of Saadi is inscribed at the entrance to the Hall of Nations of the UN building in New York:
Of One Essence is the Human Race,
Thusly has Creation put the Base.
One Limb impacted is sufficient,
For all Others to feel the Mace.
The Unconcern'd with Others' Plight,
Are but Brutes with Human Face.

2010-01-12
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Vasabron

"Vasabron" bridge inaugurated 1878 is one of Stockholm's most beutiful bridges. Almost a stone's throw from many of Stockholm's landmarks as the City Hall "Stadshuset", the Parliament "Riksdagen", the House of the Lords "Riddarhuset" (All of them seen in this panorama), and many others.

2007-09-01
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Babylon

Neo-Babylonian period, reign of Nebuchadnezzar II (604-562 BC) Babylon, Iraq. This glazed-brick relief was once part of the decoration of the walls that lined processional path at Babylon, during the period when the city was at its apogee under the Chaldean dynasty. The lion is shown with his jaws open in a menacing manner. He is the vigilant guardian of the long life of the city and the prosperity of its inhabitants.

2011-04-03
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Bishapur - Mosque

According to an script and the style of the architecture this building has been recognized as mosque from the time after Persia's invation of muslim arabs.

2013-05-17
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Hafez tomb garden

Garden of the famous poet Hafez tomb. Several rectangular pools have been added amongst the gardens, and well-maintained orange trees, paths, streams, and flower beds create a pleasant environment for the tourism hub of Hafez's tomb and memorial hall. A tea house on the grounds provides refreshments in a traditional setting. The dome over Hafez's grave is well-lit at night, providing an attractive focal point.

2010-01-10
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Aksla - Alesund

Alesund's viewpoint, Norway. Ålesund, a sea port on the west coast of Norway, is noted for its unique concentration of Art Nouveau architecture.
In January 1904, the town once built largely of wood, was the scene of a terrible fire. Practically the entire town was destroyed during the night and the population had to leave the town in the middle of the night. Kaiser Wilhelm of Germany had often gone on vacation to Sunnmøre. After the fire, he sent four warships with materials to build temporary shelters and barracks. After a period of planning, the town was rebuilt in stone, brick, and mortar in Jugendstil (Art Nouveau), the architectural style of the time.

2013-07-01
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Hefez Tomb

The famous poet Hafez tomb. The Tomb of Hafez and its associated memorial hall, the Hafezieh, are two memorial structures erected in the northern edge of Shiraz, Iran, in memory of the celebrated Persian poet Hafez. The open pavilion structures are situated in the Musalla Gardens on the north bank of a seasonal river and house the marble tomb of Hafez. The present buildings, built in 1935 and designed by the French architect and archaeologist André Godard, are at the site of previous structures, the most well-known of which was built in 1773. The tomb, its gardens, and the surrounding memorials to other great figures are a focus of tourism in Shiraz.

2010-01-10
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Gjerde Cabin Camp

2013-07-01
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Gjerde Cabin Camp
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Salle du Manege (Antique Sculptures)

Greek, Etruscan, and Roman Antiquities
This department oversees works from the Greek, Etruscan, and Roman civilizations, illustrating the art of a vast area that encompasses Greece, Italy, and the whole of the Mediterranean basin, spanning a period that stretches from Neolithic times (4th millennium BC) to the 6th century AD.

2011-04-03
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Salle du Manege (Antique Sculptures)
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Cabin Village

A cabin village in the mountatins of Norway on Road 63

2013-07-01
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The Louvre Museum Main Entrance

The main entrance through the pyramids.

2011-04-03
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The Louvre Museum Main Entrance
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Cour Carrée

The Carrée court yard. In 1660 Louis Le Vau was appointed to oversee the completion of the Louvre. This entailed a new facade for the Petite Galerie, the completion of the north wing of the Cour Carrée,

2011-04-03
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Floibergen

Fløyen or Fløyfjellet (originally written Fløien) is the most visited of the seven mountains that surround the city centre of Bergen, Norway. It has a funicular system Fløibanen that transports passengers from the centre of Bergen to a height of 320 metres in roughly 8 minutes, and the actual highest point (425 metres) on Fløifjellet is approximately 1 km to the northeast. The funicular is used by tourists and citizens alike year-round.

2013-07-01
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Shapouri Pavillion and Garden

Shapouri Pavillion and Garden or "Khane-ye Shapouriha" (The Shapouri's House).

2013-07-01
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Torgallmenningen and Sjofartsmonumentet

Torgallmenningen, Torgalmenningen, or Torvallmenningen, is the main square of Bergen, Norway. Sjofartsmonumentet is a monument in the middle of a fountain in the square depicting sailing and sailors.

2013-07-01
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Torgallmenningen and Sjofartsmonumentet
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Coppersmith Artisans in Esfahan

Two artisans of artistic metalworking while hammering copper dishes, engraving drawings and fine patterns in their shop in the Grand Bazaar of Esfahan (Isfahan). Each small dish takes hours of hammering and fine work and finish, Here thousands of their work on display around them everywhere in the shop, on the shelves, on the floor, on the walls, in the ceiling, etc.

2013-05-17
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Coppersmith Artisans in Esfahan
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Gaz Square

As the first city in Iran to have natural gaz pipes to all homes, a monument were built at this square with a "ever" burning gaz flame as a symbol. The square was simply named "Gaz Square", as landmark in Shiraz. The flame is not burning any more but the monument and the gaz pipes to homes are still there.

2010-01-12
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Lille Lungegardvannet

Lille Lungegardvannet is a lake south of Festplassen (The Festival Square), which is an open space in the center of Bergen.

Since 1929 Festplassen been the center of the celebration of the 17th May in Bergen, and it has also been the venue for many events such as carnival, circus and the traditional festival of lights in the city before Christmas.

2013-07-01
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Eram Square

Eram Square with the Eram garden and Eram palace at one side and the university dorm facilities at another is just at foot of a road to the highest place in Shiraz where in the past you could get a good view over the city.

2010-01-12
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Young Artisans - Esfahan

A workshop fine arts workshop, where a number of artisans sat and painted on the ceramic bowls and vases in the Grand bazaar of Esfahan

2013-05-17
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Gejranger Ferry

The Geirangerfjord is known as the real jewel of the Norwegian fjords. With high waterfalls and abandoned mountain farms, the fjord landscape is included on the UNESCO World Heritage list. Here you find unspoilt and beautiful nature.

Ferry cruises take you on a journey through the area's dramatic scenery. Very steep mountains and wild waterfalls. Among the Geirangerfjord's nine most famous waterfalls are the Seven Sisters and the Bridal Veil.

2013-07-01
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Hotel Abbasi in Esfahan

Hotel Abbassi (previously Hotel Shah Abbas) in Esfahan (Isfahan). A modern hotel with classic architecture and decoration. Beautiful garden and one thousand and one night environments.

2013-05-17
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Quran Gate

Quran Gate (or Darvazeh Ghor-an), the ancient gated entrance to Shiraz from north. Karim Khan added a room at the top of the gateway to house a holy Quran so people when leaved the city they passed under the Quran (now the Quran is kept in Pars Museum) to be blessed for a safe trip. The complex also includes tomb of Khaju-ye Kermani, the poet contemporary to Sa-di. Climb up the hill to the tea house. The view of Shiraz is breathtaking from this spot. Has a spectacular view at night.

2010-01-11
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Restaurant

Restaurant Shahrzad, an old and popular restaurant in Esfahan (Isfahan) with classic wall decoration and paintings.

2013-05-17
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Alesund

Ålesund, a sea port on the west coast of Norway, is noted for its unique concentration of Art Nouveau architecture. In January 1904, the town once built largely of wood, was the scene of a terrible fire. Practically the entire town was destroyed during the night and the population had to leave the town in the middle of the night. Kaiser Wilhelm of Germany had often gone on vacation to Sunnmøre. After the fire, he sent four warships with materials to build temporary shelters and barracks. After a period of planning, the town was rebuilt in stone, brick, and mortar in Jugendstil (Art Nouveau), the architectural style of the time.

2013-07-01
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Quran Gate and Quran Square

Another view of the Quran Gate with view over Quran Square and Shiraz view from the an elevated point

2013-05-12
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Theological School 3

Theological School of late Mr. Madjd Eddin Mahallati, built 1984, Shiraz, Iran. While relatively not old at all it is built in traditional Islamic style with exquisite tile works.

2010-01-09
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Brattland

2013-07-01
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Brattland
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Luleå

Luleå is a city on the coast of northern Sweden. The harbour of Luleå — Sweden's fifth-largest port, which transports over seven million tons of cargo each year — is of particular significance for iron ore. During the winter, sea traffic continues with the assistance of icebreakers;

Luleå was already an important harbour in the 13-15th centuries. The original town was situated where Gammelstad (Old Town) is situated today. The town had to be moved in 1649 to the current site, due to the land elevation that had made the bay too shallow for ships to enter. The Gammelstad Church Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

2010-04-28
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Theological School 4

Theological School of late Mr. Madjd Eddin Mahallati, built 1984, Shiraz, Iran. While relatively not old at all it is built in traditional Islamic style with exquisite tile works.

2010-01-09
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Theological School 5

Theological School of late Mr. Madjd Eddin Mahallati, built 1984, Shiraz, Iran. While relatively not old at all it is built in traditional Islamic style with exquisite tile works.

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Monar Jonboun

Monar Jonboun or Monar Jonban (Shaking minarets) is a mosque located in Isfahan. Its notable feature is that you can literally shake the minarets when you climb up into the top of one of them and if one of the minarets is shaken, the other minaret will shake as well.

2013-05-17
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Astaneh

Sayyed Allaeddin Hossein Mosque or more know as Astaneh as common name for both the shrine and the square and the area in general.

2013-05-13
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Mountain Road

2013-07-01
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Stavanger

Stavanger is the third-largest urban zone and metropolitan area in Norway, located on the Stavanger Peninsula in Southwest Norway. Stavanger's core is to a large degree 18th and 19th century wooden houses.

Especially in the summertime the harbour is full of large cruiseships. The Port of Stavanger is a popular stop on the route to the Norwegian Fjords. Lysefjorden is popular for hiking. Tourists typically visit places like Preikestolen (aka the Pulpit Rock), and Kjeragbolten.

2013-07-01
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Shiraz - Suriha Alley

Old alley in old neighborhoods of the old town Shiraz.

2013-05-13
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Under Construction

The Esfahan Gallery is under construction, which means it is not completed yet. There are more panoramas to be added to this gallery very soon.

Come back again soon and visit the site every now and then to see new panoramas that are added.

2012-05-17
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Old Alley in Lab Ab

2013-05-13
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Petrines Gjestgiveri Hotel

2013-07-01
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Audience Hall Stone Relief - Archeologial Museum

Audience Hall from the time of King Darius I the Great or Xerxes I. The king sitting on his elevated throne (Note that his feet do not touch the earth), the crown prince directly behind him (larger than anybody else only second to the king to show his rank in the empire). Behind him a Zoroastrian high priest, next the king's weapon bearer and at last two royal guards (so called Imortals). In front of the king, two incense burner, the Palace mayor greeting the king in process of requesting permission to begin the audience and two more men, the first bearing a metallic incense burner and the second another guard from the Imortal regiment. This relief was found in the royal treasury of Persepolis, currently in the National Archaeological Museum of Tehran.

2013-05-13
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Tirpylon Southern stairway - Archeologial Museum

The southern staircase of Tripylon carved out of one piece of stone. A man-bull column capital and a lion column capital in glass. Also a bronze pedestal of three lions, found in the treasury. Further away a upper part of a column from the Apadana Palace and stone dog. The last two items and detail from the stairway can also be seen here, currently in the National Archaeological Museum of Tehran.

2013-05-13
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Tirpylon Southern stairway - Archeologial Museum
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Stone Statue of Darius the Greate - Archeological Museum

Stone Statue built during Darius the Great reign in Egypt, later moved to Persia, found in the Palace of Susa. On the statue is written in hieroglyphic script:
"A great god is Ahuramazda, who created this earth, who created that sky, who created man, who created happiness for man, and who made Darius king.
This is the statue, made of stone, which Darius ordered to be made in Egypt. This is how everyone who will see this in the future, will know that the Persian man ruled in Egypt.
I am Darius, the great king, king of kings, king of all peoples, king in this great earth far and wide, the son of Hystaspes, an Achaemenid.
King Darius says: May Ahuramazda protect me and what I did! "
On the sides of the stone base there are long lists of all nations/countries that are under the rule of the Persian empire.

2013-05-13
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Stone Statue of Darius the Greate - Archeological Museum
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Riksvej 55 to Bergen

2013-07-01
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Riksvej 55 to Bergen
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Alviks strand

Gustavslundsväen at Alviks strand. The statue of August Strindberg is named The Young Strindberg at the Archipelago ("Den unge Strindberg i skärgården") by Carl Eldh

2008-10-30
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Atterbomsv.

Atterbomsvägen on Kungsholmen island in Stockholm.

2008-10-30
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Berzellii park

A park in Stockholm city centre.

2007-10-21
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Berzellii park
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The Biological Museum

The Biological Museum is situated at Djurgården. It was built in 1893 to a design by architect Agi Lindegren who was inspired by the medieval Norwegian stave churches.

The museum contains collections of Scandinavian mammals and birds in their natural, ecological habitat.

2007-10-21
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Djurgardsbron 1

The bridge Djurgårdsbron, built 1895 replaced and older wooden bridge and connects Stockholm mainland with Djurgarden (Djurgården).

You can rent bicycle and canoes at the foot of this bridge, there is also a cafe during the summer at the same place

2007-10-21
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Djurgardskajen

A quay in Djurgården where you can take a boat to and from Stockholm city centre.

2007-10-21
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Djurgardsbron 2

Djurgardsbron from the other side of the bridge with Djurgarden at the opposite side and a view of the Nordic Museum.

2007-10-21
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Fjarilshuset 1

The fish pond of Fjärilshuset (Butterfly house) in Hagaparken (Haga Park), Solna, Stockhoolm, Sweden.

2009-07-08
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Fjarilshuset 2

Fjärilshuset (The Butterfly House) in Hagaparken (Haga Park), Solna, Stockholm, Sweden.

2009-07-08
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Gorvaln Nature Reserve - Resting Point

Gorvaln nature reserve is a green area north west Stockhol. There is ski slope in southern part of the reserve used for slalom. Gorvaln mansion is also in the reserve. You can also hire canoes and kayaks to paddle in lake Maelaren.

2009-08-09
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Gorvaln Nature Reserve - Resting Point
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Gorvaln Nature Reserve - Jetty

Gorvaln nature reserve is a green area north west Stockhol. There is ski slope in southern part of the reserve used for slalom. Gorvaln mansion is also in the reserve. You can also hire canoes and kayaks to paddle in lake Maelaren. Here at the Gorvan slott (mansion) jetty.

2009-08-09
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Gorvaln Nature Reserve - Jetty
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Gorvaln nature reserve - woods

Gorvaln nature reserve is a green area north west Stockhol. There is ski slope in southern part of the reserve used for slalom. Gorvaln mansion is also in the reserve. You can also hire canoes and kayaks to paddle in lake Maelaren.

2009-08-09
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Gorvalns Slott

Situated north west of Stockholm, a historical manor with a park.

2007-10-04
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Gorvalns Slott 2

Situated north west of Stockholm, a historical manor with a park.

2007-10-04
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Breakfast on Veranda

Having breakfast on the Veranda of a cabin on a small private island not bigger than 1200 m². Sun was shining, lake was calm, temperature around 20 degrees C. Here in the lake Amanningen between ängeslberg and Virsbo in Sweden.

2009-08-15
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Hasselbacken

A restaurant at Djurgarden (Djurgården), from where you can see the amusement park Gröna Lund.

2007-10-21
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Kungsholms strand

Karlberg Palace (Karlbergs slott) is a palace by the Karlberg Canal opposite Kungholms strand on the border of Stockholm in Solna. The palace, once a royal residence built in 1630 and the oldest in Solna municipality, today houses the Military Academy Karlberg.

2008-10-30
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Kista Science Tower - 1

Kista Science Tower is an office building complex in Kista, north of Stockholm city. The Tower is second tallest in Sweden and was the tallest in Scandinavia for a couple of years until the Turning Thorso building in Malmo, Sweden surpassed it.

2009-08-04
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Kista Science Tower - 2

Kista Science Tower is an office building complex in Kista, north of Stockholm city. The Tower is second tallest in Sweden and was the tallest in Scandinavia for a couple of years until the Turning Thorso building in Malmo, Sweden surpassed it.

2009-08-04
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Langholmen

Långholmen with view over the bridge Västerbron and Riddarfjärden.

2008-10-30
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Tall Ships Race - Cuauhtemoc

ARM Cuauhtémoc BE-01 is a Sail Training vessel, designed to train officers and cadets of the Mexican Navy. She is the last of 4 sisterships built by the Naval Shipyards of Bilbao, Spain in 1982 and named for the last Aztec Emperor Cuauhtémoc. Here at Stadsgardshamnen in Stockholm.

Length: 90.5 m (296.9 ft), Officer & Crew: 186, Trainees: 90

2007-07-28
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Tall Ships Race - Cuauhtemoc
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The Music Room

The hobby room of a music lover with taste for good sound.

2009-01-11
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The Swedish Museum of Natural History

The museum's interior, under the dome.

2007-08-11
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The Swedish Museum of Natural History

With the vision to "increase all people's understanding of nature and its diversity". Nature is amazing and rich, but also under threat. The Museum wants everyone, young and old, expert and novice, to learn more about nature, view it from a holistic perspective and respect man's place in it.

2007-08-11
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The Nordic Museum

'Nordiska museet' or the Nordic Museum on the island Djurgarden, was founded 1872 at Djurgarden (Djurgården) and is currently Sweden's largest cultrual history museum.

You can see Swedish trends and traditions in exhibitions on home, clothing, and vogue plus manners and customs.

2007-10-21
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The Nordic Museum
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Nacka Strand (1)

The famous sculpture " Gud fader på himmelsbågen" [God our Father on the Rainbow]. Carl Milles designed this sculpture in 1946, as a monument for peace and a celebration of the creation of the United Nations. However, he only managed to produce a bronze model. It wasn't until 50 years' later that Milles' former pupil, the American sculptor Marshall M Frederics created the sculpture to its full size.

2007-08-29
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Nacka Strand (1)
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Nacka Strand (2)

You can take a boat from downtown to here. At the quay, you will also find Restaurang J which is open all year round for lunch and dinner

2007-08-29
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Nacka Strand (2)
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Nacka Strand (3)

From here you can take the boat to Lindingo, the beautiful green island adjacent to Sweden's capital city, Stockholm.

2007-08-29
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Nacka Strand (4)

Tornvillan, one of the conferencing venues in Nacka Strand.

2007-08-29
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Tall Ships Race, Parade of Sail

The Tall Ships' Races fleet were in Stockholm between Friday the 27th of July and Monday the 30th of July.

2007-07-28
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Runestone

Where the bike path is now, the old Härad's Road (Häradsvägen) extended in the past. Important already during the Viking era (800-1050 AD), the time Runestones were erected. Here there are two runestones at their original location.
The rune texts on the stones reads:
"Spjällbode" and Une let erect the stone after Tidkume, Ingetora's husband.
Helga and Holmfrid let erect this stone after Holm, their father.
The first stone was erected by two sons, in memory of their father, and the second of two daughters. Runestones do not mark where the two fathers are buried, but were set up as memorials.

2010-06-27
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Ostermalms saluhall 1

A place to buy and/or eat food since 1888.

There are twenty or so different stalls, restaurants, cafes and wine bars in this food hall/market in the heart of Stockholm.

2007-09-24
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Ostermalms saluhall 2

A place to buy and/or eat food since 1888.

There are twenty or so different stalls, restaurants, cafes and wine bars in this food hall/market in the heart of Stockholm.

2007-09-24
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Ostermalms saluhall 2
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Sandhamn

Sandhamn, Stockholm's archipelago, Sweden.

2009-07-23
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Sandhamn
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Sandon 1

Sandön, Stockholm's archipelago

2009-07-23
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Sandon 2

Sandön 2 , Stockholm archipelago

2009-07-23
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Tall Ships Race - Sedov - The world s largest

In this pano you can see the world's largest trditional training tall ship 'Sedov', a Russian 4 masted barque 117.5m long (385.5 ft). Professional Crew: 70, Cadets: 120, Guest Trainees: 50

The ship was built in Germaniawerft in Kiel, Germany in 1921. During the World War II (1939-1945) the barque was sailing in the Baltic Sea under the German Navy flag. When the Second World War was over, the Soviet Union got the ship as war reparation together with two other German tall ships. Here at Stadsgardshamnen, Stockholm.

2007-07-28
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Tall Ships Race - Sedov - The world s largest
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Skeppsholmsbron

Skeppsholmsbron, Stockholm, Sweden. Den byggdes i mitten av 1800-talet och stod färdig 1861. Den består av fem, drygt trettio meter långa spann av valsat smidesjärn, vilket var en innovation vid den här tiden. Monogrammet på bilden är Karl XV:s, som var kung när bron byggdes.

2007-10-21
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Stockholm, Skinnarviksberget

Skinnarviksberget, in the Stockholm district of Soedermalm is the highest natural point in the downtown with 53 m above sea level.

Skinnarviksberget offers a view over Riddarfjaerden, Norr Maelarstrand, Riddarholmen, Gamla Stan and a large part of the northern downtown.

2006-12-26
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Stockholm, Skinnarviksberget
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Spirit of the Wild - D1

The 'Spirit of the Wild' photo exhibition consists of 100 powerful photos of the world's animal life. Photo exhibition by Steve Bloom.

2007-10-21
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Spirit of the Wild - D2

The 'Spirit of the Wild' photo exhibition consists of 100 powerful photos of the world's animal life. Photo exhibition by Steve Bloom.

2007-10-21
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Spirit of the Wild by night 1

The 'Spirit of the Wild' photo exhibition consists of 100 powerful photos of the world's animal life. Photo exhibition by Steve Bloom. Steve Bloom grew up in South Africa but lives in the UK. He is one of the world's leading nature photographers. He has worked with Spirit of the Wild for over a decade. Here at Raul Wallenberg's torg in Stockholm.

2007-10-21
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Spirit of the Wild by night 2

The 'Spirit of the Wild' photo exhibition consists of 100 powerful photos of the world's animal life. Photo exhibition by Steve Bloom. Steve Bloom grew up in South Africa but lives in the UK. He is one of the world's leading nature photographers. He has worked with Spirit of the Wild for over a decade. Here at Raul Wallenberg's torg in Stockholm.

2007-10-21
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Spirit of the Wild by night 2
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Stallgatan

Stallgatan is a street in Blasieholmen, one of the islands that forms Stockholm, Sweden

2007-10-21
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Tallinn

Unesco's description:
The origins of Tallinn date back to the 13th century. It developed as a major centre of the Hanseatic League, and its wealth is demonstrated by the opulence of the public buildings (the churches in particular) and the domestic architecture of the merchants' houses, which have survived to a remarkable degree.
Tallinn is an outstanding and exceptionally complete and well preserved example of a medieval northern European trading city that retains the salient features of this unique form of economic and social community to a remarkable degree.
The main attractions are in the two old towns (Lower Town and Toompea), both easily explored on foot.

Tallinn panorama, Tallinn virutal tour

2011-04-03
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Tegnerlunden

Tegnérlunden with the Strindberg monument by Carl Eldh just a few hundred meters from the appartment where August Strindberg lived his last years.

2008-10-30
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Tegnerlunden
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Waldemarsudde 1

Waldemarsudde, originally the home of Prince Eugen, son of Oscar II (1865-1947), became state-owned after the Prince's death and in accordance with his will, and is now among the most-visited art museums in Sweden. The complex consists of a castle-like main building - the Mansion - finished in 1905, and a Gallery Building, added in 1913. The estate also includes the original manor-house building, known as the Old House and an old linseed mill, both dating back to the 1780s.

2007-10-21
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Waldemarsudde 1
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Waldemarsudde 2

Waldemarsudde, originally the home of Prince Eugen, son of Oscar II (1865-1947), became state-owned after the Prince's death and in accordance with his will, and is now among the most-visited art museums in Sweden. The complex consists of a castle-like main building - the Mansion - finished in 1905, and a Gallery Building, added in 1913. The estate also includes the original manor-house building, known as the Old House and an old linseed mill, both dating back to the 1780s.

2007-10-21
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Waldemarsudde 3

Waldemarsudde, originally the home of Prince Eugen, son of Oscar II (1865-1947), became state-owned after the Prince's death and in accordance with his will, and is now among the most-visited art museums in Sweden. The complex consists of a castle-like main building - the Mansion - finished in 1905, and a Gallery Building, added in 1913. The estate also includes the original manor-house building, known as the Old House and an old linseed mill, both dating back to the 1780s.

2007-10-21
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Country Road

A country road from Shiraz to Haraijan

2013-07-01
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Ministry of Foreign Affair - Apadana Lookalike

A Persepolis inspired modern building, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Tehran. A clear copy of the palaces in Persepolis with double ramped stair ways, portico in the center of the facade, high stone columns with double bullheaded capitals, stone reliefs of Persian guards with spear. A simpler and smaller version of how the Persepolis and Susa Apadana palaces could look like. The ministry is in Bagh-e Melli (Meydan-e Mashgh) in Tehran.

2013-05-13
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Ministry of Foreign Affair - Apadana Lookalike
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Country Road in Winnter

A country road between Shiraz and Haraijan

2013-07-01
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Lom

Lom, Gudbrandsdal is a municipality in Oppland county. Seven of Norway's ten highest mountains located in Lom, including the highest, Galdhøpiggen. Highway 15 runs through the municipality and county road 55 over Sognefjellet starting at Fossbergom.

The highest peaks in Norway, Galdhøpiggen and glitterati are in Lom and more than half of Jotunheimen National Park is located in Lom.

2013-07-01
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Road to Trollstigen

The road to Trollstigen viewpoint

2013-07-01
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Road to Trollstigen
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Road 63 - towards Trollstigen

Road 63 - towards Trollstigen

2013-07-01
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Road 63 - towards Trollstigen
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Sigernessjoen

Sigernessjøen is a lake of 2 km² in Kongsvinger in Hedmark, ca. 8 km south of the city center along Highway 2 towards Eidskog municipality.

The lake is a popular swimming spot, and there are two campgrounds close by.

2013-07-01
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Mallorca (Majorca), Spain

Mallorca (English "Majorca") is the largest island of Spain. It is located in the Mediterranean Sea and part of the Balearic Islands archipelago, one of the autonomous communities of Spain. Mallorca is known as one of the most beautiful and exotic spanish islands.

It has been a very popular tourist destination for Europeans since 1950:s. In 1960, Majorca received 500,000 visitors, while in 1997, it received 6,739,700. In 2008, 22,832,865 passengers passed through the Palma de Mallorca Airport with an additional 1.5 million arriving by sea.

Majorca has two mountainous regions each about 70 km in length. These occupy the north-western and eastern thirds of the island. The highest peak on Majorca is Puig Major (1,445 m).

Mallorca Majorca panorama, Mallorca Majorca virutal tour

2011-04-03
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Mallorca (Majorca), Spain
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Biristrand camping

Biristrand camping in Norway.

2013-07-01
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Biristrand camping
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Storfjorden

Storfjorden or Storfjord is a 110-kilometre (68 mi) long fjord in the Sunnmøre region of Møre og Romsdal county, Norway. It stretches from the village of Hareid in the west to the villages of Tafjord and Geiranger in the east. The Storfjorden system branches off into several smaller fjords including the famous Geirangerfjord and Tafjorden. At the village of Stranda, the main fjord branches off into the Sunnylvsfjorden-Geirangerfjorden to the west and the Norddalsfjorden-Tafjorden to the east.

2013-07-01
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Road E136

Road E136

2013-07-01
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Road E136
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On the Road to Alesund

Road to Alesund, Norway.

2013-07-01
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On the Road to Alesund
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Lillehammervegen

Lillehammervegen road in Norway.

2013-07-01
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Ulriksdal Palace Park

Ulriksdal Palace is situated on the banks of Edviken Lake in the National City Park in Stockholm. The palace was built in the 1600s and visitors to the palace witness many different epochs.

Several Swedish regents have left their mark on Ulriksdal. Queen Kristina built a pleasure garden in front of the palace and Hedvig Elenora built an Orangery in the park.

Queen Kristina enjoyed the palace so much that she let her coronation procession proceed from Ulriksdal.

2011-04-03
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Göteborg (Gothenburg)

Sweden's second largest city situated on the west coast of Sweden. The City of Gothenburg was founded in 1621 by King Gustavus Adolphus. The city was heavily influenced by the Dutch and Dutch city planners were contracted to build the city as they had the skills needed to build in the marshy areas around the city. The town was designed like Dutch cities such as Amsterdam. The plan of the streets and canals of Gothenburg closely resembles that of Jakarta, which was built by the Dutch around the same time. It is the largest seaport in the Nordic countries.The home town of Volvo, SKF ball bearings, and Hasselblad cameras. Traditionally Gothenburg is an industrial city and the sea, trade and industrial history of the city is evident in the cultural life of Gothenburg.

Göteborg panorama, Gothenburg panorama, virtual tour

2011-04-03
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Göteborg (Gothenburg)
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Drottningholm Palace Park

Unesco's Description:
The Royal Domain of Drottningholm stands on an island in Lake Mälar in a suburb of Stockholm. With its castle, perfectly preserved theatre (built in 1766), Chinese pavilion and gardens, it is the finest example of an 18th-century north European royal residence inspired by the Palace of Versailles.

Drottningholm panorama, Drottningholms slott virutal tour

2011-04-03
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Drottningholm Palace Park
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Yazd

Yazd, a city in central Iran and the capital of the Yazd province, is an ancient city dating back to the Sassanian Period (224-651 AD).

Because of generations of adaptations to its desert surroundings, Yazd is an architecturally unique city. To deal with the extremely hot summers, many old buildings in Yazd have magnificent windcatchers, and large underground areas. Yazd is also one of the largest cities built almost entirely out of adobe. Because of its climate, it has one of the largest networks of qanats in the world.

Yazd is a centre of Zoroastrian culture and its name has been derived from Yazdegerd I, a Sassanid ruler. There is a Tower of Silence on the outskirts, and the city itself has a Fire Temple, which holds a fire that has been kept alight continuously since 470 AD.

2013-05-16
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Esfahan

Esfahan (or Arabaic Isfahan) is one of the oldest cities of Iran located between the cities Tehran and Shiraz. This 2500 years old city served as Persia's capital from 1598 to 1722 and was once one of the largest cities in the world. It is famous for its Islamic architecture, with many beautiful boulevards, covered bridges, incredible mosaic-covered mosques, palaces, and minarets. The Naghsh-e Jahan Square in Isfahan is one of the largest city squares in the world and an outstanding example of Iranian and Islamic architecture. It has been designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

The Bazaar of Esfahan or Isfahan is a historical market, one of the oldest and largest bazaars in the Middle East, dating back to the 17th century. The bazaar is a vaulted two-kilometre street linking the old city with the new.

The city also has a wide variety of historic monuments and is known for the paintings and history. Isfahan has long been one of the centers for production of the famous Persian Rug. There is a persian proverb saying "Esfahan nesf-e jahan" (Isfahan, half of the world).

2013-05-13
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The Vasa Museum (Vasamuseet)

Scandinavia's most visited museum, the home of Wasa, probably the most ambitious and greatest warship ever built in Sweden. The ship sank during its very short virgin voyage 1628.

On the 10th of August 1628, Vasa commences her maiden voyage but heels over and sinks in the middle of Stockholm harbour after sailing barely 1300 meters. on the 24th of April, 1961, Vasa returned to the surface. A piece of the 17th century was suddenly back among us.

After it was saved in 1961 this museum was built around it to build a museum for an extraordinary and surprisingly well preserved ship.

Vasamuseet Vasa museum panorama / virtual tour

2011-04-03
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The Vasa Museum (Vasamuseet)
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Norway - Fjords

Scoured and gouged by ancient glaciers, Norway's fjords are a veritable wonderland. These deep, sea-drowned valleys, scissored by impossibly rugged terrain, were in 2009 voted by National Geographic Traveler magazine as the world's best travel destination.

Staring gobsmacked at the imposing cliffs of Geirangerfjord. Appreciating art nouveau architecture in charming Ålesund. Thrilling to the delights of Bergen, a beautiful, charming city, with a World Heritage-listed neighborhood, Bryggen, and buzzing harbor, ringed by seven hills and seven fjords.

All the images in this gallery plus many many more were taken during a road/trekking trip through Norway's west coast. You can read about the trip day by day and see many more images in the Blog. Look for the posts with the title "Trekking & Road Trip in Norway"!

2013-07-01
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Stockholm's City Hall (stadshuset)

The City Hall of Stockholm (Stadshuset) is one of the most beautiful and well known buildings in the world and the most exclusive ballroom in Stockholm, for e.g. the yearly Nobel Banquet. The City Hall is known for its hospitality, its unique art treasures, magnificent banquettes and an intriguing history attracting close to 400,000 visitors a year.

Architecturally Stockholm's City Hall is one of Sweden's foremost examples of "national romanticism". After 12 years of construction, the building was inaugurated on Midsummer's Eve in 1923. The City Hall Tower, topped by three crowns, the Swedish national coat of arms, rises 106 meters above the edifice. City Hall provides a workplace for politicians and civil servants.

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2011-04-03
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Stockholm's City Hall (stadshuset)
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Shiraz

See the beautiful city of Shiraz in fullscreen panoramas. Shiraz, one of Iran's oldest cities and the fourth biggest in the country, has been the capital of Persia (current Iran) during the Zand dynasty and hosts quite a few interesting historical sites. Shiraz is known as the city of flowers and nightingales, refering to its beautiful gardens and two very famous poets; Sa'di and Hafez. There are quite a few beutiful mosques and other historical buildings showing the beutiful architicture, tile works and mirror tile works.

Shiraz is also famous for its grapes and according to the tradition known for its wine in the past. The city has given its name to the grapes (and subsequently wine) oriningated from here. All this plus the good atmosphere and friendly people make this sunny city well worth a visit, if not in real, as virtual reality panoramas.

2011-04-03
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The Palace of Versailles

The Palace of Versailles or Château de Versailles, which has been on UNESCO’s World Heritage List for 30 years, is one of the most beautiful achievements of 18th-century French art. One of the best known tourist attractions in France, few places better showcase the opulence and grandeur of the French monarchy better than the Palace of Versailles. The site began as Louis XIII’s hunting lodge before his son Louis XIV transformed and expanded it, moving the court and government of France to Versailles in 1682. Each of the three French kings who lived there until the French Revolution added improvements to make it more beautiful.

The Hall of Mirrors, the King’s Grand Apartments, the Museum of the History of France. The Château de Versailles, the seat of power until 1789, has continued to unfurl its splendour over the course of centuries. At first it was just a humble hunting lodge built by Louis XIII. But Louis XIV chose the site to build the palace we know today, the symbol of royal absolutism and embodiment of classical French art.

Versailles panorama, Versailles virtual tour

2011-04-03
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The Palace of Versailles
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The Louvre Museum (Musée du Louvre)

The Musée du Louvre or officially Grand Louvre, in English, the Louvre Museum or simply the Louvre in Paris, France, is one of the world's largest museums, the most visited art museum in the world and a historic monument.

The museum is housed in the Louvre Palace (Palais du Louvre) which began as a fortress built in the late 12th century. The building was extended many times to form the present Louvre Palace. In 1682, Louis XIV chose the Palace of Versailles for his household, leaving the Louvre primarily as a place to display the royal collection.

The Musée du Louvre houses 35,000 works of art drawn from eight departments, displayed in over 60,000 square meters of exhibition. In the 1st arrondissement, at the heart of Paris, France , The Louvre is one of the best known major visitor attractions in France.

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Stockholm

Stockholm is the capital and the largest city of Sweden. Founded in c. 1250, possibly as early as 1187, Stockholm has long been one of Sweden's cultural, media, political, and economic centres. Its strategic location on 14 islands on the coast in the south-east of Sweden has been historically important. Stockholm is known for its beauty, its buildings and architecture, its abundant clean and open water, and its many parks. It is sometimes referred to as Venice of the North. The Nobel Banquet takes place at Stockholm City Hall every year on December 10. Stockholm is the site of the national Swedish government, the Parliament of Sweden (riksdagen), the Supreme Court of Sweden, and the official residence of the Swedish monarch as well as the prime minister

Some of the Stockholm sites are not in this gallery but have got their own galleries and virtual tours, among others, Stockholm's City Hall, Vasa Museum, Drottningholm Palace Park, Ulriksdal Palace Park. To see them visit their dedicated virtual tours in the Gallery.

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