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Monthly Archive for: ‘July, 2012’

Ronda

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Ronda is situated in the Spanish province of Málaga and is surrounded by mountains giving it a magical character. The Guadalevin River runs through the city, dividing it in two and carving out the steep El Tajo canyon.  The New Bridge is the symbol and soul of the city and it looks like from an adventure film, with picturesque houses leaning at the precipit. …

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Suzdal

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Suzdal is a town situated northeast of Moscow, some 26 kilometers  from the city of Vladimir. It is situated on the Kamenka River, amongst the fertile plains called the “opoliye”.  Suzdal is one of the oldest towns in the north-eastern part of Russia and it forms part of the Golden Ring. The Golden Ring is recognized as the one of …

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Abu Simbel

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The Abu Simbel temples are two massive rock temples in Nubia, in southern Egypt. The twin temples were carved out of the mountainside during the reign of Pharaoh Ramesses II.  The temples are not only the most magnificent monuments in the world but their removal and reconstruction was a historic event. The relocation of the temples was necessary to avoid their …

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Grabarka

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Considered a place of wonders and revelations, the Holy Mount of Grabarka is considered to be the holiest location in Poland for Orthodox Christians. Orthodox Christians account for little more than one percent of Poland’s population of 38 million.   The site of the Church of the Transfiguration of the Lord set picturesquely in the midst of a deep forest is also …

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Ciechanowiec Museum

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Museum of Agriculture in Ciechanowiec is an Open Air Village Museum. There are some 44 old wooden village architecture structures coming from the period of 18th to 20th century. This amazing skansen shows buildings mainly from Mazovia  and Podlasie regions. there are peasant cottages, large manor houses,  granaries, barns and working mills. The Museum presents also a collection related to general agriculture …

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River Nile II

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The history of Egypt is totally dominated by the River Nile. Not only all transportation in the past was by boat along the river but also the religion was closely connected with the river – it was believed that Gods travel by  barques, as well as the souls of the dead in the afterlife. Today the feluccas rarely have engines. …

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River Nile I

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The name Nile comes from the Greek “neilos”, which means valley. The mighty river Nile – it was by the banks of that river that one of the oldest civilizations in the world began, the ancient Egyptians lived and farmed along the Nile and sailed on it. The Nile is the longest river in the world (6,695 kilometers long). The source …

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Malbork II

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From the previous post you can get some information about this mighty castle, while this one is dedicated to the celebrations that take place every year in July. Concerts, displays of knights battling and all things based on  a medieval theme makes this castle alive. One of the biggest show is the Siege of Malbork,  which combines the historic character of the …

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Malbork I

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Malbork castle and the town (also called Marienburg) were named for the patron saint, the Virgin Mary of the Teutonic Order. The castle (under continuous construction for nearly 230 years) is one of the Europe’s largest Gothic fortress.  The whole complex is actually three castles in one. This massive medieval fortress was built by the river Nogeć and its red bricks are …

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Kolbuszowa

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Kolbuszowa is a small town in south-eastern Poland. The Folk Museum is lovely situated on the edge of town of Kolbuszowa. Most of the exhibits originate from the ancient Sandomierz Forest located in the fork of the Vistula and San riverse. The Skansen village is a perfect recreation of an old Polish villag.   All buildings are arranged as if  there were people …

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Rostov

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Rostov is one of the oldest towns in the country and a tourist center of the Golden Ring. Rostov is located on the shore of the Nero lake, 190 kilometers north of Moscow. While the official name of the town is Rostov, it is better known to Russians as Rostov Veliky ( Rostov the Great). This name is used to distinguish it …

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Bogolubovo

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Bogolubovo, a settlement near Vladimir  was once the residence of the russian Princ Andrey Bogolubsky. The town was built between 1158 and 1165 by his order the mouth of the Nerl river. Its name means “God- loving” in Russian. Great Prince spent 17 years of his reign here before he was murdered in 1174. After his death, the down declined rapidly. Since 13th …

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Przecław Palace

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Complex of Castle and Park of Przeclaw is one of most precious historic places in Podkarpacie district of Poland. The Przecław Castle is situated on the Tarnow Plateau, just above Wisłoka River Valley. The castle belonged to Mikołaj Rej’s descendants, polish famous poet. Nowadays the castle houses a restaurant, guest rooms and a museum.  Originally, the castle was built in the first half …

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Karnak

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The Karnak Temple complex is a vast mix of temple, chapels and other buildings. It was known as the most secret place by the ancient Egyptians. It is part of the monumental city of Thebes and the main place of worship of god Amun. It is massive in size and the area of the sacred enclosure of Amon alone is 61 acres! …

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Kom Ombo

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Kom Ombo  an agricultural town in Egypt famous for its temple. The town is located on the river Nile, some 30 miles north of Aswan and it stood on an important crossroads between the caravan route from Nubia and trails from the gold mines in the eastern desert. The temple is built on a high dune overlooking the Nile. Actually there are two …

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Toledo

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Toledo is a town in central Spain, 70 kilometres from Madrid. It is a fortress city with striking gates all around the city. The historic city centre sits on a craggy rock, which is almost completely encircled by a wide meander of the Tagus river. Known as the “city of the three cultures”, because Christians, Arabs and Jews lived together there …

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Zafra

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Zafra is a town situated in the province of Badajoz, in Spain. The town is also known as Little Seville. It is positioned at the foot of the rocky mountains of Sierra de Castellar. The town is dominated by the 15th-century Alcázar fortress that has a military appearance. Today it serves as the Parador of Zafra, the town’s most distinguished hotel. The medieval quarter …

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