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Palmyra in Syria

Palmyra in Syria

[caption id="attachment_185897" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Cella of the Temple of Bel - destroyed in 2015 © Bernard Gagnon/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Palmyra is an ancient Semitic city (Tadmor) in present-day Homs Governorate, Syria. Archaeological finds date back to the Neolithic period, and documents first mention the city in the early second millennium BC. Palmyra changed hands on a number of occasions between different empires before becoming a subject of the Roman Empire in the first century AD. T...

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Olympia in Greece

Olympia in Greece

[caption id="attachment_25011" align="aligncenter" width="590"] British Museum - Olympia Model © Joanbanjo/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Olympia, a sanctuary of ancient Greece in Elis, is known for having been the site of the Olympic Games in classical times, the most famous games in history. The Olympic Games were held every four years throughout Classical Antiquity, from the 8th century BC to the 4th century AD. The first Olympic Games were in honor of Zeus. Olympia is an UNESCO world heritage site since 1988. ...

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Musée des Confluences in Lyon

Musée des Confluences in Lyon

[caption id="attachment_185203" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © Tibidibtibo/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Musée des Confluences is a science centre and anthropology museum which opened on 20 December 2014 in the 2nd arrondissement of Lyon, (Rhône department). It is located at the southern tip of the Presqu'île at the confluence of the Rhône and the Saône, adjacent to Autoroute A7, and comprises part of a larger redevelopment project of the Confluence quarter of Lyon. The deconstructivist architectural desig...

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Alexander Garden in Moscow

Alexander Garden in Moscow

[caption id="attachment_201562" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Fountain 'Four Seasons of the Year' © SiefkinDR/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Alexander Gardens was one of the first urban public parks in Moscow, Russia. The park comprises three separate gardens, which stretch along all the length of the western Kremlin wall for 865 metres (2,838 ft) between the building of the Moscow Manege and the Kremlin. After the Napoleonic Wars, Tsar Alexander I ordered architect Joseph Bové to reconstruct parts of the ci...

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Theme Week Havana - Malecón

Theme Week Havana - Malecón

[caption id="attachment_160252" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © Velvet/cc-by-sa-4.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Malecón (officially Avenida de Maceo) is a broad esplanade, roadway and seawall which stretches for 8 km (5 miles) along the coast in Havana, from the mouth of Havana Harbor in Old Havana, along the north side of the Centro Habana neighborhood, ending in the Vedado neighborhood. New businesses are appearing on the esplanade due to economic reforms in Cuba that now allow Cubans to own private businesses. ...

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Theme Week Afghanistan - Kabul

Theme Week Afghanistan - Kabul

[caption id="attachment_208774" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Kabul in a narrow valley, wedged between the Hindu Kush mountains © flickr.com - Joe Burger/cc-by-sa-2.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Kabul is the capital and largest city of Afghanistan, located in the eastern section of the country. It is also a municipality, forming part of the greater Kabul Province, and divided into 22 districts. According to estimates in 2020, the population of Kabul is 4.222 million, which includes all the major ethnic groups of Afghanistan. A...

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Theme Week Ibiza

Theme Week Ibiza

[caption id="attachment_152171" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Ibiza Town © Forbfruit/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Ibiza (Catalan: Eivissa) is an island in the Mediterranean Sea, 150 kilometres (93 miles) off the coast of the city of Valencia, in eastern Spain. It is the third largest of the Balearic Islands, an autonomous community of Spain. Its largest cities are Ibiza Town (Catalan: Vila d'Eivissa, or simply Vila), Santa Eulària des Riu, and Sant Antoni de Portmany. Its highest point, called Sa Talaiassa (or Sa ...

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Diest in Flemish Brabant

Diest in Flemish Brabant

[caption id="attachment_160733" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Market Square © Bescha[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Diest is a city and municipality located in the Belgian province of Flemish Brabant. Situated in the northeast of the Hageland region, Diest neighbours the provinces of Antwerp to its North, and Limburg to the East and is situated around 60km from Brussels. The municipality comprises the city of Diest proper and the towns of Deurne, Kaggevinne, Molenstede, Schaffen and Webbekom. Diest had a total population of 23,15...

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