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Theme Week East Jerusalem - The Dome of the Rock/Qubbat As-Sakhrah on Temple Mount

Theme Week East Jerusalem - The Dome of the Rock/Qubbat As-Sakhrah on Temple Mount

[caption id="attachment_27845" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © Starbuck121/cc-by-sa-4.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Dome of the Rock is a shrine located on the Temple Mount/Haram Al-Sharif in East Jerusalem. It was initially completed in 691 CE at the order of Umayyad Caliph Abd al-Malik during the Second Fitna. The Dome of the Rock is now one of the oldest works of Islamic architecture. It has been called "Jerusalem's most recognizable landmark". Its architecture and mosaics were patterned after nearby Byzantine churches ...

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The new Magnum 100'' model of Magnum Marine

The new Magnum 100'' model of Magnum Marine

[caption id="attachment_153772" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © magnummarine.com[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The new Magnum 100' model, presented by Magnum Marine, will be Magnum's largest yacht and is expected to be delivered by 2012. The styling was designed by the talented young, Italian designer, Alberto Mancini, and offers a completely new concept of outdoor cockpit livability. The Magnum 100' has different seating, dining and viewing areas, with an expandable top providing various and movable shaded areas. Techno...

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Sarreguemines in Lorraine

Sarreguemines in Lorraine

[caption id="attachment_153809" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Casino de la Faïencerie © Office de Tourisme Sarreguemines/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Sarreguemines is a commune in the Moselle department in Lorraine in north-eastern France. It is the seat of the arrondissement of Sarreguemines. Sarreguemines, whose name is a French spelling of the name in local Lorraine-German dialect "Saargemin", meaning "confluence into the Saar", is located at the confluence of the Blies and the Saar, 40 miles (64 km) ea...

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Theme Week Macedonia - Strumica

Theme Week Macedonia - Strumica

[caption id="attachment_151173" align="aligncenter" width="590"] World map fountain on Goce Delčev Square © Тиверополник/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Strumica is the largest city in eastern Macedonia, near the Novo Selo-Petrich border crossing with Bulgaria. About 100,000 people live in the region surrounding the city. It is named after the Strumica River which runs through it. The city of Strumica is the seat of Strumica Municipality. The town is first mentioned in the 2nd century BC with the Hellenic na...

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Asmara in Eritrea

Asmara in Eritrea

[caption id="attachment_163596" align="aligncenter" width="590"] St. Joseph's Cathedral © flickr.com - David Stanley/cc-by-2.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Asmara is the capital city and largest settlement in Eritrea. Home to a population of around 804,000 inhabitants, it sits at an elevation of 2,325 metres (7,628 ft). The city is located at the tip of an escarpment that is both the northwestern edge of the Eritrean highlands and the Great Rift Valley in neighbouring Ethiopia. Asmara is situated in Eritrea's central Maekel Region...

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Portrait: Desmond Tutu, South African Anglican cleric, anti-apartheid and human rights activist

Portrait: Desmond Tutu, South African Anglican cleric, anti-apartheid and human rights activist

[caption id="attachment_223340" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Desmond Tutu at the German Evangelical Church Assembly 2007 © Elke Wetzig/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Desmond Mpilo Tutu OMSG CH (born 7 October 1931) is a South African Anglican cleric and theologian, known for his work as an anti-apartheid and human rights activist. He was the Bishop of Johannesburg from 1985 to 1986 and then the Archbishop of Cape Town from 1986 to 1996, in both cases being the first black African to hold the position. Theologically,...

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Theme Week Kazakhstan - Aktau

Theme Week Kazakhstan - Aktau

[caption id="attachment_191936" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Aktau Lighthouse at the Caspian Sea © AnastassiyaL/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Aktau is located on the east bank of the Caspian Sea. Its current name means "white mountain" in Kazakh, which may be due to its cliffs that overlook the Caspian. From 1964 to 1991 city was known as Shevchenko. Its former name was given due to the eponymous Ukrainian poet's period of exile in the area. It is located on the Mangyshlak Peninsula and is the capital of Mangystau ...

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Darlington in the Tees Valley

Darlington in the Tees Valley

[caption id="attachment_160577" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Town centre including clock tower © Dan892k9[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Darlington is a market town in the Borough of Darlington, part of the ceremonial county of County Durham, England. It lies on the small River Skerne, a tributary of the River Tees, not far from the main river. It is the main population centre in the borough, with a population of 97,838 as of 2001. The town owes much of its development to the influence of local Quaker families during the Victori...

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The Russian sail training ship Kruzenshtern

The Russian sail training ship Kruzenshtern

[caption id="attachment_152997" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Sail Amsterdam 2005 © Dirk van der Made[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Kruzenshtern or Krusenstern is a four masted barque and tall ship that was built in 1926 at Geestemünde in Bremerhaven, Germany as the Padua (named after the Italian city). She was surrendered to the USSR in 1946 as war reparation and renamed after the early 19th century Baltic German explorer in Russian service, Adam Johann Krusenstern (1770–1846). She is now a Russian Navy sail training shi...

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Theme Week Normandy - The seaside resort Étretat

Theme Week Normandy - The seaside resort Étretat

[caption id="attachment_152728" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © M. Pfeiffer/cc-by-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Étretat is a commune in the Seine-Maritime department in the Haute-Normandie region. It is a tourist and farming town situated about 32 km (20 mi) northeast of Le Havre. It's located on the coast of the Pays de Caux area. Étretat is best known for its cliffs, including three natural arches and the pointed "needle". These cliffs and the associated resort beach attracted artists including Eugène Boudin, Gustave Co...

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