Archive for June, 2010

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    Statue Of Liberty Facts and Information

    Posted in North America | June 29, 2010
    Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame With conquering limbs astride from land to land; Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame, “Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore, Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!” ~ by Emma Lazarus, New York City, 1883 (Inscribed on the base of the Statue of Liberty) 2010  [...]
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    Leaning Tower Of Pisa – In Close Quarters

    Posted in Europe | June 28, 2010
    Well, it does feature on the list of ‘seven wonders of the (medieval) world’. It is one of the best known buildings in Italy. It is definitely one of the most photographed sites in the world. It is one of the biggest man-made miracles. The Leaning Tower of Pisa! Weighing over 14,000 tonnes with an incline would have been a very good joke that an architect could’ve tried cracking. But I bet, even then it wouldn’t have gotten as many laughs! Well, it is a known fact that the Leaning Tower of Pisa wasn’t meant to be constructed the way it stands today. The incline wasn’t part of the original plan. In Rewind Mode Construction of this bell-tower began in the year 1173. At this point of time, Pisa was one of the  [...]
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    Mayan Symbols – Decoding Them

    Posted in North America | June 24, 2010
    Mayan culture has been, for a long time, the matter of many discussions and debates. Scholars and researchers have been conducting extensive research in the field, and have come up with a number of interesting facts and figures for us to deal with. The most fascinating part (arguably) of the Mayan culture is that of the Mayan symbols. The Mayas were rich in the knowledge of the universe. They had a much wider and co-ordinated system of concepts than what modern day countries can even imagine. Their symbolism, however, was a closely guarded secret. Anyone who tried to give out the meaning of these concepts discussed via the symbols would be penalized by death. Some of the demystified Mayan Symbols The Venus Glyph According to the myths of the  [...]
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    ANCIENT CITY (AVARIS) DISCOVERED IN EGYPT

    Posted in Africa | June 22, 2010
    One of the biggest surprises to the archaeological world came about when a group of Austria archaeologists uncovered what may be the biggest find of this year. They have found remains of a 3500 year old Egyptian town which was completely buried under the earth in the northeastern region of the Nile Delta. The Austrian archaeological mission was in Tell El-Dab’a when they managed to unearth this splendid secret of the past. It is being believed that this city is likely to be ‘Avaris’, which in records, is said to be the capital of the Hyskos rulers. This ancient city being discovered in Egypt is a reason to celebrate for many researchers, as this may be the link they were looking for. Who were the Hyskos? The thirteenth and  [...]
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    PU`UHONUA O HONAUNAU NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK, Hawaii

    Posted in North America | June 15, 2010
    Most of you may have never thought of Hawaii as being a place of historical interest, right? With all due respect, we take great pleasure in proving you wrong while we give you one more Historical park to visit amidst the sun and sand! Pu`uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park, Hawaii is one of those places that speaks volumes about the history it carries with it. Shut the world out, close your eyes, and listen – carefully! The stone walls have stories to tell; stories that they have preserved for years and years together. Welcome to the world where mystical truths of the yester-years meet the truths of today! The Park is a haven for the native wildlife that has continued to live here, sole witnesses to the eras gone by. ALI’I AND  [...]
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    CASTLE OF PRAGUE

    Posted in Europe | June 8, 2010
    There is an old story about the origin of Prague that goes back to the 7th century. There was a Slavic princess called Libuse. She awed everyone with her beauty and wisdom; and it was said about her that she possessed prophetic powers. Legend says she saw a vision one day. She said ‘I see a great city whose glory will touch the stars’; and with this she pointed in the direction of a hill. She instructed her people to go there and build a castle right where a man was building the threshold (in Czech – Prah) of a house She added that since noblemen would bow low before that threshold, the place be named ‘Praha’. Years later, the city of Prague became the seat of the Premyslid dynasty. History Records will tell you that the Castle of  [...]
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    THE LOST CITY OF LA CIUDAD PERDIDA

    Posted in South America | June 2, 2010
    La Ciudad Perdida is Spanish for ‘Lost City’. Housed in the depths of the Sierra Nevada jungle, the ruins of this city is one of the largest archaeological finds of the century.  Findings suggest that the city was founded somewhere in the 800 A.D. The location of Ciudad Perdida is known as Buritaca and the Native Americans call it ‘Teyuna’. The city was discovered in 1972, when a group of local treasure hunters found some stone steps leading up the mountain. They followed it, and it led them to an abandoned city which they named ‘Green Hell’. The authorities were notified about the existence of this city when gold figurines and urns from this city began to appear in the local black market. The City Design The Ciudad Perdida is  [...]
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    National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C.

    Posted in North America | June 1, 2010
    The National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. is one of the greatest art museums in America. It showcases fascinating works of sculpture, painting, decorative arts, and also works on paper that are from the 13th century. Located on the National Mall, this museum remains open to the public free of charge and was established in the year 1937. The core collection of this museum has some of the major works of art that are donated by Ailsa Mellon Bruce, Paul Mellon, Lessing J. Rosenwald, Rush Harrison Kress, Samuel Henry Kress, Peter Arrell Brown Widener, Chester Dale, and Joseph E. Widener. Andrew W. Mellon is the person who donated funds for the construction and a considerable art collection of the museum. All the paintings, prints, drawings,  [...]
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