Archive for December, 2010

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    Arch Of Titus, Rome

    Posted in Europe | December 28, 2010
    The Arch of Titus is one of the two arches that remain on the Forum Romanum. It was said to have been built in order to commemorate the capturing of Jerusalem over the Jewish Zealots. This arch is, thus, a triumphal arch that is said to commemorate the victory of Emperors Titus and Vespasian in the region of Judea in the time of 70 CE. This was the victory that ended up paving the way for the conquest of Jerusalem and the subsequent destruction of the Jewish temple built therein. The arch is located at the eastern entrance of the Forum Romanum, on the Via Sacra, and is on the south of the Temple of Armor and Roma, making it pretty close to the Colosseum. The Arcus Titi, as it is also called, was built a few years after the death of Titus in  [...]
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    Mehrangar Fort Museum – House Of Palanquins And Cradles

    Posted in Asia | December 21, 2010
    The Mehrangarh Fort is said to be related to Rao Jodha. He was the fifteen ruler of Rathore in the year 1458. After his accession, Jodha was said to be advised that he needed to shift his capital to a safer place. The Mandore Fort, which was over 1000 years old, was beginning to deteriorate and crumble. It was this incident that led to the foundation of the Mehrangarh Fort. This is one fort that has no history of any seizure ever. The invincible fort has fortifications that measure up to a good 6 meters thick. Some of the walls of the fort are still known to bear marks that it has borne from cannons that were hurled at it years back. The Fort, as it stands today, is a testimony to the legends and chronicles of the royalty of Jodhpur. About  [...]
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    The Great Sphinx

    Posted in Africa | December 14, 2010
    The Great Sphinx is said to be a symbol of the essence of Egypt, and it has been one of the most photographed monuments in the land. Regardless of how many pictures you see of this great monument, while you surf the net or through photo album of a friend who recently visited, there is nothing that can prepare you for seeing it with your own two eyes. Here are some fast facts that might help you prepare yourself for this amazing feeling, must it happen soon! The Great Sphinx of Giza – Fast Facts: The Sphinx has been carved from the bedrock of the plateau of Giza. This monument is a mysterious marvel that has been here since the start of ancient Egypt. The structure is well known as being a body of the lion and having the head of a king/god.  [...]
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    Detroit History – Unfolding The Past

    Posted in North America | December 13, 2010
    When you think Detroit, it is understandable for terms like Motown Music and Motor City to come to mind. This town used to once be an extremely happening and hot spot. There is much more to Detroit than meets the eyes. For one, did you know that Detroit history had an important role in shaping America? Art House: This was originally known as the Elisha Taylor home that is located in Detroit. This structure is an amazing example of the Gothic Revival Home. The Art House was built in the year 1872, and the good part is that the original interiors are said to be preserved in almost as good as the original condition. For almost 30 years now, this house has been a center for architectural and art studies. This home is said to be one brilliant example  [...]
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    The Great Sphinx Of Giza

    Posted in Africa | December 7, 2010
    There is a depression that lies to the south of the pyramid of Chephren. Here lies a creature that has a human head and the body of a lion. It has been named ‘sphinx’, and this was the first name was bestowed upon it by the Greeks, who found a resemblance to a fabulous creature that had possessed the head of a woman, the body of the lion and wings of a bird. As per studies, the sphinx is said to have appeared in Egypt as a form of the sun god, whom they fervently worshipped. The Egyptian sphinx is generally seen to have the face of the king of the region, who wears his traditional headdress and has the lion’s body. You might even find instances of sphinxes possessing the heads of rams. The animal ram is generally associated with one of  [...]
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    History Of Stonehenge Remains Shrouded In Doubt And Debate

    Posted in Europe | December 6, 2010
    Stonehenge in Britain is a monument that is said to have taken over 4 centuries to get built. The current day remains of this monument make for a sight; and years later have not lost their ability to awe and intrigue visitors to the site. If anything, the real joy of visiting and studying this monument is in the fact that the real reason of it being built is still shrouded in doubt and debate. Almost every community related (archaeology and scientific) seem to have sprung up theories of their own, but none of them seem to work a 100%. History of Stonehenge – Legendary Connections: As per legend, Stonehenge is a creation that can be accredited to the wizard of Arthurian legend, Merlin. He is said to have magically moved the gigantic stones  [...]
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    Hawa Mahal Jaipur: A Wonder

    Posted in Asia | December 4, 2010
    Hawa Mahal Jaipur is a prominent landmark in Jaipur. It is also a major tourist attraction. Hawa Mahal Jaipur is a sight to behold. The palace is reminiscent of Rajputana architecture. It stills sings the royal family’s glories. The palace has a fine blend of Mughal architecture, which differentiates it from other palaces. Hawa Mahal literally means Palace of the Winds. Hawa Mahal Jaipur was constructed in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh. The façade of the palace resembles a pyramid. The palace comprises five stories. There are nearly 953 tiny windows carved out of intricate lattice work. Another term for these pink windows made of sandstone is ‘jharokha’. These windows are extremely stylish and resemble a mammoth honeycomb. There  [...]
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    Pearl Harbour: Debunking the Myths

    Posted in North America | December 4, 2010
    The naval base of Pearl Harbour in Hawaii was assaulted by Japanese bomber planes and torpedoes. The attack took place on December 7, 1941. An outrage was sparked among Americans. The government and the media were left flabbergasted. President Roosevelt addressed the senate and the nation the following day. The President sought the Congress’s approval for an open war. The Congress was convinced, and they passed the historic Declaration of War on Japan. This marked America’s entry into the Second World War. Pearl Harbour was attacked on a Sunday morning. The number of soldiers on duty was minimal. A majority of offices at the naval base were shut. Many officers were on a weekend leave. The new radar that was mounted on Opana Point was functional  [...]
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    Beirut Lebanon

    Posted in Africa | December 1, 2010
    Beirut is the capital of Lebanon and is the largest city of the country. The city is located on a peninsula, which is the midpoint of the coastline of Lebanon, as it runs along the Mediterranean Sea. The city also doubles up as the largest seaport and the main one at that, for the country of Lebanon. The first mention of Beirut can be traced back to the Tell el Amarna letters of ancient Egypt; and these letters themselves date back to the 15th century BC and this city is said to have been inhabited since then. Beirut is said to hold the seat of government for the country and has a significant role to play in the economy. The region’s cultural life, nightlife and theaters, all of it come alive here! However, there is quite a lot more in store  [...]