Archive for March, 2011

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    Nijo Castle

    Posted in Asia | March 22, 2011
    Nijo Castle (Nijo jo) is one of Japan’s most amazing castles. It was constructed in sixteen three originally, and was intended as the official residence in Tokyo for the first Tokugawa Shogun. Nijo castle went under several names in the past, and is a historical monument. There are two fortification rings. Ninomaru Garden and the Ninomaru Palace as well as a moat surrounded area in the interiors. Ninomaru Palace is the most notable location in the interior of the castle grounds. The Nightingale floor is one of the most fun places inside the castle. The Uguisu Bari, its name in Japanese, is called the nightingale floor because the wooden floors are designed to squeak and creak and generally make a lot of noise when someone steps on them.  [...]
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    Peterhof St Petersburg

    Posted in Europe | March 15, 2011
    Peterhof Palace is one of the most rewarding attractions in the city of St Petersburg. The palace is also known as Petrodvorets. It is a historical complex of buildings that stands in testimony not only to the rich architecture of Russia, but also the illustrious history and the power of the Russian Empire. Peterhof St Petersburg has a number of palace buildings within the complex. There are some heavenly palace gardens as well. These were commissioned by Peter the Great. Peterhof was used as the official summer residence of the emperor. The royalty lived in the palace in St Petersburg. Peterhof St Petersburg is today a museum. It is one of the most visited attractions in St Petersburg. There are so many interesting sights and displays. The  [...]
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    Palais des Papes – History

    Posted in Europe | March 8, 2011
    Palais des Papes is certainly among the most dominating structures of both the Christian world as well as the city of Avignon. In the case of the former, the structure enjoys an almost infamous status, while in the latter, the castle overlooks all of the city from a hill. The castle was the meeting place of a group of cardinals who wanted to topple the authority of the pope in Rome, and came pretty close to succeeding as well. The palace has defensive as well as aesthetic properties. There are many incidents that occurred in connection with the magnificent monument that is the Palais des Papes. The palace was built by Benedict XII, who was the third pope in Avignon. After the palace was built, Avignon became like a Vatican in the north. The  [...]
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    Schloss Charlottenburg

    Posted in Europe | March 1, 2011
    Schloss Charlottenburg is a palace built in the baroque style situated in Berlin, Germany. It dates back to the 18th century, and is located in the Charlottenburg district of Berlin. The entire building was rebuilt back to its original state after a fire ravaged it right down to the ground in the World War II attacks. It is the biggest palace in the city of Berlin. The central part of the Schloss Charlottenburg was built in the period between sixteen ninety five and sixteen ninety nine. The building was the summer palace for Sophie Charlotte, who was the wife of Frederick III, the Elector of Bradenburg. Johann Arnold Nering was responsible for the design of the palace. The palace received expansions a short time after Friedrich I was crowned  [...]
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