Everyday Life in Democratic Republic of Congo

Everyday Life in Democratic Republic of Congo

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The Democratic Republic of the Congo is the second largest country in Africa. It borders nine countries: Angola, Burundi, the Central African Republic, the Republic of Congo, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia. The people of the DRC represent over 200 ethnic groups, with nearly 250 languages and dialects spoken throughout the country. Kinshasa, the capital, is the second largest French-speaking city in the world. DRC has an estimated population of 46,498,539. It is the fourth most populous nation in Africa. Most of the country’s 6.7 million hungry people live in five conflict-affected provinces in the eastern part of the country. Twenty-three percent of children under the age of five and 14 percent of women are underweight.

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Santa Maria dei Miracoli, Brescia

Santa Maria dei Miracoli, Brescia

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The church of Santa Maria dei Miracoli is located on Corso Vittorio Emanuele in Brescia. The church itself was built to commemorate the miraculous image of the Madonna in a nearby house, which can now be seen in the apse, framed with polychrome marble. Work on the shrine was begun in 1488, when its foundation stone was laid, and carried on over the centuries: the central part of the façade was completed in 1493-1500; the interior with its square ground plan, as well as some outside parts, was completed in 1560; in the 18th century the cupolas were completed and the interior decorated with plaster-work and frescoes.

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The Cathedral Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Lincoln

The Cathedral Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Lincoln

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The Cathedral is one of the most prominent buildings in Lincoln’s cityscape, majestically seated atop the hill of Lincoln it can be seen from great distances of up to 25 miles. Lincoln Cathedral is a cathedral located in Lincoln in England and seat of the Bishop of Lincoln in the Church of England. The Cathedral dates from 1072 when William the Conqueror instructed that the bishopric of this, then the largest diocese in England, be moved from Dorchester, near Oxford, to Lincoln. The first Norman Bishop of Lincoln, Remigius, had previously been a Benedictine monk and a loyal supporter of William at the Battle of Hastings in 1066. This cathedral had three spires, the tallest of which was the tallest in the world overtaking the record held by the Great Pyramid of Giza. At 160m tall its height was not bested until the construction of the Eiffel Tower in Paris. The spire collapsed in 1549 in a hurricane. Views of Lincoln Cathedral today are possible from 25 miles away. When it had a spire it was visible from Nottinghams tallest church on a clear day, almost 40 miles distant. Every Christmas Lincoln Cathedral is the center of the world’s second largest Christmas Market. Over quarter of a million people attend making it twice as large as the Glastonbury Festival.

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San Antonio – Chapel of the Incarnate Word

San Antonio – Chapel of the Incarnate Word

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The Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word opened the Chapel of the Incarnate Word in 1907, just 38 years after arriving in San Antonio from their native France. Designed in the Romanesque style by architect F.B. Gaenslen and under the planning supervision of Reverend J.G. Badnarek of Chicago, the chapel resembles a cathedral in its massing and scale. The imposing tower is guarded by trumpeting angels at each corner, and other statuary and symbols depict the four Evangelists. Large stained glass windows flank the outer walls, with a rosette window in the choir. The elaborate chapel interior features marble columns with gilded capitals, an embossed metal ceiling, oak choir stalls, and a 19th century pipe organ.

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A Marvel of Architecture – Russian Wooden Church

A Marvel of Architecture – Russian Wooden Church

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The wooden churchs are one of Russia’s unique architectural treasures. This are fascinating pictures of Wooden Chruches on Island Kizhi on Lake Onega in Russia call Kizhi Pogost. Kizhi Pogost is a area that includes two large wooden churches, the 22-dome Transfiguration Church and the 9-dome Intercession Church, and a bell-tower. A church was built without using nails, all the wooden pieces are being hold together just without nails.

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San Fernando Cathedral in San Antonio, Texas

San Fernando Cathedral in San Antonio, Texas

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The San Fernando Cathedral is located in downtown San Antonio, near the river walk. This cathedral was established in 1731 by the Canary/Spanish Islanders, who sought to build their own place of worship. It is also known as the Church of Nuestra Senora de la Candelaria y Guadalupe, the oldest cathedral in the United States. Still functions as a Catholic cathedral holding mass, sacraments, confession, baptisms, weddings and more. It holds a memorial and tomb of heroes of the Alamo. It is open to the public for viewing.

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