Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela

Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela

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This famous pilgrimage site in north-west Spain became a symbol in the Spanish Christians’ struggle against Islam. Destroyed by the Muslims at the end of the 10th century, it was completely rebuilt in the following century. Construction on the cathedral was begun in 1075 in the reign of Alfonso VI, and sponsored by Bishop Diego Peláez. The work took place under the direction of Master Esteban on the remains of old churches built in devotion to the saint. It was built with three naves and a floor plan in a Latin cross, and had an area of about 8300 m². Its countless extensions have added numerous architectural styles to the building (Romanesque, Gothic, Baroque, Plateresque and neoclassical). The La Gloria portico is the main entrance, and was created by Master Mateo in 1188. It features 200 figures referring to the Apocalypse, and the figure of Saint James the apostle appearing to welcome the pilgrims, supported on a column rising from the mullion. The Obradoiro façade of the cathedral is the work of Fernando e Casas y Novoa, and is considered to be one of the supreme expressions of the Spanish Baroque. The main altar is also in the Baroque style, and the crypt of Saint James the apostle lies directly beneath.

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Bonfire Night Fireworks in Liverpool by Bob Edwards

Bonfire Night Fireworks in Liverpool by Bob Edwards

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Every November people in Britain go out and celebrate Bonfire Night. November 5th marked the anniversary of the Gunpowder Plot, when Catholic explosive expert Guy Fawkes tried to blow up the Houses of Parliament. He was in the cellar of the parliament with the 36 barrels of gunpowder when the authorities stormed it in the early hours, was caught, tortured and executed.

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Singapore F1 Night Race 2014

Singapore F1 Night Race 2014

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The event takes place in Singapore on the Marina Bay Street Circuit and was the inaugural F1 night race and the first street circuit in Asia. It keeps the drivers on European time, which is very difficult when its light when you are going to bed and night when you wake up.

Marina Bay, Singapore track data

Lap length: 5.065km (3.147 miles)
Race laps: 61
Race distance: 308.828km (191.897 miles)
Pole position:  Right-hand side of the track
Lap record* 1’48.574 (167.941 kph) by Sebastian Vettel, 2013
Fastest lap 1’42.841 (177.303 kph) by Sebastian Vettel, 2013
Maximum speed: 296kph (183.926 mph)
DRS zone/s (race): Pit straight and straight to turn seven
Distance from grid to turn one: 200m

Full throttle: 46%
Longest flat-out section: 832m
Downforce level: Maximum
Gear changes per lap: 80
Fuel use per lap: 1.6kg
Time penalty per lap of fuel: 0.064s

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Discover Budapest by Night

Discover Budapest by Night

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UNESCO World heritage magnificent buildings and monuments in Budapest are brilliantly illuminated at night, making the city appear even more spectacular than by day. Here is a collection of an amazing after-hours shots showing how beautiful the city can be. Nights in Budapest can get pretty epic so embrace every moment.

Facts:

Country: Hungary
Area: 525.16km2
Population: 1,741,041 (2011)
Demonym: Budapesti
Budapest occupies both the banks of the river Danube.
Budapest constitutes approximately 20% of the population of Hungary. The ethnic groups residing the city are Germans, Hungarians, Roma, Slovaks and Greeks.
Budapest has 23 districts in total; 6 are located in Buda, 16 in Pest and 1 on the Csepel Island between them.
The largest Synagogue in Europe, the Dohány Street Synagogue, is located in Budapest. It is also the second largest synagogue in the world. It can accommodate 3,000 worshipers and was a built between 1854 and 1859.
The largest medicinal bath in Europe, Széchenyi Medicinal Bath, is also located in the city.
The third largest Parliament building in the world also lies in Budapest.
The city even houses the third largest church in Europe, Esztergom Basilica.
Budapest experiences a temperate, transitional climate.
Budapest has the oldest subway-line, named Millenium Underground in mainland Europe. After London, Budapest has the oldest underground train system in Europe. The line opened in 1896 in the year when Hungary celebrated its 1000th anniversary. It’s still in use as subway and it connects the city center with City Park.
Budapest is considered as one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. The city houses a few World Heritage Sites, namely the banks of the Danube, the Buda Castle Quarter, Andrássy Avenue and the Millennium Underground railway.

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White Night Melbourne 2014

White Night Melbourne 2014

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The White Night Melbourne is a kind of all-night arts festival held in city in the summer. It took place on Saturday 22nd February from 7pm to 7am, The event featured music, dance, visual display, light show, and a variety of buskers. An estimated crowd of more than 500,000 people attended.

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Sheikh Zayed Mosque in Abu Dhabi by Night

Sheikh Zayed Mosque in Abu Dhabi by Night

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For over 12 years, more than 2500 people have been working at temperatures above 40 degrees centigrade, on a project that’s intended to become a national icon. The construction of the Sheikh Zayed Al Nahyan Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi is destined to be the biggest mosque in the United Arab Emirates. The Sheikh Zayed Mosque was the vision of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan al Nahyan, the first president of the United Arab Emirates. Its construction was finished after the leader’s death in 2004. The mosque, which welcomed 4.685 million visitors and worshippers in 2012, joined a line-up of 16 global attractions top-rated by users of the popular travel website TripAdvisor. The mosque is incredible in scale and execution – it can accommodate 40,000 worshippers. Each of its four corner minarets are taller than St Paul’s Cathedral. It features 57 white marble domes and a 17,000 metre square courtyard. The natural materials used in its construction include white marble, gold, semi-precious stones and crystals. The world’s largest carpet was created for the interior of the mosque – it measures 5,627 square metres and weighs 47 tonnes. The carpet was hand-made by 1,200 weavers who used 2,268,000 knots in its creation. Sheikh Zayed Mosque also features the world’s largest chandelier – one of seven copper and gold-plated chandeliers from Germany. The largest chandelier is 10 metres across and 15 metres high.

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City Lights of Helsinki

City Lights of Helsinki

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City of Helsinki is the capital of Finland since 1812. The city was founded in 1550, by King Gustav I of Sweden. The original name of the city is Helsingfors, which is still used as its official name. It is largest city in Finland located in southern Finland, 400 kilometres (250 mi) east of Stockholm, Sweden. The city spans over an agglomeration of more than 300 islands. Helsinki is a major urban center, inhabited by around 1.3 million people. Helsinki host the 2012 Ice Hockey World Championships together with Stockholm (Sweden) 4.-20.5.2012.

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The Greek Acropolis at Night

The Greek Acropolis at Night

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The monuments of the Acropolis stand in harmony with their natural setting. It is the most significant reference point of ancient Greek culture, as well as the symbol of the city of Athens. The Acropolis is primarily dedicated to the Goddess Athena. The Acropolis is a flat topped rock which rises 150 m above sea level. You can explore Sacred Rock and see the following sights Parthenon, Old Temple of Athena, Erechtheion, Statue of Athena Promachos, Propylaea, Temple of Athena Nike, Eleusinion, Sanctuary of Artemis Brauronia, Chalkotheke, Pandroseion, Arrephorion, Altar of Athena, Sanctuary of Zeus Polieus, Sanctuary of Pandion, Odeon of Herodes Atticus, Stoa of Eumenes, Sanctuary of Asclepius or Asclepieion, Theatre of Dionysus Eleuthereus, Odeon of Pericles, Temenos of Dionysus Eleuthereus, Aglaureion. he Parthenon is the most important and famous monument of Athens Acropolis.

Opening hours:
Summer: 08:00-19:30 daily (Mon 11:00-19:30)
Winter: 08:30-15:00 daily

Admission
Normal: 12 Eur
Reduced: 6 Eur

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Dangerous Lightning in the Night Sky

Dangerous Lightning in the Night Sky

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Lightning is an atmospheric electrostatic spark accompanied by thunder, which typically occurs during thunderstorms. A leader of a bolt of lightning can travel at speeds of 220,000 km/h (140,000 mph). Lightning is extremely hot. A flash can heat the air around it to temperatures about 30,000 °C (54,000 °F). it is dangerous. About 2,000 people are killed worldwide by lightning each year.

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