La Plata Masonic Lodge

Nonetheless, it is named after the other a bit smaller river in the neighborhood. It is here in 1882 the first stone of the future city was put, according to VisitArgentina.net.

Regardless of being mentioned only afterwards the biggest destinations in Argentina, Buenos Aires and Rosario, La Plata still retains its charming views, and many had done to make it this way Pedro Benua, the main architect in the city of all times. In some way, he might be compared to Gaudi in Barcelona, especially considering the value of his masterpieces today. The urban planning and most of the La Plata buildings were executed under his guidance, which surely preserved till nowadays.

It is interesting to know that Masonic symbolism, as an architectural style, prevails in the urban landscape. This might be related to the fact that both main architect and gubernator of the province were members of The Masonic Lodge at the time. Notwithstanding, the city does not lack its splendor. Italians projected the City Hall, while Germans managed all the administrative facilities. Everything is performed with a Masonic touch, even if looking at the scheme of city streets and parks. Besides, La Plata is a sure record-holder in Argentina in churches – it is here one can enjoy the grand view of the biggest cathedral in the country, Catedral de La Plata.

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Benua was also a chief architect of local cemetery. The distinguishing feature, which is in every meaning of the word underlined by the master, is pure symmetry in everything around. Despite being a grieving place, the sight looks very scenic and exciting.

To sum up, the so-called La Plata Masonic lodge is full of lions in every quarter. By that I mean stone ones looking as real guarder at the doorsteps, on the alleys, ladders, etc. And the lion holding a ring at its mouth is very symbolic to locals, who call them “secret keepers”.

Best Photos of World Cup 2014 in Brazil

Notwithstabnding World Cup 2014 in Brazil has come to an end days ago, I still offer some best pics and photos of thee vent for a view. This time I’ve stumbled upon the collection presented by Telegraph.co.uk

Check it out and share your thoughts!

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The Arena Corinthians before Holand – Argentina match

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Legendary Lionel Messi!

Rio De Janeiro Awaits World Cup Semi-Finals

Christ the Redeemer, the iconic symbol of Rio, on the soccer ball

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Brazilian flag in the air before the match with Columbia national team

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Nymar is truly a football idol for Brazilian fans

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What a cute little fan!

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And Messi once again!

 

Drottingholm Palace Complex

Drottningholm Palace Complex, which translates as “Island of the Queen”, got its name not only because of its location on Louvain near Mälaren Lake, but also because of its purpose – in the 16th century Johan III presented this small castle as a gift to his wife Katharine Yagellonke. It is one of the best Stockholm attractions.

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Mysterious Red Lagoon in Chile

In northern part of Chile, close to a small town of Camina, one of the natural wonders delight an eye of its visitors. In particular, this small town is often associated to Red Lagoon that was named this way due to the colors of its waters. It is interesting to know that by 2010 only local villagers were aware about its existence and, therefore, miraculous scenery. Furthermore, the famous Caritaya reservoir, often crowded with foreigners tourist attraction in Chile, is very close to the sight, and still no one have not discovered it for years.

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The land of mysterious Red Lagoon once belonged to indigenous tribes of current Chile, Aymara people, the beliefs of whom are no less cryptic than those of ancient Egyptians. In this case, old legends about Red Lagoon curses were driven from Aymara history, which states that they apply only to those who get close to lake waters. This sounds a bit scary, yet exciting.

Specifically, Red Lagoon curses were one of a few reasons why locals hesitated to uncover the place and, thus, enclose it on the world map. It is believed that travelers tried their best to pass round the extreme waters. One more presumption of the historians is that disappearance of Aymara people was mush related to the fact that they drunk water precisely from the lake we are talking about. One more secret in locals’ pocket, so to say.

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Amazingly Red Lagoon in Chile is surrounded by other water pools, formed by Mother Nature, but their colors are green and blue. It is considered that red waters start to bubble when evil people stop nearby. The other myth, if I may to call it that, recalls that Devil himself once created the Lagoon. All of this is much contradicted by scholars’ conclusions, which explain the color by presence of sea algae covering the bottom. Perhaps, this stands to reason way more.

Despite all the odd and scary stories, tourists willingly visit the place after its discovery. Maybe myths of Red Lagoon vanished as last Aymara disappeared.

Asuncion Palacio De Lopez Attacked by Termites!

One of the greatest achievements in architecture in Paraguay requires immediate restoration. To be more précised, Asuncion Palacio de Lopez, , one of the top attractions in Paraguay, is attacked by termites, as BBC reports. It is so sad that such monumental architectural masterpieces are ruined in such an unbelievable way. And when it comes to such country as Paraguay, where money should be spared on way reasonable issues, the news seem to be more terrible.

Two millions dollars have been invested in 2012, and now Asuncion Palacio de Lopez will surely need more financial investment to renovate known beauty. Termites damage the western part of the palace, which, besides, was constructed in the middle of the 19th century. To date, it is the seat of Paraguayan government, and the latter is likely to be the main investor of the upcoming reconstruction works. This stands to reason, does it?

In order to imagine what architectural highlight is going to be ruined from inside, look at the pictures of Asuncion Palacio de Lopez!

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Pure Beauty of Malmö

The city of Malmö is located directly on the coast and with the Strait of Øresund connected with Copenhagen. In fact, it is the only major city in Northern Europe, which boasts its own private beach in the central part of the city – and, moreover, very good, which is why the community received the international award of “Blue Flag” for its clear waters.

Check out the beauty of Malmö on the following pictures taken by Russian photographer!

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Once Wealthy Potosi in Bolivia

Notwithstanding Bolivia is today known as one of the striving and dragged into poverty lands in South America, less are aware about its “wealthy” times in past centuries. Once it was indeed a “foster-mother” of numerous European countries, until the latter had truly exhausted its finest resources. By that I mean rich deposits of silver that brought fame to several sights in Bolivia, including big name town of Potosi.

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Cerro Rico, or “Silver Mountain” as translated, has been given much prominence since the silver deposits was discovered at the beginning of the 16th century. In fact, it happened by accident, when Quechua Indian Diego Huallpa noticed silver shining after he set up the fireplace in one of the gorges of the mountain. Such a major finding could not get passed over Spaniards’ attention, who came and established minings there in 1545. In year and a half, the neighborhood became a home to about 14 thousand people, chasing a goal of getting rich and famous. Furthermore, the city of Villa Imperial de Carlos V (honoring current king of Spain) was founded. As time passed, the title has changed into Potosi (the way it is known till nowadays), the Quechua word meaning “strong rumble”. Perhaps, there is point to explain why it was called so.

For centuries Potosi in Bolivia has been flourishing, as thousands of miners came here and new gorgeous buildings started to decorate place. By the 18th century it counted more than 200 thousand people, 86 magnificent churches and cathedrals and countless number of fancy villas. Yet the happiness could not last long. By the middle of the 19th century the deposits of silver was merely exhausted, and the idea of enriching was not so sure as decades ago.

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Cerro Rico

In the 20th century Potosi gradually decayed, in particular, without support of Europeans and having nothing to promise them. In 1980s Bolivian governement offered people to obrtain silvermines into private ownership and work them out by themselves. Certainly, lots of miners agreed to do so, as there were no possibilities to earn money any other way in the area. The most successful grew to setting up family companies. And who would guess it is a Unesco World Heritage Site?

Belgium Culture: Art Nouveau Architecture in Brussels

Art Nouveau distinguishes probably the most of the artistic trends of the 20th century. Especially, it is essential for architectural transitions, whereas in Europe one might notice an abundance of buildings and landmarks designed keeping all the characteristic features of this style. The set of Art Nouveau buildings might be examined within each big city or capital, and for me Brussels is indeed exemplary. Besides, Belgium.net claims Art Nouveau characteristic to Belgium culture. Amongst numerous Romanesque and Gothic-styled sightings, Art Nouveau architecture in Brussels shows up remarkably.

As a matter of fact, Art Nouveau has been a dominant trend up to 1914. Thereby, nearly 900 buildings within the city area might speak of how Belgian capital looked 100 years ago at least. However, let’s feature on two best examples.

Tassel Hotel Brussels

The very first of them, Tassel hotel was built by Victor Horta (1861 – 1947) in 1893. Specifically, a small four-story construction naturally unites eclectic lines and decorations, popular at the beginning of the 20th century. Retaining symmetry outside, inside, in contrast, one may note that lines are bent and rounded, giving the interior a special laconic style. Particularly, the attention is also drawn by unusual arch, located between the second and third floors, seeming to grow out of the wall. Upstairs there is a large spiral staircase, which surely adds some intrigue to interior design.

Stoclet House

The other appealing Art Nouveau landmark was designed by Joseph Hoffmann at the order of Stoclet family. Obviously, I refer to Stoclet House, established in 1911, that is on avenue de Tervueren. In 1906 the architect was ordered to create a big house, which would have had exhibition halls to display art collections of the known family and reception saloons. The cherished dream of Adolph Stoclet came true five years later: strict geometric forms did not seem lifeless thanks to luxurious artistic decoration everything was thoroughly thought through, even a marvelous garden framing the elements of the House.

A Few Words About Stockholm University

Stockholm University is one of those things that make this city truly vibrant and culturally abundant. Thousands of students head to the capital of Sweden every year, and not only to enjoy all the nightlife allurements, Bohemian quarters or original festivities, but to in very deed perceive the atmosphere of knowledge value and persistent study.

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Besides being the very first high education institution in Sweden, Stockholm University appears to be the biggest on the entire Scandinavia Peninsula.

Stockholm University BuildingNonetheless, it is the forth oldest university in the country. Despite the fact it was established in 1960, it has already enetered the list of top 100 universities around the world. Though, it was based on the Stockholm College of Natural Sciences, opened in 1878.

Stockholm University Library

Stockholm University Library along with Stockholm Public Library are majors of the scientific researches in the city.

There are numerous world known alumni, who made significant contributions in the development of certain scientific fields. Among them it is impossible not to mention:

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the Russian-born mathematician Sofia Kovalevskaya and the linguist Östen Dahl

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Stockholm University is located in Frescati District, north of the city center (Universitetet subway).

 

Top Attraction in Sintra, Portugal

Notwithstanding the glory of being of the oldest towns in Portugal and therefore added to UNESCO Heritage List, Sintra is also known thanks to a great underground tunnel that is in Quinta da Regaleira Park. Having visited the sighting, lots of tourists refer to its as truly mysterious and enigmatic attraction in Sintra.

Its central structure is presented with the Well of Initiation, entrance to which is guarded by guards, told to be from the world of shades. According to the legend, in the mysterious pit (it is 27 meters deep), resembling an inverted tower, Masons once performed the initiation rites. Dedication ceremony in the Masonic lodge traditionally ended at the bottom of the pit, which is decorated with the eight-pointed star. Encircling well is performed as a spiral staircase railing with strange, overgrown with moss , circles symbolizing heaven or hell – depending on the direction of motion. An exit from the mystic well is possible through the stone door leading to an underground tunnel.

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