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2016 26 07 00:08 UTC
Picture of the day
Vista de Tarazona, España, 2015-01-02, DD 07.JPG
View of Tarazona, Spain, from the Episcopal Palace.  
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Close-up of a Galápagos sea lion (Zalophus californianus wollebaeki) in Punta Pitt, San Cristóbal Island, Galápagos Islands, Ecuador.

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English : Close-up of a Galápagos sea lion (Zalophus californianus wollebaeki) in Punta Pitt, San Cristóbal Island, Galápagos Islands, Ecuador.

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View of Saksaywaman, a fortress in the foothills north of Cusco, historic capital of the Inca Empire, in today's Peru. The Killke culture started the fortress in the early twelfth century and the Incas expanded it starting in the thirteenth century. The dry stone walls are made of huge stones that are cut so precisely that they fit together without mortar.

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English : View of Saksaywaman, a fortress in the foothills north of Cusco, historic capital of the Inca Empire, in today's Peru. The Killke culture started the fortress in the early twelfth century and the Incas expanded it starting in the thirteenth century. The dry stone walls are made of huge stones that are cut so precisely that they fit together without mortar.

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U500 Donbas - Amur class floating workshop (Project 304), now command ship. Navy of Ukraine. Sevastopol Bay.

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English : U500 Donbas - Amur class floating workshop (Project 304), now command ship. Navy of Ukraine. Sevastopol Bay.

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Traunsteinera globosa found on the Gemeindealpe Mitterbach, Lower Austria

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English : Traunsteinera globosa found on the Gemeindealpe Mitterbach, Lower Austria

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Byzantine fresco of Saint Andrew of Crete in the church of Agia Anna (Αγία Άννα), Amari Valley, Crete. The frescoes are dated 1225 and the oldest dated frescoes in Crete.

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English : Byzantine fresco of Saint Andrew of Crete in the church of Agia Anna (Αγία Άννα), Amari Valley, Crete. The frescoes are dated 1225 and the oldest dated frescoes in Crete.

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Altar of the church of San Pedro de los Francos, located in Calatayud, Aragon, Spain. The original church was founded in the twelfth century by Alfonso I, "The Battler" as a token of gratitude to the French who helped him in the Battle of Cutanda (1120) against the Almoravids. The original church was a place for the French to pray. The present church was built two centuries later.

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English : Altar of the church of San Pedro de los Francos, located in Calatayud, Aragon, Spain. The original church was founded in the twelfth century by Alfonso I, "The Battler" as a token of gratitude to the French who helped him in the Battle of Cutanda (1120) against the Almoravids. The original church was a place for the French to pray. The present church was built two centuries later.

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The church of Saint Metropolitan Peter in Pereslavl, Russia. Roof view from inside.

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English : The church of Saint Metropolitan Peter in Pereslavl, Russia. Roof view from inside.

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View of the principal façade of Buckingham Palace, the London residence and principal workplace of the monarchy of the United Kingdom. The palace, located in the City of Westminster, was originally designed by Edward Blore and completed in 1850. The current appearance is the result of a renovation by Sir Aston Webb in 1913.

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English : View of the principal façade of Buckingham Palace, the London residence and principal workplace of the monarchy of the United Kingdom. The palace, located in the City of Westminster, was originally designed by Edward Blore and completed in 1850. The current appearance is the result of a renovation by Sir Aston Webb in 1913.

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Nave of the abbey of Santa María la Real de la Oliva, a still-active Cistercian monastery located in Carcastillo, Navarre, Spain. The abbey was founded in 1150 on the death of King García Ramírez of Navarre. The construction of the temple was inspired by the French abbeys of Morimond and Escaladieu.

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English : Nave of the abbey of Santa María la Real de la Oliva, a still-active Cistercian monastery located in Carcastillo, Navarre, Spain. The abbey was founded in 1150 on the death of King García Ramírez of Navarre. The construction of the temple was inspired by the French abbeys of Morimond and Escaladieu.

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A marine iguana (Amblyrhynchus cristatus) lying on a rock on the coast of Las Bachas, Santa Cruz Island, Galápagos Islands, Ecuador.

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English : A marine iguana (Amblyrhynchus cristatus) lying on a rock on the coast of Las Bachas, Santa Cruz Island, Galápagos Islands, Ecuador.

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Interior view of the dome of the church of Santo Domingo, Historic Centre of Lima, capital of Peru. The site, built between 1535 and 1578, is also a basilica and a convent. It was destroyed by an earthquake in 1678 and rebuilt shortly afterwards with the current appearance. The church mixes different architectural styles: Neoclassical, Rococo and Renaissance.

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English : Interior view of the dome of the church of Santo Domingo, Historic Centre of Lima, capital of Peru. The site, built between 1535 and 1578, is also a basilica and a convent. It was destroyed by an earthquake in 1678 and rebuilt shortly afterwards with the current appearance. The church mixes different architectural styles: Neoclassical, Rococo and Renaissance.

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A street in Souq Waqif, a souq in the Mushayrib district of Doha, capital of Qatar. Souq Waqif (Arabic for "standing market") is a former livestock market dating to the end of 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century. Today, it has become a popular meeting place with shops, restaurants, and hookah lounges.

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English : A street in Souq Waqif, a souq in the Mushayrib district of Doha, capital of Qatar. Souq Waqif (Arabic for "standing market") is a former livestock market dating to the end of 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century. Today, it has become a popular meeting place with shops, restaurants, and hookah lounges.

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The NASA's New Horizons spacecraft captured this high-resolution enhanced color view of Pluto on July 14, 2015.

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English : The NASA's New Horizons spacecraft captured this high-resolution enhanced color view of Pluto on July 14, 2015.

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Steps and pulpit of the refectory (dining room) of the Cistercian Monastery of Santa María de Huerta. The monastery is located in the village of Santa María de Huerta, province of Soria, Castille and León, Spain. The first stone of the building was laid by the king Alfonso VII of Castile in 1179 and the building was expanded in the 16th century thanks to the help of the kings Charles I and Philip II. The refectory, built in 1215, is the jewel of the monastery and one of the best examples in Europe. The pulpit was used by a monk for reading during meal times.

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English : Steps and pulpit of the refectory (dining room) of the Cistercian Monastery of Santa María de Huerta. The monastery is located in the village of Santa María de Huerta, province of Soria, Castille and León, Spain. The first stone of the building was laid by the king Alfonso VII of Castile in 1179 and the building was expanded in the 16th century thanks to the help of the kings Charles I and Philip II. The refectory, built in 1215, is the jewel of the monastery and one of the best examples in Europe. The pulpit was used by a monk for reading during meal times.

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Panoramic view of Lake Umayo and the Sillustani burial ground (the 2 towers on the right) in Peru. Sillustani is a pre-Incan cemetery with tombs built above ground in tower-like structures housing the remains of nobles. The site was built by the Aymara, who were conquered by the Inca in the 15th century.

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English : Panoramic view of Lake Umayo and the Sillustani burial ground (the 2 towers on the right) in Peru. Sillustani is a pre-Incan cemetery with tombs built above ground in tower-like structures housing the remains of nobles. The site was built by the Aymara, who were conquered by the Inca in the 15th century.

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A great blue heron (Ardea herodias) looking for fish in the coastal rocks of Las Bachas, Baltra Island, Galápagos Islands, Ecuador.

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English : A great blue heron (Ardea herodias) looking for fish in the coastal rocks of Las Bachas, Baltra Island, Galápagos Islands, Ecuador.

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Door of the Chapel of the Annunciation, Cathedral of Santa María, Sigüenza, Castile-La Mancha, Spain. The chapel was founded in 1515 by the judicial vicar Fernando Montemayor. The exquisite portal is decorated in Cisneros style and has images of St Michael and St James at the bottom, Moorish elements in the arch, and a scene of the Annunciation in the frieze. The cornice is of Arab style with Gothic style arches and a Calvary scene in the middle. The iron grille, in a gothic style with renaissance ornaments, is the work of Juan Francés.

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English : Door of the Chapel of the Annunciation, Cathedral of Santa María, Sigüenza, Castile-La Mancha, Spain. The chapel was founded in 1515 by the judicial vicar Fernando Montemayor. The exquisite portal is decorated in Cisneros style and has images of St Michael and St James at the bottom, Moorish elements in the arch, and a scene of the Annunciation in the frieze. The cornice is of Arab style with Gothic style arches and a Calvary scene in the middle. The iron grille, in a gothic style with renaissance ornaments, is the work of Juan Francés.

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Fresco of the north dome at the library of Altenburg Abbey (Lower Austria) by Paul Troger (1742): Theology and Jurisprudence

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English : Fresco of the north dome at the library of Altenburg Abbey (Lower Austria) by Paul Troger (1742): Theology and Jurisprudence

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Landscape of frozen vineyards near Castillo de Lerés, province of Huesca, Spain.

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English : Landscape of frozen vineyards near Castillo de Lerés, province of Huesca, Spain.

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Northern slope of the puy de Dôme seen from the puy Pariou in Auvergne, France.

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English : Northern slope of the puy de Dôme seen from the puy Pariou in Auvergne, France.

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Original mailbox of the headquarters of the Post and Telegram Office in Lima, capital of Peru.

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English : Original mailbox of the headquarters of the Post and Telegram Office in Lima, capital of Peru.

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Lake Salinas is a salt pan located in the Arequipa Region, Peru. It is located within the Salinas and Aguada Blanca National Reservation. The lake is 4,300 metres (14,100 ft) above sea level and covers an area of 6,182 hectares (15,280 acres), but shrinks to a thin salt crust in the dry season.

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English : Lake Salinas is a salt pan located in the Arequipa Region, Peru. It is located within the Salinas and Aguada Blanca National Reservation. The lake is 4,300 metres (14,100 ft) above sea level and covers an area of 6,182 hectares (15,280 acres), but shrinks to a thin salt crust in the dry season.

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View of the coastal tower of San Saturniño, Cambados, province of Pontevedra, Galicia, Spain. The fortification was possibly built during the first settlement in the region of Cambados. The fortification is a national monument and dates from the second half of the 10th century, but was destroyed betweeen 1466 and 1470 during the Irmandiño revolts. The fortification had several functions: residence, watch tower, and lighthouse.

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English : View of the coastal tower of San Saturniño, Cambados, province of Pontevedra, Galicia, Spain. The fortification was possibly built during the first settlement in the region of Cambados. The fortification is a national monument and dates from the second half of the 10th century, but was destroyed betweeen 1466 and 1470 during the Irmandiño revolts. The fortification had several functions: residence, watch tower, and lighthouse.

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View of Tarazona, Spain, from the Episcopal Palace.

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English : View of Tarazona, Spain, from the Episcopal Palace.

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Foggy morning view of the Basilica of Our Lady of Jerusalem, Artajona, Navarre, Spain. The basilica was built between 1709 and 1714 in honor of Our Lady of Jerusalem, patron saint of Artajona.

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English : Foggy morning view of the Basilica of Our Lady of Jerusalem, Artajona, Navarre, Spain. The basilica was built between 1709 and 1714 in honor of Our Lady of Jerusalem, patron saint of Artajona.

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Lake Kanariku in Võru County, Estonia.

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English : Lake Kanariku in Võru County, Estonia.

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Panoramic view northwards from Grießenkareck mountain near Wagrain, federal state of Salzburg

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English : Panoramic view northwards from Grießenkareck mountain near Wagrain, federal state of Salzburg

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