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2016 31 05 09:58 UTC
Picture of the day
Ascensor del Monte de San Pedro, La Coruña, España, 2015-09-25, DD 99.JPG
Panoramic lift to St Peter's Hill, La Coruña, Spain. Its track is 100 m long, and climbs 63 m. The lift has operated since 2007.  
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Vydubychi Monastery, Kiev, Ukraine

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English : Vydubychi Monastery, Kiev, Ukraine

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Sand Lizard female (Lacerta agilis). Ukraine.

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English : Sand Lizard female (Lacerta agilis). Ukraine.

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Irises, by Vincent van Gogh. Oil on canvas, 74.3 × 94.3 cm, created in May 1889 in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, France.

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English : Irises, by Vincent van Gogh. Oil on canvas, 74.3 × 94.3 cm, created in May 1889 in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, France.

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Interior (with bottles on the windowsill of the stairwell) of the former Löhning distillery, Dülmen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

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English : Interior (with bottles on the windowsill of the stairwell) of the former Löhning distillery, Dülmen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

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Vaults and roof lantern of Laon Cathedral Notre-Dame, Picardy, France

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English : Vaults and roof lantern of Laon Cathedral Notre-Dame, Picardy, France

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Markakol reserve and Kara-Koba river, Altai Mountains, Kazakhstan.

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English : Markakol reserve and Kara-Koba river, Altai Mountains, Kazakhstan.

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The mid-19th century Charnel House, located in a corner of the graveyard at St Helen's Church in Cliffe, Kent, England. Until the start of the twentieth century, it was used as a make-shift mortuary for bodies pulled out of the nearby Thames Estuary. It is now classified as a Grade II listed building by English Heritage.

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English : The mid-19th century Charnel House, located in a corner of the graveyard at St Helen's Church in Cliffe, Kent, England. Until the start of the twentieth century, it was used as a make-shift mortuary for bodies pulled out of the nearby Thames Estuary. It is now classified as a Grade II listed building by English Heritage.

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Exterior view of the church and Monastery of St. Francis, Quito, Ecuador. The Roman Catholic temple, completed in the 16th century, is the largest architectural ensemble among the historical structures of colonial Latin America. Construction took 150 years, and the church exhibits a mixture of different architecture styles.

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English : Exterior view of the church and Monastery of St. Francis, Quito, Ecuador. The Roman Catholic temple, completed in the 16th century, is the largest architectural ensemble among the historical structures of colonial Latin America. Construction took 150 years, and the church exhibits a mixture of different architecture styles.

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Central nave of the Church of San Miguel, Jerez de la Frontera, Spain. The church is composed of 3 naves, where the central nave is higher than the lateral ones, with pillars decorated with gothic motifs and very diverse baldachins, whereas the altar is a work from 1609 by Juan Martínez Montañés 1609. The construction of the church began in 1484 due to a visit of the Catholic Monarchs to Jerez de la Frontera, but it took several centuries to complete, resulting in a harmonious mixture of elements from the late Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque.

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English : Central nave of the Church of San Miguel, Jerez de la Frontera, Spain. The church is composed of 3 naves, where the central nave is higher than the lateral ones, with pillars decorated with gothic motifs and very diverse baldachins, whereas the altar is a work from 1609 by Juan Martínez Montañés 1609. The construction of the church began in 1484 due to a visit of the Catholic Monarchs to Jerez de la Frontera, but it took several centuries to complete, resulting in a harmonious mixture of elements from the late Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque.

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Library of Altenburg Abbey, Lower Austria

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English : Library of Altenburg Abbey, Lower Austria

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Couple of Blue-footed boobies (Sula nebouxii) during a mating ritual, Lobos Island, Galápagos Islands, Ecuador. The blue-footed booby is a long-winged seabird with a wingspan of up to 1.5 m (4.9 ft). The species is 90 cm (35 in) high and is easily recognizable by its distinctive bright blue feet, which is a sexually selected trait, as the males display their feet in an elaborate mating ritual by lifting their feet up and down while strutting before the female. Although the blue-footed boobies are usually associated to the Galápagos Islands (where half of all breeding pairs nest), they can be found from the Gulf of California down along the western coasts of Central and South America down to Peru.

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English : Couple of Blue-footed boobies (Sula nebouxii) during a mating ritual, Lobos Island, Galápagos Islands, Ecuador. The blue-footed booby is a long-winged seabird with a wingspan of up to 1.5 m (4.9 ft). The species is 90 cm (35 in) high and is easily recognizable by its distinctive bright blue feet, which is a sexually selected trait, as the males display their feet in an elaborate mating ritual by lifting their feet up and down while strutting before the female. Although the blue-footed boobies are usually associated to the Galápagos Islands (where half of all breeding pairs nest), they can be found from the Gulf of California down along the western coasts of Central and South America down to Peru.

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Dome of the chapter house, Cathedral of Seville, Seville, Spain. The construction of the chapter house was started by Hernán Ruiz II but finished by Asensio de Maeda in 1592. The decoration of the dome is work of the prestigious painter Murillo and dates from 1667. The 8 circular oil paintings show 8 saints from Seville (San Hermenegildo, San Fernando, San Leandro, San Isidoro, San Laureano, Santa Justa, Santa Rufina and San Pio), whereas the bigger rectangular picture in the center depicts the Immaculate Conception.

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English : Dome of the chapter house, Cathedral of Seville, Seville, Spain. The construction of the chapter house was started by Hernán Ruiz II but finished by Asensio de Maeda in 1592. The decoration of the dome is work of the prestigious painter Murillo and dates from 1667. The 8 circular oil paintings show 8 saints from Seville (San Hermenegildo, San Fernando, San Leandro, San Isidoro, San Laureano, Santa Justa, Santa Rufina and San Pio), whereas the bigger rectangular picture in the center depicts the Immaculate Conception.

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Front view of the city Hall of A Coruña, also called Municipal Palace, Galicia, Spain. The modernist building is located in the María Pita Square in the center of the city and was built between 1908 and 1912 following a design of Pedro Ramiro Mariño. It was inaugurated in 1927 by the king Alfonso XIII. The facade is 64 metres (210 ft) width and has 43 windows, whereas the surface of the building is 2,300 m2 (24,757.0 sq ft). The 4 statues in the third floor represent the 4 provinces of Galicia (A Coruña, Lugo, Orense and Pontevedra) and over them, in the middle, is the coat of arms of the city. The 2 dames flanking it symbolize Peace and Industry and Work and Wisdom. In the tower in the middle is the clock and the bells, they are made of bronce and tin and weigh 1,600 kilograms (3,527 lb).

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English : Front view of the city Hall of A Coruña, also called Municipal Palace, Galicia, Spain. The modernist building is located in the María Pita Square in the center of the city and was built between 1908 and 1912 following a design of Pedro Ramiro Mariño. It was inaugurated in 1927 by the king Alfonso XIII. The facade is 64 metres (210 ft) width and has 43 windows, whereas the surface of the building is 2,300 m2 (24,757.0 sq ft). The 4 statues in the third floor represent the 4 provinces of Galicia (A Coruña, Lugo, Orense and Pontevedra) and over them, in the middle, is the coat of arms of the city. The 2 dames flanking it symbolize Peace and Industry and Work and Wisdom. In the tower in the middle is the clock and the bells, they are made of bronce and tin and weigh 1,600 kilograms (3,527 lb).

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The Caves of Hercules, 14 kilometres (9 mi) west of Tangier in Cape Spartel, North Morocco. As the Berber people cut stone wheels from its walls (which is the cause of the pattern visible in the image) to make millstones, the natural cave was extended considerably. There is a myth that Hercules slept in the cave before accomplishing his 11th labour, stealing golden apples from the Hesperides' garden.

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English : The Caves of Hercules, 14 kilometres (9 mi) west of Tangier in Cape Spartel, North Morocco. As the Berber people cut stone wheels from its walls (which is the cause of the pattern visible in the image) to make millstones, the natural cave was extended considerably. There is a myth that Hercules slept in the cave before accomplishing his 11th labour, stealing golden apples from the Hesperides' garden.

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Ceiling fresco in Herzogenburg Abbey Church (Lower Austria) by Daniel Gran: The Miracle of Pentecost

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English : Ceiling fresco in Herzogenburg Abbey Church (Lower Austria) by Daniel Gran: The Miracle of Pentecost

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Smock mill in Lette, Coesfeld, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

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English : Smock mill in Lette, Coesfeld, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

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Romanesque church of St Michael, Linás de Broto (municipality of Torla-Ordesa), Province of Huesca, Spain. Its tower dates from the end of the 15th century and was used to watch for incursions from the other side of the Pyrenees; the rest of the church was constructed during the 16th century.

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English : Romanesque church of St Michael, Linás de Broto (municipality of Torla-Ordesa), Province of Huesca, Spain. Its tower dates from the end of the 15th century and was used to watch for incursions from the other side of the Pyrenees; the rest of the church was constructed during the 16th century.

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Atrani, on the Amalfi Coast near Naples in Southern Italy. World Heritage Site since 1997

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English : Atrani, on the Amalfi Coast near Naples in Southern Italy. World Heritage Site since 1997

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Pipe organ of the church of the Society of Jesus (La Iglesia de la Compañía de Jesús), a Jesuit church in Quito, Ecuador. The exterior of the building gives no hint of the sumptuous internal decoration. Its large central nave is profusely embellished with gold leaf, gilded plaster and wood carvings, making it the most ornate church in Quito. One of the most significant works of Spanish Baroque architecture in America, it is considered the most beautiful church in Ecuador. The pipe organ is located in the choir, over the main entrance, and is with 1104 pipes the second biggest pipe organ in Quito that is still working: it was built in the United States in 1889, and is used during special festivities.

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English : Pipe organ of the church of the Society of Jesus (La Iglesia de la Compañía de Jesús), a Jesuit church in Quito, Ecuador. The exterior of the building gives no hint of the sumptuous internal decoration. Its large central nave is profusely embellished with gold leaf, gilded plaster and wood carvings, making it the most ornate church in Quito. One of the most significant works of Spanish Baroque architecture in America, it is considered the most beautiful church in Ecuador. The pipe organ is located in the choir, over the main entrance, and is with 1104 pipes the second biggest pipe organ in Quito that is still working: it was built in the United States in 1889, and is used during special festivities.

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View of the narrow Rúa Villavieja with the Palace of the Kings of Navarre in the background, Olite, Navarre, Spain. Olite is a village with a population of less than 4000, whose castle, built during the 13th and 14th centuries, was one of the seats of the Court of the Kingdom of Navarre since the reign of Charles III "the Noble".

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English : View of the narrow Rúa Villavieja with the Palace of the Kings of Navarre in the background, Olite, Navarre, Spain. Olite is a village with a population of less than 4000, whose castle, built during the 13th and 14th centuries, was one of the seats of the Court of the Kingdom of Navarre since the reign of Charles III "the Noble".

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Straw sculptures in Daldrup, Kirchspiel, Dülmen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

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English : Straw sculptures in Daldrup, Kirchspiel, Dülmen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

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In a Roman Osteria is a genre art painting from 1866 by the Danish painter Carl Bloch (May 23, 1834 – February 22, 1890). The painting was acquired by the National Gallery of Denmark in 1935.

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English : In a Roman Osteria is a genre art painting from 1866 by the Danish painter Carl Bloch (May 23, 1834 – February 22, 1890). The painting was acquired by the National Gallery of Denmark in 1935.

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Southeast view of cathedral Notre-Dame de Paris

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English : Southeast view of cathedral Notre-Dame de Paris

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Cemetery of San Diego in the Historic Center of Quito, Ecuador, seen from El Panecillo. Inaugurated in 1872 in a location where fallen of the Battle of Pichincha (1822) had been buried, the cemetery contains the graves of numerous significant people, including five presidents of the Republic of Ecuador.

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English : Cemetery of San Diego in the Historic Center of Quito, Ecuador, seen from El Panecillo. Inaugurated in 1872 in a location where fallen of the Battle of Pichincha (1822) had been buried, the cemetery contains the graves of numerous significant people, including five presidents of the Republic of Ecuador.

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Huacachina oasis, Ica Region, Peru. The location has a population of 115 and is built around a natural lake in the desert and is a popular destination for sandboarding and buggy riding.

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English : Huacachina oasis, Ica Region, Peru. The location has a population of 115 and is built around a natural lake in the desert and is a popular destination for sandboarding and buggy riding.

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Interior view of the crossing of the church and Monastery of St. Francis, Quito, Ecuador. The Roman Catholic temple, finalized in the 16th-century, is the largest architectural ensemble among the historical structures of colonial Latin America. The church exhibits a mixture of different architecture styles, as the construction took 150 years.

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English : Interior view of the crossing of the church and Monastery of St. Francis, Quito, Ecuador. The Roman Catholic temple, finalized in the 16th-century, is the largest architectural ensemble among the historical structures of colonial Latin America. The church exhibits a mixture of different architecture styles, as the construction took 150 years.

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Winged altar in late gothic style at the parish- and pilgrimage church Maria Laach am Jauerling, Lower Austria.

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English : Winged altar in late gothic style at the parish- and pilgrimage church Maria Laach am Jauerling, Lower Austria.

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Old archaeological museum situated within the walls of the castle of Sagunto and built in 1925, Sagunto, Valencia, Spain. The castle was constructed in the 10th century, although the location had been used already by the Iberians, and restored in the 18th and 19th centuries. In the castle can be found remains from different civilisations: Iberian, Romans, Goths and Arabs.

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English : Old archaeological museum situated within the walls of the castle of Sagunto and built in 1925, Sagunto, Valencia, Spain. The castle was constructed in the 10th century, although the location had been used already by the Iberians, and restored in the 18th and 19th centuries. In the castle can be found remains from different civilisations: Iberian, Romans, Goths and Arabs.

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Panoramic lift to St Peter's Hill, La Coruña, Spain. Its track is 100 m long, and climbs 63 m. The lift has operated since 2007.

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English : Panoramic lift to St Peter's Hill, La Coruña, Spain. Its track is 100 m long, and climbs 63 m. The lift has operated since 2007.

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