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Monday, April 16, 2018

Bialystok, Poland
by Arunas Travel Photography - 12

Białystok

Bialystok (Polish: Białystok) is the largest city in north-eastern Poland, located on the banks of the Biala River in the Bialystok Uplands of the Podlaskie Plain, part of what is known collectively as the Green Lungs of Poland.



Five interesting facts about Białystok:

  • The English translation of the name is "white slope".
  • The first settlers arrived in the 15th century.
  • In 1692, it was granted city rights by King of Poland and Grand Duke of Lithuania, John III Sobieski (1629–1696).
  • Around 32% of the city is occupied by parks, squares and forest preserves which creates a unique and healthy climate.
  • There are several hundred historic buildings in the city, around 150 of which have been registered on a register of historic monuments of Polish, Jewish, Orthodox and Muslim cultures.

Bazylika archikatedralna Wniebowzięcia Najświętszej Maryi Panny w Białymstoku
The Catholic Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Neo-Gothic; built in 1900–1905), Bialystok
Ratusz w Białymstoku
The Town Hall (built in 1954–1958), Bialystok
Pałac Branickich
The Branicki Palace (Rococo; built in 1691–1697), Bialystok
Pałac Branickich
The Branicki Palace, Bialystok
Branicki Palace
Interior of the Branicki Palace, Bialystok
Bialystok
The Branicki Palace Gardens, Bialystok
Białystok
Szeftel Ginzburg's tenement house (Eclecticism; built in 1906), Bialystok
Podróz
Sculpture "The Journey", Bialystok
Kościół św. Rocha w Białymstoku
The Catholic Church of St. Roch (Modern-Expressionist; built in 1927–1946), Bialystok
Wnętrze kościoła
Interior of the Church of St. Roch, Bialystok
Atrium Biała
Atrium Biała Shopping Center, Bialystok
Shopping centre
Interior of Atrium Biała, Bialystok
Bialystok
Galeria Jurowiecka Shopping Center, Bialystok
Galeria Jurowiecka
Interior of Galeria Jurowiecka, Bialystok
Train station
Train station, Bialystok


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Friday, April 13, 2018

Sopot, Poland
by Arunas Travel Photography - 15

Poland

Sopot is a small seaside city and spa resort, located between Gdansk and Gdynia in Eastern Pomerania on the southern coast of the Baltic Sea in northern Poland.



Five interesting facts about Sopot:

  • The first written record of the city's name dates back to 1283.
  • In 1901, it was granted city rights by the last German Emperor and King of Prussia, Wilhelm II (1859–1941).
  • Its unique character stems from the Art Nouveau houses, surrounded by historic parks and beautifully cultivated gardens, with greenery covering 60% of the city area.
  • It has the longest wooden pier in Europe (511.5 m/ 1678 ft), stretching into the Baltic sea from the middle of the city beach.
  • It is famous for its Sopot International Song Festival, the largest such event in Europe after the Eurovision Song Contest.

Sopot pier
The wooden pier, Sopot
Sopot
Sheraton Hotel, Sopot
The lighthouse (built in 1903–4), Sopot
Sopot
The Krzywy Domek (built in 2004), Sopot
Sopot church
Interior of the Catholic Church of St. George (Neo-Gothic; built in 1899–1901), Sopot
Sopot train station
Train station, Sopot
Sopot
Great cormorants, Sopot
Sopot
White wagtail, Sopot
Sopot
Hooded crow, Sopot
Sopot
The Baltic Sea, Sopot


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Sunday, April 08, 2018

Ljubljana, Slovenia
by Arunas Travel Photography - 15

Slovenia

Ljubljana is the capital and largest city of Slovenia, located along the Ljubljanica River, between the Alps and the Karst.



Fiver interesting facts about Ljubljana:

  • It was founded around 50 BC by the Romans.
  • The first mention of Ljubljana by its German name Laibach dates back to 1144.
  • In 1200, it was granted the city rights.
  • Although the oldest architecture has been preserved from the Roman period, the Old Town got its outline in the Middle Ages.
  • The symbol of the city is the Ljubljana Dragon.

Frančiškanska cerkev Marijinega oznanjenja
The Franciscan Church of the Annunciation (Baroque; built in 1646–1660), Ljubljana
Ljubljana
The Ljubljanica River, Ljubljana
The Ljubljanica River, Ljubljana
The Ljubljanica River, Ljubljana
Ljubljana
The Dragon Bridge (opened in 1901), Ljubljana
Dragon
Dragon statue on the Dragon Bridge, Ljubljana
Ljubljana
Floodgate on the Ljubljanica River, Ljubljana
Ljubljana
Congress Square, Ljubljana
Ljubljana Castle
The Castle (built in the 11th–19th century), Ljubljana
Ljubljana Cathedral
The Cathedral of St. Nicholas (Baroque; completed in 1706), Ljubljana
Ljubljana
The Church of St. James (Baroque; built in 1613–1615), Ljubljana
Ljubljana Old Town
The Old Town, Ljubljana
Ljubljana
The Ursuline Church (Baroque; built in 1718–1726), Ljubljana
Ljubljana University
The main building of the University of Ljubljana
Street
Old street, Ljubljana
Ljubljana
Old street, Ljubljana
Old street, Ljubljana
Old street, Ljubljana
Old street, Ljubljana
Old street, Ljubljana
Ljubljana
West view of the city of Ljubljana
Ljubljana
North view of the city of Ljubljana
Ljubljana
Northeast view of the city of Ljubljana


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Thursday, April 05, 2018

Montmartre Cemetery, Paris, France
by Arunas Travel Photography - 14

Montmartre Cemetery

The Montmartre Cemetery (French: Cimetière de Montmartre) is a 10.48 ha (25.89 ac) landscaped funeral park, located in the 18th arrondissement of Paris, France.



Five interesting facts about the Cimetière de Montmartre:

  • It was opened in 1825 on the site of a former gypsum quarry.
  • In 1888, the Pont de Caulaincourt bridge was built above the cemetery.  
  • More than 300,000 people are buried in the cemetery over 20,000 plots.
  • It is the third largest necropolis in Paris, after the Père Lachaise cemetery and the Montparnasse cemetery.
  • Many famous artists are buried at the cemetery: Jean-Baptiste Greuze (painter; 1725–1805), Stendal (writer; 1783–1842), Hector Berlioz (composer; 1803–1869), Alexandre Dumas, fils (novelist; 1824–1895), Edgar Degas (painter; 1834–1917), Vaslav Nijinsky (dancer; 1890–1950), Dalida (singer; 1933–1987), etc.

Montmartre Cemetery
Tombs, the Montmartre Cemetery, Paris
Montmartre Cemetery
Dalida's grave, the Montmartre Cemetery, Paris
Montmartre Cemetery
Alexandre Dumas' grave, the Montmartre Cemetery, Paris
Montmartre Cemetery
Jean-Baptiste Greuze's grave, the Montmartre Cemetery, Paris
Montmartre Cemetery
Guy Pitchal's grave, the Montmartre Cemetery, Paris
Montmartre Cemetery
Jean Bauchet's grave, the Montmartre Cemetery, Paris
Montmartre Cemetery
Samson's grave, the Montmartre Cemetery, Paris
Montmartre Cemetery
Pierre Postic's grave, the Montmartre Cemetery, Paris
Montmartre Cemetery
Émile Zola's grave, the Montmartre Cemetery, Paris
Montmartre Cemetery
Theodore Champion's grave, the Montmartre Cemetery, Paris
Montmartre Cemetery
Grave souvenirs, the Montmartre Cemetery, Paris
Montmartre Cemetery
Grave souvenirs, the Montmartre Cemetery, Paris
Montmartre Cemetery
Grave souvenir, the Montmartre Cemetery, Paris
Montmartre Cemetery
Chapels, the Montmartre Cemetery, Paris
Montmartre Cemetery
Tombs, the Montmartre Cemetery, Paris
Montmartre Cemetery
Tombs, the Montmartre Cemetery, Paris

Address: Cimetière de Montmartre, 20 Avenue Rachel, 75018 Paris, France


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