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April 26th 2012 01:07
photography in Bruge, belgium
City Hall

Bruges (Brugge) is the capital and largest city of the province of West Flanders in the Flemish Region of Belgium. It is located in the northwest of the country.

Bell tower in Brugge
Bell Tower (Belfry)

The historic city centre is a prominent World Heritage Site of UNESCO. It is oval-shaped and about 430 hectares in size. The area of the whole city amounts to more than 13,840 hectares, including 1,075 hectares off the coast, at Zeebrugge (meaning "Brugge aan Zee" or "Bruges on Sea"). The city's total population is 117,073 (1 January 2008), of which around 20,000 live in the historic centre. The metropolitan area, including the outer commuter zone, covers an area of 616 km and has a total of 255,844 inhabitants as of 1 January 2008.
view from the Bruge bell tower
View from atop the Belfry

Along with a few other canal-based northern cities, such as Amsterdam, it is sometimes referred to as "The Venice of the North".

Bruges has most of its medieval architecture intact, many of which are notable, including the Church of Our Lady, whose brick spire reaches 122.3 m (401.25 ft), making it one of the world's highest brick towers/buildings. The sculpture Madonna and Child, which can be seen in the transept, is believed to be Michelangelo's only sculpture to have left Italy within his lifetime.
Bruges' most famous landmark is its 13th-century belfry, housing a municipal carillon comprising 48 bells. The city still employs a full-time carillonneur, who gives free concerts on a regular basis.
Church of Our Lady tower in Bruge
Church of Our Lady Tower

Other famous buildings in Bruges include:
The Beguinage
The Basilica of the Holy Blood (Dutch: Heilig-Bloedbasiliek). The relic of the Holy Blood, which was brought to the city after the Second Crusade by Thierry of Alsace, is paraded every year through the streets of the city. More than 1,600 inhabitants take part in this mile-long religious procession, many dressed as medieval knights or crusaders.
The modern Concertgebouw ("Concert Building")
The Old St-John's Hospital
The Saint Salvator's Cathedral
The Groeningemuseum
The City Hall on the Burg square
The Provincial Court (Provinciaal Hof)
The preserved old city gateways: the Kruispoort, the Gentpoort, the Smedenpoort and the Ezelpoort. The Dampoort, the Katelijnepoort and the Boeveriepoort are gone.
Canals of Brugge
Canals of Bruge

Bruges also has a very fine collection of medieval and early modern art, including the world-famous collection of Flemish Primitives. Various masters, such as Hans Memling and Jan van Eyck, lived and worked in Bruges.

*This article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License. It uses material from the Wikipedia article for Bruges.


New York City from Above

March 30th 2011 02:59
As seen on the Denver Post (link above for many more pictures).
Beautiful images of the New York Skyline from above.

New York from the air
Office and residential buildings stand in the financial district of Manhattan in this aerial photograph taken over New York, U.S., on Wednesday, July 7, 2010. Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

aerial view of new york central park
Aerial view of Manhattan looking south over Central Park 01 July 2007 in New York City. (STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)

empire state building and surrounds
Office and residential buildings stand around the Empire State Building in midtown Manhattan in this aerial photograph taken over New York, U.S., on Wednesday, July 7, 2010. Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

Aerial photo. New York Bridges
The Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges cross the East River in this aerial photograph taken over New York, U.S., on Wednesday, July 7, 2010. Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

new york at night from the air
Midtown Manhattan is seen at dusk September 13, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

aerial shot. Statue of Liberty
Aerial view of New York Harbor showing the Statue of Liberty (C), Ellis Island and Manhattan (R), 01 July 2007, in New York City. (STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)

Paris In 26 Gigapixels

November 15th 2010 01:39
Paris 26 Gigapixels is a stitching of 2346 single photos showing a very high-resolution panoramic view of the French capital (354159x75570 px).
Visit the website here for a 360 degree view of Paris, with information available on all famous landmarks.

panoramic view of paris



July 9th 2010 01:21
Evolution of the Shanghai Skyline

Sitting at the mouth of the Yangtze river, Shanghai has grown to become one of the most populous cities in the world with almost 20 million inhabitants.

Originally a fishing and textiles town, Shanghai grew to importance in the 19th century due to its favourable port location. The city flourished as a centre of commerce between east and west, and became a multinational hub of finance and business by the 1930s. After 1990, the economic reforms introduced by Deng Xiaoping resulted in intense re-development and financing in Shanghai, and in 2005 Shanghai became the world's largest cargo port.

The city is a tourist destination renowned for its historical landmarks such as the Bund and City God Temple, and its modern and ever-expanding Pudong skyline including the Oriental Pearl Tower. Today, Shanghai is the largest centre of commerce and finance in mainland China, and has been described as the "showpiece" of the world's fastest-growing major economy.

The images below show how the skyline of Shanghai has changed since 1990. Who knows what the next 30 years will hold!

Shanghai skyline in 1990
Shanghai in 1990

Changing face of Shanghai
Shanghai in 1996

Shanghai skyline at night
Shanghai in 2010

*Source of images.

**This article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License. It uses material from the Wikipedia article for Shanghai


Oldest Cities in the World

January 2nd 2010 05:14
World's Oldest Still-Inhabited Cities

There are very few ancient cities that have survived the test of time. Factors like migration, war and even climate change led to most being abandoned and forgotten. However there are some cities around the world which despite being thousands of years old, still continue to thrive. Thanks to the WebUrbanist, here are some senior city-zens. Read the full article here.

Oldest cities in the world - Jerusalem
Holy to a number of the worlds leading religions, 5,000-year-old Jerusalem was already settled centuries before any of them had their tenets put to paper, papyrus or pre-fired clay. According to the entry on Jerusalem in Wikipedia, In the course of its history, Jerusalem has been destroyed twice, besieged 23 times, attacked 52 times, and captured and recaptured 44 times. Sadly, these figures will probably continue to grow with time.

Ancient Athens in Greece
The capital of Greece is home to over 4 million today and is the 5th-most populous capital city in the EU. With its soaring Acropolis and majestic Parthenon symbolizing the golden age of Classical Greece and the foundation of Western civilization, Athens has been lived in for approximately 3,400 years.

Longest inhabited cities
Varanasi, India
The city of Varanasi, formerly known to English-speakers as Benares, has been a religious and cultural center for at least 3,000 years. Over one million pilgrims from across the Hindu world visit Varanasi each year to participate in ceremonies and swim in the sacred Ganges river.
Varanasi is as close to being a true living city as one could imagine. Every bit of space is utilized, every disused building is re-worked into a new purpose and over centuries of conflict and conquest, the city heals itself through the power of human conviction and devotion to a greater glory.

Old Cities - Jericho in the west bank
Jericho, West Bank
The ancient city of Jericho is the worlds oldest walled city, with evidence of stone fortifications dating back nearly 9,000 years; long before the walls came tumblin down events depicted in the Bible. Archaeological digs have turned up traces of habitation that are even older: up to 11,000 years ago!

Damascus History
Damascus, Syria
Damascus, the current capital of Syria, has a long and colourful history that stretches back nearly 12,000 years. Located in a fertile region well-watered by the Barada river, Damascus was a prime target of numerous kings and conquerors and often wound up on the losing side.
Over 4 million people live in metropolitan Damascus today and, partly due to a skilfully constructed network of canals built nearly 3,500 years ago, boasts a multitude of parks and green spaces. Since 1979 Damascus has been UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Early 20th-Century London

August 31st 2009 02:19
The Getty Images Gallery has a new exhibition focussing on London and its inhabitants during the early 1900s. This information sourced from the Daily Telegraph. See more black and white pictures here.

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New York Skyline Over the Years

August 21st 2009 11:26
New York is the most populous city in the United States, and the center of the New York metropolitan area, which is among the most populous urban areas in the world. A leading global city, New York exerts a powerful influence over worldwide commerce, finance, culture, fashion and entertainment. As host of the United Nations headquarters, it is also an important center for international affairs. See the evolution of New York City's skyline below:

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The New York City skyline in 1911

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Abandoned Cities

August 17th 2009 10:19
Nothing attracts tourists like a ghost town, especially those which retain some interesting architecture, stories and folklore. Today let's look at a number of better known abandoned cities and towns from around the world. This information and images sourced from WebUrbanist. Read more here.

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Lost Cities of The World

August 14th 2009 08:20
Popular in children's stories, fables, history lessons and as tourist attractions. There's something about rediscovered lost worlds that captures our imagination.
Here is a selection of lost cities from ancient civilisations that you can visit today. This information and pictures were sourced from the Daily Telegraph.

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Earth Hour 2009

April 24th 2009 06:20
Earth Hour is a global event organized by WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature, also known as World Wildlife Fund) and is held on the last Saturday of March annually, asking households and businesses to turn off their non-essential lights and other electrical appliances for one hour to raise awareness towards the need to take action on climate change. Earth hour was conceived by WWF and the Sydney Morning Herald in 2007, when 2.2 million residents of Sydney participated by turning off all non-essential lights. Following Sydney's lead, many other cities around the world have adopted the event.

The images below are from a stunning collection at which you can view here.
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Las Vegas - Then & Now

March 20th 2009 06:13
Las Vegas Strip in 1954
Las Vegas Strip in 1954

Las Vegas started as a stopover on the pioneer trails to the west, and became a popular railroad town in the early 1900s. It was a staging point for all the mines in the surrounding area, especially those around the town of Bullfrog, that shipped their goods out to the rest of the country. With the proliferation of the railroads, Las Vegas became less important, but the completion of the nearby Hoover Dam in 1935 resulted in the growth of residents and tourism. The legalization of gambling in 1931 led to the advent of the casino-hotels, for which Las Vegas is famous.
Las Vegas Casino Strip 2003
Las Vegas Strip Today
The success of the city's initial casino businesses was owed to American organized crime. Most of the original large casinos were managed or at least funded under mob figures Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel, Meyer Lansky or other mob figures at this time. With the arrival of billionaire Howard Hughes in the late 1960s, who purchased many casino-hotels and television stations in the city, legitimate corporations began to purchase casino-hotels as well, and the mob was run out by the federal government over the next several years. The constant stream of tourist dollars from the hotels and casinos were also augmented by a new source of federal money. This money came from the establishment of what is now Nellis Air Force Base. The influx of military personnel and casino job-hunters helped start a land building boom which still goes on today

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Manhattan, Untouched By Humans

February 11th 2009 11:41
What would the island of Manhattan look like if it had not being colonised as part of the new world? As one of the most urbanised and used pieces of land on the planet, it would be quite different!

Manhattan. Then and now. No buildings.

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February 9th 2009 13:33
Beautiful picture of Perth Western Australia

Perth is the capital and largest city of Western Australia. With a population of 1.5 million, Perth ranks fourth amongst the nation's cities, with a growth rate consistently above the national average.

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February 9th 2009 06:31
Beautiful picture of Perth Western Australia

Perth is the capital and largest city of Western Australia. With a population of 1.5 million, Perth ranks fourth amongst the nation's cities, with a growth rate consistently above the natio(M
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