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Well tineye.com got a few hits but nothing to solve the problem... But Google Image Search using your photo as the search parameter was more helpful. One of the many hits was to a blog called The Sticky Egg, specifically the post from November 13 2011 called "Feeling Bookish", which includes an address: De Batavier in Lootstraat, Amsterdam. Then ...


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There are a great many locations on the Great Wall that can be visited. The most common start point if from Beijing, however, I would disagree with the answer by Mark Mayo in that they are not all over crowded with tourists. Most tours head to the section along Badaling, near Beijing, and that is the bit to avoid. Though again, if timed right and going off ...


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It's on the northwest tower of the Washington National Cathedral in Washington, DC. There's an informative page about it on the cathedral's website: You can see it from ground level, but they advise binoculars. As for why it's there: Washington National Cathedral held a decorative sculpture competition for children... The third-place winner was ...


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It is the Palace of the Parliament in Bucharest, Romania (some more photos). As to whether it's the biggest building in the world, Wikipedia says: According to the World Records Academy, the Palace is the world's largest civilian building, most expensive administrative building, and heaviest building. But see also the list of largest buildings in ...


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Are there any current major Finnish cities where the architecture is medieval, or at least "pre modern" (before the late 1600s)? In short, no. Compared to most countries in central and southern Europe, Finland has very few remaining medieval buildings (or indeed buildings older than 100-200 years, sadly). Most buildings back then were wooden (and ...


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I think it is a part of the Brighton royal pavilion in Brighton, England.


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It is an apartment complex built on the waterfront of Aarhus in Denmark. Isbjerget was created in a collaboration between four architectural firms: JDS, CEBRA, SeARCH, and Louis Paillard. It took 5 years for the project to be completed, and is one of the first projects to be completed within De Bynære Havnearealer, the new docklands quarter of ...


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Well there were actually several stages of the wall, and it's now in various states of disrepair / ruin depending on where you go. Presumably you want to go where there's actually wall, as opposed to rubble. One of the most common routes is ex-Beijing, but since you want less crowded, we'll skip that. For something quite cool and different, try Shanhaiguan ...


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This is Neuschwanstein Castle in Schwangau, Germany. For more information about the castle and how to visit it, here is the official website. Photo from Wikipedia


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Well this list has an index to ALL the Wikipedia pages for lighthouses in the world. I'll ignore lightvessels for this question. For European countries: Belgium - 6 Bulgaria - 5 Denmark - 6 Estonia - 42 Finland - 9 France - several Wales - 25ish Scotland - tons Portugal - 44 continental, more in Azores Spain - tons Sweden - 20ish England - 50ish Norway - ...


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For general communist architecture I would start at Alexander Platz and walk down the 'Karl-Marx-Allee' all the way to 'Frankfurter Tor' in Friedrichshain. There is nothing super special there, but the street was used for the big parades and still has a bit of an 'East German' feeling to it. As for bunkers, there are still many around, some of them from the ...


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Here's my guess... Trinity Church, in Serebryaniki Source: http://www.panoramio.com/photo/6837647 (translation)


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Another answer, courtesy of an email response from Russ Rowlett of The Lighthouse Directory: All the European countries have many lighthouses, but they differ in how accessible they are. The Netherlands has a large number of major lighthouses within a small area, and most of them are accessible. Portugal has many beautiful lighthouses and they are ...


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Google on "half-buried armenian monastery" gives WikiTravel page on Northern Armenia. There I found Haghpat Monastery. Google images confirms.


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As with everything else in China - if you go to a place that is opened for tourists, be prepared to see a lot of them. You can usually avoid the hordes by going on a weekday (as opposed to weekend), avoiding national holidays, going early in the morning and picking a place that is less-known (pick #3, #4, ... place as opposed to #1, #2 place). That being ...


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Amazingly it was a kid's competition that got it there. The Washington National Cathedral in Washington, DC - where Star Wars villain’s sculpted image sits next to a raccoon 200ft up America’s national house of prayer. A story about it in The Sun. The Wikipedia article on the Cathedral has more information too: The Cathedral boasts what is probably ...


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If you want large castles in Germany, try 10 Largest Castles in Germany If you're willing to travel a little further afield to Lithuania, there is Trakai Island Castle. It's not in Poland or Germany I know but it's architecturally similar. According to wikipedia, the castle is sometimes referred to as "Little Marienburg (Malbork)"


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The site explains: If all the times are taken, the following message will be displayed: "no tickets available for the date requested". Choose another day (or purchase your ticket for immediate entry at the monument ticket counters). That says to me that if you can't buy online, you can still go up, but you'll have to wait in a (possibly long) line. ...


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How to possibly avoid waiting at the Eiffel Tower The Eiffel Tower consists of several stages. The lower part can be done either by stairs or by elevator. The higher part can be done either way. There's usually a big queue for the elevator at the ground floor, but not much of a queue for the stairs. When I climbed the Eiffel Tower, I didn't know that, ...


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According to Google Image, it should be Santorini.


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My favourite communist architecture in Berlin is definitely the Frankfurter Tor and the rest of the "Stalinallee ensemble". Frankfurter Tor: Thanks to Wikipedia and Wikimedia Commons Stalinallee / Karl-Marx-Allee: Thanks to Wikipedia and Wikimedia Commons Building on Stalinallee / Karl-Marx-Allee: My own photo I'm not sure if this is exactly what you ...


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The Esplanade itself conducts guided tours. If you have at least 20 people, then you can get a group tour (they say you've to book it two weeks in advance, but there should be some leeway in that): The tour is for a minimum pax of 20. Each Tour is about 45 minutes. Tour would begin from the Concert Hall Information Counter and end at the Esplanade ...


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Haghpat monastery located in the north of Armenia.


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A city that is very near to Helsinki (maybe 1 hour by direct bus connection) is Porvoo. There are some medieval buildings remaining, but unfortunately it is also very touristy. You can also visit it from Helsinki by boat or train.


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There are a great many locations on the Great Wall that can be visited. Narrowing the choice to those within day trip or single overnight stay from Beijing, we get the following list. I've added my comments as to their merits. Miyun County Simatai ( 司马台; Sīmǎtái) a popular but remote. Quite far from Beijing. Currently (2011) this section is closed to ...


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One amazing Soviet structure is the World War II memorial in Treptower Park, in the southeast of Berlin. (There are several Soviet war memorials commemorating WW2; another is in the Tiergarten. I haven't seen that one so have no idea what's it's like, but the Treptower one seems to be more well-known / renowned, in my experience.) Many people seem to like ...


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I visited the wall last year. I didn't hike: we took the train to Newcastle, rented a car, drove across the country, spending a night at a B&B, and took the train back from Carlisle. There is bus service from Newcastle to Carlisle with stops quite close to the wall, so you can construct yourself a loop fairly easily. For example, you could take the bus ...


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If you don't mind floating on a boat, I guess the largest lift would be the Strépy-Thieu boat lift. Using it costs 5.50 one way on one of their tourist boats.


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Fujitec claims that its 120-passenger lifts at Dubai International Airport are “the world’s largest passenger capacity observation elevator model”. The airport media gallery has some photos. Goods lifts/freight elevators can be much larger than passenger lifts, though probably less accessible to the travelling public. For example, there are two at Barclays ...



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