Buildings

Al-Askari

The Al-Askari shrine in Samarra, Iraq was one of the holiest sites for Shia Muslims. Sadly this distinctive gold dome was destroyed last week by bombers hoping to escalate tension in the area (BBC News Report). Thanks: Tom & Adam

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Monday, 27th February 2006

Ryugyong Hotel

This is the striking (and huge) Ryugyong Hotel in Pyongyang, North Korea. It’s a 330-metre-tall pyramid-shaped building with 3,000 rooms, and was supposed to have 7 revolving restaurants, except they never actually finished it. Wikipedia says: newspapers estimated the cost…

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Thursday, 23rd February 2006

The Pantheon

The Pantheon in Rome was originally built as a temple to the seven deities of the seven planets in the Roman state religion, but has been a Christian church since the 7th century. It is the best-preserved of all Roman…

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Sunday, 19th February 2006

Atomium

This is the incredible Atomium in Brussels, Belgium. It is (if you hadn’t already guessed…) a 103-metre-tall representation of “a unit cell of an iron crystal” magnified 165 billion times. This thing is huge – it’s 16 metres taller than…

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Friday, 17th February 2006

The Flatiron Building

The Flatiron Building (actually the Fuller Building) is one of New York’s most distinctive sights, and when they finished constructing it in 1902, it was one of the city’s tallest buildings (although 87 metres seems pretty tiny these days). At…

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Thursday, 16th February 2006

Bridgewater Hall

Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall was designed by Arup in conjunction with the University of Salford. As a city centre concert venue it has been entirely mounted on springs to alleviate noise from the nearby tramline. Look to the north of the…

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Friday, 3rd February 2006

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