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Designed by the Croatian architect Andrija Mutnjaković and completed in 1982, the huge National Library of Kosovo measures around 16,500 square meters. The architectural style is described as ‘brutalist’ with opinion divided as to whether it is spectacular or plain ugly. It is made with zenith windows, with a total 99 domes of different sizes and […]
Timur (1336–1405) was the ferocious and terrifying founder of the Timurid empire of Central Asia, eventually ruling much of Europe and Asia. Throughout history, few names have inspired such terror as his. Also known as Tamerlane, Timur comes from the Turkic word for iron. Amir Timur is remembered as a vicious conqueror, who razed ancient […]
Yesterday I visited the pleasant Cheshire town of Nantwich with its crooked Tudor buildings.
Photos taken yesterday from inside the Tower of London.
The Registan was the heart of the ancient city of Samarkand of the Timurid dynasty. The name Registan means “Sandy place” or “desert” in Persian. The Registan was a public square where people gathered to hear royal proclamations, heralded by blasts on enormous copper pipes called dzharchis – and a place of public executions. It is framed by three madrasahs (Islamic schools) . Ceiling of Ulugh […]
It was only two months ago that we were in Rio. A definite highlight was taking the cablecar up Sugarloaf Mountain for superb views of Copacabana Beach, Christ the Redeemer and downtown Rio….. Christ the Redeemer from Sugarloaf Mountain, Rio
Tromsø City Library The spectacular Tromsø City Library was opened in 2005. It is 3500 m2 in size and was designed by the Norwegian architect Kjell Beite . Despite its young age, the roof is actually constructed from the remains of a cinema that had been built in the 1960.
I have just watched the BBC programme about city dwelling creatures and they featured one of the most adept species at living off humans – the common pigeon. Unusually they showed pigeons in Fes, where they are very useful as their droppings are used in the leather dying industry that has been practiced there for […]