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Hawa Mahal, Jaipur


Hawa Mahal, or the "Palace of Winds", is a palace in Jaipur, India. It was built in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh, and designed by Lal Chand Usta. It forms part of the City Palace and extends the Zenana or women's chambers, the chambers of the harem. Its original intention was to allow royal ladies to observe everyday life in the street below without being seen.

It has five stories and is constructed of red and pink sandstone, highlighted with white quick lime. The side facing the street outside the palace complex has 953 small windows, and the breeze (hawa) which circulates through these windows gives the palace its name, and keeps it cool even in hot months.

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Newsmap

Another news channel has been added to the Newsmap. Well, an English language version of France 24 has been added. So now you can watch France 24 in French or in English.

Toryglen, Glasgow


This council estate in Toryglen, Glasgow, Scotland was the location for the paint spraying Sony Bravia advert, which features huge quantities of paint exploding from the various buildings. The video was directed by Jonathan Glazer and it took 250 people 10 days to film. It also took 60 people 5 days to clean up the mess afterwards.

70,000 litres of paint was sprayed around the estate with the help of over 1400 separate explosions. The paint had to be delivered in 1 tonne trucks and mixed on-site by 20 people. A special kind of non-toxic paint was used that is safe enough to drink (it contains the same thickeners that are sometimes used in soups). It was also completely harmless to the skin.The advert is accompanied by music from Rossini's opera La gazza ladra.

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Tokyo Tower, Japan


A Quicktime panorama of the Tokyo Tower has been added to the Quicktime Panorama Map.

Tokyo Tower is a tower in Shiba Park, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan. It is 332.6 m (1091 ft) tall, making it one of the world's highest self-supporting steel towers and the tallest man-made structure in Japan.

The design of the tower is based on the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France. Despite being 8.6 meters taller than the Eiffel Tower (32.6 if the latter's TV antenna is not included), Tokyo Tower only weighs about 4000 tons, whereas the Eiffel Tower weighs about 7300 tons.

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Grand Place, Brussels


Two new live streaming webcams have been added to the webcam map. One of the cams overlooks one of the most beautiful public squares in the world, The Grand Place in Brussels. The other of today's new webcams shows the pretty little harbour of Tenby in Wales.

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Crater Lake, Oregon


Crater Lake is a caldera lake in the U.S. state of Oregon. It is the main feature of Crater Lake National Park and famous for its deep blue color and water clarity. The lake partly fills a nearly 4,000 feet (1,220 m) deep caldera that was formed around 5,677 (± 150) BC by the collapse of the volcano Mount Mazama.

On June 12, 1853, John Wesley Hillman was reportedly the first European American to see what he named "Deep Blue Lake" in Oregon. The lake was later renamed Crater Lake.

Crater Lake is known for its famous piece of driftwood named the "Old Man of the Lake." It is a full-sized tree that has been bobbing vertically in the lake for more than a century. Due to the cold water of the lake, the tree has been rather well preserved.

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Science Building, Vancouver


TELUS World of Science, Vancouver is a science centre run by a non-profit organization in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. It is located at the end of False Creek, and features many permanent interactive exhibits and displays, as well as areas with varying topics throughout the years.

The building's former name was Science World, still the name of the organization. The building's name change to the TELUS World of Science became official on July 20, 2005 following a $9-million donation to the museum from TELUS.[1] The official name of the science centre was subsequently changed to "TELUS World of Science", although it is still routinely referred to as "Science World" by the public.

In 1977, Barbara Brink ran mobile hands-on exhibits known as the Extended I around the Lower Mainland. Later, the temporary Arts, Sciences & Technology Centre opened on January 15, 1982 attracting over 600,000 visitors. Another 400,000 benefited from the centre’s outreach programs, which were delivered around the province.

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Flatiron Building, New York, Part Two


Following yesterday's archive footage of the Flatiron Building in New York we have some more contemporary footage.

The initial design of the building by Daniel Burnham shows a similar design to the one constructed, but with a far more elaborate crown with numerous set backs near the pinnacle. A clock face can also be seen. However, under the advice of John Wellborn Root, this was removed from the design.

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Flatiron Building, New York, 1902


A new archive film of the Flatiron building has been added to the Virtual Time Travel map. The film was made in 1902, just after the building was constructed.

The Fuller Building or as it is better known, the Flatiron Building, is located in the borough of Manhattan, and was one of the tallest buildings in New York City upon its completion in 1902. The building sits on a triangular island block at 23rd Street, Fifth Avenue, and Broadway, facing Madison Square.

The Flatiron Building was designed by Chicago's Daniel Burnham with John Wellborn Root in the Beaux-Arts style. Like a classical Greek column, its limestone and glazed terra-cotta façade is separated into three parts horizontally. Since it was one of the first buildings to use a steel skeleton, the building could be constructed to 285 feet, which would have been very difficult with other construction methods of that time.

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Haleakala, Maui


Haleakala or East Maui Volcano is a massive shield volcano that forms more than 75% of the Hawaiian Island of Maui.

Early Hawaiians applied the name Haleakala ("house of the sun") to the summit area only, most likely due to the fact that from the west side of the island, the sun could be seen rising up over the eastern side of the mountain. In Hawaiian folklore, the depression at the summit of Haleakala was home to the grandmother of the demigod Maui. According to the legend, Maui's grandmother helped him capture the Sun and force it to slow its journey across the sky in order to lengthen the day. In modern times, Haleakala has become synonymous with the entire East Maui volcano.

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Marin Civic Center, California


Marin County Civic Center, the only public building designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, is located in San Rafael, California. The building, completed in 1959 after Wright's death, is a national and state designated historic landmark. The nearby fairgrounds house the Marin County Fair each July.

Portions of the science fiction films THX 1138 (1969) and Gattaca (1997) were shot on location in the Marin Center. In addition, the buildings (especially those in the fairgrounds) served as a direct inspiration to those of the planet Naboo in the Star Wars films.

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Gur-e Amir, Samarkand


The Gur-e Amir is the mausoleum of the Asian conqueror Tamerlane (also known as Timur) in Samarkand (now in Uzbekistan). It occupies an important place in the history of Islamic Architecture as the precursor and model for the great Mughal tombs of Humayun in Delhi and the Taj Mahal in Agra, built by Timur's descendants, the ruling Mughal dynasty of North India.

Gur-e Amir is Persian for "Tomb of the King". This architectural complex with its azure dome contains the tombs of Tamerlane, his sons Shah Rukh and Miran Shah and grandson Ulugh Beg and Muhammad Sultan. Also honoured with a place in the tomb is Timur's teacher Mir Said Baraka.

The earliest part of the complex was built at the end of the 14th century by the orders of Muhammad Sultan. Now only the foundations of the madrasah and khanaka, the entrance portal and a part of one of four minarets remains.

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Karnak Temple, Egypt


Al-Karnak in Ancient Egypt was named Ipet Sut, "the most venerated place". It is a small village in Egypt, located on the banks of the River Nile some 2.5 km north of Luxor.

The Karnak Temple is twice the size of the built-up village area, and it is the leading attraction in al-Karnak. The temple area is a vast open-air museum and the largest ancient religious site in the world, and is probably the second most visited historical site in Egypt, second only to the Giza Pyramids near Cairo.

It consists of four main parts, of which only one is accessible for tourists and the general public. This is also the "main" temple part and by far the largest part.

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Itaipu Dam, Brazil


taipu is a hydroelectric dam on the Parana River located on the border between Brazil and Paraguay.

The name "Itaipu" was taken from an isle that existed near the construction site. Itaipu, from the Guarani language, means "singing stones".

The Itaipu Dam was listed as one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World, in a list compiled in 1995 by the American magazine Popular Mechanics.

The amount of concrete used to build the Itaipu Power Plant would be enough to build 210 football stadiums the size of Maracanas.

The iron and steel used would allow for the construction of 380 Eiffel Towers. The maximum flow of Itaipu's spillway is 62.2 thousand cubic metres per second, it is equivalent to 40 times the average flow of the Iguazu Falls. The flow of two generators (700 m3·s-1 each) is roughly equivalent to the average flow of the Falls (1500 m3·s-1).

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Vaux-le-Vicomte, France


The Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte is a French Baroque chateau located in Maincy, 55 km southeast of Paris in the Seine-et-Marne departement of France. It was built from 1658 to 1661 for Nicolas Fouquet, the superintendent of finances of Louis XIV.

Vaux-le-Vicomte was in many ways the most influential work built in Europe in the mid-17th century, the finest house in France built after the Chateau de Maisons. Here, together with the architect Louis Le Vau, the landscape gardener Andre le Notre and the painter-decorator Charles Le Brun worked together on a large-scale project for the first time. Their collaboration marked the beginning of a new order: the magnificent manner that is associated with the "Louis XIV style" involving a system of collective work, which could be applied to the structure, its interiors and works of art and the creation of an entire landscape.

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Menara, Kuala Lumpur


The Kuala Lumpur Tower (officially known as Menara Kuala Lumpur; referred later as KL Tower) is a tall tower located in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and was built in 1995. It is used for communication purposes and features an antenna that reaches 421 m (1,381 ft), which currently makes it the fifth tallest tower in the world.

The roof of the pod is at 335 m (1,099 ft). The rest of the tower below has a stairwell and an elevator to reach the upper area, which also contains a revolving restaurant, providing diners a beautiful view of the city. Races are organised yearly where participants race up the stairs to the top. The tower becomes as the Islamic falak observatory to look for the crescent moon to mark the beginning of Muslim month of Ramadhan, Syawal, and Zulhijjah, to celebrate fasting month of Ramadhan, Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Hari Raya Aidiladha.

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Pont Du Gard, France


The Pont du Gard is an aqueduct in the south of France constructed by the Roman Empire, and located near Remoulins, in the Gard departement.

Pont du Gard means literally bridge of the Gard (river). The Gard river, which has given its name to the Gard departement, does not actually exist under this name. The river, formed by many tributaries, several of which are called Gardon, is itself called Gardon until its end.

It was long thought that the Pont du Gard was built around the year 19 BC. Newer excavations, however, suggest the construction took place in the middle of the first century A.D. Its construction is attributed to Augustus' son-in-law and aide, Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa.

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