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Convento De Christo Monastery, Tomar

The Convent of the Order of Christ, in Tomar, Portugal, was originally a Templar stronghold built in the 12th century. After the Order of the Knights Templar was dissolved in the 14th century, the Portuguese branch of the order was turned into the Knights of the Order of Christ, which supported Portugal's maritime discoveries of the 15th century.

The Convent of Christ of Tomar is one of Portugal's most important historical and artistic monuments and has been on the World Heritage list of UNESCO since 1983. The castle of the Knights Templar of Tomar was built by Gualdim Pais, provincial Master of the Order of the Temple, around 1160. Later in that century, the castle was chosen as the headquarters of the order in Portugal.

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Swayambhunath, Nepal

Swayambhunath is an ancient religious complex atop a hill in the Kathmandu Valley, west of Kathmandu city. It is one of the most sacred Buddhist sites in Nepal, second only to the great Boudhanath stupa to the east of Kathmandu, and a major tourist attraction.

Much of Swayambhunath's iconography comes from the Vajrayana tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. However, the complex is also an important site for Buddhists of many schools, and is also revered by Hindus. Swayambhunath is also known as the Monkey Temple as there are holy monkeys living in parts of the temple in the north-west.

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Frederiks Kirke, Copenhagen

Frederik's Church, popularly known as The Marble Church is a church in the Danish capital, Copenhagen. The church was designed by the architect Nicolai Eigtved in 1740 and was along with the rest of Frederiksstad, a district of Copenhagen, intended to be a monument to the first crowning of a member of the House of Oldenburg.

Frederik's Church has the largest church dome in Scandinavia with a span of 31m. The dome rests on 12 columns. The foundation stone was set by king Frederick V on October 31, 1749, but the construction was slowed by budget cuts and the death of Eigtved in 1754 and in 1770 the original plans for the church were discarded by Johann Friedrich Struensee. The church was left incomplete and stood in spite of several initiatives to complete it as a ruin for nearly 150 years. The present version of the church was designed by Ferdinand Meldahl and financed by Carl Frederik Tietgen. It was opened August 19, 1894.

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Selinunte, Selinus, Sicily

Selinunte is an ancient Greek archaeological site situated on the south coast of Sicily between the valleys of the rivers Belice and Modione in the province of Trapani. The archaeological site contains five temples centered on an acropolis. Of the five temples, only temple E, the so-called "Temple of Hera" has been re-erected.

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The Zocalo, Mexico City

La Plaza de la Constitución, informally called El Zócalo, is the main square in Mexico City. Located in the historic center of Mexico City, it is one of the largest squares in the world.

Plaza de la Constitución has been the center of Mexico City since pre-Hispanic times, when the Templo Mayor of Tenochtitlan rose in what today is Seminario Street, at the right of the Metropolitan Cathedral and Sagrario. When the Spanish built Mexico City over the ruins of Tenochtitlan in the colonial era, all the streets were developed from the orientation of the Plaza Mayor.

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Tower of Juche, Pyongyang

The Juche Tower (officially the Tower of Juche Idea) is a monument in Pyongyang, North Korea. Completed in 1982, it is sited on the eastern bank of the River Taedong, directly opposite Kim Il Sung Square which is situated on the other side of the river. It was made to commemorate Kim Il Sung's 70th birthday.

The 170 metre (560') structure is a four sided tapering 150 metre spire (the tallest one in granite) containing 25,550 blocks. It is possible to ascend the tower. It is presumed to be modeled on the Washington Monument, which it surpasses in height by less than a metre.

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Grand People's Study House, Pyongyang

The Grand People's Study House is a building in Pyongyang, North Korea. The Grand People's Study House is the largest Korean-style building built under the grand plan of President Kim Il Sung. After only 21 months of construction it was opened in April, 1982 with a total floor space of 100,000 sq. m. in over 600 rooms with a total seating capacity of more than 5,000. The storage capacity of the Study House is 30 million volumes.

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The New Oslo Opera House

The Oslo Opera House is the seat of The Norwegian National Opera and Ballet, and the national opera theatre in Norway. The building lies in Bjorvika, in the center of Oslo, at the head of the Oslofjord. Its builder was Statsbygg, a government-run property owner.

The Opera House was finished in 2007 with the opening event held on 12 April 2008. King Harald V of Norway opened the Opera House that evening at a gala performance attended by national leaders and royalty, including Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany and Queen Margrethe II of Denmark.

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