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Unusual Houses of the World - CN Tower, Toronto
Posted on Fri, 19 Sep 2014, 11:06:24 AM  in Happy Houses,  Unusual homes,  Toronto,  Design
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Why out of the all Unusual Houses I wrote about so far, I missed this one? No idea! But this is long due - CN Tower one of the major landmarks of Toronto, Canada and World!

Unusual Houses of The World CN Tower Day Time



CN tower was completed in 1976 on the former railroad grounds. It is 553.33 meters tall - number is easy to remeber! For almost 35 years CN Tower remained the tallest free standing structure of the world. Now there are 2 more towers that are taller, but I am not mentioning them in this post.
Unusual Houses of The World CN Tower at Night
Just in case someone did not know - CN stands for Canadian National, yes, like Canadian National Railway which grounds it is built on.

Tower has about 147 floors with 9 elevators present throughout the towers. The height of its antenna Spire is about 553.33 meters (1815,f feet). The roof is at the height of 457.2 meters (1500 feet) where as the top floor is about 446.5 meters (that is about 1464.9 feet). Architects were John Andrews, Webb Zerafa and Menkes Housden.

Unusual Houses of The World CN Tower Glass Floor
View through the glass floor

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Unusual Houses of The World CN Tower Restaurant
CN Tower 360 Restaurant

Unusual Houses of The World CN Tower Suspended Walk
Edgewalk
On August 1, 2011, the CN Tower opened the EdgeWalk, an amusement in which thrill-seekers can walk on and around the roof of the main pod of the tower at 356 m (1,168.0 ft), which is directly above the 360 Restaurant. It is the world's highest full-circle, hands-free walk. Visitors are tethered to an overhead rail system and walk around the edge of the CN Tower's main pod above the 360 Restaurant on a 1.5 m (4.9 ft) metal floor. The attraction is closed throughout the winter season and during periods of electrical storms and high winds.
Unusual Houses of The World CN Tower
CN Tower at Night



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Pink House - Story Continues, and truly amazing it is!
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Grand Piano

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Unusual Houses of the World - Ratusha, Ivano-Frankivsk
Posted on Fri, 12 Sep 2014, 05:56:14 PM  in Happy Houses,  Unusual homes,  Design
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One of the most famous buildings of my native city Ivano-Frankivsk - Ratusha or former City Hall. Compared to other famous structures of the world, Ratusha is quite young - completed in 1935 and it took almost 8 years to built.

Ratusha Ivano-Frankivsk



Located on the Market Square - Plozha Rynok, Ratusha is one of the main city attractions and is currently being used as a Regional Museum.

The current design was created in the 1920s by Stanislaw Trela, while the original building was built with creation of the city in the 17th century.
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Ivano-Frankivsk Ratusha - rathaus or city hall, is the only Ukrainian rathaus built in Art Deco style.
Ivano-Frankivsk Museum
Surrounded by a large walking zone, numerous cafes and restaurants, Ratusha place is one of the most favourite places for both citizens and visitors of the city.

There is this fountain you can see on the picture above - built about 15 years ago and looking like a cracked egg - I don't think anyone knows what it really means.
Ratusha in the winter
Ratusha at Cristmas time

Ratusha Exhibit
One of the exhibits

Ratusha Ivano-Frankivsk



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Pink House - Story Continues, and truly amazing it is!
Posted on Fri, 15 Aug 2014, 07:37:58 PM  in My services,  Happy Houses,  Unusual homes,  Design
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After the story of the pink house was published earlier this year, I received an e-mail that reads as following:
"Hey Marina:  Came across your blog, nice to see my family's house THE PINK HOUSE included with such odd and widely spread out property.  I am the builder's great great grandson, my family still owns the house and I was just there for a visit last week!
The real story of the house is as or more interesting than the fictions that surround it"
The writer's name is Jay Woelfel and he kindly agreed to share the true story with you, my friends! Grab a cup of hot chocolate (it is COLDDDDD outside) and get ready for an amazing story shared by Jay!


Pink House Front



The real story of the house is as, or more interesting than the fictions that surround it, I had not read the exact version of the ghost story that you republished here.  Certainly there are many versions of the ghost story.  Just as an example I'll address the version you have here.  This version of the story mixes up the dates of events, the key thing being that Mary Frances Farnum drowned herself in 1857 and THE PINK HOUSE was not built until 1869.

The house where she lived and died outside of does still exist--though turned into apartments--and is about two short blocks away from THE PINK HOUSE.  She drowned in a mill race which is long gone, however the river which fed into the mill race is still close by.  Her family's fortune at the time was from lumber and they operated their own tannery not far from the main house.  For some reason this house has never been the focus of any of the ghost stories, none of which probably existed at all until the death, much later of Beatrice Carpenter, who did drown accidentally in broad daylight in the fountain in front of the Pink House.  She is my great aunt and her sister--born first not second--was/is my grandmother. I think after Beatrice's drowning people remembered the earlier suicide and the connections, many bogus, sprung up and continue to spring up.
As to the poem Pauline, we have contacted the relatives of the poem writer, Gordon, unfortunately they don't know anything else about that poem, as far as how much truth there is in it or not, besides a few facts that he did live in Wellsville around the time of Mary Frances' drowning.  Which is too bad, it would be great if they had some of these love letters or photos of them together but they have nothing of that sort at all, nor any personal knowledge to say, yes the poem is true only the names changed....  I did find a copy of the published poem at the Pink House--though it doesn't have an inscription or anything of that sort in it.
We however have found her obituary and some notes between Mary Francis and E.B. HALL.   The story I had always been told was that she suffered from periods of depression and died in a fit of depression --which is what the obituary also says by way of confirmation.   Not too many years ago we found a little bible that is inscribed by her as a gift from her to E.B. Hall.   Also tucked inside the Bible is a poem published at the time of her death.  The title is NOTES ON A YOUNG WOMAN WHO DROWN HERSELF WHILE INSANE.  There is no author's name on the poem.  In another scrapbook of Hall's there is another copy of the same poem.   It might be natural to assume that Pauline author Gordon wrote this, but it is not collected in any of his books of poetry.
There are no records indicating that she was ever actually engaged to E.B. HALL or to Gordon or anyone else.  EB Hall and his wife Antoinette, her sister, kept remembrances of her all their lives.  The story you repost here seems to paint both of them in a rather poor light, it was in fact about two years later that they actually married.  Mary Francis is in fact buried right along side the rest of the family and doesn't seem to have been "punished" or banished by the family for drowning herself.  One of her other surviving sisters was struck with Polio and was cared for her whole life by the whole family and did spend half her time at the Pink House and half her time at that previously mentioned house down the block.  Later in the town's history a corner stone was created and E.B.Hall contributed some items along with a note saying "I love life so much I wish I could live forever."   At the top of the stairs as you enter the house there has always been a statue of HEBE holding a cup of life giving water out for guests.  E. B. HALL's quiet personality, passion for science and nature and perhaps most of all his house still stand for this motto.    Anyway there are just some of the bits of the pieces we have turned up over the years and have solid evidence of.
best, Jay Woelfel


What a wonderful story from a person who is really involved in the amazing history of THE PINK HOUSE! Thank you so much, Jay for taking the time to share it with everyone!



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Unusual Houses of the World - Atomium
Posted on Fri, 25 Jul 2014, 06:04:19 PM  in Unusual homes
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When travelling in Belgium, this is definitely a structure to stop by and wonder how physics has little influence on it and how wild human's imagination could go!

Atomium Brussels Belgium



Created in 1958 for the Brussels World’s Fair held in Heysel, Brussels, the Atomium Bruxelles is the only structure left standing after the fair. It was designed by André Waterkeyn to be a replica of a single unit of iron crystal blown up 165 billion times; stands at 102 metres; each sphere is 18 metres in diameter, about the size of a large apartment. There are 9 spheres all together connected up by tubes. The spheres are wrapped in stainless steel (originally aluminium).

Atomium at night

Atomium BrusselsIn 2004, the spheres were restored to their original shine and lustre and opened up for the public to see again in 2006. 2008 marked the 50th anniversary of the Atomium. It is the most visited tourist attraction in Brussels today.
Atomium in the evening


The top sphere has a restaurant and panoramic views; it is reachable by an elevator at the bottom of the structure. The other four spheres open to the public are reachable by escalators only, it could be difficult for persons with reduced mobility. Three of the upper spheres are reserved for events. There is also a kids sphere for school events, where children can sleep inside.

Atomium inside

You may not notice at first glance by if you tilt your head sideways, you will see that the structure resembles a cube with an extra sphere in the centre.

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Other attractions that require a lot of space including the Mini-Europe theme park, the Kinepolis cinema complext (28 screens and IMAX) and a water theme park are all in the area. Just the down the road is also the Chinese Pavilion and Japanese Tower which makes the Heysel area a complete daytrip in itself.

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Atomium Brussels
Photo by Dario Endara
This is an amazing photograph by Dario Endara. Just click on his name to visit his amazing travel blog



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Looking to own an amazing house? Ask me how!
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Unusual Houses of the World - Skateboarding House
Posted on Fri, 11 Jul 2014, 08:04:46 AM  in Home buying tips,  Home selling tips,  Just for fun,  Happy Houses,  Home Owners Tips,  Unusual homes,  Home Evaluation,  Design
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How many times did I tell my son not to climb the walls at home and leave his filthy skateboard outside? Oh, Pierre Andre Senizergues, what have you done?

Skateboarding house outside




1000 sqft - 3000 sqft
The PAS House is the project of a private residence, to be built in Malibu, California.
In this house you will be able to skateboard any areas and surfaces, Indoor and Outdoor.
The client and visionary of the project is Pierre Andre Senizergues (PAS), a former World champion and Pro Skater, Founder and Owner of Sole Technology,
a Socal based Skateboard footwear and apparel Company leader in the Action sport industry with brands like Etnies, Emerica, Es and Altamont.
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The project to be located in a site overlooking the Pacific at the top of the Malibu hills, was developed by the skateboarder and designer Gil Lebon Delapointe and the LA based architect, Francois Perrin.
The concept of the house is a ribbon that creates a continuous surface to be skated from the Outside to the Inside. The house is divided into three separate spaces.
The first one includes the living room, dining area and kitchen, the second one includes a bedroom and bathroom and the third one a skateboard practice area.
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Each space is skateable as the ground becomes the wall then the ceiling in a continuous surface forming a tube of a 10ft radius.
The furniture is also skateable, whether it is integrated in the curve like the sitting area, the kitchen or the bathroom or just as standing object like the dining table, the kitchen Island or the bed.
Closets and drawers could be integrated in the curve too.
The PAS house is the first house designed to be entirely used for skateboarding as well as being a traditional dwelling.
It is the ultimate dream for generations of skateboarders who wanted to bring their practice into their home.
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In the practice of Architecture, it also represents a groundbreaking in the construction of a new geometrical space leaving the traditional Euclidian
space represented by the square angle, the floor, wall and ceiling for a continuous surface that creates a new experience of the domestic space,
more fluid and dynamic at the image of our 21st century lifestyle.
A model of the project and a full scale prototype of the Living area was recently presented in Paris for the exhibition Public Domaine/Skateboard Culture at la Gaite Lyrique,
a new museum directed by the City of Paris.
For the 25th birthday of Etnies, their team of pro skaters did a demo session in the prototype.

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Being a Real Estate Agent with Sutton Group Summit Realty is so much fun!

Looking to own an amazing house? Ask me how!
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Happy 1-Year Blog Anniversary to all my friends, readers and supporters!
Posted on Thu, 26 Jun 2014, 02:52:24 PM  in Happy Houses,  Houses in Art,  Unusual homes,  Etobicoke,  Successful People from Our Neighborhood
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Hard to believe that my little project that started last year on June 25 is not a baby anymore! It is actually a full size toddler, with its own routine, circle of friends and a point of view.

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In the last 365 days:

1. 357 posts were created! yes, I did miss a few days

2. Most popular series were: in first place, no doubt "Successful People from Our Neighborhood", I had and honor to meet and interview 31! truly amazing people. Their impact on my life is impossible to underestimate!

In second place, yes, don't laugh, "Foody Thursdays" - my recipe section. You, guys, sure love to eat! and now I am starting to think I actually can cook! 52 recipes were posted over this year, mainly traditional Ukrainian cuisine.

Most popular on Pinterest - "Houses in Art"! - 47!!!! amazing artists were introduced and even though, I love them all dearly, most popular was Laurent Parcelier!

Most views, funny enough - Real Estate Terms and Home Owner Tips! So glad I was able to help here!

3. I got awarded Top #1 Contributor for the province of Ontario on Active Rain for 2013-2014! And trust me, it was a tough competition!

4. Now looking back at the past year, I can say, thanks to the blog, I got some awesome deals done as a Real Estate agent, but truly, I got so much more out of it! I met amazing people, made lifetime friends, became a member of some wonderful clubs and associations, took part in brilliant events, got invited to parties and celebrations and learned, learned, learned - every day, every minute of this crazy, unbelievable and happy year.

Somebody famous once said that he could never be bothered with a blog, as in his posts he is trying to look better then he actually is. How stupid! What is so bad about trying to look better then you are? Just do your best to look as good as you possibly can and your inner part will surely follow!

Now, plans for the next year!

1. Restructuring my web-site! There is a lot of useful stuff there, but it is a little challenging to navigate.

2. Successful People from Our Neighborhood will go on! And hopefully I will grow into some video interviews! Wow, that would be fun!

3. Foody Thursday will go on!

4. Some new series will be introduced and hopefully will win your hearts

This is all for now but I am sure this is just a smaller part of what is to come next year! Stay tuned!


Love!



Compliments of Marina Gavrylyuk
Real Estate Agent with Sutton Group Summit Realty - selling with a smile!

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Unusual Houses of the World - Quinta da Regaleira
Posted on Fri, 20 Jun 2014, 02:30:12 PM  in Happy Houses,  Unusual homes,  Design
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Hard to believe this place is real and not just a picture from the Harry Potter book. Tunnels and towers, wells and grottos, scary and beautiful, wonderful creation of the mankind - Quinta da Regaleira

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The Quinta da Regaleira, or Regaleira Estate is situated in Sintra’s historic centre, one of the many breath-taking palaces, castles and ecclesiastical buildings that make up this romantic town’s unique architectural landscape.
Sintra - Quinta da RegaleiraIt was built at the beginning of the twentieth century by Antonio Augusto Carvalho Monteiro and is also known as the Palace of Monteiro the Millionaire in homage to his position as one of the town’s most famous and wealthy landowners of the time.
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The Quinta da Regaleira has an almost ethereal feel, like a fairy castle secreted amongst the trees and flowering plants of a magical winding, verdant landscape. The Regaleira Estate is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site and is one of the main attractions for visitors to Sintra, Portugal.
Quinta de Regaleira
The Regaleira family were rich merchants who purchased the land in the late nineteenth century, and it was over the next decade that Carvalho Monteiro set about realising his dream of constructing his own magic hideaway in conjunction with the renowned Italian architect Luigi Manini.
The Quinta da Regaleira embodies a combination of styles including Roman, Gothic, Renaissance and Manueline and it is believed that each section of building incorporates hidden symbols related to Masonry, Alchemy, the famous Knights Templar and the Rosicrucians, a sign of his dedication to his homeland and his family’s historical, cultural and commercial importance in Portugal’s history, perhaps.
Inside Tunnels

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The estate covers four hectares in which architecture and landscaping combine with breath-taking effect to create a mystical place of lakes, grottoes, fountains, wells, streams and stone-built structures. It remained in the family for several decades before being sold twice and finally being acquired by Sintra Town Hall in 1997 and opened to the general public a year later. Declared a public interest property by the Portuguese Ministry of Culture shortly after its opening, The Regaleira Estate’s importance went on to be realised by UNESCO who later designated it a World Heritage Site.
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The Quinta da Regaleira is a must-visit attraction on any Sintra visitor’s itinerary. The Palace itself is beautifully preserved and provides an extraordinary window into the lives of rich Portuguese merchants in the early twentieth century.
The real beauty however, is in discovering the hidden nooks and crannies of the exterior gardens. Hidden amongst the greenery and water features is a series of tunnels that pass beneath the ground, interconnecting many of the primary sights within the four-hectare estate. The turrets that rise from the grounds inspire a series of delightful panoramic vistas out across Sintra and the lush rolling hills beyond.
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The Initiation Wells  or inverted towers are two wells on the property that better resemble underground towers lined with stairs. These wells never served as water sources. Instead, they were used for ceremonial purposes that included Tarot initiation rites. The tunnels described above connect these wells to one another, in addition to various caves and other monuments located around the park. Of the two wells, the larger one contains a 27-meter spiral staircase with several small landings. The spacing of these landings, combined with the number of steps in the stairs, are linked to Tarot mysticism. The smaller well contains straight stairs that connect a series of ring-shaped floors to one another. This well is also called the 'Unfinished Well'. A structure similar to these wells can be found in the Pozzo di S. Patrizio in Italy.

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Park also contains an extensive and enigmatic system of tunnels, which have multiple entry points that include: grottoes, the chapel, Waterfall Lake, and "Leda's Cave," which lies beneath the Regaleira Tower. The "Initiation Well" connects to other tunnels via a series of underground walkways.
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Tunnel

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Being a Real Estate Agent with Sutton Group Summit Realty is so much fun!

Looking to own an amazing house? Ask me how!
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Grand Piano

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Unusual Houses of the World - The Church of Hallgrimur
Posted on Fri, 13 Jun 2014, 10:56:53 AM  in Happy Houses,  Unusual homes,  Design
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Did you know that Reykjavik is the most northern capital of the world? And did you know that the Church of Hallgrimur is one of the tallest structures in Iceland? Well, have a look - it is magnificent!

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Hallgrímskirkja (Icelandic pronunciation: [ˈhatlkrimsˌcʰɪrca], church of Hallgrímur) is a Lutheran (Church of Iceland) parish church in Reykjavík, Iceland. At 73 metres (244 ft), it is the largest church in Iceland and the sixth tallest architectural structure in Iceland after Longwave radio mast Hellissandur, the radio masts of US Navy at Grindavík, Eiđar longwave transmitter and Smáratorg tower. The church is named after the Icelandic poet and clergyman Hallgrímur Pétursson (1614 to 1674), author of the Passion Hymns.
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State Architect Guđjón Samúelsson's design of the church was commissioned in 1937. He is said to have designed it to resemble the basalt lava flows of Iceland's landscape. It took 38 years to build the church. Construction work began in 1945 and ended in 1986, the landmark tower being completed long before the church's actual completion. The crypt beneath the choir was consecrated in 1948, the steeple and wings were completed in 1974, and the nave was consecrated in 1986. Situated in the centre of Reykjavík, it is one of the city's best-known landmarks and is visible throughout the city. It is similar in style to the expressionist architecture of Grundtvig's Church of Copenhagen, Denmark, completed in 1940.
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The church houses a large pipe organ by the German organ builder Johannes Klais of Bonn. It has mechanical action, four manuals and pedal, 102 ranks, 72 stops and 5275 pipes. It is 15 metres tall and weighs 25 tons. Its construction was finished in December 1992. It has been recorded by Christopher Herrick in his Organ Fireworks VII CD and by Mattias Wager on his CD Live at Vatnajökull.
Hallgrimur Church
The church is also used as an observation tower. An observer can take a lift up to the viewing deck and view Reykjavík and the surrounding mountains. The statue of explorer Leif Eriksson (c. 970 – c. 1020) by Alexander Stirling Calder in front of the church predates its construction. It was a gift from the United States in honor of the 1930 Alţingi Millennial Festival, commemorating the 1000th anniversary of Iceland's parliament at Ţingvellir in 930 AD.
In 2008, the church underwent a major restoration of the main tower, and was covered in scaffolding. In late 2009, restoration was completed and the scaffolding was removed.
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Being a Real Estate Agent with Sutton Group Summit Realty is so much fun!

Looking to own an amazing house? Ask me how!
www.MarinaG.ca

More unusual houses:

Vorontsov Palace
Bahai Temple
House NA
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Haunted Pink House
Ideal Palace
Ukrainian Orthodox Church of St Demetrius
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Crooked House
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Longaberger Giant Basket
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Pierre Cardin's Bubble House "Pallais Bulles"
Grand Piano

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Unusual Houses of the World - Vorontsov Palace
Posted on Fri, 06 Jun 2014, 08:47:46 AM  in Happy Houses,  Unusual homes,  Design
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Located in Alupka, Crimea, Vorontsov Palace is one of the most romantic and beautiful places to visit in Europe. There is a lot being said about Vorontsov Palace in numerous tourist's guides, sites, its pictures circulate as postcards all over the world.
I was blessed to spend wonderful 3 month in Alupka when I was 17 - unforgettable times and adventures worth dedicating a whole book to it. I might do it later when my English is not this lame :), but today - only the Palace part.


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What really amazed me in Vorontsov Palace, were the two faces of the structure - gentle and gorgeous, surrounded by lovely gardens south side
North side
and unapproachable, fortress-like northern side. When lloking at the two above pictures it is hard to believe those are the two sides of the same building, so different they are!
Entrance
Entrance to the castle
Vorontsov view from the sea
And here is how Vorontsov Castle looks from the sea (well, helocopter, to be exact)

Vorontsov-Palace
South entrance with the stairs leading to the gardens and sea shore. Stairs are guarded by the famous lions
Famous Lion
One of the lions

Blue Parlour
Inside the castle - Blue Parlour
Interested to read more on the history of the Palace? Here is an amazing article
Study
Inside the castle - Study



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Unusual Houses of the World - Bahai Temple
Posted on Fri, 30 May 2014, 10:02:10 PM  in Happy Houses,  Unusual homes,  Design
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The most amazing structures were actually built by humankind not as a shelter, but for some other, more spiritual reasons. And Bahai Temple, more commonly known as Lotus Temple, is one of them.

Bahai Temple



East of Nehru place, this temple is built in the shape of a lotus flower and is the last of seven Major Bahai's temples built around the world. Completed in1986 it is set among the lush green landscaped gardens.
Inside
The structure is made up of pure white marble The architect Furiburz Sabha chose the lotus as the symbol common to Hinduism, Buddhism, Bhai TempleJainism and Islam. Adherents of any faith are free to visit the temple and pray or meditate.
Around the blooming petals there are nine pools of water, which light up, in natural light. It looks spectacular at dusk when it is flood lit.
Lotus Temple at Night

Lotus Temple Bird View
Inspired by the lotus flower, the design for the House of Worship in New Delhi is composed of 27 free-standing marble clad "petals" arranged in clusters of three to form nine sides. The nine doors of the Lotus Temple open onto a central hall slightly more than 40 meters tall that is capable of holding up to 2,500 people. The surface of the House of Worship is made of white marble from Penteli mountain in Greece, the very same from which many ancient monuments and other Bahá'í Houses of Worship are built. Along with its nine surrounding ponds and the gardens, the Lotus Temple property comprises 26 acres (105,000 m˛; 10.5 ha).
Lotus Temple

Lotus
The site is in the village of Bahapur, in the National Capital Territory of Delhi. The architect was an Iranian, who now lives in Canada, named Fariborz Sahba. He was approached in 1976 to design it and later oversaw its construction. The structural design was undertaken by the UK firm Flint and Neill. The major part of the funds needed to buy this land was donated by Ardishír Rustampúr of Hyderabad, Sindh, who gave his entire life savings for this purpose in 1953. A portion of construction budget was saved and used to build a greenhouse to study indigenous plants and flowers that would be appropriate for use on the site.
Top View

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