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Posts tagged “World Heritage Site

Brooklyn Bridge – New York

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Brooklyn – 2015

 The Brooklyn Bridge is a hybrid cable-stayed/suspension bridge which connects the boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn over the East River. Completed in 1883, it is one of the oldest of either type bridge in the United States.When the Brooklyn Bridge first opened, it cost a penny to cross by foot, 5 cents for a horse and rider and 10 cents for a horse and wagon. Farm animals were allowed at a price of 5 cents per cow and 2 cents per sheep or hog. It is now free for all beasts and vehicles to cross.

 

 

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The Grand Central Terminal Clock – New York

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Grand Central Terminal, NY

The Grand Central Terminal Clock, the most iconic feature of Grand Central Terminal, is a four-faced brass clock on top of the central information booth. The clock was designed by Henry Bedford for the Connecticut clock crafting company Seth Thomas. The clock was completed in 1913 to honor the opening of the Grand Central Terminal. The clock also happened to be completed the same year as the 100th birthday of the Seth Thomas Company.

Each of the four clock faces is made from opalescent glass (now often called opal glass or milk glass) though urban legend misconstrues this fact and claims that the faces are mistakingly made of “opal”. The  clock is valued in the tens of millions of dollars.

The clock is set every second by the atomic clock in Naval Observatory in Bethesda, Maryland. This means that the  clock is accurate to within one second every 1,400,000 years.

The large American flag behind the clock was hung a few days after the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Center.


Palace of Westminster

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London – 2015

Finishing up London 2015 pic series with one more shot of the Palace of Westminster, Elizabeth Tower/Big Ben at night.


Humans of London

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London – 2015


Humans of London

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London Tower – 2015


Humans of London

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London Tower – 2015


Humans of London

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London Tower – 2015


Humans of London

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London Tower – 2015


Humans of London Tower

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Finishing of my London series with a short “Humans of London Tower” set.


Tower Bridge from Tower of London

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The Tower of London  (“Her Majesty’s Royal Palace and Fortress of the Tower of London“), located on the banks of the river Thames in central London, was first built in 1066 as part of the Norman conquest of England, the 11th-century invasion and occupation of England by Norman, Breton, and French soldiers led by Duke William II (William the Conqueror) of Normandy.

The White Tower, which gives the entire castle its name, was built by William in 1078, and was a resented symbol of oppression by the new ruling elite. Throughout the centuries the castle had been besieged multiple times, as controlling it was critical to controlling the country.

This view from outside the White Tower shows the Tower Bridge, a combined draw bridge and suspension bridge across the Thames which was built in 1886–1894.