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Landscape

Photograph of Landscape in Halstatt, Austria

Photograph of Landscape in Halstatt, Austria

Driving between Vienna and Salzburg, one gets to observe a change in the Austrian landscape from open, relatively flat plains to the rolling hills of the Austrian Alps. One of the most popular stopping-points along this route is the picturesque village of Hallstatt, somewhere around which this photograph was taken. And with landscapes like this one surrounding the village, it’s not difficult to see why it is such a popular tourist destination!

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Melk Abbey

Photograph of Melk Abbey in Austria

Photograph of Melk Abbey in Austria

Driving from Vienna to Salzburg (Austria’s two most famous cities), the bright colours and imposing structure of Melk Abbey catches the eye. Located in the small town of Melk about an hour from Vienna, it was founded as a Benedictine abbey in 1089. The Baroque abbey seen in the photograph was built in the early 18th century. The abbey houses the remains of several members of Austria’s first ruling dynasty, the House of Babenberg.

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Heritage

Photograph of Humayun's Tomb in Black and White

Photograph of Humayun's Tomb in Black and White

Humayun’s Tomb in New Delhi, India, was recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993. And that’s not surprising, considering the splendid architecture of this royal Tomb. Some say that the Taj Mahal in Agra was modelled after Humayun’s Tomb, and this is not that difficult to believe. The two share several common design elements, including an elevated base and a large central dome. Whether or not that is true, though, Humayun’s Tomb is a stunning monument and deserves its place on the World Heritage List.

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Prague Skyline

Photograph of Prague Skyline

Photograph of Prague Skyline

Prague, like many European cities, has a wonderful blend of two opposite kinds of architecture: historical and modern. In this photograph, both of these types of architecture can be seen.

In the center of this photograph is one of the best-preserved and most beautiful buildings in all of Prague: the Church of Saint Nicholas. If one looks closely, the two black spires of another church can also be seen to the right of the massive green dome. On the other side of the dome, however, there is evidence of Prague’s modern side. Three skyscrapers dominate the skyline, and looking closely, one can see cranes in operation, perhaps constructing more, even taller buildings.

While development and infrastructural expansion is inevitable in cities all around the world, it should not come at the cost of the loss of historical heritage. It is the duty of city councils, builders and citizens to ensure that development is carried out responsibly and in a manner that is not threatening to historically or culturally valuable buildings. Prague is a fine example of a city where the historical heritage has been well preserved.

(Submitted to the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge: “Wanderlust“)

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Salzburg Cathedral

Photograph of Salzburg Cathedral

Photograph of Salzburg Cathedral

Salzburg’s old town is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its eventful history and incredible architecture. One of the structures that stands out is Salzburg Cathedral. Its huge dome, pictured here, is visible from much of the old town, and has become one of Salzburg’s most well-known symbols. The Cathedral, and the town of Salzburg in general, has become one of Europe’s top tourist destinations in the past few decades. Although many tourists visit Salzburg solely due to its connections to the Sound of Music and/or Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, its architectural beauty deserves recognition and acclaim in itself.

(Submitted to the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenges: “Wanderlust“, “Curve” and “Pure“)

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Neuschwanstein Castle

Neuschwanstein Castle

Neuschwanstein Castle

Neuschwanstein Castle is a nineteenth-century castle built on a hill overlooking a small village in south-west Bavaria, around a hundred kilometres from Munich. Originally built by Ludwig II of Bavaria as a retreat and homage to the composer Richard Wagner, the castle has now become a popular tourist attraction.

Perhaps an important factor in the castle’s popularity amongst tourists is the fact that the Disney Castle is supposed to be modelled on it. Similarities certainly exist. In particular, the conical towers that are eminent in this image of Neuschwanstein Castle are also features of the Disney Castle. Whether the Disney Castle was modelled on this castle or not, there is no denying that the claim has sparked some much deserved and merited interest in this architectural marvel.