Sunday, July 31, 2016

Semmering Railway (Austria)

The Semmering Railway, built over 41 km of high mountains between 1848 and 1854, is one of the greatest feats of civil engineering from this pioneering phase of railway building. 
The high standard of the tunnels, viaducts and other works has ensured the continuous use of the line up to the present day. 
It runs through a spectacular mountain landscape and there are many fine buildings designed for leisure activities along the way, built when the area was opened up due to the advent of the railway.

The five most beautiful wallpapers and pictures of the Semmering railway in Austria.

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Lord Howe Island Group (Australia)

A remarkable example of isolated oceanic islands, born of volcanic activity more than 2,000 m under the sea, these islands boast a spectacular topography and are home to numerous endemic species, especially birds.

The five most beautiful wallpapers and pictures of Lord Howe Islands in Australia.

Friday, July 29, 2016

Jesuit Missions of the Guaranis: San Ignacio Mini, Santa Ana, Nuestra Señora de Loreto and Santa Maria Mayor - (Argentina)

The ruins of São Miguel das Missões in Brazil, and those of San Ignacio Miní, Santa Ana, Nuestra Señora de Loreto and Santa María la Mayor in Argentina, lie at the heart of a tropical forest. 
They are the impressive remains of five Jesuit missions, built in the land of the Guaranis during the 17th and 18th centuries. 
Each is characterized by a specific layout and a different state of conservation.

The five most beautiful wallpapers and pictures of the Jesuit missions of the Guarani in Argentina.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Complex of Hué Monuments (Hué - Vietnam)

Established as the capital of unified Viet Nam in 1802, Hué was not only the political but also the cultural and religious centre under the Nguyen dynasty until 1945. 
The Perfume River winds its way through the Capital City, the Imperial City, the Forbidden Purple City and the Inner City, giving this unique feudal capital a setting of great natural beauty.

The five most beautiful wallpapers and pictures of Hué in Vietnam.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Mesa Verde National Park (Colorado - United States)

A great concentration of ancestral Pueblo Indian dwellings, built from the 6th to the 12th century, can be found on the Mesa Verde plateau in south-west Colorado at an altitude of more than 2,600 m. 
Some 4,400 sites have been recorded, including villages built on the Mesa top. 
There are also imposing cliff dwellings, built of stone and comprising more than 100 rooms.

The five most beautiful wallpapers and pictures of Mesa Verde in the United States.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Great Mosque and Hospital of Divriği (Divriği - Turkey)

This region of Anatolia was conquered by the Turks at the beginning of the 11th century. 
In 1228–29 Emir Ahmet Shah founded a mosque, with its adjoining hospital, at Divrigi. 
The mosque has a single prayer room and is crowned by two cupolas. 
The highly sophisticated technique of vault construction, and a creative, exuberant type of decorative sculpture – particularly on the three doorways, in contrast to the unadorned walls of the interior – are the unique features of this masterpiece of Islamic architecture.

The five most beautiful wallpapers and pictures of the Great Mosque and Hospital of Divriği in Turkey.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Abbey of St Gall (St Gall - Switzerland)

The Convent of St Gall, a perfect example of a great Carolingian monastery, was, from the 8th century to its secularization in 1805, one of the most important in Europe. 
Its library is one of the richest and oldest in the world and contains precious manuscripts such as the earliest-known architectural plan drawn on parchment. 
From 1755 to 1768, the conventual area was rebuilt in Baroque style. 
The cathedral and the library are the main features of this remarkable architectural complex, reflecting 12 centuries of continuous activity.

The five most beautiful wallpapers and pictures of the abbey of St. Gall in Switzerland.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Burgos Cathedral (Burgos - Spain)

Our Lady of Burgos was begun in the 13th century at the same time as the great cathedrals of the Ile-de-France and was completed in the 15th and 16th centuries. 
The entire history of Gothic art is summed up in its superb architecture and its unique collection of works of art, including paintings, choir stalls, reredos, tombs and stained-glass windows.

The five most beautiful wallpapers and pictures of Burgos Cathedral in Spain.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Fossil Hominid Sites of South Africa (South Africa)

The Taung Skull Fossil Site, part of the extension to the site inscribed in 1999, is the place where in 1924 the celebrated Taung Skull – a specimen of the species Australopithecus africanus – was found. 
Makapan Valley, also in the site, features in its many archaeological caves traces of human occupation and evolution dating back some 3.3 million years. 
The area contains essential elements that define the origin and evolution of humanity. 
Fossils found there have enabled the identification of several specimens of early hominids, more particularly of Paranthropus, dating back between 4.5 million and 2.5 million years, as well as evidence of the domestication of fire 1.8 million to 1 million years ago.

The five most beautiful wallpaper and photo's of Fossil Hominid Sites in South Africa.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Saint Petersburg (Russia)

The 'Venice of the North', with its numerous canals and more than 400 bridges, is the result of a vast urban project begun in 1703 under Peter the Great. 
Later known as Leningrad (in the former USSR), the city is closely associated with the October Revolution. 
Its architectural heritage reconciles the very different Baroque and pure neoclassical styles, as can be seen in the Admiralty, the Winter Palace, the Marble Palace and the Hermitage.

The five most beautiful wallpaper and pictures of Saint Petersburg in Russia.