North Pole City (NPC) is a year–round family entertainment center located in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The facility includes an indoor ice rink, a sledding hill, a Christmas–themed village, and a variety of other holiday–themed attractions. NPC is open to the public for individual visits, group rentals, and private events.
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The Coptic Museum is a museum in Coptic Cairo, Egypt with the largest collection of Egyptian Christian artifacts in the world. It was founded by Marcus Simaika in 1908 to house Coptic antiquities. The museum traces the history of Egypt from its beginnings to the present day. Wikipedia
Santa Rosa de Lima was an early 18th-century Spanish settlement in the Rio Chama valley, near the present-day town of Abiquiu in Rio Arriba County, New Mexico. By the 1730s Spanish settlers were moving into the Chama River valley, and by 1744 at least 20 families were living in the present-day Abiquiú area, where they founded the Plaza de Santa Rosa de Lima.Wikipedia
There are gallon jugs of water all around the monument with hearts and words on the jugs – “please water the roses if they are dry.” A photo showing the jugs is in the highlight reel. Travels this day took me by Ghost Ranch and the Echo Ampitheater in Carson National Forest.
“The Harvard Club of Boston’s mission is to encourage the social, intellectual and athletic interests of our members, to promote the welfare of Harvard University, to assist students with financial aid and to foster the Harvard Spirit in all Harvard men and women.”
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City Winery is a winery, restaurant, music venue and private event location in Hudson Square, New York City. Other locations include Atlanta, Chicago, Nashville, and Boston. Satellite locations are located in Chicago and New York City. Coming to Ivy City in 2018 will be the Washington D.C. location.More at Wikipedia
The Shrine of Our Lady of Martyrs is located in the hamlet of Auriesville in Fultonville, NY. Once the 17th Century Mohawk Village of Ossernenon, it is now a Roman Catholic shrine dedicated to three Jesuit missionaries who were martyred here, and to St. Kateri Tekakwitha, a Mohawk/Algonquin woman who was born here. (ourladyofmartyrsshrine.org)
The Royal Victoria Hospital or Netley Hospital was a large military hospital in Netley, near Southampton, Hampshire, England. Construction started in 1856 at the suggestion of Queen Victoria but its design caused some controversy, chiefly from Florence Nightingale. Often visited by Queen Victoria, the hospital was extensively used during the First World War. It became the 28th US General Hospital during the invasion of mainland Europe in the Second World War. The main building – the world’s longest building when it was completed – was entirely demolished in 1966, except for the chapel and former YMCA building which still survive. The extensive outbuildings, which once occupied a vast acreage of land to the rear of the main building, finally succumbed in 1978. The site of the hospital can be seen and explored in Royal Victoria Country Park.
The hospital was situated within the larger area of land bounded by the River Itchen and River Hamble, particularly around Sholing that had become known locally as Spike Island. That term was subsequently used by wounded soldiers and prisoners of war to describe the location of the hospital. (Wikipedia)
The Grote Kerk of Breda, Netherlands is a church that towers over the city’s skyline. With ties to the royal Nassau family, this Gothic medieval church has a rich history dating back from the 14th century. Its wide, open golden ceilings are one of this church’s many highlights.
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The Cathedral of Immaculate Conception in Albany, New York is full of rich history. Constructed in 1852, the cathedral was originally commissioned by Irish Bishop John McCloskey in order to serve his flock of Catholics who fled Ireland from the Potato Famine. Today, the cathedral stands as the second-oldest cathedral in New York state.
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Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island and mainland commune in Normandy, France. The island is located about one kilometer off the country’s northwestern coast, at the mouth of the Couesnon River near Avranches and is 7 hectares in area. (Wikipedia)
The Mont Saint Michel Abbey is located within the city and island of Mont-Saint-Michel in Lower Normandy, in the department of Manche. The abbey is an essential part of the structural composition of the town the feudal society constructed. (Wikipedia)
Notre-Dame de Paris, often referred to simply as Notre-Dame, is a medieval Catholic cathedral on the Île de la Cité in the 4th arrondissement of Paris. The cathedral is consecrated to the Virgin Mary and considered to be one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture. (Wikipedia)
The church of St Mary at Mount Naranco
Roman Catholic Asturian pre-Romanesque Asturian architecture church on the slope of Mount Naranco situated 3 kilometres (1.9 mi) from Oviedo, northern Spain. Ramiro I of Asturias ordered it to be built as a royal palace as part of a larger complex that also incorporated the nearby church of San Miguel de Lillo, 100 meters away. It was completed in 848. Its structural features, such as the barrel vault — with transverse ribs corresponding one-to-one with contraforts at the exterior, make it a clear precursor of the Romanesque construction. The exterior decorations, as well as the use of stilted arches mark the intended verticality of the composition. It was converted into a church at the end of the 13th century. It was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in December 1985.
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Norwich Cathedral is an English cathedral located in Norwich, Norfolk, dedicated to the Holy and Undivided Trinity. It is the cathedral church for the Church of England Diocese of Norwich and is one of the Norwich 12 heritage sites. Wikipedia
Norwich Cathedral has the second largest cloisters in England, only exceeded by those at Salisbury Cathedral. The cathedral close is one of the largest in England and one of the largest in Europe and has more people living within it than any other close. (Wikipedia)
The Diocesan Museum in Udine is housed in the Patriarchal Palace, current seat of the Bishop of Udine. The 18th-century structure has roots in the 15th-century residence, which was begun as the residence of the Patriarchs of Aquileia. The collection of the museum includes about 700 works.
This exhibit explores the history of wooden sculpture in Udine from the 12th through the 18th centuries. Especially notable pieces include the statue of Saint Euphemia (circa 1350) in the first room, an altarpiece by master sculptor Domenico da Tolmezzo dating to 1488 in the second room. In the third room of Renaissance sculptures, don’t miss the statue of the Saviour by Giovanni Martini. The final two rooms present Mannerist sculptures (with animated expressions and gestures) and Rococo works. (Matterport)
Bagan (Burmese: ပုဂံ; MLCTS: pu.gam, IPA: [bəɡàɴ]; formerly Pagan) is an ancient city located in the Mandalay Region of Myanmar. From the 9th to 13th centuries, the city was the capital of the Pagan Kingdom, the first kingdom that unified the regions that would later constitute modern Myanmar. During the kingdom’s height between the 11th and 13th centuries, over 10,000 Buddhist temples, pagodas and monasteries were constructed in the Bagan plains alone, of which the remains of over 2,200 temples and pagodas still survive to the present day. (Wikipedia)
The history of St. Mary’s Parish in Westphalia, Michigan, is long and rich, and is one that is difficult to summarize in just a few pages. These pages do not include all of the parish’s history, but instead highlight interesting points in its history, such as the emigration of the first settlers and their establishment of the church in Westphalia, the establishment of the Sisters of Christian Charity, and the burning of the first brick church in 1959.
The first settlers of Westphalia arrived in the port of New York on October 3rd, 1836 aboard the Leontine from their long journey which began in the port of Bremen, Germany. Even before the emigrants sailed from Bremen, they had to travel there by land from their home in Sauerland in the western part of Germany. These first few settlers were Father Anton Kopp, St. Mary’s pioneering priest, and the Eberhard Platte family. By way of the Erie Canal, they landed in Detroit on the 25th of that same month.
Taking the advice of Father Martin Kundig of St. Mary’s Parish in Detroit, Father Anton Kopp, and Eberhard Platte set out on foot for the newly established land office in the town of Ionia. These two men traveled on foot to Ionia by Dexter Trail, passing through present-day cities and towns such as Ann Arbor, Dexter, Chelsea, Stockbridge, Mason, Lansing, and DeWitt. After arriving at the office on November 4th and waiting six days, they finally made a purchase of 560 acres which would one day become the home of St. Mary’s Parish.
Meanwhile, five men, Anton Cordes, Joseph Platte, John Hanses, William Tillmann and John Salter, were waiting in Lyons for Father Anton Kopp and Eberhard Platte. These five had also made their way along the Dexter Trail from Detroit, while the rest of their families stayed in Detroit. A hired trapper and trading post operator guided the settlers to their land-holdings. The pioneers named the settlement Westphalia in memory of their German homeland. Work began immediately to pave the wilderness into arable land. More than 300 families emigrated to Westphalia from then until 1923.
Emigrants to Westphalia came from almost every state of present-day western Germany. Early settlers came from Bavaria and the Sauerland, but later settlers came from all over Germany, as well as Poland, Austria, Czechoslovakia, and Ireland. Most were from the middle-class who had acquired a trade of some sort, like blacksmithing, masonry, carpentry, or shoemaking.
The first wave of emigrants, who arrived in 1836-1860, did not flee from religious persecution. They were escaping the depressing feudal-like political system. After the overthrow of Napoleon in 1815, the great powers of Europe rearranged the map of Europe, and the Rhineland area in Germany became part of Prussia. The Germans struggled under this feudal-like political system and longed for peace and order that was not fulfilled by this map rearranging. Later emigrants, from 1871-1885, came to America to escape the religious persecution of Catholics in Germany.
SETTLING THE GRAND RIVER VALLEY
The valley of the Grand River where Westphalia is located was considered at that time worthless by the land speculators. But the settlers knew that the swampy and heavily forested land was a sign of good soil. And they were correct, as Westphalia is a thriving farming community to this day.
The German Catholic parish was established almost immediately after the settlers first arrived. After buying the land at Ionia, Father Anton Kopp traveled back to Detroit. On November 19th, the day after he arrived back in Detroit, Father Anton Kopp visited Bishop Friedrich Reese and was assigned to the new German parish. This appointment has great significance, “It was the beginning of the rural Catholic Church in Michigan,” wrote Father Kopp in his journal. Father Anton Kopp returned back to his assigned parish in September 1837 and celebrated Masses in the homes of the settlers. In March of 1838 a two-room log house, that served as the first church as well, was completed. Father Anton Kopp stayed with his parish for five years, until he left for his new assignment at St. Mary’s in Detroit. The parish continued to grow in size and spirit to the present day, and may it continue to do so!
Information is gratefully taken with permission from Of Pilgrimage, Prayer, and Promise, produced by the Westphalia Historical Society, Westphalia Area History, and from Sisters of Christian Charity revised edition 1999. Copies of Of Pilgrimage, Prayer, and Promise are available for purchase. Please contact the parish office to get a contact phone number for the Westphalia Historical Society.
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Lakemba Mosque is reportedly Australia’s largest mosque. Lakemba Mosque was the second purpose-built mosque in Sydney and is located in the suburb of Lakemba, Sydney. The mosque is owned and managed by the Lebanese Muslim Association. (Wikipedia) Captured by: TechnicTouch Evolution
Magna Carta (Latin for “Great Charter”) is one of the most celebrated documents in English history.
At the time it was the solution to a political crisis in Medieval England but its importance has endured as it has become recognized as a cornerstone of liberty influencing much of the civilized world.
Only four copies of Magna Carta dating from 1215 have survived the ravages of time and Salisbury Cathedral is proud to be home to the best preserved original manuscript. Elias of Dereham, priest, and steward of the archbishop of Canterbury is thought to have brought Salisbury’s copy of to Old Sarum in the days following the events at Runnymede and it has remained in the Cathedral’s care ever since.
Housed in our exquisite Chapter House, seeing Magna Carta presented in our family-friendly interactive exhibition is a highlight for many visitors.
The responsibility of owning and interpreting Magna Carta is important in shaping Salisbury Cathedral’s future objectives to this day. (Salisbury Cathedral)
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First established in 1868 as a U.S. Army post by Captain William H. Penrose, 3rd U.S. Infantry, in Bent County, Colorado. Named after Brigadier General Nathaniel Lyon (Cullum 1069), who was the first Union General killed in the U.S. Civil War, 10 Aug 1861, in the Battle of Wilson’s Creek. This post was abandoned in 1889. (FortWiki) Captured by: Drone Bros, LLC
For more than 160 years, the current Bent County/Las Animas Cemetery has served as a community burial ground and the final resting place for several famous names in Colorado history.
One famous Coloradan who rests there is fur trader William Bent, who with his brother built and operated the famous Bent’s Fort. A replica of the 1840s adobe fort is now a National Historic Site.
The cemetery is also the burial site of Amache Prowers, an influential Cheyenne woman who married one of the men in the Prowers family. The Prowers were early Coloradans who settled near Boggsville, adjacent to the area that is now the cemetery. (Susan M. Thornton)
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Born from the will of Mrs. Nadia Karmous, to propose in Switzerland a space around the muslim culture, the MUCIVI (Museum of the civilization of Islam) allows the cultural pole that is the Chaux-de-Fonds, to welcome a place of exchanges, meetings, and discoveries. The exhibition museum traces, in an innovative staging, mixing images, sounds, lighting atmospheres and technological devices, 15 centuries of history of the civilizations of Islam; a movement that leads to the proliferation of practices and questions posed today by a religion practiced by more than a billion and a half individuals around the world.
Opened in 2016, the Mucivi is housed in a listed Art Nouveau building on the main artery of the watchmaking metropolis. The latter also has several renowned cultural institutions whose architecture of streets and buildings has been listed since 2009 as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. On the facade of the building, five women – allegories from five continents – place the visit under the auspices of the meeting and travel. The Mucivi was realized by a multidisciplinary team of specialists: a long-term project, dating back to the early 2000s, for a unique place in Europe.
This statue of Maitreya is located in the Ninh Binh province of Vietnam. In Buddhist culture, Maitreya is considered to be the successor of the present Buddha, popularly known as Gautama Buddha. This statue is over 10 meters high and weighs 80 tons. (Matterport) Captured by: Toan Dung Media
This corridor found in the Ninh Van region of Vietnam is filled with 500 unique arhat statues. The statues, made by local villagers, were each made out of stone blocks. Each statue features a unique facial expression and posture different from all 499 other statues within the corridor. In Buddhism, an Arhat is a title given to an individual who has achieved spiritual enlightenment, or nirvana. (Matterport)
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Ebenezer Baptist Church the spiritual home of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He was baptized here as a child and at the age of 19 became ordained a minister. He continued to serve as co-pastor (with his father) until his death in 1968. Stand at the pulpit where Dr. King honed his oratory and found his spiritual fervor. The church is now a National Historic Site. In 2001, it underwent a renovation to modernize the facilities and restore the interior to how it looked in the 1960s while Dr. King served there. (Matterport)
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Bait Al Zubair is a heritage and cultural center that opened its carved wooden doors to the public in 1998. It is funded by its founders, the Zubair family. The center displays the family’s collection of Omani artifacts, which is considered to be the finest that is privately owned. With its growing collection, Bait al Zubair now houses one of the largest heritage and permanent art collections in the country and serves as a real window on Oman’s rich heritage and culture. Since it opened the museum has expanded into a cultural complex that continues to evolve and is internationally recognized by museums and art galleries who work as our partners to deliver temporary exhibitions or use us as a learning and research resource on Omani heritage.
Bait Al Zubair is proud to exhibit two magnificent old canons presented by His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said to the museum on the occasion of its opening. The museum is one of the country’s architectural icons and in 1999 was the proud recipient of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos’ Award for Architectural Excellence, the first time it was awarded in Oman.
The complex now consists of six separate buildings, as well as a garden with a miniature Omani village, an aflaj system and a selection of indigenous plants and trees which make the complex a calm and beautiful place to visit. The buildings themselves are as much the collection as are the thousands of items on display. (Matterport) Captured by: GreenBird.3D
The Songzhu Temple ( Tib. Zong dgon kru’u ;. Chin Songzhu si嵩祝寺) was a temple of Tibetan Buddhism , the Qing Emperor Yongzheng 1733 for the third  Cangkya Qutuqtu (changkya khutukhtu) had built , It is located at the address Songzhu Beixiang in Beijing District Dongcheng . On the temple grounds there is now a luxury hotel. 
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Bagan (Burmese: ပုဂံ; MLCTS: pu.gam, IPA: [bəɡàɴ]; formerly Pagan) is an ancient city located in the Mandalay Region of Myanmar. From the 9th to 13th centuries, the city was the capital of the Pagan Kingdom, the first kingdom that unified the regions that would later constitute modern Myanmar. During the kingdom’s height between the 11th and 13th centuries, over 10,000 Buddhist temples, pagodas, and monasteries were constructed in the Bagan plains alone, of which the remains of over 2,200 temples and pagodas still survive to the present day. (Wikipedia)
St Leonard’s Church is a Church of England parish church in the London Borough of Lambeth. It is a Grade II listed building and occupies a prominent position on the west side of Streatham High Road, at its junction with Tooting Bec Gardens and Mitcham Lane. (Wikipedia)
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Museum of Freemasonry, based at Freemasons’ Hall, London, is a fully accredited museum since 2009, with a designated outstanding collection of national importance since 2007 and registered charitable trust since 1996. The facility encompasses a museum, library, and archive. Wikipedia
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Shittaung Pagoda, which means ‘Temple of the 80,000 pagodas’ in Myanmar, was built by King Minbin, one of the most powerful kings of the Mrauk U dynasty in 1535. This pagoda which lies half a mile north of the palace city has an intriguing maze-like floor plan inside. The central pagoda measures 160 ft. in length and is 124 ft broad and rises to a height of 86 ft. On the north and south walls, there are circular turret-like pagodas at regular intervals. There is one big and 14 smaller ones on the north and an even bigger one accompanied by seventeen smaller ones on the south. Along the other two inner galleries, there are hundreds of Buddha images of various sizes. (myanmarecotours.com)
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The Holocaust History Center at the Jewish History Museum is an educational institute dedicated to an ongoing examination of the Holocaust through the lived experiences of individuals who survived the war and later lived in Southern Arizona. To date, over 260 individuals from 18 nations have been identified as those who were persecuted by Nazism, survived, and later arrived in southern Arizona. These individuals, our neighbors, who have contributed to our community in numerous ways, are highlighted in the Center’s examination of this complex history. The Center purposefully situated the Holocaust along the spectrum of genocidal violence that remains a consistent feature of the human experience today. Additionally, the Holocaust History Center is committed to illuminating contemporary human rights abuses as they occur.
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Biserica Adormirii Maicii Domnului is the oldest wooden church in the country, built from Calarasi Moldovan woodland oak trees. The church was founded by the freeholders of Hiriseni in 1642 in the courtyard of another monastery, Harjauca.
In 1821, when the monastery moved, the church was transferred on the territory of Hiriseni village, Telenesti, where it served the inhabitants until 1928 when a stone church was built. Afterwards, the church was forgotten and abandoned, transformed into a cemetery chapel. But the wooden church managed to survive, except for the roof and the steeple which succumbed to their age. Finally, in 2010, the church was dismantled and reassembled in Chisinau. It is the only wooden church in Moldova that keeps its classical medieval Moldovan architecture. It is the tallest wooden church in the country and contains about 85% of the original church beams. The iconostasis was also largely preserved, with stately icons dating back to the XVIII century.
Chisinau bd. Dacia, immediate outside city limits, on the territory of Village Museum
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