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Prague the city of towers on Great Atmosphere, part1

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Prague is the capital and largest city of the Czech Republic. It is the fourteenth-largest city in the European Union.

It is also the historical capital of Bohemia proper. Situated in the north-west of the country on the Vltava river, the city is home to about 1.3 million people, while its larger urban zone is estimated to have a population of nearly 2 million.

The city has a temperate oceanic climate, with warm summers and chilly winters.Prague has been a political, cultural, and economic centre of central Europe with waxing and waning fortunes during its 1,100-year existence. Founded during the Romanesque and flourishing by the Gothic and Renaissance eras, Prague was not only the capital of the Czech state, but also the seat of two Holy Roman Emperors and thus also the capital of the Holy Roman Empire.

It was an important city to the Habsburg Monarchy and its Austro-Hungarian Empire and after World War I became the capital of Czechoslovakia. The city played major roles in the Protestant Reformation, the Thirty Years’ War, and in 20th-century history, during both World Wars and the post-war Communist era.

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Beautiful, Meteora, Greece on Great Atmosphere

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Beautiful, Meteora, Greece on Great Atmosphere

The Metéora (Greek: Μετέωρα, lit. “middle of the sky”, “suspended in the air” or “in the heavens above” — etymologically related to “Meteorite”) is one of the largest and most important complexes of Eastern Orthodox monasteries in Greece, second only to Mount Athos.

The six monasteries are built on natural sandstone rock pillars, at the northwestern edge of the Plain of Thessaly near the Pineios river and Pindus Mountains, in central Greece. The nearest town is Kalambaka.

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The Theopetra caves 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) south of Meteora had inhabitants fifty millennia ago. The oldest known example of a man-made structure was found within a prehistoric cave in central Greece, according to the Greek culture ministry.

The structure is a stone wall that blocked two-thirds of the entrance to the Theopetra cave near Kalambaka on the north edge of the Thessalian plain. It was constructed 23,000 years ago, probably as a barrier to cold winds. “An optical dating test, known as Optically Stimulated Luminescence, was applied on quartz grains nested within the stones. We dated four different samples from the sediment and soil materials, and all provided identical dates,” Nikolaos Zacharias, director of the laboratory of archaeometry at the University of Peloponnese, told Discovery News.

Meteora, Greece. Meteora, Greece.

According to a statement by the ministry of culture, “the dating matches the coldest period of the most recent ice age, indicating that the cavern’s inhabitants built the stone wall to protect themselves from the cold.” Excavated since 1987, the Theopetra cave is well known to palaeontologists as it was used and inhabited continuously from the Palaeolithic period onwards (50,000 to 5,000 years ago).

Meteora, Greece. Meteora, Greece.

In the 9th century, an ascetic group of hermit monks moved up to the ancient pinnacles.
They were the first people to inhabit Metéora. They lived in hollows and fissures in the rock towers, some of which reach 1800 ft (550m) above the plain. This great height, combined with the sheerness of the cliff walls, kept away all but the most determined visitors. Initially the hermits led a life of solitude, meeting only on Sundays and special days to worship and pray in a chapel built at the foot of a rock known as Dhoupiani. As early as the 11th century AD hermit monks were believed to be living among the caves and cutouts in the rocks.

Meteora, Greece. Meteora, Greece.

The exact date of the establishment of the monasteries is unknown. By the late 11th and early 12th centuries, a rudimentary monastic state had formed called the Skete of Stagoi and was centered around the still-standing church of Theotokos (mother of God).

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By the end of the 12th century, an ascetic community had flocked to Metéora.

They were the first people to inhabit Metéora. They lived in hollows and fissures in the rock towers, some of which reach 1800 ft (550m) above the plain. This great height, combined with the sheerness of the cliff walls, kept away all but the most determined visitors. Initially the hermits led a life of solitude, meeting only on Sundays and special days to worship and pray in a chapel built at the foot of a rock known as Dhoupiani. As early as the 11th century AD hermit monks were believed to be living among the caves and cutouts in the rocks.

Meteora, Greece.

Until the 17th century, the primary means of conveying goods and people from these eyries was by means of baskets and ropes.Six of the monasteries remain today. Of these six, four were inhabited by men, and two by women. Each monastery has fewer than 10 inhabitants. The monasteries are now tourist attractions.

The first floating Movie Theater!

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The first floating Movie Theater! 

This is the first floating cinema that has occurred in the recent film festival «Film on the Rocks» in Thailand, offering lucky fans the unique opportunity to watch the movies … literally on the water, in an idyllic seascape

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More specifically, the architect Ole Scheeren built the world’s only Archipelago Cinema, which is a “modular” structure, made entirely from recycled materials.

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A large platform-like patterns were placed on the water, forming a “floating” amphitheater for spectators, while the huge screen located between two huge rocks that dominate the region.floating-movie-archipelago-cinema-thailand-great-atmosphere-sea-ocean-beautiful-travel-photography

“I really can not think of a better way to watch a movie than to sink … in one of the most beautiful places in the world, in the middle of a verdant lagoon overlooking the deep blue and starry sky,” says the architect.

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A magical journey into the colors of the world! on Great Atmosphere – 12 photos

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One color is what usually characterizes a country or a city through most landscapes, and this is reflected in the mind of a traveler when the visit or when seeing individual pictures from there. In Antarctica, for example, immediately bring to mind the blue, while in Africa we think the dark brown. By the same logic thinking about Paris, Egypt or India, making a magical and colorful journey through the colors of the world!

1. Red, Paris

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2. Purple, Tasmania

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3. Yellow, Mozambique

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4. Blue, Antarctica

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5. Brown, Africa

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6. Gold, Egypt

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7. Green, Indonesia

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8. Black, New York

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9. Blue, Greece

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10. Pink, Netherlands

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11. White, Iceland

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12. Grey, UK

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