Here’s our Editor’s Picks for the first three weeks in January 2011. Click the images to open interactive versions.

Wales: Conwy castle old suspension bridge

Panoramic photo by Bernd Kronmueller.
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A lot of people come to visit the castle in Conwy. Not so many actually take the little path which leads to the old suspension bridge. It is one of the bridges build by Thomas Telford and it is one of the first road suspension bridges built to span the river Conwy. The interesting thing on this bridge (and on Menai Bridge for that matter) are the huge chain links made from iron. In 1826 manufacturing steel cables hadn’t been invented but they needed something flexible and strong. So they came up with these massive chains with each chain link about 2 metres long, 20cm high and 5cm wide. The longer and wider Menai Bridge, also built by Telford has even more impressive chain links which I hope to show in some other panorama.

Vietnam: My Son Sanctuary – USESCO World Heritage

Panoramic photo by Tetsuya.Y.
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Between the 4th and 13th centuries a unique culture which owed its spiritual origins to Indian Hinduism developed on the coast of contemporary Viet Nam. This is graphically illustrated by the remains of a series of impressive tower-temples located in a dramatic site that was the religious and political capital of the Champa Kingdom for most of its existence.http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/949

tibet: the Tibetan Prayer Flag on Biri Sacred Mountain Nyingtri

Panoramic photo by yunzen liu.
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Prayer Flags are inscribed with auspicious symbols, invocations, prayers, and mantras. Tibetan Buddhists for centuries have planted these flags outside their homes and places of spiritual practice for the wind to carry the beneficent vibrations across the countryside. Prayer flags are said to bring happiness, long life and prosperity to the flag planter and those in the vicinity.There are two kinds of Prayer flags (sutra streamer): the standing type and the hanging type. Sutra streamers of the standing type are generally called sutra flags.  The highest one could be tens of meters. On the top of the flagpole there are decorations such as the gilded Treasure Vase. Five-Colored Canopy, extails and so on.The hanging type sutra streamers, which are hanged on the long ropes, are commonest in the places of sacred mountains and saint lakes. The longest one could be hundreds of meters. Every family hangs this kind of colorful sutra steamers on the top of door or the roof of house.

Brazil: capela menino jesus de praga

Panoramic photo by Jorge Santos.
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shandong: Jinan Qianfoshan-Poke Holes-2

Panoramic photo by jacky cheng.
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Thousand Buddha Cave of Ten Thousand Buddhas. Northern foot of the mountain, September 30, 1992 was officially opened. Show line up more than 600 meters, set in China “Moga Collection”, “Dragon Essence,” “outlook Maiji Hall”, “Yungang blend of” famous four famous cave in a hole, through the art of concentration, reconstruction, and shaping the Lord Buddha , Bodhisattva, disciple, King, Book 28,888, the largest reclining Buddha 28 meters long, outside the cave imitation Leshan Giant Buddha 15 meters high. The smallest is only 20-30 cm. Buddhist art spread to China from the Eastern Han Dynasty. Absorbed by the working people try to figure out the essence of the long-term, has formed a special style of the Chinese spirit. These features, in this fully realized. Bringing this to a Northern Wei, Tang, Song of the statues of the period style.

France: Mellow evening at the beach of Etretat, Normandy, France

Panoramic photo by Vil Muhametshin.
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Panoramic photo by David Mariotti.
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The Gothic Room at the Dossin Great Lakes Museum is the lounge from the steamer, City of Detroit III, which was scrapped in 1956.  The room serves both as a display and as the lobby of the building.
Panoramic photo by Rahim hamada.
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Panoramic photo by Vil Muhametshin.
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Panoramic photo by Andrea Biffi.
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The Imperial Fora consist of a series of monumental fora (public squares) constructed in Rome over a period of one and half centuries, between 46 BC and 113 AD. The forums were the center of the Roman Republic and of the Roman Empire. The Imperial forums are located relatively close to each other. Julius Caesar was the first to build in this section of Rome and rearranged both the Forum and the Comitium, another forum type space designated for politics, to do so. These forums were the centres of politics, religion and economy in the ancient Roman Empire. Imperial Fora on Wikipedia
Panoramic photo by Vil Muhametshin.
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Panoramic photo by Martin Hertel.
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Winter night at the Brandenburg Gate in the heart of Berlin.
Panoramic photo by Andreas Brett.
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Panoramic photo by Konstantin.
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Panoramic photo by John Austin Roberts.
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Long-leaf pines tower over the Florida National Scenic Trail as it passes through the Juniper Prairie Wilderness, part of the Ocala National Forest of central Florida.  The first portion of the Florida Trail was established within the Ocala National Forest in 1966, with the current trail stretching from the Everglades to the western Florida panhandle. The Ocala National Forest was itself established in 1908 with the Juniper Prairie area designated as wilderness in 1984.
Panoramic photo by Heiner Straesser.
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Outside of the Güzelyurt (= nice homeland) there is the Yueksek Kilise on the top of a rock. From here you have a great view into the area around. In the background one can see the Mount Hasan (3260m), which is one of the volcanoes responsible for the tuffstone, that had covered the area.

Russia: P1140991 50159 6pipslogo

Panoramic photo by Timofey Osipov.
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Panoramic photo by Marcio Cabral.
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A fazenda Boca da Onça está localizada na Serra da Bodoquena, no município de Bodoquena, a 300 km de Campo Grande e a 55 km de Bonito, no estado do Mato Grosso do Sul. Está situada num planalto, com a escarpa voltada para o Pantanal, a uma altitude média de 400 metros, que se desenvolveu sobre rochas carbonáticas. O relevo é caracterizado por feições de dissolução como cavernas, rios subterrâneos e cânions. A existência de carbonato de cálcio dissolvido na água, junto com o depósito de algas e de material orgânico ocasiona o crescimento do material carbonático que se desenvolve nas formas mais criativas e belas. Seus diversos formatos deram origem às denominações: tufas calcáreas, travertinos, estalagtites e estalagmites. Quanto mais vida nos rios, mais calcário nas cachoeiras: por isso se diz que “na Serra da Bodoquena as cachoeiras crescem”.
Panoramic photo by Sergej Esnault.
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Panoramic photo by Thang Bui.
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Dân làng kể rằng trước đây đường làng Cựu toàn lát đá xanh, bây giờ thì lát ximăng, chỉ có các ngách nhỏ vẫn dấu vết ngày xưa.

One Comment

  1. Johann Victor says:

    great pano hope i can my picture displayed by the editor one day:)