ARGENTINA: Urban Sights Victoria – Architecture & Monuments – Entre Rios Province

How would the ideal city be like? It should have history and tradition. It must have full nature and architecture. You must arrive across a majestic bridge and it should have a Las Vegas style Casino. That is how Victoria looks like. Victoria is an Argentinean city, on the east coast, one of the most important one of all Entre Ríos province. It has limited by a streams network that flows to the Paraná River. Victoria is also known as the “City of Seven Hills”, the whole city is settled on one of them.

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VENEZUELA: Maracaibo and its Lago – Vibrant city, exciting history and largest lake in South America

Maracaibo is a port city on the Lago de Maracaibo in the northwest of Venezuela. It is the capital of the state of Zulia, with more than two million inhabitants after Caracas, the second largest metropolitan area in the country and is one of the largest cities in the Caribbean. Besides the interesting lively city the nature around is also astonishing. Lake Maracaibo is the largest lake in South America and one of the oldest lakes in the world at over 30 million years old.

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PARAGUAY: Itaipú Hydroelectric Power Plant – Imposing major project of technical creation

Itaipú is the name of a hydroelectric power plant and the associated Itaipú dam and the Itaipú reservoir on Paraná on the border between Paraguay and Brazil. Until the completion of the Three Gorges Dam in the People’s Republic of China in 2006, Itaipu was the world’s largest power plant in terms of output. Due to the high capacity utilization of turbines, Itaipu remains mostly in first place in terms of annual energy production even after 2006.

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CHILE: Angol Urbex Adventure – The mysterious old Ilabaca Hospital

The photographer Salvador Seda has been working on the Angol Streetart Map in Chile since quite a while and fills it with interesting stories and great photographs. His focus is often on the history of the urban art and the spot. In that case obviously it makes sense to explore abandoned places and Salvador is a big fan of Urbex. During an adventurous tour of discovery, the streetart hunter visited the Ilabaca Hospital, which had been out of order for decades. The dilapidated buildings and half-collapsed rooms have something eerie but at the same time also something attractive, which arouses curiosity. In such places you can usually find interesting graffiti art as well.

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COLOMBIA: Zipaquirá – Magical Underground Catedral de Sal

The Catedral de Sal in Zipaquirá is a very special Catholic church located deep in the underground in the salt mine of Zipaquirá, located in the province of Cundinamarca in Colombia. It has no official status as a cathedral and is not subject to any bishop, but attracts thousands of visitors and pilgrims every week. The whole complex is part of the theme park Parque de la Sal and there are numerous religious artefacts and imposing artworks presented below the surface. The additional great light effects and lamp installations make a visit just unforgettable.

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MALTA: Sacred Door Saints and Nicknamed Houses

Religion plays an important role in Maltese culture and tradition. There are over 360 chapels and churches throughout the archipelago, including the huge Carmelite Cathedral in Valetta and the great Ta’ Pinu Basilica in Gozo for example. The presence of faith is also evident in the streets and integrated onto the homes of the Maltese people in form of small plaques, figures and ornaments depicting saints and thus acting as the patron saint of the building. Many Maltese also give their houses their individual names, so you often find among these door saints also tiles or signs with the building names. Here is a small collection of these beautiful mostly made of ceramic works of art.

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USA: New York – Manhattan Street Life

Our visit was just awesome! Thanks a lot to crazy and surprisefull taxi drivers, to fantastic cheese cake bakers, to great stand up comedians and definitely for sure thanks a lot for cinema pass out places when they are needed! Sorry for the snorring! ? But the Lincoln movie is quite a long one and even without  the New York nightlife we would have fallen asleep in those cozy cinema seats. Thanks a lot for the contribution of the pics from photographer Alexander Teczar.

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NORWAY: Streetart Oslo – Frogner District – Vigeland Park and „The London Police”

Norway is a rich country where prosperity and quality of life are tangible and visible. The neighbourhood Frogner is the best example of this. Noble and sublime is the central district of Oslo. For us it was the starting point of our ventures in the city and a very good choice. In Frogner we resided and rented for seven days. This had many advantages and good reasons and this choice was really well made in retrospect. Accommodation and flights were in themselves very cheap compared to the cost of living in the city. This was probably a pure stroke of luck in the run-up to the event.

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JAPAN: Nara – UNESCO Historic Monuments of the Ancient

Many of the temples, shrines and ruins in Nara form the “Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara”, which is announced as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The complex includes the Tōdai-ji, the Kōfuku-ji, the Kasuga taisha, the Gangō-ji, the Yakushi-ji, the Tōshōdai-ji, and the Heijō Palace. The nearby Kasugayama Primeval Forest is also identified as part of the world heritage site and worth a visit.

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