Category: HISTORY

Dec 4, 2014

There’s a 225 ft Gas Crater in Turkmenistan That’s Been Burning Since 1971

There’s a 225 ft Gas Crater in Turkmenistan That’s Been Burning Since 1971

© Tormod Sandtorv / Darvasa gas crater panorama / CC BY-SA 2.0 Nicknamed the ‘door to hell’, the Darvaza Crater in Turkmenistan has been burning for over 40 years. The 225 ft wide (69 meters) and 98 ft deep (30 meters) crater is located in the middle of the Karakum Desert which occupies…

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Dec 3, 2014

Picture of the Day: The Vaulted Ceilings of St Aubin

Picture of the Day: The Vaulted Ceilings of St Aubin

Photograph by Luc Viatour | http://www.Lucnix.be Seen here are the amazing vaulted ceilings and dome of St Aubin’s Cathedral in Namur, Wallonia, Belgium. St Aubin’s is the only cathedral in Belgium in the Late Baroque style and was built between 1751 and 1767. Inside, all colour is avoided, replaced by architectural enrichments and the…

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Dec 2, 2014

Picture of the Day: The Oldest Tree in Estonia

Picture of the Day: The Oldest Tree in Estonia

Photograph by Abrget47j on Wikimedia Comoons Seen here is the famous Tamme-Lauri oak, the thickest and oldest tree in Estonia, located in Urvaste Parish, Võru County. The height of the tree is 17 metres (56 ft) with a circumference of 831 centimetres (327 in). According to researchers the tree was planted around 1326. [source]…

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Nov 26, 2014

Picture of the Day: New York Sunset from the GW Bridge, 1936

Picture of the Day: New York Sunset from the GW Bridge, 1936

Photograph by New York City Municipal Archives, WPA Federal Writers’ Project, Jack Rosenzwieg / AP In this beautiful black and white photo from 22 December 1936, a man looks across the Hudson River towards Manhattan from the New York tower of the George Washington Bridge. The photo is one of over 900,000 that are…

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Nov 25, 2014

Picture of the Day: Camera Fossil

Picture of the Day: Camera Fossil

Artwork by Daniel Arsham | danielarsham.com Daniel Arsham just released the latest installment of his Future Relic series entitled Camera (2014). The artwork depicts a sort of fossilized version of a modern-day SLR camera made from plaster and broken glass. OHWOW Gallery announced the second chapter of Daniel Arsham’s Future Relic series, with the…

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Nov 25, 2014

Stunning 2200-Year-Old Mosaics Discovered in Ancient Greek City

Stunning 2200-Year-Old Mosaics Discovered in Ancient Greek City

Three new mosaics were recently discovered in the ancient Greek city of Zeugma, which is located in the present-day province of Gaziantep in southern Turkey. The incredibly well-preserved mosaics date back to 2nd century BC. Zeugma was considered one of the most important centers of the Eastern Roman Empire and the ancient city has…

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Nov 24, 2014

Heroes and Villains as Flemish Portrait Paintings

Heroes and Villains as Flemish Portrait Paintings

In Super Flemish, French photographer Sacha Goldberger depicts heroes and villains in the style of formal oil paintings from the Flemish school of portraiture. The project was a huge collaboration involving costume designers, make-up artists, stylists and models. The series premiered at the Grand Palais in Paris recently, paying homage to Flemish masters like…

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Nov 13, 2014

This Might Be the World’s First Book on Color Palettes

This Might Be the World’s First Book on Color Palettes

At Bibliothèque Méjanes in Aix-en-Provence, France you will find an 894-page book from 1692 dedicated entirely to color. One A. Boogert is credited as the author to this fascinating manual written in Dutch. According to Erik Kwakkel, Boogert describes how to make watercolor paints; explaining how to mix colors and change their tone by…

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Nov 11, 2014

Picture of the Day: Never Forgotten

Picture of the Day: Never Forgotten

Photograph by Historic Royal Palaces / Richard Lea-Hair At the Tower of London 888,246 ceramic poppies were installed, each representing a British life lost in the First World War. The progressive art installation, entitled Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red, was created by ceramic artist Paul Cummins and stage designer Tom Piper. Since…

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Nov 11, 2014

World War I Battlefields, 100 Years Later

World War I Battlefields, 100 Years Later

Fields of Battle—Lands of Peace 14-18 is the work of photojournalist Michael St Maur Sheil. Captured over a period of seven years, Michael’s photography combines a passion for history and landscape and presents a unique reflection on the transformation of the battlefields of the Great War into the landscape of modern Europe. Michael remarks:…

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