Travel Photography Photos tagged as monuments and cities
Here we can see, on the foreground, the Monument dedicated to General Simon Bolivar, "El Libertador" - The Liberator (1783-1830), the revolutionary leader responsible for the independence of five South American countries: Venezuela (its own native land), Colombia, Bolivia, Peru and Ecuador. The monument, a gift from Venezuela to Brazil, was inaugurated in 1981, at Juliano Moreira Square (district of Botafogo). On the background, we can see Rio Sul Tower, Rio's tallest building (162 meters high).
Floralis Generica is the name of this beautiful monument, a metallic flower whose petals open during the day and close by night. It stands in a park located between Recoleta and Palermo Chico, two of the main Districts of Buenos Aires Northern Zone.
Here is "Avenida Nueve de Julio", known as the world's widest avenue (twelve traffic lanes - six lanes both sides), one of Buenos Aires most famous post-cards. La Plata River can be seen on the back.
The Monumental Tower (former "English Tower") is one of Buenos Aires' most important landmarks. Located in the District of Retiro (part of Downtown), it was donated to the city by the British people residing in Argentina, in 1916.
Here we can see one of Buenos Aires' most important post-cards: "Avenida Nueve de Julio", known as the world's widest avenue (twelve traffic lanes - six lanes both sides), and the famous Obelisk Monument, in the confluence with also famous "Avenida Corrientes".
Capital of the Province of Buenos Aires, La Plata (just 50 minutes from Buenos Aires City, by car) is a still young city: its construction started in 1882, based in a modern and innovative urban planning project, whose main characteristics had influenced the construction of Belo Horizonte (Brazil), 15 years later. In this pic, a sight of "Plaza Moreno" (Moreno Square), with the City Hall on the back. La Plata worths a visit, for sure!
Inaugurated in 1991, Curitiba's Botanical Garden is known nationwide for its greenhouse of iron and glass, inspired on the Crystal Palace of London. Here we can see the sculpture "Mother Love", by João Zaco, homage of the Polish Community to the City by the time of the 3rd Centennial of its Foundation (1993).
Inaugurated in 1954, Ibirapuera is São Paulo's most important urban park, a paulistanos' (São Paulo's citizens)favourite. It encompasses gardens, museums, exhibition halls and monuments. This pic shows the Monument to the Constitutional Soldier.
One of the city's main landmarks, the "Monumento às Bandeiras" (a monument dedicated to the "Bandeiras", exploratory expeditions that occured in the first centuries of occupation of brazilian territory by the Portuguese conquerors), by famous sculptor Victor Brecheret, was inaugurated close to Ibirapuera Park, in 1953. It is made by 240 granite blocks, with about 50 tons each.
Pery, an Indian who is one of the central personages of the opera "Il Guarany", by Carlos Gomes, seems to leave its native forest astonished with Anhangabaú Valley urban forest, in Downtown São Paulo. The statue is part of the "Monument to Carlos Gomes", by Luigi Brizzolara, gift of the Italian community to the city by the time of Brazil Independence Centennial (1922). It’s installed in the staircases of Ramos de Azevedo Square, close to the Municipal Theater.
Here is another view of Corcovado Mountain (710 meters high) and Christ The Redeemer monument, taken from a bus stop. This "Number One" landmark can be seen from (almost) everywhere in town, like this street (Rua Humaitá), a very busy one.
Corcovado Mountain and Christ The Redeemer monument, seen from Laranjeiras Street. I know it's not a good pic by the technical side. Anyway, I liked the composition as a whole and decided to post it... Hope you like it!
Monument to Youth, by Bruno Giorgi - Gustavo Capanema Building (former headquarters of the Ministry of Education and Culture) gardens, in Downtown Rio.
Here is a view of Corcovado Mountain (710 meters high) and Christ The Redeemer monument, seen from Botafogo Beach.
Inaugurated in 1944, the statue of Fryderyk Chopin (2,50 meters high), by Polish artist Augusto Sambynsky, was given to Rio by the Polish Community. Located at the mouth of Guanabara Bay, it stands close to famous Sugar Loaf (396 meters high), one of the city's main landmarks.
Kiyomizudera ("Pure Water Temple") is one of Japan's most important Buddhist temples, associated with the Hosso sect, one of the oldest sects within the country. This is one of the many sacred statues one can find there.
Here is a small temple in Kyoto, dedicated to the Pig, situated in a residencial area close to the district of Ghion. It makes me think about the Chinese Calendar, which has been in continuous use for centuries. It predates the International Calendar (based on the Gregorian Calendar) we use at the present day. It measures time, from short durations of minutes and hours, to intervals of time measured in months, years and centuries, entirely based on the astronomical observations of the movement of the Sun, Moon and stars. February 18, 2007 will be the first day of the Chinese New Year, starting "The Year of the Pig". There are 12 animal names. So, by this system, year names are re-cycled every 12 years.