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Victoria Lines Fortifications, Malta - UNESCO World Heritage

Victoria Lines Fortifications, Malta - UNESCO World Heritage

The Great Fault is a natural geographical barrier which spans across the whole width of Malta north of Mdina, and practically divides the island in two parts. Its use for defensive purposes can be traced way back to prehistoric times but it was the Knights, in 1722, who were the first to systematically utilize the natural defensive qualities of this geographical feature for military purposes wi...
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De Redin Towers, Malta

De Redin Towers, Malta

The De Redin towers are a series of small fortified watch towers on the island of Malta.

They were built by the Knights of Malta.

Thirteen were built under the auspices of Grand Master Fra Martin de Redin. Though they are usually known as De Redin towers, towers to a similar design were built under his predecessor Grand Master Fra Juan de Lascaris-Castellar.
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Lascaris Towers, Malta

Lascaris Towers, Malta

In the mid 17th century the Hospitallers continued on this line of building new towers. In fact from 1636 to 1657 Grand Master Lascaris paid for the building of another seven towers.
These were Lippija Tower in Gnejna Bay, Fra Ben Tower in Qawra, Ghajn Tuffieha Tower in Ghajn Tuffieha, St. George’s Bay Tower in St. George’s Bay, Nadur Tower in Bingemma, Wied iz-Zurrieq Tower in Zurrieq ...
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Wignacourt Towers, Malta

Wignacourt Towers, Malta

The first of the coastal fortifications were built by Grandmaster Aloph de Wignacourt in 1610. A total of seven towers were built by Wignacourt at St. Paul Bay (1609), Marsaxlokk (St. Lucian’s Tower - 1610), St Thomas Bay (1614), Marsalforn (Gozo - 1616) Comino (St. Mary’s Tower - 1618), and Sta. Maria Delle Grazie (1620). These towers were large squarish structures which were more like small f...
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Mamo Tower near Marsaskala, Malta

Mamo Tower near Marsaskala, Malta

Mamo Tower is a fortification on the island of Malta. It stands on rising ground above St Thomas Bay on the east shore of Malta. It was built by the Mamo family in 1657, as a fortified residence. In 1940 it was requisitioned by the British Military, and used as a Regional Headquarters. In support of this role, a Pillbox was constructed on the roof. After World War Two it was again a private hou...
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The 100 Ton Armstrong Gun at Fort Rinella

The 100 Ton Armstrong Gun at Fort Rinella

The 100-ton gun presently at Fort Rinella arrived in Malta from Woolwich on 10th September 1882. After some months the gun was ferried from the Dockyard to Rinella Bay from where it was transported to Fort Rinella. The gun had to be manhandled all the way to the fort. The operation, which involved about 100 men from the 1st Brigade Scottish R.A. Division, lasted three months. Finally in January...
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Pratzen Hights Memorial

Pratzen Hights Memorial

This memorial is made 1805 for Napoleons greatest victory at Austerlitz. The area has been french property ever since.

Link with photos, in french only.
http://www.vialupo.com/austerlitz/austerlitz.html

See also Captain Hornblowers great link:
http://www.googleearthhacks.com/dlfile6418/Napoleonic-War,-Battle-of-Austerlitz-(Overlays).htm
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Governors Island - New York States Birthplace

Governors Island - New York States Birthplace

A statement from the US National Park Service (NPS) concerning this island:
For more than two centuries, the military communities on Governors Island were woven into the intricate social, political and economic tapestry that is New York City. From 1776-1996, Governors Island stood as a silent sentinel in New York Harbor, and provided protection of the ideals represented by the Statue of...
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Fort Jay

Fort Jay

Fort Jay is a historical United States Army fort on Governors Island in New York City. The oldest structure on the island, it was originally built to defend Upper New York Bay, but has served other purposes.

The walls and gate of the existing fort were rebuilt in 1806 to replace a series of earthen forts built in 1776 and 1794. Barracks on the inside of the fort date back to 1834...
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Muiden Castle

Muiden Castle

Muiden Castle is probably the castle that receives the most visitors in all of the Netherlands. This is not only because it's a popular destination for a lot of school trips, due to its importance in Dutch history, but also because of its proximity to Amsterdam which attracts most foreign tourists.
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Only remaining building after 1755 earthquake in Lisbon

Only remaining building after 1755 earthquake in Lisbon

1755, on november 1st at 9:20am, Lisbon was hit by an earthquake with epicenter 200 km. in the Atlantic Ocean. It was followed by a tsunami with waves of 4 stores high. After the quake the city was hit by fires because of open cooking-fireplaces and lamps.
More than 60000 of 250000 people were killed in Lisbon and thousands in the outskirts.
The quake hit when there was an All Sai...
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Che Guevaras death in Bolivia

Che Guevaras death in Bolivia

Locations of the executionsite, La Higuera school and Vallegrande airfield where he was showed to the press and later buried in a mass grave in 1967.
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Fort Snelling

Fort Snelling

Fort Snelling is located at the confluence of the Minnesota and Mississippi Rivers in Hennepin County, Minnesota. Constructed between 1820 and 1825 as Fort St. Anthony. It received the name Fort Snelling upon its completion in honor of Colonel Josiah Snelling, who commanded the regiment that built it, and oversaw its construction. Snelling was considered to be a reasonable commander—when he was...
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Jesse James gang member locations

Jesse James gang member locations

Birthplace of Jesse and Frank James, the house where Jesse was killed and all gang members gravesites.

Story about Jesse James and his gang:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jesse_James
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The Ipatiev house - russian tzar execution site

The Ipatiev house - russian tzar execution site

The Ipatiev house in Ekaterinburg where the russian Tzarfamily and 4 servants were kept imprisoned and executed after the russian revolution 1918 stood here. They were executed in the basement. It was demolished 1977 and replaced by the Church on the Blood.

Photo 1: Ipatiev House.
Photo 2: Execution room at the investigation for evidence of the execution of the Romanovs.<...
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The Betsy Ross house - Birth of Stars and Stripes

The Betsy Ross house - Birth of Stars and Stripes

It was here in Philadelphia Betsy Ross presented George Washington to the first Stars and Stripes flag that she made to him and the USA in 1776.

http://www.ushistory.org/betsy/
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The Water temple

The Water temple

The Water temple of Zaghouan is usually referred to by its French name, Temple des Eaux, or Temple des Numphes. It dates back to Roman times, and was not a temple, simpy a grand fountain
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SPANISH COLONY FORT   SANTA TERESA

SPANISH COLONY FORT SANTA TERESA

Old buildings of the spanish colony in Uruguay SANTA TERESA FORTIFICATION for Rio de la plata surveillance
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Plain of Jars

Plain of Jars

Know as "Plain of Jars", was a area of intense bombing by the United States during the Vietnam war. The entire landscape is still covered with bomb craters. It is know as the "Plain of Jars" because scathered across the landscape are mysterious giant "jars" made from stones thousands of years ago of unknown origin. It remains a mystery largely because the land is still littered with unexploded ...
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The West Xia Imperial Tombs (China)

The West Xia Imperial Tombs (China)

West Xia Kingdom (1038-1227) stands among the once powerful kingdoms, with its capital in Yinchuan shaded by Mt. Helan imperial forests. Its Imperial Tombs reflect the past glories culturally and militarily.

The West Xia Imperial Tombs are 25 kilometers (15.5 miles) west of Yinchuan on east side of Mt. Helan. Since June 1972, nine imperial tombs and 253 lesser tombs have been une...
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Long Cheng, Laos

Long Cheng, Laos

the infamous secret CIA air base better know as Lima Site 20A (or Alternate) where tens of thousands of hmong are recruited to fight the spread of communisim in southeast asia during the Vietnam War. It was a city turned modern overnight and served as a major hub throughout the war. if you zoom out, just northeast you will see a section in high resolution. Plain of Jars. Look closely and you wi...
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Roman Castel Pfuenz

Roman Castel Pfuenz

Garrison of the Cohors I Breucorum between the year 90 AD and the end of the Limes around 260 AD. Knowledge of the fort and the vicus, situated to the south, go back to the investigations of the Reichs-Limeskommission (Winkelmann) between 1884 and 1900 together with construction observation in 1998 by the State Office for Monument Conservation when a high-pressure water pipe was laid.
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Jerusalem sights

Jerusalem sights

What you must see if you visit Jerusalem.
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Roman castell Pfuenz

Roman castell Pfuenz

Developed around 90 A.D. under Domitianus (81-96) with the army route white castle Pfuenz Koesching as new border.

Size: 187-189 x 144-145 m = 2.5 hectars.

Auxiliary troop unit had about 380 foot soldiers and 120 riders.
First in wood establishes, under Antoninus Pius (138-161) in stone developed. After the Markomannenkriegen rebuilt around 183/185.
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Arco della Pace, Milano

Arco della Pace, Milano

Many considered this the only monumental "Porta" (literally door, entrance) in Milano. It has been built stronly wanted by Napoleon I and has been used by Napoleon III and Vittorio Emanuele II when they enter in Milan after being freed by the Austrian domination.

Interesting website that analyze the monument: http://www.dibaio.com/arcodellapace/

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