Archive for the 'Architecture' Category

Canada: Toronto, Ontario – Two Views of Toronto’s CN Tower

Tuesday, June 11th, 2019

The CN Tower and a reflection of the Tower in an office building nearby, The tower held the record for the world’s tallest free-standing structure for 32 years until 2007 when it was surpassed by the Burj Khalifa. It still remains the tallest free-standing structure in the Western Hemisphere.


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Canada: Toronto, Ontario: Views from the CN Tower Toronto

Monday, June 10th, 2019

Until 2009, The CN Tower was the world’s tallest tower but in that year the Canton Tower was built and surpassed it. It’s still in the top 10 free-standing structures in the world, coming in at #9.

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Canada: Toronto, Ontario: CN Tower Toronto

Monday, June 10th, 2019

The CN Tower in Toronto, completed in 1976, is 147 stories high. You can go up and look out on the observation deck on the 114th floor. CN stands for the Canadian National Railway, since the tower was built by the company and is located on former railway land. It remains the signature icon of Toronto’s skyline, with more than 2,000,000 visitors zipping up it every year.

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Canada: Toronto, Ontario – Casa Loma, Toronto

Monday, June 10th, 2019

Sir Henry Pellatt, a Canadian stockbroker and entrepreneur built this full-sized castle in Toronto around 1913. It has secret passageways, breathtaking views and elaborately decorated rooms. Unfortunately financial miscalculations caused him to have to leave his “castle on the hill” and he died in poverty.

 

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Canada: Toronto, Ontario – Telephone in Casa Loma, Toronto

Monday, June 10th, 2019

High tech telephones can be found in most of the rooms (even his bathroom) of Sir Henry Pellatt’s castle-like home, Casa Loma – and this was in 1913! 

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Canada: Toronto, Ontario – Ceiling Domes in Casa Loma

Monday, June 10th, 2019

The home of Sir Henry Pellatt was one of the first in America to have recessed lighting installed in the domes of some rooms creating glowing ceilings.


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Canada: Toronto, Ontario – Casa Loma, Toronto

Monday, June 10th, 2019

The famous Oak Room of the splendid Edwardian era home of Sir Henry Pellatt. The finished panels fruit, flowers, ribbons and birds took 3 years to carve and were so exquisite that in 1913 when they arrived they were first exhibited in Montreal’s Musee des Beaux Arts before being installed in Casa Loma. 

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Canada: Toronto, Ontario – CN Tower Glass Floor

Monday, June 10th, 2019

Standing 113 floors high and looking through a glass floor, you can see the Toronto Raptors Jurassic Park, where fans hang out. In 1995, the CN Tower was declared one of the  Seven Wonders of the Modern World by the American Society of Civil Engineers.

 

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Italy, Rome: St. Peter’s Dome, Rome

Tuesday, May 21st, 2019

St. Peter’s Basilica has the tallest dome in the world. Michelangelo had a large part in its design. The lantern is 17 metres high. It was used as a model for other domes in the western world such as Saint Paul’s in London (1675), Les Invalides in Paris (1680-1691) and the Capitol building in Washington, DC (1794-1817).

 

 

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Italy, Rome: Pieta by Michelangelo

Monday, May 20th, 2019

As you enter St. Peter’s Basilica, in one of the first niches as go to the right, you can see Michelangelo’s famous sculpture of the Pieta, Madonna and child.

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