Archive for the 'Monument' Category

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 – 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: Colonnade St. Peter’s Basilica, Rome

Monday, May 20th, 2019

Have fun looking for the trompe l’oeil Gian Lorenzo Bernini planned in the center of St Peter’s Square. There are 2 semi-circles surrounded by 4 rows of columns. You can see the rows from any place in the piazza except from 2 spots (look for the metal plates in the ground) where the illusion allows you to see only 1 row of columns and not the four.

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Italy, Florence: Ponte Vecchio Fountain

Tuesday, May 7th, 2019

It makes sense that a bust/fountain on the Ponte Vecchio would be of a sculptor and goldsmith, Benvenuto Cellini. Cellini did not have any connection with the jewelry shops on the bridge, which are there today because when he was alive, butcher shops lined the bridge. The artist, in a shout out to Cellini, used motifs taken from the pedestal of Perseus, Cellini’s masterpiece. The inscription on the monument states: “To Benvenuto Cellini ­ Master ­ The Goldsmiths of Florence.”

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Italy, Florence: Florence’s Bell Tower

Monday, May 6th, 2019

You can climb the 414 steps to the top of Giotto’s Bell Tower of the Cathedral Santa Maria del Fiore. The climb is worth the view. Hope the 7 bells aren’t ringing when you get up there.

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Italy, Florence: David Statue’s Neighbor

Monday, May 6th, 2019

Though you’re probably on the Piazza della Signoria to see Michelangelo’s David, don’t miss Baccio Bandinelli’s Hercules and Cacus.

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Italy, Florence: David Statue in Florence

Monday, May 6th, 2019

This is one of the more famous copies of Michelangelo’s David statue. You don’t have to pay to go in to see it, it’s out on Piazza della Signoria in front of Palazzo Vecchio (city hall) The original statue was originally placed here from 1504 to 1873, when it was moved to the Accademia Gallery. This replica erected in 1910 now stands in its place.

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Italy, Florence: David Statue in Florence

Monday, April 29th, 2019

This is one of the more famous copies of Michelangelo’s David statue. You don’t have to pay to go in to see it, it’s on top of a hill at Piazzale Michelangelo overlooking the town of Florence.

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Italy, Venice: The Lion, the Ladies and the King

Tuesday, February 26th, 2019

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On top, you have the victorious Vittorio Emanuele II (1849-1861) who was the first King of united Italy. On the 2 sides are statues of the winged Lion of Saint Mark with paws on books and a regal woman (and a silly woman).

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Austria, Salzburg: Mozart in Salzburg

Monday, February 25th, 2019

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born in Salzburg, Austria on January 27, 1756. His family lived there from 1747 to 1773. Mozart was the 7th child of Leopold Mozart, who himself was a musician of the Salzburg Royal Chamber.

 

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