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Schwedens Hauptstadt hat die zurzeit hippste Mode, die angesagtesten Bands, die nettesten Bars, die lässigsten Leute, die grünsten Parks.

Ein Wochenende in Stockholm

Schwedens Hauptstadt hat die zurzeit hippste Mode, die angesagtesten Bands, die nettesten Bars, die lässigsten Leute, die grünsten Parks.

New Church of St. Mary of Zion: First church in the first Christian kingdom (Part -1)

Mary of Zion: First church in the first Christian kingdom (Part

Cathedral of Notre-Dame, Paris, view of the choir with flying buttresses

Gothic Art

“With growing assurance, architects in northern France, and soon all over Europe, competed in a race to conquer height.

Chesme Church in St. Petersburg, Russia

Chesme Church in St. Petersburg, Russia The Chesme Church full name Church of Saint John the Baptist at Chesme Palace, Russi.

So What is Gothic Literature and Why are we still Obsessed with It? - For Reading Addicts

So What is Gothic Literature and Why are we still Obsessed with It

After the Gothic recommended reading, Sammy waxes lyrical about what qualifies as gothic and why you should be reading it, with some recommendations thrown in too.

Borobudur Temple, Magelang(Java) बोरोबुदूर मंदिर, मागेलँग(जावा) Dated: 8th century With a Temple plan of a Tantric Yantra, approximately 55,000 cubic metres (weighing 1,44000tons ) of andesite stones were taken from neighbouring stone quarries to build the monument.

Borobudur-10

Borobudur temple or Barabudur, is a Mahayana Buddhist monument in Magelang, Central Java, Indonesia. A gigantic structure has nearly 2 million cubic feet of stones.

"Christ alone changes everything." ~ A. Voskamp                                                                                                                                                                                 More

I love this old church in Yosemite valley. A fresh snow pack made for a great shot.

Chion-in Temple was built in 1234 CE to honor the founder of Jodo Pure Land Buddhism, a priest named Honen, who fasted to death in the very spot. At one point in time, the complex had 21 buildings but due to earthquakes and fire, the oldest surviving building is from the 17th century.  Visitors to the Chion-in Temple must first pass through the largest gate in Japan: the two-story San-mon Gate. The temple bell is also a record setter: it weighs 74 tons and needs 17 monks to ring it during…

Chion'in Temple in Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, Japan is the headquarters of the Jodo Shu (Pure Land Sect) founded by Honen who proclaimed that sentient beings are reborn in Amida Buddha's Western Paradise (Pure Land) by reciting the nembutsu.

Out of a fairy tale, but real:  Church of the Transfiguration -- Kizhi Pogost , Russia..

Wooden Church in Kizhi, Russia. Kizhi Pogost, a century site on an island in Lake Onega in Russia. This picture is a pogost, a church. This building is still around after 400 years - and it's made out of wood!

A church in Vukovina, village southern from Zagreb, capital of Croatia. www.casademar.com

"By the word of the LORD the heavens were made, And all the host of them by the breath of His mouth." Psalm Church in Zagreb, Croatia.

Tintern Abbey is a 12th-century Cistercian abbey standing in picturesque ruins on the southeastern border of Wales.  Tintern was the first Cistercian monastery founded in Wales and only the second to be founded in all of Great Britain.  Photo: castlewales.com

Challenge in England : Go to Tintern Abbey and let a nice quote somewhere, in its geocache. Take a pic of the geocache & pin it here in "Geocaching Challenges" - WRITE the exact geolocation (comment on geocache pin). WRITE "Game is On" on original pin.

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