Archive for May, 2006

The historic Salt Mine in Wieliczka, Poland

Saturday, May 20th, 2006

“The historic Salt Mine in Wieliczka is the only site in the world where mining has continued since the Middle Ages. Lying on nine levels, its original excavations (longitudinals, traverses, chambers, lakes, as well as lesser and major shafts) stretch for the total of 300 kilometres: reaching the depth of 327 metres they illustrate all the stages of the development of the mining technology over time.”

The quotation comes from an the justification of entering the Wieliczka Salt Mine into UNESCO’s 1st World List of Cultural and Natural Heritage on 8th September, 1978 together with 11 other sites from all over the world.

For, indeed, reaching back to the Middle Ages, the history of Wieliczka is a reflection of progress of mining technology, development of work organisation and management, birth of legislation in industry, as well as a lesson in patriotism and love of freedom.

The Cologne Cathedral, Cologne, Germany - video

Saturday, May 13th, 2006

The Cologne Cathedral (German: Kölner Dom, official name Hohe Domkirche St. Peter und Maria) is one of the best-known architectural monuments in Germany and has been Cologne’s most famous landmark since its completion in the late 19th century. The cathedral is under the administration of the Roman Catholic Church and is the seat of the Archbishop of Cologne. From 1880, when its spires were completed, it was the world’s tallest structure, losing its title on the completion of the Washington Monument in Washington DC, 1884. Cologne Cathedral remains the second-tallest Gothic structure in the world; only the steeple of the Ulm Münster is higher.

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Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, New York, USA

Saturday, May 13th, 2006

The Verrazano-Narrows Bridge is a double-decked suspension bridge that connects the boroughs of Staten Island and Brooklyn in New York City at the Narrows, the reach connecting the relatively protected upper bay with the larger lower bay.

The bridge is named for Italian explorer Giovanni da Verrazano, the first known European navigator to enter New York Harbor and the Hudson River. It has a center span of 4,260 feet (1,298 m) and was the largest suspension bridge in the world at the time of its completion in 1964 (it now has the seventh longest center span but remains the longest suspension bridge in the United States). The bridge furnishes a critical link in the local and regional highway system. It is widely known today as the starting point of the New York City Marathon. Among local residents it is often referred to as simply “The Verrazano.”