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Old July 30th, 2013, 01:12 AM   #61
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Monument to the Discoveries - Lisbon, Portugal

The Monument to the Discoveries is a monument on the northern bank of the Tagus River estuary in Lisbon. Located along the river where ships departed to explore and trade with India and the Orient, the monument celebrates the Portuguese Age of Discovery (or Age of Exploration) during the 15th and 16th centuries.

Inaugurated on 9 August 1960, it was one of several projects nationwide that were intended to mark the Comemorações Henriquinas (the celebrations marking the anniversary of the death of Henry the Navigator).

Ostensibly a 52-metre-high (171 ft) slab standing vertically along the bank of the Tagus, the design takes the form of the prow of a caravel (ship used in the early Portuguese exploration). On either side of the slab are ramps that join at the river's edge, with the figure of Henry the Navigator on its tip.

On either side of the Infante, along the ramp, are 16 figures (33 in total) representing figures from the Portuguese Age of Discovery. These great people of the era included monarchs, explorers, cartographers, artists, scientists and missionaries. Each idealized figure is designed to show movement towards the front (the unknown sea), projecting a direct or indirect synthesis of their participation in the events after Henry.

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Fontaine Bartholdi - Lyon, France

The fountain was erected at the square "Place des Terreaux", in the centre of Lyon, on the peninsula "Presqu’île" between the rivers Rhône and Saône.

On 20 April 1857, the Bordeaux city council decided to hold a competition to create a fountain for Place des Quinconces.
Frédéric Bartholdi, then aged 23, won the contest.
However, the city hall of Bordeaux decided not to carry out his project.
After Bartholdi had made the Statue of Liberty in New York in 1886, the mayor of Bordeaux contacted him, but his new project was canceled after much hesitation.
It was finally achieved in 1888 and was presented as the world's fair (Exposition Universelle de Paris) of 1889.
Finally, it was deemed as too expensive for Bordeaux city and therefore was sold to Lyon.
Its inauguration takes place in September, 1892.

The fountain depicts France as a female (Marianne) with a two childs seated on a chariot controlling the four great rivers (the horses) of France.
The fountain weighs 360 tons with 21 tons of lead.



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Old July 31st, 2013, 02:29 AM   #63
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Monument to the Marquis of Pombal - Lisbon, Portugal

Dedicated to the Marquis of Pombal, the prime minister responsible for the rebuilding of Lisbon following the Great Earthquake in 1755, this 36 meter (118 ft) tall monument dominates the Marquis of Pombal square.

Built between 1917 and 1934, it was the result of a collaborative effort between architects Adães Bermudes and António Couto and sculptors Francisco Santos, Simões de Almeida and his nephew Leopoldo de Almeida.

These artists created a majestic monument that shows a bronze statue of the marquis atop a monumental pedestal. The marquis is looking towards the Baixa district he helped to rebuild and is flanked by a lion, a symbol of power.

Right below the statue are relief busts of his most important collaborators. The base of the pedestal is decorated with sculpture groups depicting Pombal's political, educational, and agricultural reforms. Broken blocks of stone and tidal waves at the foot of the monument represent the devastation of the earthquake and tsunami of 1755. Inscriptions on the monument praise the achievements of the Marquis of Pombal.

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The Six Continents - Paris

The Six Continents were designed for the l'Exposition universlle de 1878 at the palais du Trocadèro (Trocadèro palace), and had been lying in a public rubbish dump in Nantes since 1963. The Musée d'Orsay secured them in exchange for a painting by Sisley for the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nantes.

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South America statue by Aimé Millet

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Africa, statue by Eugène Delaplanche

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Oceania statue by Mathurin Moreau

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Asia, statue by Alexandre Falguière

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North America, statue by Ernest Eugène Hiolle

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Arc de Triomphe - Paris

he Arc de Triomphe de l'Étoile is one of the most famous monuments in Paris. It stands in the centre of the Place Charles de Gaulle (originally named Place de l'Étoile), at the western end of the Champs-Élysées. It should not be confused with a smaller arch, the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel, which stands west of the Louvre. The Arc de Triomphe (in English: "Triumphal Arch") honours those who fought and died for France in the French Revolutionary and the Napoleonic Wars, with the names of all French victories and generals inscribed on its inner and outer surfaces. Beneath its vault lies the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from World War I.

The Arc de Triomphe is the linchpin of the historic axis (Axe historique) – a sequence of monuments and grand thoroughfares on a route which goes from the courtyard of the Louvre, to the Grande Arche de la Défense. The monument was designed by Jean Chalgrin in 1806, and its iconographic program pitted heroically nude French youths against bearded Germanic warriors in chain mail. It set the tone for public monuments, with triumphant patriotic messages.

The monument stands 50 metres (164 ft) in height, 45 m (148 ft) wide and 22 m (72 ft) deep. The large vault is 29.19 m (95.8 ft) high and 14.62 m (48.0 ft) wide. The small vault is 18.68 m (61.3 ft) high and 8.44 m (27.7 ft) wide. It was the largest triumphal arch in existence until the construction of the Arch of Triumph in Pyongyang, in 1982. Its design was inspired by the Roman Arch of Titus. The Arc de Triomphe is so colossal that three weeks after the Paris victory parade in 1919 (marking the end of hostilities in World War I), Charles Godefroy flew his Nieuport biplane through it, with the event captured on newsreel

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Porte de Paris - Lille, France

The Porte de Paris is a gate of the old wall of the city of Lille.
It was reconstructed at the end of the 17th century in triumphal arch to celebrate the victories of King Louis XIV.

On August 28th, 1667, after a siege of 10 days, Louis XIV enters the city by this gate and receives of the " Magistrate of Lille " the keys of the city. On one year later, Lille becomes French.
Louis XIV shows certain interest for the city and commands the architect Simon Vollant, the construction of the Porte de Paris to replace the old gate.
It is built from 1685 till 1692, in memory of the annexion from Lille to France.

The structure contains two different facades, the entry and the exit of the city.
In facade, by entering the city, the arc seems consisted of three parts : a central part and two decorated wings each by a mythological figure supervised by two columns of Doric style.
In the top, the allegory of "Victoire" is represented in the middle of flags, its raised right hand, ready to deposit a crown on the head of the King Louis XIV.


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Matthias Corvinus Monument - Cluj-Napoca ,Romania





Matthias Corvinus monumental ensemble, composed of five statues representing the king Matthias (equestrian) and his four generals.The statue was unveiled at 18 September 1902 in the central square of Cluj. The work model of artists János Lajos Fadrusz and Pákey, won the grand prize in 1900 Universal Exhibition in Paris.This monument became over time one of the landmarks of the city of Cluj-Napoca.



The idea of a Matthias Corvinus statue in Cluj dates back to 1882 ,when the Legislative Council of the city of Cluj established the execution of a monument in honor of the great son of the city.
János Fadrusz model was unanimously approved by local authorities in 1894. The architect Lajos Pákey made ​​the statue base project, representing a bastion of the wall of Cluj Citadel.



The monument is composed of an equestrian statue of King Matthias Corvinus, in front of which are placed next 4 statues (left to right):
*Magyar Blasius, the old leader of the mercenaries, the famous "Black Army"
*Paul Chinezu, Committees of Timis
*Stephen Szapolyai, Viceroy of Hungary
*Stephen Báthory, prince of Transylvania



The base was initially inscripted with Hungarian ''Mátyás Király'' (King Matthias), replaced in the interwar period with the Latin inscription ''Mathias Rex''.






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Porte Saint-Denis - Paris

The Porte Saint-Denis is one of the gates of the Wall of Charles V, one of the now-destroyed fortifications of Paris.

It's a triumphal arch inspired by the Arch of Titus in Rome.
The monument is 24.65 meters high, 25 meters long, and five meters wide. The arch is 15.35 meters high at the center and eight meters wide.
Built in 1672 and paid for by the city of Paris, it replaced a medieval gate in the city walls built by Charles V in the 14th century.

The Porte Saint-Denis was designed by architect François Blondel and the sculptor Michel Anguier at the order of Louis XIV in honor of his victories on the Rhine and in Franche-Comté.

It is pierced by a large central arch and formerly by two much smaller flanking pedestrian openings in the pedestals, now closed off. The arch is flanked by obelisks applied to the wall face bearing sculptural groups of trophies of arms. Above the main arch, the southern face carries a sculptural group by Michel Anguier of "The Passage of the Rhine" in a sunk panel, while the north face carries allegorical figures of the Rhine and the Netherlands. The entablature bears the gilded bronze inscription LUDOVICO MAGNO, "To Louis the Great".



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Old August 3rd, 2013, 05:15 PM   #69
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Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer Monument - Seville, Spain

''Monument to Love''





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Friendship of the Peoples Fountain - Moscow

Friendship of the Peoples Fountain (Russian: Фонтан «Дружба народов СССР») is the largest of many fountains in the Park of Soviet Economic Achievements - VFNKh.
It was built in 1954 by architects K.G. Topuridze, G.D. Konstantinovskiy, and sculptors Joseph Chaikov, E.V.Bazhenova, P.I. Dobrynin, A.I.Teneta, V.P.Gavirlov and others.

The 16 female statues in traditional dress represents 16 (like it was in that time) Republics of former USSR.

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Monument to Prince Henry the Navigator - Porto, Portugal

Commissioned on the occasion of the fifth centenary of Prince Henry's birth in 1894, the monument, designed by the sculptor Tomás Costa, was inaugurated in 1900, in the attendance of King D. Carlos, and comprises several sculptured sets.

At the top is the Prince's statue, who traditionally is said to have been born in a house nearby in 1394, standing next to a globe of the Earth and pointing the way to the Discoveries. The top part is joined to the pedestal by a neo-gothic phytomorphic stylisation.

At the base are two allegorical sets: one Victory leading two steeds and two tritons, representing the triumph of the Portuguese sea voyages, and a feminine shape symbolising the Faith in the Discoveries.

The statue also has low reliefs by the pedestal, representing the conquest of Ceuta and the Prince in the Sagres promontory.

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Molins fontän, Stockholm

Designed by Johan Peter Molin and unveiled in 1873, after the artist's death.


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The fountain contains six swans:

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Statue of Liberty -Arad ,Romania





Statue of Liberty (in Romanian: Statuia Libertăţii ,in Hungarian: Szabadság-szobor) is a monument unveiled in 1890 in Arad, commemorating the execution of 13 military commanders known by Habsburg as ''The 13 from Arad''.



The monument was removed in 1925 from Decree 1512/1925 I.C. Bratianu Ion government for the reason that those generals would fight against the Romanians.The statue was kept in the citadel of Arad, in a military unit. On September 20, 1999 Radu Vasile government adopted a decision that the Statue of Liberty was transferred to the administration of the Franciscan Order of Arad.





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wow I really love this one! especially the details and look at the tiara and the clothes, simply stunning!
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Monument of The Immaculate Conception - Seville, Spain


This is a monument dedicated to the Immaculate Conception of Virgin Mary, whose sculpture is due to Lorenzo Coullaut Valera, built in 1918. Every year on December 8, here one make a wreath, which attracts large numbers of people. The Monument is in the east side of the Seville Cathedral with the Giralda tower at the Plaza del Triunfo square.

The definitive iconography for the Immaculate Conception seems to have been finally established by the master and then father-in-law of Diego Velázquez, the painter and theorist Francisco Pacheco. Pacheco's iconography influenced other universal sevillians artist such as Bartolomé Murillo.

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Millennium Monument - Budapest ,Hungary



Millennium Monument (in Hungarian Millennium emlékmű or Ezredéves emlékmű) is a collection of statues and colonnades located in the center of esplanade from Heroes' Square (Hungarian Hősök tere), at the end of Andrássy Avenue and the entrance to City Park (Városliget) in the city XIV Budapest.



Millennium Monument was built between 1896 and 1906. It is composed of two semicircular colonnades on which are situated statues of the principal soverign in the Hungarian history.The set is dominated by a stately column 45 m high peak which is the Archangel Gabriel.




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Porte du Peyrou - Montpellier, France


The Porte du Peyrou is a triumphal arch in Montpellier, in southern France.
The arch was designed by François Dorbay, after the model of the Porte Saint-Denis in Paris. Its construction was completed in 1693.

It's situated at the eastern end of the Jardin de Peyrou, a park near the center of the city.

It's rusticated surface is crowned by a Doric entablature, suitable to a martial monument. Its later panels in bas-relief and inscriptions glorifying King Louis XIV of France were added in 1715.

These reliefs show four major events from the reign of Louis XIV, rendered as allegories :
  • the capture of Namur during the War of the Grand Alliance, in which the figure representing the Dutch Republic kneels before Louis XIV
  • Louis in the figure of Hercules being crowned by Victory
  • the digging of the Canal du Midi that links the Bay of Biscay with the Mediterranean Sea
  • the Revocation of the Edict of Nantes


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Very nice monuments over Europe, i can't wait to see more.
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