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Old August 12th, 2008, 09:18 AM   #141
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Old August 12th, 2008, 08:06 PM   #142
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brussels grand square is definitely the winner!
(on the other hand, my vote isn't very objectif)
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Old August 12th, 2008, 09:04 PM   #143
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I agree. Grand Place is my favourite city square in the world as well.
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Old August 13th, 2008, 01:35 AM   #144
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Some squares in Vienna

Rathausplatz (city hall)






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Old August 13th, 2008, 06:23 AM   #145
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Part I

Las fotos no son mías! son tomadas de flickr y otros threads
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Es un placer para mi presentarse el Centro Histórico de la Ciudad de México... Patrimonio de la Humanidad por la UNESCO desde 1987. Hace mucho tiempo fue el centro de la capital azteca México-Tenochtitlan, fundada en 1325.
Era una de las ciudades más hermosas del mundo en ese entonces (varios conquistadores españoles decían que nunca habían visto una ciudad tan hermosa y limpia), pero en 1521, después de varios sucesos, cayó bajo el contro español, los conquistadores destruyeron la ciudad, y sobre las ruinas construyeron la nueva Ciudad de México con un estilo español de una gran plaza principal con una gran iglesia y un palacio real (hogar del virrey en turno).
Ese es el comienzo de una etapa de tres siglos, y es en esta etapa cuando se foja la identidad mexicana, una combinación entre las antiguas culturas mesoamericanas (azteca, maya, tolteca, mixteca, etc) y la cultura europea española.

It's a pleasure for me to present you the Mexico City Downtown... World Heritage Site by the UNESCO since 1987. Many time ago it was the ceremonial center of the aztec Capital city Mexico-Tenochtitlán, founded in 1325.
IT was one of the most beautiful cities in the world at that time (some spaniard conquerors said they had never seen a city so beautiful and clean), but in 1521, after a serie of events, it fell under the spanish control, the conquerors destroyed the city, and over the ruis, they built the new Mexico City with a spanish style of a main square with a great church and a royal palace.
That's the begining of a stage of three centuries, and in this stage is when was forged the mexican indentity, a mixed culture between ancient cultures (maya, aztec, olmec, etc) and the european spanish culture.

Así es que, aqui están unas cuantas fotos del Centro Histórico, antes que nada los idificios y lugares más representativos. Después, la vida y la cultura de la ciudad. Al último una serie de fotos de otras calles que tienen edificios muy bonitos pero lamentablemente se encuentran en el abandono.

So, here are some pics of Mexico City downtown, first of all, the most representative buildings. Then, the life and culture in downtown. At last, a serie of pics of many other streets that have nice buildings, but unfortunately they are in the neglect.

Plaza de la Constitución "Zócalo" - Main Square
Cuando los españoles construyeron la nueva ciudad de México sobre las ruinas de Tenochtitlan en la época colonial, todas las calles fueron trazadas a partir de la Plaza Mayor.
El parte Norte del Zócalo están la Catedral y el Sagrario Metropolitanos. En el lado Este se encuentra el Palacio Nacional; en la esquina sudeste, la Suprema Corte de Justicia de la Nación. En el lado Sur, los edificios de la sede del Gobierno de la ciudad; y al Oeste, varios edificios como el Nacional Monte de Piedad y el famoso Portal de Mercaderes.
El zócalo alberga varios eventos artísticos y celebraciones cívicas.
También funciona como lugar de encuentro para eventos sociales, culturales y deportivos.
When the Spanish built Mexico City over the ruins of Tenochtitlan in the colonial era, all the streets were developed from the orientation of the Plaza Mayor.
In the north side of the Zócalo are the Metropolitan Cathedral and the Metropolitan Sagrario. In the east there's the National Palace; in the southeast corner, the Supreme Court of Justice. In the south, the City Hall main and new buildings; and in the west, the Monte de Piedad building and the famous Portal de Mercaderes.
The Zócalo holds many artistic and sp events and civic celebrations.
It also functions as a meeting place for cultural, social and sporting events.



Arriando la bandera nacional mexicana todos los días a las 6 en punto.
Striking the mexican national flag every day at 6 o clock



Manifestaciones
Protests


EL mundial de ajedrez
chess world cup!


Museo Nomádico de la exposicion "Ashes and Snow" de Gregory Coldbert.
Nomadic Museum of Gregory Coldbert exposition "Ashses and snow"






Ballet de sordo-mudos de china
deaf-mute chinese ballet at the main square


Navidad!
Christmas time!


El fotógrafo Spencer Tunik en el Zócalo.
Spencer Tunick at the main square!






Al Norte: la Catedral Metropolitana Medidas aproximadas: 59m de ancho x 110 metros de largo y 60 metros de alto.
El primer templo fue construido con piedras de los templos aztecas.
La nueva Catedral (esta mera) fue construida de 1571 a 1813. Tiene elementos barrocos y neoclásicos.
A través del tiempo, la catedral ha perdido parte de su patrimonio histórico. Existe evidencia de varias piezas artísticas:
Lámparas grandes de plata, candelabros, blandones y figuras hechas del mismo metal, "la custodia de Borda" (88 marcos hechos de oro con 10 perlas, cubiertos por el frente con 5872 diamantes y por el reverso con 2653 esmeraldas, 544 rubíes y 28 zafiros) un pectoral de oro con reliquias, otro con topácios y brillantes, alfombras, cojines, colgaduras, y muchos otros tesoros con las mismas características.

To the North: Metropolitan Cathedral Approximate measures: 59m wide x 110m lenght and 60m height
The first temple was built with the pieces of aztecs temples.
The new (this one) cathedral was built from 1571 to 1813. It has elements of baroque and neoclasic.
Through the time,the cathedral has lost part of its artistic heritage. There are evidence of some lost artistic works:
Large silver lamps, chandeliers, blandons and figures made of the same material, "la custodia de Borda" (88 frames made of gold with 10 pearls, covered in the front by 5872 diamonds and in the back by 2653 emeralds, 544 rubies and 28 sapphires) one pectoral made of gold with relics, another one with topazes and diamonds, rugs, cushions, draperies, and many other treasures with similar characteristics.






Fachada del Sagrario Metropolitano, junto a la Catedral
Facade of the Sagrario Metropolitano, near the Cathedral


Dentro de la Catedral
Inside the MC

Altar del Perdón
Forgiveness Altar


Altar de los Reyes
Kings Altar


Órgano
Pipe Organ



Al Este, Palacio Nacional, construida en 1563, fue modificado a través de muchos años. La última modificación se llevó a cabo en el Siglo XX (aqui estaba localizado el palacio azteca de los emperadores)

To the East: National Palace, built in 1563 and modified through many years. The last modification was it the XX century (here was located the aztec palace of the emperors)











Al Sur, los edificios del Gobierno de la ciudad

To the South: City Hall Buildings

Built in 1714 and modified in 1907








Al Oeste, varios edificios

To the West: Many buildings






Navidad!
Xmas!


En la esquina sudeste, la Suprema Corte de Justicia de la Nación

In the southeast corner, Supreme Court of Justice

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Old October 8th, 2008, 06:08 PM   #146
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Old October 9th, 2008, 05:59 AM   #147
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Not the best but i still dig HK's Statue Square. A city square surrounded by some of the tallest and most iconic buildings in The Orient! Plus it becomes The Philippines on Sundays!

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Old October 10th, 2008, 11:18 PM   #148
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Main square in Bratislava - maybe not the most beautiful, but has the best athmosphere!




typical site of meetings, cultural actions and its the hearth of Bratislava
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Old October 11th, 2008, 09:00 PM   #149
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Old October 12th, 2008, 09:23 AM   #150
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Not the best but i still dig HK's Statue Square. A city square surrounded by some of the tallest and most iconic buildings in The Orient! Plus it becomes The Philippines on Sundays!

Yes, I do like this unique feature about it.

I also love the collection of other buildings around it - Prince's Building, Alexandra House, the old Mandarin Oriental, and a bit further down, the Galleria, etc.
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Here we go, nice little piccy:

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Old October 17th, 2008, 10:28 PM   #152
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Nice link! Some of the houses on the square are renovated this year:

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Old October 18th, 2008, 09:37 PM   #153
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Yes, Grand Place definitely is at the top of my list.
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Old November 29th, 2008, 02:53 PM   #154
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City Square with quite a view.

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Old November 29th, 2008, 06:34 PM   #155
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Statue Square, Hong Kong 1911.

http://flickr.com/photos/eatsee_9/2376470566/

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More Statue Square, but more recent.

http://flickr.com/photos/xiaming/2298652273/

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I like the fact that a square can have a tradition, like the flower carpet on the Grand Place in Brussels. Every two years in August, an enormous "flower carpet" is set up in the Grand Place for a few days. A million colourful begonias are set up in patterns, and the display covers a full 24 by 77 metres (79 by 250 ft), for area total of 1,800 square metres (19,000 sq ft). The first flower carpet was made in 1971, and due to its popularity, the tradition continued, with the flower carpet attracting a large number of tourists.

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Graslei & Korenlein, Ghent, Belgium

A square with a river in between in the historical city of Ghent! The perfect spot for the students (Ghent=studentcity) to relax in the hot summer days!















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Old March 2nd, 2010, 03:44 PM   #158
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Times Square, New York City
Federation Square, Melbourne
Piazza Navona, Rome

are my favourites
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Plaza de españa (sevilla) also known as Naboo`s capital square.



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Donegall Sq, Belfast, Ireland.

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