Maijishan Grottoes View of Maijishan hill caves, grottoes and stairways Sculptures in one of the Maijishan grottoes supported by tree trunks Well preserved painted sculptures can be found in many of the grottoes The Maijishan Grottoes (simplified Chinese: 麦积山石窟; traditional Chinese: 麥積山石窟; pinyin: Màijīshān Shíkū) are a series of 194 caves cut in the side of the hill of Majishan in Tianshui, Gansu Province, northwest China. This example of rock cut architecture contains over 7,200 Buddhist sculptures and over 1,000 square meters of murals. Construction began in the Later Qin era (384-417 CE).
Before Radios, Pilots Navigated by Giant Concrete Arrows The remnants of Transcontinental Air Mail Route Beacon 37A, which was located atop a bluff in St. George, Utah. (Photo: Dppowell/Wikipedia) Why are we so fascinated by photographs of decaying buildings? SExpand There's a delightful frisson that's generated by these preserved, vertical slices of life in a period which is still, in some way, relatable for contemporary folks and the stark, undeniable impermanence evidenced by the state of these buildings. Buildings are supposed to be permanent, towns are supposed to be permanent. Yet here they are, abandoned, looking so much like buildings across the street or down the way or across the harbor, filled with the bric-a-brac of day to day existence, starting to lean sideways or being reclaimed by trees or eaten up by a river.
UNESCO UNESCO has 195 member states and nine associate members. Most of its field offices are "cluster" offices covering three or more countries; national and regional offices also exist. UNESCO pursues its objectives through five major programs: education, natural sciences, social/human sciences, culture, and communication/information. Projects sponsored by UNESCO include literacy, technical, and teacher-training programmes; international science programmes; the promotion of independent media and freedom of the press; regional and cultural history projects; the promotion of cultural diversity; translations of world literature; international cooperation agreements to secure the world cultural and natural heritage (World Heritage Sites) and to preserve human rights, and attempts to bridge the worldwide digital divide. It is also a member of the United Nations Development Group. History
One of D.C.’s Most Contentious Pieces of Real Estate is 25 Feet Underground The Dupont Underground's east platform, which the organization will be opening first. (Photo: Dupont Underground/Pat Padua) In the upscale Washington, D.C. neighborhood of Dupont Circle, where galleries, bars, and bookshops jostle for room, a 75,000-square-foot expanse in the heart of the quarter has been almost untouched for 20 years. Lost 'Epic of Gilgamesh' Verse Depicts Cacophonous Abode of Gods A serendipitous deal between a history museum and a smuggler has provided new insight into one of the most famous stories ever told: "The Epic of Gilgamesh." The new finding, a clay tablet, reveals a previously unknown "chapter" of the epic poem from ancient Mesopotamia. This new section brings both noise and color to a forest for the gods that was thought to be a quiet place in the work of literature. The newfound verse also reveals details about the inner conflict the poem's heroes endured.
Nazca Lines Coordinates: The Nazca Lines /ˈnæzkə/ are a series of ancient geoglyphs located in the Nazca Desert in southern Peru. They were designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994. The high, arid plateau stretches more than 80 km (50 mi) between the towns of Nazca and Palpa on the Pampas de Jumana about 400 km south of Lima. Although some local geoglyphs resemble Paracas motifs, scholars believe the Nazca Lines were created by the Nazca culture between 400 and 650 AD. The hundreds of individual figures range in complexity from simple lines to stylized hummingbirds, spiders, monkeys, fish, sharks, orcas, and lizards. The designs are shallow lines made in the ground by removing the reddish pebbles and uncovering the whitish/grayish ground beneath. The Most Insane Abandoned Places in New York City By: Jess Novak Credit: 2E After discovering the craziest abandoned places in New York state, we decided to take another look through New York for spooky abandoned spaces -- and this time, keep it close to home. Who knew that in a city where the average monthly rent has climbed over $3K (hahaha, sure, why not, let's just keep raising that number), there are many massive buildings -- and some entire islands -- that have been returned to the wild. At this point, we're strongly debating either becoming squatters or turning into squirrels.
The Calendar & the Cloister: Oxford - St. John's College MS 17 Site Map and Navigation Enlarge Image Help 6 Insanely Valuable Real Treasures (And How to Steal Them) Heist movies such as Ocean's Eleven and The Italian Job like to present the world as a loose network of heavily guarded treasures, just waiting for you and your ragtag yet likeable bunch of henchmen to pocket them. And you know what? The real world is exactly like that, too. There's loot scattered all over the world, just begging for a charming gentleman thief and his plan that is so insane that it just ... might ... work. Haunting Photos of Europe's Abandoned Buildings, From Steel Plants to Castles The main hall of a steel plant office in France. "The most painful thing in this is to watch it crumble", says Hans. (All Photos: Hans van Vrouwerf)
From Defense to Desperation, Why There Is a Hidden World of Underground Cities Derinkuyu Underground City in Cappadocia, Turkey (photograph by Nevit Dilmen/Wikimedia) The history of underground cities is a complex and meandering one, ranging from the Ancient Era in the Middle East and Europe to those sunk during the height of Cold War paranoia, such as the bunker complexes of Cheyenne Mountain or Beijing's Underground City. There are also more recent underground cities, some of which are simply underground shopping centers or networks of tunneled roads, like those in Vancouver and Tokyo, as well as others which will begin to be built only in the future, due to the constraints of small islands and the opportunities for vast wealth, which are being considered in Singapore and in Hong Kong. Now, we're not talking about mole people (or even their modern namesakes). The primary reason for digging underground cities in the ancient world was for protection, as the spaces could be closed by rolling heavy boulders across the entrances.
Costa Concordia Today - Sunken Ship Pictures Courtesy of Jonathan Danko Kielkowski/White Press This month marks the four year anniversary of the Costa Concordia disaster, in which the Italian cruise ship capsized and sank after striking rocks off the coast of Tuscany. The crash killed 32 passengers and the boat's captain, Francesco Schettino, was later found guilty of manslaughter and sentenced to 16 years in jail for abandoning the ship while it sunk. In July 2014, the boat was towed from its resting place off the island of Giglio to the port city of Genoa, where it will be scrapped.