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I cant remember the name of the guy who designs this buildings, but hes got an egyption style building too i think.




sorry if these have been posted before.
my whole journal is photos of amazing buildings, and some interiors and some furniture and stuff.
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Craigdarroch Castle, British Columbia

I saw this "castle" on a TV program and had to look it up. I love old Victorian homes.


In the old days. {Photo by W.C. Mainwaring (UVic Archives Photo No. 008.0605)}


And today.

Taken from the Wiki entry:
Craigdarroch Castle in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada is an historic, Victorian-era mansion. It was constructed in the 1890s as a family residence for the wife of wealthy coal baron Robert Dunsmuir. The four-story home is known for it's stained-glass and intricate woodwork. The Castle is currently owned by the Craigdarroch Castle Historical Museum Society and is open to the public.

Official website here:
http://www.craigdarrochcastle.com/
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Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, Muscat, OMAN





There exist many beautiful mosqs in the world but I found the interior image of this one particularly stunning. Oman looks very inviting in general.

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Wikipedia INfo:
In 1992 His Majesty Sultan Qaboos directed that his country of Oman should have a Grand Mosque. A competition for its design took place in 1993 and after a site was chosen, construction commenced in 1995. Total construction time: more than six years.

The Mosque is built from 300,000 tonnes of Indian sandstone. The main musalla (prayer hall) is square (external dimensions 74.4x74.4 m) with a central dome rising to a height of 50m above the floor. The dome and the main minaret (90m) and four flanking minarets (45.5m) are the mosque’s chief visual features.

The main musalla can hold over 6,500 worshippers, while the women’s musalla can accommodate 750 worshippers. The outer paved ground can hold 8,000 worshippers and there is additional space available in the interior courtyard and the passageways, making a total capacity of up to 20,000 worshippers.

A major feature of the design of the interior is the prayer carpet which covers the floor of the prayer hall. It contains 1,700 million knots, weighs 21 tonnes, took 4 years to produce, and brings together the classical Tabriz, Kashan and Isfahan design traditions. 28 colours in varying shades were used, the majority obtained from traditional vegetable dyes. It is the largest single piece carpet in the world. The world's largest hand-woven carpet was produced by Iran Carpet Company (ICC) at the order of the Diwan of the Royal Court of Sultanate of Oman to cover the entire floor of the main praying hall of the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque (SQGM) in Muscat. The carpet measures over 70×60 meters, and covers the 4343 square meter area of the praying hall, all in a single piece.

The Mosque is built on a site occupying 416,000 square metres and the complex extends to cover an area of 40,000 square metres. The newly built Grand Mosque was inaugurated by His Majesty the Sultan of Oman on May 4, 2001.

Info taken from:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sultan_Qaboos_Grand_Mosque

More & Country Info:
http://www.omanet.om/english/Relegious/grandmosq.asp

CIA World Factbook OMAN:
http://www.cia.gov/cia/publications/factbook/geos/mu.html
adieu

casa del mar -- baja/cabo, mexico






REPORT FROM MEXICO by MARIBETH MELLIN
Things change, but beauty remains down in Los Cabos

Is there serenity in the midst of the busy tip of Baja? There is, if you know where to find it.

The newish toll road from the Los Cabos airport to the Corridor is a marvelous shortcut past rolling hills covered in cactuses and boulders. During a recent quick getaway, I chatted happily with a fellow passenger and was merrily raving about the sushi at Nik-San when the road ended at the entrance to San José del Cabo.

"Goodness gracious, what in the world could that be?" I cried (a rough translation of my Spanish exclamation). We faced a massive, humongous brown building behind a vast black parking lot. I spotted a patch of blue sea beyond a sidewalk as we sped by. Commercial Mexicana, a grocery store chain, had claimed the prime entryway to the San José hotel zone. Ah yes, I was back in Los Cabos...

whole article:
http://www.signonsandiego.com/uniontrib/20051204/news_1t04mellin.html

casa del mar website:
http://www.casadelmarmexico.com

their photo galleries:
http://www.casadelmarmexico.com/gallery/

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why posted here? we're looking for possible vacation spots. this one's on the list. & comes with recommendations.

pretty, no? ; )~