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German Farmhouse

And now for something completely different...

Built in 1787

This is an old North German farmhouse, built in 1787. Taken in the state of Lower Saxony {Niedersachsen}. It's rather typical for the area and there are many of these old houses in the exact same impeccible state of upkeep. It's amazing when you think what they have seen in terms in terms of history. =)

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.


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.

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Classic Mianangkabau architecture at the Istana Seri Menanti, Malaysia.

The Seri Menanti Royal Museum building was built about 100 years ago without using a single nail. Even today, the structure remains strong. It used to be the official residence of the 7th Yang Di-Pertuan Besar [state ruler]. Today it serves its purpose of being a museum with many prized artifacts.

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Amsterdam Christmas

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Merry Xmas everyone and Happy Holidays. :)

Amsterdam is always worth a trip but it's especially nice in this season.


Christmas in Amsterdam is truly a season of celebration, whether or not you celebrate the day itself in its traditional, religious sense.

The Dutch holiday season started weeks ago, November 14, with the arrival of Sinterklaas and all his Zwarte Pieten (Black Peters). The story says that naughty children will be whisked off to SPAIN by these helpers of Sinterklaas, but there were no signs of missing children on the day of the parade. The Pieten received far more attention from the throngs of children than did the Sint himself, perched atop his white horse (perhaps this was due to the fact that they carried candy and cookies, which they gave out to the children by the handful!).

The celebrations continued on the weekend of 5 December, when Sinterklaas (originally the holy day of Sint Nicholaas) is celebrated each year. On the eve of the 5 December, the children leave their boots by the fireplace, hoping to wake up to find them filled with sweets. On the day itself, families gathered to exchange gifts and (traditionally) insulting poems and to eat lavish holiday meals.

For visitors to the city, who are more used to the Anglo-American Christmas held on the 24 and 25 December, there is till plenty of fun left to be had. Although the majority of Dutch people have adopted similar traditions of gift exchange and family celebrations during this time, many businesses remain open. Tourists are a welcome sight in the city any time of year, and businesses have learned to cater to the many that choose to spend their Christmas holidays here.

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From http://www.amsterdam.info/events/christmas/

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