The largest building in the Warsaw is the Palace of Culture and Science. The building was originally known as the Joseph Stalin Palace of Culture and Science (Pałac Kultury i Nauki imienia Józefa Stalina).
The palace has been built in 1955 and started in 1952. It was built of stone and has 42 floors that makes it 237 m height. This building is the 187th tallest building in the world. The construction takes an area of 123 084 square meters. There are 3288 rooms in the Palace.
In year 2000, the huge clock was placed on the tower. This Millenium Clock becomes also the highest tower clock in the world.
During its construction 3500 Russians were involved and 16 of them have died.
Many Poles initially hated the building because they considered it to be a symbol of Soviet domination and some of them still think the same.
The image is an HDR image made of 3 images and then postprocessed in Photoshop.
All Saints’ Church (Kościół Wszystkich Świętych) – is the one of the main churches of Warsaw. This church can seat about 3500 persons. And it served as origin to many people during the WW2.
All Saints’ Church was built during 1861-1893 basing on the design of Henryk Marconi. It was strongly damaged in 1939 but was repaired after the war with help of Jews.
In 1987, Pope John Paul II opened the 2nd National Eucharistic Congress here. And there is a statue of Pope John Paul II in front of the main entry.
The photos of the street view are HDR panoramas merged of 6 images. HDR were merged using Fusion and then postprocessed in Photoshop to add more contrast and clarity.
The photo of the interior of the All Saints’ Church is the vertorama merged of 11 images and then processed in Photoshop. Originally I wanted to made it as HDR vertorama but as images were shot hand-held some images were blurred and I had to use only the best of them. The most interesting and time-consuming work was to “turn out the space”.
All photos were made using Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS on 18mm.
The “Passage” hotel is an architectural memorial of Odessa. This building was built in 1898-1899. Although it stood a fire the building is very beautiful at our days. But this post is to share a vertorama of the market place inside the “Passage” hotel.
To get better experience viewing the vertorama you should open the image in full size and look scrolling from bottom to top.
Golden Gates of Kiev is the historical landmark of the Kiev. This is a reconstructed part of the Kiev ancient fortress. The Golden Gate was an entry to the ancient Kiev of Yaroslav Mudryi (Yaroslav the Wise) time. It is a fortification tower with a large entry (about 7.5m) and the wall of 9.5m height. At the top of this tower you may see a small church (church of Annunciation) to show everyone who wants to enter that this is the Christian city. The first know date when Golden Gates are mentioned is 1037.
Right now this is the museum where ones may know about the ancient times of Kiev and about its fortifications.
The photos are HDR images postprocessed in Photoshop.
We have been in Piraeus (Πειραιάς) arriving from Santorini. We stayed there for a night. And at the next day we had a short walk around the hotel and the seaport. The city isn’t big and connected with Athens by the green line of the Metro – the station name is “Πειραιάς” (Piraeus). The landmarks of Piraeus is the seaport and the Agia Triada (Αγία Τριάδα) (Holy Trinity) Cathedral. This church was built in 1839 but then totally destroyed in 1944. Then it was founded again in 1956 but inaugurated only in 1962 although its construction is still in progress.