Friday, 6 March 2009

Prague & Istanbul

This is a photo I took in Prague of the beautiful "Dancing House" (completed in 1996. Commissioned by ING) by world renowned Canadian architect, Frank Gehry and Yugoslavian-born Czech architect Vlado Milunić. The site of the current building was originally occupied by a Neo-renaissance building from the end of the 19th century. That building was unfortunately destroyed during the 1945 bombings and its remains were removed in 1960.

The building is meant to reflect a woman and a man dancing together hence the name "Dancing House." It is located at the corner of the embankment Rasinovo Nabrezi and Resslova street.

The roof of the building houses a French restaurant "La Perle de Prague" with spectacular views. Other tenants include various multinational companies.

This is a photo I took at the Basilica Cistern in Istanbul. This is the largest of several hundred ancient cisterns that are to be found beneath the historical city.

The Basilica Cistern provided water to the Great Palace of Constantinople and other buildings located on the First Hill. After the Ottoman conquest in 1453 it continued to provide water to the Topkapi Palace, the primary residence of the Ottoman Sultans.

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