Thursday, April 22, 2010

»NEW« TRAVELLING RR - Group 100 - city

More cards from the New Travelling RR. This is the group 100, dedicated to cities. The cards are from Spain, Russia, Iceland and Portugal.

A card with Malaga's Town Hall. "On 11th April 1919 the Town Council took possession of what was to become the Town Hall, and still is to the present day. The new building, the work of architects Guerrero Strachan and Manuel Rivera Vera, was to satisfy a double need: on one hand that of responding to the increasing administrative demands of a growing city and, on the other, that of projecting a renewed image of prestige and progress. The construction project not only contemplated a new Town Hall, but also a Provincial Court and the Courts of First Instance. The building is situated on one of the city's main communication arteries, the Paseo del Parque where it constitutes an additional decorative element, given its character as an artistic monument, represented both by the beauty of its façades and the decoration in the interior, which transmits an air of prestige." - in:

"Santander Cathedral is located in the Spanish city of Santander. Its structure is mainly Gothic, although it has been extended and renovated in later times.
The cathedral is a historical monumental complex built between the end of the 12th century and the 14th century on top of the former Santander Abbey also known as the "Abbey of the Holy Bodies" (Abadía de los Cuerpos Santos), an old monastery dedicated to Saints Emeterius and Caledonius." - in: wikipedia

"Saint Petersburg is a city in Russia located on the Neva River at the head of the Gulf of Finland on the Baltic Sea. The city's other names were Petrograd (1914–1924) and Leningrad (1924–1991). It is often called just Petersburg and is informally known as Piter.
Founded by Tsar Peter I of Russia on May 27, 1703, it was the capital of the Russian Empire for more than two hundred years (1713–1728, 1732–1918). Saint Petersburg ceased being the capital in 1918 after the Russian Revolution of 1917. It is Russia's second largest city after Moscow with 4.6 million inhabitants, and fourth in Europe after Istanbul, London and Moscow. Saint Petersburg is a major European cultural centre, and an important Russian port of the Baltic Sea." - in: wikipedia

"The Hallgrímskirkja is a Lutjeran parish church in Reykjavík, Iceland. At 74.5 metres (244 ft), it is the largest church in Iceland and the sixth tallest architectural structure in Iceland. The church is named after the Icelandic poet and clergyman Hallgrímur Pétursson (1614 to 1674), author of the Passion Hymns.
State Architect Guojón Samúlsson's design of the church was commissioned in 1937. He is said to have designed it to resemble the basalt lava flows of Iceland's landscape. It took 38 years to build the church. Construction work began in 1945 and ended in 1986, the landmark tower being completed long before the church's actual completion. The crypt beneath the choir was consecrated in 1948, the steeple and wings were completed in 1974. The nave was consecrated in 1986. Situated in the centre of Reykjavík, it is one of the city's best-known landmarks and is visible throughout the city." - in: wikipedia

"Caldas da Rainha is a city in western central Portugal. The city is best known for its hot springs and pottery.
The city was founded in the 15th century by Queen Leonor, who established a hospital at the site of some therapeutic hot springs. The Hospital Termal Rainha D. Leonor is one of the oldest institutions of its kind in world, with five centuries of history. The city's name means "Queen's Hot Springs" or "Queen's Spa"." - in: wikipedia

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