El Capricho – The Orientalist period of Gaudí in Comillas

Villa Quijano is a summer country house. It was built from 1883 to 1885, around the same time as Gaudí’s Casa Vicens and the Güell pavilions in Barcelona. In all three buildings, in addition to some early elements of modernism, there are above all clear references to the Mudéjar style. The salient feature of the villa is […]

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Faisal Mosque – The largest mosque in Islamabad

Construction of the mosque began in 1976 after a grant from Saudi King Faisal, whose name the mosque bears. The unconventional design by Turkish architect Vedat Dalokay was selected after an international competition. This mosque features a contemporary design consisting of eight sides of concrete shell and is inspired by a Bedouin tent and is a major […]

Yaroslavsky Station – The Trans-Siberian railway station in Moscow

Situated on Komsomolskaya Square, Moscow Yaroslavskaya has the highest passenger throughput of all nine of the capital’s main-line terminuses. It serves eastern destinations, including those in the Russian Far East, being the western terminus of the world’s longest railway line, the Trans-Siberian. The station takes its name from that of the ancient city of Yaroslavl which, lying […]

Balloonfest 86 – The disaster record in Cleveland

A event in which the United Way of Cleveland set a world record by releasing almost one-and-a-half million balloons. The event was intended to be a harmless fundraising publicity stunt. On Saturday, September 27, 1986, with a rainstorm approaching, organizers decided on an early release of the balloons. Balloons rose up from Cleveland’s Public Square, surrounding Terminal […]