Thursday, 17 May 2012

View from the Astronomical Clock Tower in Prague

   One of the best views over the city of Prague is from the famous Astromonical Clock Tower in the Old Town Square. Prague is known as the 'City of 1000 Spires' and many of them can be seen from here. The dark church with the two spires (which are not symmetrical) is the early Gothic Church of 'Our Lady before Týn' founded in 1385. The large white church with the three green copper spires is the Baroque St Nicholas Church completed in 1735.
The narrow viewing platform which runs around the outside of the square tower was full of tourists at the time, so to make the panorama I took as many photographs as possible then selected one from each corner turret and three from each side.
Panorama of Mostar Town Centre supplied by Panoramic Earth 

 This is the historic town of Mostar, the fifth-largest city in Bosnia and Herzegovina, spanning a deep valley of the Neretva River.
During the Bosnian civil war in 1993, the old stone bridge seen in this picture, known as Stari Most and the symbol of Mostar, was completely destroyed. It was subsequently restored with help from UNESCO, and reopened in 2004.

Tuesday, 12 July 2011

The Aletsch Glacier in Switzerland

At 23km this is the longest glacier in Europe and the most beautiful in Switzerland, starting south of the Jungfrau in the Bernese Oberland and descending to the Upper Rhone valley in the Valais. On the horizon at the start of the glacier is the observatory of the Jungfraujoch.
This photograph was taken in June 2008 and the glacier, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is said to have retreated by 100m between 2005 and 2006.

Click here to view the full panorama

This view of the old harbour of Dubrovnik is from the end of the southern jetty. The massive building at the entrance to the harbour is St. John's Fort, then follows part of the famous city wall which completely surrounds the old city, and can be walked along for its entire length. Looking back along the jetty, is the Rector's Palace.

Sunday, 10 July 2011

Church of San Giovanni Battista, in Mogno, Switzerland

In 1986 the original 350-year-old church in the small hamlet of Mogno, together with several uninhabited houses, was destroyed by an avalanche. This is the modern replacement built in the 1990s and designed by the Ticinese architect Mario Botta.
The controversial design has a glass roof but no windows and incorporates alternating layers of native white Peccia marble and grey Vallemaggia granite. The outside curvature of the building appears to be shaped to withstand any future avalanches.

The beach at Lyme Regis in Dorst, from Lucy's Jetty

Panorama of Lucy's Jetty supplied by Panoramic Earth

Lyme Regis main beach photographed from Lucy's jetty on a warm Saturday afternoon in June. This jetty separates the sandy section of beach next to the harbour, from the long shingle section constructed in 2006 to protect the seafront from storm damage. 
In October 2005, the workmen renovating this jetty discovered the remains of a 190 million year old Ichthyosaur fossil which is now displayed in the Lyme Regis Museum.