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Archive for July, 2015

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The best pictures of the Royal Surrey Gardens

Posted in Architecture, Best pictures, Famous landmarks, Historical articles, History, Leisure, London, Theatre on Wednesday, 29 July 2015

The best pictures of the Royal Surrey Gardens show the exhibits and visitors to this short-lived attraction in a fifteen-acre site which for twenty years had also housed the Surrey Zoological Gardens, and was located close to the Kennington Oval.
The first picture shows an aerial view of the Gardens.

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The Royal Surrey Gardens c.1856

The second picture shows The Great Fire of London, a dramatic re-enactment with an 80 feet backdrop and spectacular fireworks typical of the entertainment at the Surrey Gardens.

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The Great Fire of London

The third picture shows the concert hall and music hall in the Surrey Gardens.

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Concert Hall at the Royal Surrey Gardens

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The best pictures of Kew Gardens

Posted in Best pictures, Famous landmarks, Historical articles, History, Leisure, London, Plants on Wednesday, 29 July 2015

The best pictures of Kew Gardens show visitors and the chief attractions.
The first picture shows families walking through Kew Gardens.

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Kew Gardens: A Visit to Nature's Wonderland

The second picture shows the pagoda at Kew.

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The Pagoda in the Chinese Gardens, Kew Gardens, London

The third picture shows the Great Palmarum at Kew.

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Interior of the Great Palmarum, Kew Gardens, London

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The best pictures of a hammock

Posted in Best pictures, Children, Historical articles, History, Leisure, Ships, War on Wednesday, 29 July 2015

The best pictures of a hammock include scenes in woods, gardens and on boats.
The first picture is of a boy in a hammock.

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A boy feeding ducks from a hammock

The second picture shows a beautiful Victorian woman in a garden hammock.

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Idleness

The third picture shows hammocks on a ship taking troops to fight in the Boer War.

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On Board the Transport "Bavarian" on her Way to the Cape, the Troop Deck

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The best pictures of Carmen

Posted in Best pictures, Famous Composers, Literature, Music, Theatre on Tuesday, 28 July 2015

The best pictures of Carmen show Merimee’s and Bizet’s heroine at her seductive peak and at her tragic end.
The first picture is a portrait of the alluring Carmen.

The second picture shows Carmen dancing for besotted Don Jose.

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Carmen and Don Jose by James E McConnell

The third picture shows Don Jose stabbing Carmen outside the bullring.

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Carmen's death by William de Leftwich Dodge

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The best pictures of Boabdil, King of Granada

Posted in Best pictures, Famous battles, Historical articles, History, Religion, Royalty on Tuesday, 28 July 2015

The best pictures of the Muslim monarch Boabdil show him in youth and at his downfall.
The first picture shows a bizarre riding lesson for Boabdil.

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The education of the last King of Granada included riding an ostrich

The second picture shows Muhammad XII, known as Boabdil, surrendering the keys of Granada to the Catholic crown.

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Boabdil surrenders Granada to the Catholic crown

The third picture shows Boabdil and his mother leaving Granada.

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Boabdil-el-rey-chico's farewell to Granada by E Corbould

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The best pictures of the Prado, Madrid

Posted in Architecture, Art, Best pictures, Famous landmarks, Historical articles, History, Institutions, Royalty on Tuesday, 28 July 2015

The best pictures of the Prado show some unexpected images of the famous park and museum building.
The first picture shows the people of Madrid gathered in the Paseo del Prado and park to see the Salon del Prado illuminated by electricity for the first time.

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The Prado Museum in Madrid lit by electric lighting

The second picture shows the unusually striking Fountain of Cybele in the Prado, where it stood for many years before it was moved in front of the Cybele Palace.

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Fountain of Cybele, Prado, Madrid

The third picture shows Edward, Prince of Wales in Madrid at the Royal Review in the Prado.

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The Prince of Wales at Madrid, Royal Review in the Prado, 1876

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The best pictures of the Spanish Inquisition

Posted in Best pictures, Historical articles, History, Law, Politics, Religion, Sinners on Tuesday, 28 July 2015

The best pictures of the Spanish Inquisition show images of prisons, interrogation and torture.
The first picture shows the Prison of the Inquisition in Barcelona.

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Prison of the Inquisition, Barcelona

The second picture shows torture during a tribunal.

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A tribunal (interrogatory) of the inquisition. After the painting by Adolphe Steinheil

The third picture shows the Inquisition’s torture by water.

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The Inquisition – Torture by Water by Gustave Dore

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The best pictures of the Escorial

Posted in Architecture, Best pictures, Famous landmarks, Historical articles, History, Religion, Royalty on Tuesday, 28 July 2015

The best pictures of the Escorial reveal the implacable magnificence of Philip II’s great palace near Madrid.
The first picture of the Escorial is an aerial view of almost the entire palace complex.

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The Escorial, near Madrid.

The second picture shows books being rescued from the Escorial’s library during a serious fire.

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The Late Fire at the Escurial, Rescuing Books from the Library by G Durand

The third picture shows the south facade of the Escorial overlooking the gardens.

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The Escorial by Dan Escott

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The best pictures of a Roman aqueduct

Posted in Ancient History, Architecture, Best pictures, Engineering, Famous landmarks, Historical articles, History on Tuesday, 28 July 2015

The best pictures of a Roman aqueduct all show spectacular ruins in various parts of Spain.
The first picture shows the aqueduct in Merida, the capital of Extremadura in Spain.

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Roman aqueduct at Merida

The second picture shows the ruinous Roman aqueduct at Segovia.

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Roman aqueduct at Segovia

The third picture shows the Aqueduct of Tarragona.

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Roman aqueduct at Tarragona.

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The best pictures of Somaliland

Posted in Africa, Best pictures, Historical articles, History, Religion, Revolution, War on Tuesday, 28 July 2015

The best pictures of Somaliland focus on the uprising by Muhammad Abdullah Hassan, derisively nicknamed the Mad Mullah by the colonists, who was a Sunni Muslim intent on driving out the British and establishing a Dervish State.
The first picture shows a recruit for the Dervish cause.

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The Rising in Somaliland, a Recruit for the Mad Mullah by R Caton Woodville

The second picture shows Somali warriors signalling with a shield.

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The Rising in Somaliland, the Somali Heliograph, Scout signalling with a Burnished Shield at Sunrise by R Caton Woodville

The third picture shows a British soldier meeting native spies in the Bush.

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The British Reverse in Somaliland, an Advance Party interviewing Native Spies in the Bush by R Caton Woodville

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