LAHORE , PAKISTAN 🇵🇰: LAHORE FORT

The Lahore Fort (Punjabi and Urdu: شاہی قلعہ‎: Shahi Qila, or “Royal Fort”), is a citadel. It is notable for having been almost entirely rebuilt in the 17th century, when the Mughal Empire was at the height of its splendour and opulence. The foundations of the modern Lahore Fort date to 1566 during the reign of Emperor Akbar. In 1981, the fort was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lahore_Fort

7jul18 Lahore, Pakistan 🇵🇰

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Iași , Romania : Lost Lyrics

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Residential building with commercial shop below.
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Cow herder in a field.
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1+1=1 behind bars. Ache77. https://www.instagram.com/ache77stencilartist/
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Lost lyrics: “sunflower fields forever.”

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Built into the wall
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Church in a field. 
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Trolley
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Movie theater

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The Alexandru Ioan Cuza University (Romanian: Universitatea „Alexandru Ioan Cuza”; acronym: UAIC) is a public university. Founded one year after the establishment of the Romanian state, by an 1860 decree of Prince Alexandru Ioan Cuza, under whom the former Academia Mihăileană was converted to a university, the University of Iași, as it was named at first, is the oldest university of Romania, and one of its advanced research and education institutions. (wiki)

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View from above

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23/24jun2018. Iași, Romania.

Chișinău , Moldova: The Central Cemetery a.k.a. The Armenian Cemetery

Founded in 1811. It’s the most ‘honored’ cemetery in Chișinău. Many nobles alongside regular citizens. It’s falling to decay, as it’s so massive, but there’s constantly work being done by groundskeepers. Walking through it, I was struck by two things that are not common in American cemeteries: Pictures of the deceased prominently displayed on the tombstones, really ‘putting a face with the corpse’ for me. Which, I never knew I needed. Sounds creepy, but it was kind of wild to see the face of someone who was born and who died before I ever came to be. Just gently putting into perspective that life goes on with or without us. We’re so small in relative terms. Secondly, the tables that were on the grave sites. Some were as long as picnic tables. Others were small little cafe-like tables that were obviously meant for visitors to come and sit. A Ukrainian friend explained that once a year there’s a special day where families come and visit their beloveds’ graves…drink and eat, and share stories of their lives. An effort to keep their spirits alive, I guess. 

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Reminiscent of the Grapes of Wrath

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Who WERE they?! What were they LIKE?!

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An especially elaborate table at a grave site

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What happened?

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16jun18 Chișinău , Moldova

Chișinău , Moldova : Pisică Ferocească

DCIM100GOPROG0188339.The Cathedral of Christ’s Nativity (Romanian: Catedrala Mitropolitană Nașterea Domnului) is the main cathedral of the Moldovan Orthodox Church in Central Chișinău, Moldova. It was commissioned by the governor of New Russia, Prince Mikhail Semyonovich Vorontsov, and Metropolitan Gavril Bănulescu-Bodoni in 1830. The cathedral was built in the 1830s to a Neoclassical design by Abram Melnikov (who had designed a similar church in Bolhrad). The cathedral was bombed during World War II, and its bell tower was destroyed by the local Communists in 1962. The new bell tower was constructed in 1997. During the Soviet period, worship was prohibited and the cathedral was transformed into an exhibition center. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nativity_Cathedral,_Chișinău

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Ştefan cel Mare Central Park (Romanian: Grădina Publică „Ştefan cel Mare” / Parcul „Ştefan cel Mare”) is the main park in Central Chişinău, Moldova. Formerly known as Pushkin Park, it is the oldest park in Moldova and spans about 7 hectares (17 acres). It has gained the nickname “The Park of the Lovers” in Chişinău due to its popularity as a meeting spot for couples. The park contains 50 species of trees, some of which are quite old, the mulberries and acacias being between 130 and 180 years. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ștefan_cel_Mare_Central_Park

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Artist: Radu Dumbrava https://www.instagram.com/dumbravaradu/
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The National Theater Mihai Eminescu was established on October 10, 1920 by a group of prominent Romanian cultural and public figures, led by the Minister of Bessarabia in the Government of Romania, Sergiu T. Niţă. The troupe worked only one season, delivering 25 performances. In 1935, by ministerial order, theaters in Chisinau, Craiova and Chernivtsi were closed for financial reasons. Although short-lived, the first National Theater in Chisinau has made an important contribution to the culture of Bessarabia. https://www.gpsmycity.com/attractions/national-theater-mihai-eminescu-9979.html
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Pisică Ferocească : Ferocious Kitty

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The Chișinău Water Tower is an architectural monument of Chișinău, Moldova, located at 2 Mitropolit Bănulescu-Bodoni Street and built at the end of 19th century after a project by Alexander Bernadazzi. It was a main part of Chişinău’s water system. The upper level was built of wood and was destroyed by an earthquake. It was rebuilt between 1980 and 1983. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chișinău_Water_Tower
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Elefant, artist unknown

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Francysk Skaryna or Francisk Skorina (pronounced [franˈt͡sɨsk skaˈrɨna]; Latin: Franciscus Scorina, Belarusian: Францыск (Францішак) Скарына; Polish: Franciszek Skaryna; ca. 1490–before 29 January 1552) was a Belarusian humanist, physician, translator and one of the first book printers in Eastern Europe, laying the groundwork for the development of the Belarusian language. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Francysk_Skaryna
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No escaping Western Influence

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10jun18. Chisinau , Moldova

CHIȘINĂU , MOLDOVA 🇲🇩: ETERNAL

Victory Memorial and Eternal Flame 🔥: dedicated to Chișinău’s unknown soldiers who died in World War II .

“For me, TREES 🌲 have always been the most penetrating preachers.” – Hermann Hesse

Francysk Skaryna ~ First Belarusian Book 📚 Printer.

Sitting Still.

“Nothing is holier, nothing is more exemplary than a beautiful, strong tree 🌲.” ~ Hermann Hesse

Artistic planter pots line Str. Mateevici .

Constantin Codreanu. Running for Mayor of Chișinău .

28,29May2018. Chișinău , Moldova 🇲🇩 .

Chișinău , MOLDOVA : STREET PERSONALITY

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Men stock up their food cart in the early morning.
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Lots of old, majestic Soviet-style architecture sitting in decadent ruin throughout the city
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Chișinău Water Tower built at the end of the 19th century by Alexander Bernadazzi
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Un parc
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A cat (pisică) who’s seen it all …

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Apparently, children don’t walk, but rather, skip happily across the streets here …

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The Monument of Ion and Doina Aldea-Teodorovici

It is one of the most touching monuments in Chișinău. This contrasting masterpiece embodies two real people – spouses Ion and Doina Aldea-Teodorovici. The two honored artists are distinguished for their artistic talent and struggle for the revival of national values. The monument stands in the memory of the great people of art, as Ion and Doina Aldea-Teodorovici were considered to be, together, a symbol of the struggle for independence of Moldova. http://casamare.md/en/places/arkhitekturnye-pamyatniki/pamyatnik-iona-i-doiny-aldya-teodorovich

 

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Great Union Day occurring on December 1, is the national holiday of Romania. It marks the unification of Transylvania, Bessarabia (Moldova reunite), and Bukovina with the Romanian Kingdom in 1918.

28may18. Chișinău , Moldova

BUDAPEST, HUNGARY 🇭🇺: Búcsú ! 

Budapest Pride.
So many questions…
Liberty Statue or Freedom Statue. Reigns atop Gellert Hill and it commemorates those who sacrificed their lives for the independence, freedom, and prosperity of Hungary.
Pretty ladies along the Danube.

Monument building complex hosting apartments, a pub, and a parking garage. Definition of character for a building.
The Polish/Hungarian Friendship Tree by Neopaint.
The inner sanctums/courtyards within the enormous commercial/residential complexes, are beyond intriguing. Another world within.

10sep17 Budapest, Hungary 🇭🇺 

BRASOV, ROMANIA: DOWNRIGHT MEDIEVAL

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Piața Sfatului ~ holding annual markets since 1364

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The Black Church ~Biserica Neagră ~ largest Gothic church in Southeastern Europe - began in 1377
The Black Church ~ Biserica Neagră ~ largest Gothic church in Southeastern Europe – began in 1377

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27&282017 Brasov, Romania

BUCHAREST, ROMANIA 🇷🇴: MEMORIAL OF REBIRTH AMD THE BROKEN MAN

“Broken Man” Iuliu Maniu: Great liberal democrat, last honest man, spent his final years in a bleak Communist prison, froze to death and was thrown into an unmarked mass grave.

This is Revolution Square, where Romania’s Communist-era dictator, Nicolae Ceauşescu, was publicly overthrown in December 1989.

Below, is the controversial “Memorial of Rebirth, (Memorialul Renaşterii)” which is a monument in central Bucharest that commemorates the struggles and victims of the Romanian Revolution of 1989, which overthrew Communism. 

It was designed by Alexandru Ghilduş, and features a 25-metre-high marble pillar as it’s centerpiece and reaches up to the sky, and on top, a metal “crown” is encircling it.

It’s original name was going to be “Eternal Glory to the Heroes and the Romanian Revolution of December 1989” (Glorie Eternă Eroilor şi Revoluţiei Române din Decembrie 1989). The name “Memorial of Rebirth” alludes to Romania’s rebirth as a nation after the collapse of Communism. It’s an incredibly significant time in Romania’s history so it’s a shame that so many people seem to dislike the monument so passionately.

Pretty much everyone acknowledged the need for a memorial commemorating the 1989 revolution, the monument sparked major controversy when it appeared in 2005, mainly to do with its design. Many artists stated that the memorial, especially its central pillar, was devoid of any symbolism, being too abstract, and thus didn’t adequately represent the suffering and magnitude of the 1989 revolution, which claimed around 1,500 lives. (wiki)
The Memorial of Rebirth has been described as “a potato skewered on a stake”, an “olive on a toothpick”, “the potato of the revolution” and “the vector with the crown”.

Owing to its relative unpopularity, the monument is guarded round-the-clock. Despite this, on the night of 12 May 2006, it was vandalized with a stencil graffiti figure representing the fictional revolutionary character “V” on the side facing the National Museum of Art. (wiki)
In 2012 the monument was defaced a second time with a splash of bright red paint that was delivered just at the bottom of the monument’s “potato” by an unknown person. This caused the monument to look as though it is bleeding. The paint is so inaccessibly high that it has remained in place since it was placed there. (wiki)

13aug17 Bucharest, Romania 🇷🇴