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Oberhausen, Germany - 18th March 2012

By: Shilo

Today we went to Oberhausen. Here we visit the Gasometer, with the exhibition “Magic Places – Natural and Cultural Monuments”



In this exhibition the UNESCO has counted more than 900 World Heritage Sites which are masterpieces of human architecture and huge monuments of nature.
For the first time in an exhibition, “Magic Places” is showing the wonders of nature and culture together.
This sounds so great, that we wanted to see it with our own eyes.


This is a picture from the Rapa Nui National Park on the Easter Island. It has been a UNESCO World Heritage since 1995. The Moal are monumental sculptures made of volcanic rock up to 20 meters in height. They stood like guards on platforms along the coast. 900 such Moals still exist on the island today.


This is Russia’s most audacious wooden church. The wooden churches of Kizhi Pogost in Karelia were built completely in the tradition of the Northern Russian wooden type of construction and yet have a visionary design. The church of the Transfiguration built in 1714 is 35 meters high and supports 22 onion domes. It is considered one of the most audacious wooden buildings in Russia.
It has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1990.


This is the Ellora Cave Temple in India. The Hindus who created the Temple wanted it to resemble the sacred Mount Kailash. Not simply on the outside; they wanted to create it from a single piece of rock. It took 200 years for workers to excavate and carve the rock into the shape of a monumental temple.


Oh the wonderful Golden Gate Bridge. It took five years to build the bridge in San Fransisco, before it was opened to the public in 1937. Each year this miracle of engineering attracts countless tourists who come to gaze in awe at its beauty.  The best thing is, that I have the chance to see the bridge in real this summer.


The garden of Castello Ruspoli in Vignanello in Italy looks really impressive and beautiful.


This Photo shows the Monarch butterfly in its winter quarters in Mexico. Here billions of them hibernate in thick clumps in an extremely confined space. In spring they are awakened by the warming rays of the sun and set out on their long flight north to Canada.


Wow this Photo looks so impressive. Volcanoes, earthquakes and hurricanes are living demonstrations of the primordial powers of the planet.


Here I want to show you some of the wonderful jewelry we saw.


This is a tree slice from a redwood tree. It was a present from the First Lady Barbara Bush given to the city Bonn. The slice is 750 years old; 2,5 meters high and 2,7 meters wide. Its weight is 7 tones.
20 little metal panels are mounted to the matching annual rings to remind of important events out of the history of Bonn.


At the end of the exhibition we saw the gigantic "Rainforest Tree". This 40 meters high sculpture is a symbol of the beauty, fertility and vulnerability of the eternal cycle of nature. It was really impressive.



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