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New on 500px : Charles Bridge in the Shadow of Black and White (of ) by sylvanna by sylvanna

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New on 500px : Sari Store by MarkusGebauerPhotography by MarkusGebauerPhotography

Two women sitting in front of a Sari store in the old town of Jodhpur, India.

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New on 500px : Vilnius by roberto_pazzi by roberto_pazzi

The Cathedral of Vilnius is the main Roman Catholic Cathedral of Lithuania. It is situated in Vilnius Old Town, just off of Cathedral Square. Dedicated to Saints Stanislaus and Ladislaus, the church is the heart of Catholic spiritual life in Lithuania.
Inside, there are more than forty works of art dating from the 16th through 19th centuries, including frescoes and paintings of various sizes. During the restoration of the Cathedral a fresco dating from the end of the 14th century, the oldest known fresco in Lithuania, was found on the wall of one of the cathedral’s underground chapels.
During the Soviet regime initially cathedral was converted into a warehouse. Masses were celebrated again starting in 1985, although the cathedral was still officially called “The Gallery of Images” at that time. In 1989, its status as a cathedral was restored.

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New on 500px : Alexander Nevsky Cathedral · Tallinn · Estonia by Maschine by Maschine

On this beautiful evening in Tallinn, we visited Toompea hill and this wonderful russian orhodox cathedral. Clear blue sky and a nice warm sunset followed some hours of rain before. HDR created from three freehand shots.

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New on 500px : A Kind of Magic by Terra70 by Terra70

Sarajevo (Bosnian pronunciation: [sǎrajɛʋɔ]) is the capital and largest city of Bosnia and Herzegovina, with an estimated population of 369,534.[5] Sarajevo metropolitan area, including Sarajevo, East Sarajevo and surrounding municipalities, is home to 608,354[7] inhabitants. Moreover, it is also the capital of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina entity, the capital of the Republic of Srpska[8] entity, and the center of the Sarajevo Canton. Nestled within the greater Sarajevo valley of Bosnia, it is surrounded by the Dinaric Alps and situated along the Miljacka River in the heart of Southeastern Europe and the Balkans.

Sarajevo is the leading political, social and cultural center of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and its region-wide influence in politics, education, entertainment, media, fashion, science, and the arts contribute to its status as Bosnia and Herzegovina’s biggest and most important economic center.[9][10]

The city is famous for its traditional cultural and religious diversity, with adherents of Orthodoxy, Islam, Judaism and Catholicism and coexisting there for centuries.[11] Due to this long and rich history of religious and cultural variety, Sarajevo was sometimes called the “Jerusalem of Europe”[1] or “Jerusalem of the Balkans”.[2] It was, until recently in the 20th century, the only major European city to have a mosque, Catholic church, Orthodox church and synagogue within the same neighborhood.[12] A regional center in education, the city is also home to the Balkans’ first institution of tertiary education in the form of an Islamic polytechnic called the Saraybosna Osmanlı Medrese, today part of the University of Sarajevo.[13][14]

Although settlement in the area stretches back to prehistoric times, the modern city arose as an Ottoman stronghold in the 15th century.[15] Sarajevo has attracted international attention several times throughout its history. In 1885, Sarajevo was the first city in Europe and the second city in the world to have a full-time electric tram network running through the city, following San Francisco.[16] In 1914, it was the site of the assassination of the Archduke of Austria that sparked World War I. Seventy years later, it hosted the 1984 Winter Olympics. For nearly four years, from 1992 to 1996, the city suffered the longest siege of a city in the history of modern warfare (1,425 days long) during the Bosnian War for independence.[17]

Sarajevo has been undergoing post-war reconstruction, and is the fastest growing city in Bosnia and Herzegovina.[18] The travel guide series, Lonely Planet, has named Sarajevo as the 43rd best city in the world,[19] and in December 2009 listed Sarajevo as one of the top ten cities to visit in 2010.[20] In 2011, Sarajevo was nominated to be the European Capital of Culture in 2014 and will be hosting the European Youth Olympic Festival in 2017.[21][22]

Sarajevo is also Bosnian metropolis[23] due to being the most important and influential city in the whole country.

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New on 500px : Symmetry at Bukhara by Angshu by Angshu

Bukhara in Uzbekistan is one of the most important old cities in the old Silk Route. Older than 2000 years, the city hosts a lot of architectural beauties

The Mir-i-Arab Medressa stands opposite the Kalon Mosque in the historic center of Bukhara. Founded in the 16th century, the Islamic school features two distinctive blue domes and other tilework.

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