Curiosities of Europe !!

Looking at my vault, found some older pictures on paper and took my digital camera to take picture of the pictures and use them in my blog. This allows me to show in my blog places not shown or pics with new angles of places shown in the blog. Nostalgia sets in and here I go on the curiosities of Europe !!

On some of these, I have already done newer picture posts in my blog,fyi

The Metropolitan Basilica Cathedral of the Holy Cross and Saint Eulalia of Barcelona,or ​​often nicknamed Seu in Catalan, the current cathedral, in Gothic style, was built between the 13C and 15C on the old Romanesque cathedral, itself built on a church dating from the Visigoth period in the same place as an earlier early Christian basilica, some remains of which are still visible in the basement, at the Barcelona History Museum.

Barcelona Cathedral Metropolitan Basilica of the Holy Cross and Saint Eulalia

The Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert in Brussels form a complex of three shopping passages covered along their entire length by glazing in arcades. They consist of: the Galerie de la Reine (from rue du Marché aux Herbes to rue des Bouchers), the Galerie du Roi (from rue des Bouchers to rue d’Arenberg), and the Galerie des Princes (from the King’s Gallery at rue des Dominicains).

Brussels galerie st hubert 1999

Rue des Bouchers is a street in Brussels, located right in the center, in the Grand-Place district. it concentrates a large number of restaurants such as the famous Chez Léon, specialist in “mussels and fries”, which occupies four adjoining houses (n° 18-20-22-24). It starts from rue Grétry and goes up, parallel to rue du Marché aux Herbes and rue de l’Écuyer, until it intersects the Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert before joining rue de la Montagne. Rue des Bouchers is home to many buildings worthy of interest, including Baroque or Neo-Baroque houses.

Brussels rue Bouchers 1999

The Grand-Place of Brussels, world famous for its ornamental richness, it is bordered by the houses of the guilds, the town hall and the Maison du Roi. Victor Hugo considered it one of the most beautiful squares in the world The 19th century facades of the current square are not always an exact reflection of the constructions after 1695. Sometimes the restorers lack information Sometimes the original does not corresponds more to the ideas or the needs of the 19th century.

Brussels grand place tapis des fleurs hotel de ville 1999

The Palais de Justice of Brussels or courthouse is an imposing Greco-Roman-inspired eclectic-style building located in Brussels’ largest square, Place Poelaert. With a floor area of ​​26,000 m2, it is larger than St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome! The first Palace of Justice was established on the site of the former Jesuit church, Place de la Justice. Built in 1818-1823. The new courthouse first stone was laid on October 31, 1866 during the reign of Leopold II, and  was inaugurated on October 15, 1883 after the death of the architect Joseph Poelaert in the presence of King Leopold II.

Brussels palais de justice 1999

The Royal Palace of Brussels is located on Place des Palais. Born from the combination of four mansions built in the 18th century, Walckiers, Bender, Belgiojoso and Belle-Vue, it now houses the office of the King of the Belgians, who grants audiences and carries out his official activities there, as well as some Richly decorated reception rooms used for various annual events such as visits by Heads of State and Christmas concerts.

Brussels Royal palace 1999

Buckingham Palace is the official residence of British sovereigns. Located in London, the palace is both the venue for events relating to the royal family, the home of many visiting heads of state, and a major tourist attraction. Here Queen Guards parade!  

London buckingham palace queen guards parade

St. Paul’s Cathedral of London is the cathedral of the Church of England, Diocese of London. It was built after the old building was destroyed in the Great Fire of London in 1666. It crowns Ludgate Hill, the site of four sanctuaries before the present cathedral and is located in the City of London, the historic heart of the city that has become now London’s main business district.

London St Paul s cathedral

The Tower Bridge is a tilting bridge in London and notably allowing the passage of the Thames to motorized vehicles. It belongs to the class of suspension bridges and is made of granite for its facade, steel for its structure and concrete for its foundations. At the time of its construction, the Tower Bridge was the largest (246 meters in length and 65 meters in height) and the most sophisticated of the drawbridges ever built. The bridge is famous all over the world thanks to its very particular architecture, in neogothic style.

London tower bridge

Frankfurt’s Old Opera House is one of its most prestigious concert halls and the home of the Old Opera House in Frankfurt am Main.  The Old Opera House was almost completely destroyed by bombing in 1944 .A citizens’ initiative campaigned to collect funds from reconstruction after 1953 ,and the Opera was reopened on August 28, 1981, Today the Opera or Alte Oper consists of the Grosser Saal Hall (Great Hall), the Mozart-Saal, and other smaller halls , used for conventions. Because the new Frankfurt Opera House had already been built in 1951, the old opera house was designed for use as a concert hall from the start of its reconstruction. Today, it regularly hosts concerts and plays.

Frankfort opera house 2004

There you go folks, a walk of nostalgia from my very earlier trips to and within Europe. The wonders of Europe that still rings many nice memories to my mind on each stretch of meter I take on it. Hope you enjoy the post as I reviving these old pictures into the life of my blog.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all !!!

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