Sunset in a Magical World

Santa Monica Pier, California
Pacific Park in Santa Monica Pier, California

If you want to see another photo of Pacific Park click on the link.

Puesto Madero - Buenos Aires, Argentina
Puesto Madero – Buenos Aires, Argentina

Puerto Madero neighborhood is the youngest district of the city of Buenos Aires, and an attractive gastronomic and nightlife center. It was a nice place to walk, an activity that I love to do aimlessly to discover interesting places.

The streets of Puerto Madero celebrates women in Argentina’s history by naming their streets with the names of renowned women.

There you can also find the interesting Women’s bridge, a pedestrian swing bridge designed by Spanish architect Fernando Calatrava, that you can see in anothe post by clicking on the link.

Between natural and artificial nature

Buenos Aires, Argetina
Buenos Aires, Argetina

In this photo you can see a curious tree that represents the real nature in my theme for this challenge. The tree is located in front of the artificial nature represented by the metalic sculpture Floralis Generica that according to the author, the architect Eduardo Catalano, “Floralis” means that it belongs to the flora and hence flowers, and “Generic” derives from the concept of “genus” and indicates that represents all the flowers in the world.

For more views and information about Floralis Generica or about trees, click on the links to see other posts.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Between

 

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Graffiti around the world: Buenos Aires, Argentina 4

Monumental Tower/Tower of British People

Buenos Aires, Argentina
Buenos Aires, Argentina

I found this tower while strolling around in Plaza San Martin, which is located at Retiro neighbourhood in Buenos Aires, Argentina. It was constructed by British residents to commemorate the centenary of Argentina May Revolution, so originally it was named Torre de los Ingleses, or Tower of British people, but after the Guerra de las Malvinas, or Falklands war for the British, it was renamed Monumental Tower; although some citizens still referred to it as Torre de los ingleses.

Buenos Aires, Argentina
Buenos Aires, Argentina

The architect was British resident Ambrose Macdonald Poynter (1867–1923), who was grandson of the founder of  Royal Institute of British Architects. Almost all the materials for the edification, like cement, Portland stones, and Leicester type bricks, were brought from England, as well as the technical staff in charge of construction.

Buenos Aires, Argentina
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Palladian style according to the prevailing trend in the late sixteenth century in Britain, is set on a platform with four access stairs. The height of the tower is 75.50 meters and has eight floors. At 35 meters there is a clock that was set in motion in 1910 by Argentine watchmakers Rodolfo Kopp and Nicanor Insua. The operation of machinery is by pendulum and weights. It has five bronze bells, whose tolling on the quarter hour imitates Westminster Abbey. The largest bell weighs about seven tons.

Buenos Aires, Argentina
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Above the main entrance facing west, and on the other sides of the building, there is a frieze ornamented with suns and different emblems of the British Empire. Among others, can be recognized the thistle flower, the rose of the House of Tudor, the red dragon of Wales and shamrock of Ireland. The emblems of Argentina (2nd photo) and Great Britain (photo below) are located over the gateways as well.

Buenos Aires, Argentina
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Although the project was chosen for construction between various projects in 1910, the inauguration of the tower was delayed until May 24, 1916, due to the First World War.

Puebla de los Angeles, Puebla- Mexico
Puebla de Los Angeles, Puebla- Mexico

The City of Puebla is also known as Puebla de Los Angeles (Puebla of The Angels) or Angelopolis because it is said that it was traced by the angels, though the real name is Puebla de Zaragoza. It is the capital city of the State of Puebla, which is located in a valley surrounded on all four sides by mountains and volcanoes. Due to its cultural and historical architecture, this City was chosen as World Heritage.  The architecture includes various styles and techniques such as Baroque, Renaissance and classical architecture, represented in over 5000 buildings. This makes it the 2nd City with the largest number of historic buildings and landmarks in Latin America only after Cuzco, Peru.