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2017 21 08 17:28 UTC
Picture of the day
Casa histórica de Boroujerdi, Kashan, Irán, 2016-09-19, DD 34-36 HDR.jpg
View of the rich ceiling of the interior courtyard of the Borujerdi House, a historic house located in Kashan, Iran. The house dates from 1857 and was constructed by architect Ustad Ali Maryam for a wealthy merchant as proof of love to his wife.  
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Pachliopta pandiyana, Malabar rose, is a swallowtail butterfly endemic to the wet jungles of South India.

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English : Pachliopta pandiyana, Malabar rose, is a swallowtail butterfly endemic to the wet jungles of South India.

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Alley of the Bazaar in Arg-e Bam, or, Bam Citadel, the largest adobe building in the world and an UNESCO world heritage site, located in Bam, Kerman Province, southeastern Iran. The origin of this enormous citadel on the Silk Road can be traced back to the Achaemenid Empire (6th-4th centuries BC) and even beyond. The citadel was destroyed by the devastating 2003 Bam earthquake that cost over 26,000 lives and is being reconstructed since then.

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English : Alley of the Bazaar in Arg-e Bam, or, Bam Citadel, the largest adobe building in the world and an UNESCO world heritage site, located in Bam, Kerman Province, southeastern Iran. The origin of this enormous citadel on the Silk Road can be traced back to the Achaemenid Empire (6th-4th centuries BC) and even beyond. The citadel was destroyed by the devastating 2003 Bam earthquake that cost over 26,000 lives and is being reconstructed since then.

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Female silver-spotted skipper butterfly ( Hesperia comma). To celebrate 40 years since the publication of A Nature Conservation Review which identified the most important places for nature conservation in Great Britain. It included the Grade I Aston Rowant National Nature Reserve, an important Site of Special Scientific Interest for the silver-spotted skipper.

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English : Female silver-spotted skipper butterfly ( Hesperia comma). To celebrate 40 years since the publication of A Nature Conservation Review which identified the most important places for nature conservation in Great Britain. It included the Grade I Aston Rowant National Nature Reserve, an important Site of Special Scientific Interest for the silver-spotted skipper.

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Bench in the Gasthuisstraat in Bredevoort, Gelderland, Netherlands

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English : Bench in the Gasthuisstraat in Bredevoort, Gelderland, Netherlands

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Female Red-billed streamertail (Trochilus polytmus). Like Usain Bolt, this hummingbird is a Jamaican endemic

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English : Female Red-billed streamertail (Trochilus polytmus). Like Usain Bolt, this hummingbird is a Jamaican endemic

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Sunset in the nature reserve “Westruper Heide” at the flowering of the heath, Haltern am See, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

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English : Sunset in the nature reserve “Westruper Heide” at the flowering of the heath, Haltern am See, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

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Alpine pasture Tauscherböden in the Tauern Valley near Mallnitz, High Tauern National Park, Carinthia

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English : Alpine pasture Tauscherböden in the Tauern Valley near Mallnitz, High Tauern National Park, Carinthia

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Larva of a Marumba species of moth in the family Sphingidae.

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English : Larva of a Marumba species of moth in the family Sphingidae.

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Sunflower head. Ukraine.

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English : Sunflower head. Ukraine.

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View of the rich ceiling of the Vank Cathedral in Isfahan, possibly the most impressive christian temple in the Islamic Republic of Iran. The construction of the Armenian Apostolic church, formaly known as Holy Savior Cathedral, began in 1606 and was finished between 1655 and 1664. The temple was dedicated to the hundreds of thousands of Armenian deportees that were resettled by Shah Abbas I during the Ottoman War of 1603-1618.

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English : View of the rich ceiling of the Vank Cathedral in Isfahan, possibly the most impressive christian temple in the Islamic Republic of Iran. The construction of the Armenian Apostolic church, formaly known as Holy Savior Cathedral, began in 1606 and was finished between 1655 and 1664. The temple was dedicated to the hundreds of thousands of Armenian deportees that were resettled by Shah Abbas I during the Ottoman War of 1603-1618.

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Dortmund-Ems Canal (view from a bridge) in the hamlet Berenbrock, Lüdinghausen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

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English : Dortmund-Ems Canal (view from a bridge) in the hamlet Berenbrock, Lüdinghausen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

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Quadriga of the Brandenburg Gate, Berlin, Germany. The gate was commissioned by King Frederick William II of Prussia as a sign of peace and built between 1788 to 1791. It suffered considerable damage in World War II and during the post-war Partition of Germany, the gate was isolated and inaccessible immediately next to the Berlin Wall. The area around the gate was featured most prominently in the media coverage of the tearing down of the wall in 1989, and the subsequent German reunification in 1990. After the 1806 Prussian defeat at the Battle of Jena-Auerstedt, Napoleon was the first to use the Brandenburg Gate for a triumphal procession and took its Quadriga to Paris. After Napoleon's defeat in 1814 and the Prussian occupation of Paris the Quadriga was restored to Berlin and redesigned as a Prussian triumphal arch. The gate was restored from 2000 to 2002 to its current appearance.

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English : Quadriga of the Brandenburg Gate, Berlin, Germany. The gate was commissioned by King Frederick William II of Prussia as a sign of peace and built between 1788 to 1791. It suffered considerable damage in World War II and during the post-war Partition of Germany, the gate was isolated and inaccessible immediately next to the Berlin Wall. The area around the gate was featured most prominently in the media coverage of the tearing down of the wall in 1989, and the subsequent German reunification in 1990. After the 1806 Prussian defeat at the Battle of Jena-Auerstedt, Napoleon was the first to use the Brandenburg Gate for a triumphal procession and took its Quadriga to Paris. After Napoleon's defeat in 1814 and the Prussian occupation of Paris the Quadriga was restored to Berlin and redesigned as a Prussian triumphal arch. The gate was restored from 2000 to 2002 to its current appearance.

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High altar of St. Pölten Cathedral, Lower Austria. Altarpiece Assumption of Mary by Tobias Pock (1658).

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English : High altar of St. Pölten Cathedral, Lower Austria. Altarpiece Assumption of Mary by Tobias Pock (1658).

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Sculpture “Wasser-Plastik” (Heinz Mack, 1977) at the LBS Westdeutsche Landesbausparkasse in Münster, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

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English : Sculpture “Wasser-Plastik” (Heinz Mack, 1977) at the LBS Westdeutsche Landesbausparkasse in Münster, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

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Detail of Lion column (see also: Emblem of India) in Kamala Nehru Park, Mumbai

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English : Detail of Lion column (see also: Emblem of India) in Kamala Nehru Park, Mumbai

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Charaxes psaphon, Plain Tawny Rajah, a rare butterfly found in South India, belongs to the Leafwings subfamily of Nymphalidae.

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English : Charaxes psaphon, Plain Tawny Rajah, a rare butterfly found in South India, belongs to the Leafwings subfamily of Nymphalidae.

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A male Komodo dragon (Varanus komodoensis) on the island of Rinca in the Komodo National Park. The world's largest living species of lizard: to celebrate the Proclamation of Indonesian Independence on 17 August 1945

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English : A male Komodo dragon (Varanus komodoensis) on the island of Rinca in the Komodo National Park. The world's largest living species of lizard: to celebrate the Proclamation of Indonesian Independence on 17 August 1945

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Blue hour view of the pagan temple in the Bazaar square, Old city (İçəri Şəhər), Baku, Azerbaijan. The Old City of Baku, which dates at least from the 12th century, became the first UNESCO World Heritage Site in the country in 2000.

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English : Blue hour view of the pagan temple in the Bazaar square, Old city (İçəri Şəhər), Baku, Azerbaijan. The Old City of Baku, which dates at least from the 12th century, became the first UNESCO World Heritage Site in the country in 2000.

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A honey bee, in contrast with the stingless honey bee, is any bee member of the genus Apis, primarily distinguished by the production and storage of honey and the construction of perennial, colonial nests from wax. In the United States, National Honey Bee Day is an awareness day observed on the third Saturday of August.

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English : A honey bee, in contrast with the stingless honey bee, is any bee member of the genus Apis, primarily distinguished by the production and storage of honey and the construction of perennial, colonial nests from wax. In the United States, National Honey Bee Day is an awareness day observed on the third Saturday of August.

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NASA astronaut Nicholas Patrick, STS-130 mission specialist, participates in the mission's third and final session of extravehicular activity (EVA) as construction and maintenance continue on the International Space Station. During the five-hour, 48-minute spacewalk, Patrick and astronaut Robert Behnken (out of frame), mission specialist, completed all of their planned tasks, removing insulation blankets and launch restraint bolts from each of the Cupola's seven windows.

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English : NASA astronaut Nicholas Patrick, STS-130 mission specialist, participates in the mission's third and final session of extravehicular activity (EVA) as construction and maintenance continue on the International Space Station. During the five-hour, 48-minute spacewalk, Patrick and astronaut Robert Behnken (out of frame), mission specialist, completed all of their planned tasks, removing insulation blankets and launch restraint bolts from each of the Cupola's seven windows.

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View of the rich ceiling of the interior courtyard of the Borujerdi House, a historic house located in Kashan, Iran. The house dates from 1857 and was constructed by architect Ustad Ali Maryam for a wealthy merchant as proof of love to his wife.

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English : View of the rich ceiling of the interior courtyard of the Borujerdi House, a historic house located in Kashan, Iran. The house dates from 1857 and was constructed by architect Ustad Ali Maryam for a wealthy merchant as proof of love to his wife.

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Rally Lisboa-Dakar 2006. In the picture Marc Coma (Nº2), winner of the Rally Dakar 2006, in the moto category. The image took place somewhere in the 2006 route.

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English : Rally Lisboa-Dakar 2006. In the picture Marc Coma (Nº2), winner of the Rally Dakar 2006, in the moto category. The image took place somewhere in the 2006 route.

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Chinon, Indre-et-Loire, France, as seen from above

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English : Chinon, Indre-et-Loire, France, as seen from above

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St. Bartholomew's is a Roman Catholic pilgrimage church in the Berchtesgadener Land district of Bavaria in Germany. An annual pilgrimage to St. Bartholomew's is held on the Saturday after 24 August, starting from the Austrian municipality of Maria Alm and crossing the Berchtesgaden Alps.

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English : St. Bartholomew's is a Roman Catholic pilgrimage church in the Berchtesgadener Land district of Bavaria in Germany. An annual pilgrimage to St. Bartholomew's is held on the Saturday after 24 August, starting from the Austrian municipality of Maria Alm and crossing the Berchtesgaden Alps.

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Interior view of main dome of Jvari, a UNESCO World Heritage Site monastery from the 6th century located on a hill over Mtskheta, former capital of the Kingdom of Iberia, Georgia.

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English : Interior view of main dome of Jvari, a UNESCO World Heritage Site monastery from the 6th century located on a hill over Mtskheta, former capital of the Kingdom of Iberia, Georgia.

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A Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress (nose art Thunderbird), below, and a Boeing B-52 Stratofortress flying in a heritage flight formation during 2006 Defenders of Liberty Airshow at Barksdale Air Force Base, LA, USA, on May 12, 2006.

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English : A Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress (nose art Thunderbird), below, and a Boeing B-52 Stratofortress flying in a heritage flight formation during 2006 Defenders of Liberty Airshow at Barksdale Air Force Base, LA, USA, on May 12, 2006.

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Soviet electric locomotive VL22m-1483, the last remaining operational VL22m, with the passenger train Kutaisi - Tkibuli just before arriving at Satsire, Georgia.

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English : Soviet electric locomotive VL22m-1483, the last remaining operational VL22m, with the passenger train Kutaisi - Tkibuli just before arriving at Satsire, Georgia.

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Ceiling of the central room of the Windcatcher (Emarat e Badgir), built during the reign of Fath-Ali Shah Qajar and part of the Golestan Palace, the former royal Qajar complex in Iran's capital city, Tehran. The UNESCO World Heritage Site belongs to a group of royal buildings that were once enclosed within the mud-thatched walls of Tehran's arg ("citadel") and is one of the oldest of the historic monuments in the city.

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English : Ceiling of the central room of the Windcatcher (Emarat e Badgir), built during the reign of Fath-Ali Shah Qajar and part of the Golestan Palace, the former royal Qajar complex in Iran's capital city, Tehran. The UNESCO World Heritage Site belongs to a group of royal buildings that were once enclosed within the mud-thatched walls of Tehran's arg ("citadel") and is one of the oldest of the historic monuments in the city.

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A male emerald damselfly (Lestes sponsa) which flies in England from late June through to September. The Gachalá emerald, one of the most valuable emeralds in the world, was discovered 50 years ago in Colombia

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English : A male emerald damselfly (Lestes sponsa) which flies in England from late June through to September. The Gachalá emerald, one of the most valuable emeralds in the world, was discovered 50 years ago in Colombia

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Honour guards at Ala-Too Square in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.

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English : Honour guards at Ala-Too Square in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.

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