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Window of the Abbey of the Heiligengrabe Monastery in Heiligengrabe, Brandenburg, Germany

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Island in Monrepos Park in Vyborg, Russia.

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View at dusk of the Basilica of Our Lady of Sorrows, Queen of Poland, located in the village of Licheń Stary, near Konin, Greater Poland Voivodeship, Poland. The basilica, designed by Barbara Bielecka was built between 1994 and 2004. With a 120 metres (390 ft) long and 77 metres (253 ft) wide nave, a 98 metres (322 ft) high central dome, and a 141.5 metres (464 ft) high tower, it is Poland's largest church and one of the largest churches in the world.

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English : View at dusk of the Basilica of Our Lady of Sorrows, Queen of Poland, located in the village of Licheń Stary, near Konin, Greater Poland Voivodeship, Poland. The basilica, designed by Barbara Bielecka was built between 1994 and 2004. With a 120 metres (390 ft) long and 77 metres (253 ft) wide nave, a 98 metres (322 ft) high central dome, and a 141.5 metres (464 ft) high tower, it is Poland's largest church and one of the largest churches in the world.

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Worm's-eye view of HVB Tower, an administrative building of the HypoVereinsbank in Munich.

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Young Nubian ibex (Capra nubiana) on a stone wall by the edge of Makhtesh Ramon in Mitzpe Ramon, Israel.

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English : Young Nubian ibex (Capra nubiana) on a stone wall by the edge of Makhtesh Ramon in Mitzpe Ramon, Israel.

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Table with chairs in traditional colors in Fira, Santorini, Greece

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View of Shāh Chérāgh (Persian for "King of the Light"), a funerary monument and mosque in Shiraz, Iran. It houses the tomb of the brothers Ahmad and Muhammad, sons of Mūsā al-Kādhim and brothers of ‘Alī ar-Ridhā. The two took refuge in the city during the Abbasid persecution of Shia Muslims. The tombs became celebrated pilgrimage centres in the 14th century when Queen Tashi Khatun erected a mosque and theological school in the vicinity.

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English : View of Shāh Chérāgh (Persian for "King of the Light"), a funerary monument and mosque in Shiraz, Iran. It houses the tomb of the brothers Ahmad and Muhammad, sons of Mūsā al-Kādhim and brothers of ‘Alī ar-Ridhā. The two took refuge in the city during the Abbasid persecution of Shia Muslims. The tombs became celebrated pilgrimage centres in the 14th century when Queen Tashi Khatun erected a mosque and theological school in the vicinity.

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Lower Shavlinskoe Lake at Altai Mountains in Altai Republic, Russia.

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Leptosia nina, Psyche, Wandering Snowflake, is a small butterfly of the family Pieridae found in Asia.

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Four bells in Ia, Santorini, Greece

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Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House Collector's Office ceiling in Manhattan, designed by Tiffany Studios

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Frontal night view of the History Museum of Armenia, Republic Square, Yerevan, capital of Armenia. The museum, founded in 1920, has 400,000 objects belonging to the departments of Archaeology (35% of the objects), Numismatics (45%), Ethnography (8%), Modern History and Restoration.

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English : Frontal night view of the History Museum of Armenia, Republic Square, Yerevan, capital of Armenia. The museum, founded in 1920, has 400,000 objects belonging to the departments of Archaeology (35% of the objects), Numismatics (45%), Ethnography (8%), Modern History and Restoration.

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A Yellow-billed shrike (Corvinella corvina corvina) from The Gambia. Shrikes catching insects and impale their bodies on thorns or other sharp points, keeping them for later.

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English : A Yellow-billed shrike (Corvinella corvina corvina) from The Gambia. Shrikes catching insects and impale their bodies on thorns or other sharp points, keeping them for later.

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Interior of the subsidiary church Pesenbach, municipality Feldkirchen an der Donau, Upper Austria

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Leaves of grass at Sunrise in the hamlet Börnste, Kirchspiel, Dülmen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

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Pyrus pyrifolia "Raja" cultivar fruit, Virginia Beach, Virginia. These pears have an orangy tinge because they are fully ripe.

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Main nave of the Church of the Society of Jesus (La Iglesia de la Compañía de Jesús), a Jesuit church in Quito, Ecuador. The exterior doesn't give an idea of the beauty of the interior, with a large central nave, which is profusely decorated with gold leaf, gilded plaster and wood carvings, making of it the most ornate church in Quito. The temple is one of the most significant works of Spanish Baroque architecture in America and considered the most beautiful church in Ecuador.

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English : Main nave of the Church of the Society of Jesus (La Iglesia de la Compañía de Jesús), a Jesuit church in Quito, Ecuador. The exterior doesn't give an idea of the beauty of the interior, with a large central nave, which is profusely decorated with gold leaf, gilded plaster and wood carvings, making of it the most ornate church in Quito. The temple is one of the most significant works of Spanish Baroque architecture in America and considered the most beautiful church in Ecuador.

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Aciagrion occidentale, Green striped slender dartlet, is a species of damselfly in the family Coenagrionidae found in India, Sri Lanka.

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Adam Thoroughgood House, built circa 1719. Thoroughgood was a prominent early settler of what is now Virginia Beach, Virginia.

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English : Adam Thoroughgood House, built circa 1719. Thoroughgood was a prominent early settler of what is now Virginia Beach, Virginia.

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Sunrise in the hamlet Börnste, Kirchspiel, Dülmen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

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Bridge from the Bicentennial Rose Garden to the NATO Vista, Norfolk Botanical Garden, Virginia.

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View of the ancient houses of Machu Picchu houses, Urubamba Province, Cusco Region, today Peru. The 15th-century Inca citadel, abandoned one century later, is situated in the Sacred Valley on a mountain ridge 2,430 metres (7,970 ft) above sea level.

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English : View of the ancient houses of Machu Picchu houses, Urubamba Province, Cusco Region, today Peru. The 15th-century Inca citadel, abandoned one century later, is situated in the Sacred Valley on a mountain ridge 2,430 metres (7,970 ft) above sea level.

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A black-headed lapwing (Vanellus tectus tectus) in the West African state of Senegal. Today marks the climax of the Grand Magal of Touba, the annual religious pilgrimage in Senegal

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English : A black-headed lapwing (Vanellus tectus tectus) in the West African state of Senegal. Today marks the climax of the Grand Magal of Touba, the annual religious pilgrimage in Senegal

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This color-enhanced image of a massive, raging storm in Jupiter's northern hemisphere was captured by NASA's Juno spacecraft during its ninth close flyby of the gas giant planet.

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Schematic representation of the two methods with which to assemble a nuclear fission bomb.

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Altar of the collegiate church of the Protestant Heiligengrabe monastery in Brandenburg, Germany
October 31st is Reformation Day in Germany and Austria.

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English : Altar of the collegiate church of the Protestant Heiligengrabe monastery in Brandenburg, Germany
October 31st is Reformation Day in Germany and Austria.

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