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Jezzar Pasha Mosque

Mosque in Acre, Israel

From the neutral territory of Geneva, I travel to the tumultuous country of Israel. With racism rampant and unceasing form both sides, I am going to have to try to be super careful with how I interact with people. I need to act as though I don't hate them for being people. Israel has a general population of 8,200,000 people, which are spread out over 8,000 square miles. The GDP per capita of Israel is about $35,700 as of 2015. The official spoken languages are Hebrew and Arabic, seeing as the population consists largely of Jewish and Arabic ethnicities. While staying in this diverse and unique country, my main attraction will be the Jezzar Pasha Mosque. This large and important temple is positioned in Acre, Israel, and is bordered to the east by the Mediterranean Sea, and Lebanon and Syria on the west. The outside was impressive by architectural standards, but was otherwise unlikely to draw the eye. It is a plain white building, with a deep, sloping, dome for a roof, coloured a deep green. Yet upon entering, like many of the other sites, the outside says little to the inside. Dozens of intricate red mats cover the floor, perfectly aligned. I suppose that they are for kneeling prayer. The walls and ceiling are adorned with carefully designed patterns and carvings and images. All of them are geometrically sound, giving pleasant symmetry to the building.

Posted by Nesawf 10:03 Archived in Israel Tagged religion Comments (0)

Large Hadron Super Collider

The infamous CERN Supercollider

Of all my destinations, this is the one that I personally had been looking forward to the most. Having been following the development of String Theory for a number of years, the CERN Supercollider has always held a sense of awe for me. It is the largest and most powerful particle collider, the largest, most complex experimental facility ever built, and the largest single machine in the world. Starting in 1998, it took 10 years and collaboration between 10,000 scientists to complete. The main facility is built on the Switzerland-France border, near Geneva, Switzerland. The tunnel it is built in has a circumference of 17 miles, and cost a cross-over of 9 billion US dollars. Some of the results when observing the characteristics of the famous Higgs boson particle. When I enter, I'm immediately struck my its sheer size. I'm in a large tunnel, with what appears to be a large cylindrical, metal tube going in either direction as far as the eye can see. I'm also pleasantly surprised by the amount of colours that decorate the large machine. Reds and greens and oranges and blues all over the place. Being built on a neutral and scientific zone, I am encountering languages ranging from English to French to mandarin Chinese. Considering the amount of groundbreaking research being done there, I am also a little bit surprised by the how few people are here.

Posted by Nesawf 10:03 Archived in Switzerland Tagged science Comments (0)

Don Bosco Sanctuary

Inspiration of Brasilia

My next destination brought me to the city of Brasilia, Brazil. The city id found in the top half of South America, and the lower centre of Brazil. This is quite a large city, at about 5,800 square kilometres. The population of 2.5 million has a GDP per capita of about $62,000. Being the capitol city of Brazil, I am not surprised to find that the native language is Portuguese. When I approached the Santuario Dom Bosco, I was mildly shocked by its plain and comely exterior. I've heard many remark of the incredible beauty of the Sanctuary, so I entered the doors hopeful that the inside would be better than the beige visage that had initially greeted me. When, I entered the building, the first thing thatI noticed was darkness, as my eyes gradually adjusted to the lighting. The only source of light came directly from the sun, spilling in through the numerous windows. The windows were multi-panneled panes of varying shades of blue, bathing the large room in a warm, comforting blue. The wide area left little to draw the attention from a large crucifix, set at the front. It is said to be carved by Gotfredo Tralli, out of a single cedar tree. The large golden chandelier also begs for attention. It is constructed of 7,400 pieces of Murano glass, and was designed by architect Alvimar Moreira.

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Chamberlin Observatory

Starting off close to home, at a historic astrological observatory in the heart of Denver.

As I begin my tour of the some of the world's more personalized places. My trip will be centrally focused on major religious sites, as well as places that hold strong meaning in the scientific community. Since I wanted my first stop to be in my home state of Colorado, I decided to go to the prestigious and globally revered Chamberlin Observatory. Built in 1890, the observatory is in proud possession of 1894 Alvan Clark-Saegmuller 20'' refracting telescope. Located in the southwest centre of the USA, North of Mexico, and South of Canada. The main language here is English, but I have noticed a mix of other languages as well, most notably spanish. The city is roughly 153 square miles, and has a relative population of a little over 650,000. Denver has a GDP of 187.1 billion. Upon arriving at the observatory, I revel at how clean and well-maintained it appears. I then discovered that it had been fully renovated in 2008, with a Historic Colorado grant. It looks similar to what I had anticipated, but it takes my breath away nonetheless. A white dome tops off the old fashioned brick structure quite nicely. As I enter the building, it is hard to notice anything but the incredibly large telescope monumented in the centre of the room. Although it is massively impressive, I still look forward to the rest of my stops.

Posted by Nesawf 10:03 Archived in USA Tagged science Comments (0)

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