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The remarkable remains of the arched hall at Ctesiphon/Taq Kasra.

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14 hours ago, The Hallucinating Goose said:

There are some really quite stark and shocking buildings in Berlin. I love the city for the Cold War history myself. The huge white balls on top of Teufelsberg are a dramatic sight. I remember standing on top of one of the towers of the cathedral and staring at them far in the distance for ages just imagining the spying that had been done there. From the cathedral you can see most of the city as you would imagine.

The Funkturm is another structure that really stands out. A heck of a lot of people that go to the city don't visit that one either cos they only know about the tv tower so it is always a much quieter and, I think, much more atmospheric place to visit. 

Hohenschonhausen prison is probably the most incredible place to visit in the city for history buffs. The stasi's secret prison, the empty spot on the old maps of East Berlin. I went on the guided tour of that place and they show you rooms where people were tortured and interrogated and the cells they stayed in. The torture used was psychological not physical and some of the things they did were truly evil. 

I personally wouldn't bother with Checkpoint Charlie, just a tourist attraction surrounded by fat Americans. 

Don't get me talking about Berlin or I won't shut up! 😁

There's lots of places I still want to see and some I want to revisit. I find that doing a little bit of reading up on places before hand helps. There's a plaque on the outside wall of friedrichstrasse station that I saw. My limited German couldn't translate it, it turned out to be marking the spot of two executions in the last days of WW2. Walking along friedrichstrasse you pass the ubahn stations that those fleeing Hitler's bunker used to try getting out of the city. 

Don't get me talking as I'll be on here all day. 

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On 05/01/2022 at 22:04, Maximus Decimus said:

Always loved St George's Hall in Liverpool.

My absolute favourite is probably the Pantheon followed closely by the Parthenon.

Saved me posting about the Pantheon. How they made the roof work is still beyond my understanding.

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Imperial Hall, by Old Street tube station in London. Some wonderful terracotta work at the front. The back of the building is the opposite - extremely plain and basic.

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14 hours ago, DavidM said:

Probably the biggest wow factor was visiting the winter palace and hermitage in st petersburg

St Petersburg is stunning, even in the depths of winter. The colours and style of architecture make it a much more cheerful place than Moscow, and the girls are very Scandinavian-looking. It was -33 degrees when I first visited and the locals were just wearing the sort of stuff I would wear when it's a bit frosty!

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9 minutes ago, Desert Skipper said:

St Petersburg is stunning, even in the depths of winter. The colours and style of architecture make it a much more cheerful place than Moscow, and the girls are very Scandinavian-looking. It was -33 degrees when I first visited and the locals were just wearing the sort of stuff I would wear when it's a bit frosty!

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It was -9 when we went in February and it was the first time I really knew what cold was . It was a lovely city , far nicer than Moscow . That was 93 and basically the whole country was a basket case then 

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6 minutes ago, DavidM said:

That was 93 and basically the whole country was a basket case then 

I think it was around that time that the famous Maccy's opened in Pushkinskaya Sq. My mum got to eat in there within the first few months of it opening! She said the rest of the country was still a huge mess though.

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15 minutes ago, Desert Skipper said:

I think it was around that time that the famous Maccy's opened in Pushkinskaya Sq. My mum got to eat in there within the first few months of it opening! She said the rest of the country was still a huge mess though.

Yes it certainly was . We never went but it must have beat the beetroot soup we got for lunch . The food was horrendous then , I remember that 

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It's an odd one, but I have a soft spot for Alicante airport's new terminal building. Airports are often horrible places (Manchester and East Midlands, I'm particularly looking at you) but the new terminal at Alicante has been designed really well and is spacious, filled with light and surprisingly relaxing. It's also not a giant shopping centre with planes attached.

Also, they've named it after Miguel Hernandez, the Spanish Civil War poet jailed and ultimately killed as a result by Franco's fascists. I love his work.

In terms of classical buildings, I'm always impressed by anything the Victorians built.

"I am the avenging angel; I come with wings unfurled, I come with claws extended from halfway round the world. I am the God Almighty, I am the howling wind. I care not for your family; I care not for your kin. I come in search of terror, though terror is my own; I come in search of vengeance for crimes and crimes unknown. I care not for your children, I care not for your wives, I care not for your country, I care not for your lives." - (c) Jim Boyes - "The Avenging Angel"

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15 hours ago, DavidM said:

Probably the biggest wow factor was visiting the winter palace and hermitage in st petersburg

It's very impressive but going round the Hermitage was ludicrous. Hordes of tourists taking photos of artwork without actually looking at it. I could do that on the internet. The contrast with some of the Soviet era buildings was stark - at least the Commies had the sense not to demolish the historic buildings. Although the churches were closed for religion, they were repurposed without affecting the remarkable artwork. 

I never felt comfortable in Russia.

"I am the avenging angel; I come with wings unfurled, I come with claws extended from halfway round the world. I am the God Almighty, I am the howling wind. I care not for your family; I care not for your kin. I come in search of terror, though terror is my own; I come in search of vengeance for crimes and crimes unknown. I care not for your children, I care not for your wives, I care not for your country, I care not for your lives." - (c) Jim Boyes - "The Avenging Angel"

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If we're talking buildings, most of Jonathan Meades' excellent documentaries are about architecture, and you can watch them here: http://meadesshrine.blogspot.com/p/shrine.html 

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52 minutes ago, tim2 said:

It's an odd one, but I have a soft spot for Alicante airport's new terminal building. Airports are often horrible places (Manchester and East Midlands, I'm particularly looking at you)

Pretty much any new airport building outside the UK is a joy to experience. Natural daylight and outside views are the key to any terminal, since you have to spend a good chunk of your time waiting there. The new terminal at Manchester was supposed to all-glass according to the original CGI when announced. Now it's cheap cladding. Not a great 'Welcome to the North' for visitors.

53 minutes ago, tim2 said:

I never felt comfortable in Russia

You get used to it. The first time I went to Russia I was in the bathroom of my hotel in Sokolniki having a shower, and a guy jumped on to the balcony with a bucket and a squeegee, like he was going to clean the windows. Since I was naked and not an exhibitionist, I hid in the bathroom waiting for him to finish his job. He cleaned about a tenth of the window very poorly then spent about 30 minutes studying the room and the desk through the window! And I'm pretty sure he wasn't a potential burglar. Or maybe he was and I've just read too many Le Carre novels 😁

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As a young lad I used to love going into the Wool Exchange in Bradford, it is (was) a Waterstones book shop and Starbucks(?).

Looking up at the roof of the building, the smell of books and coffee. It was special.

I was very impressed and surprised by the foyer of Antwerp train station a few years ago.

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On 08/01/2022 at 13:04, Futtocks said:

If we're talking buildings, most of Jonathan Meades' excellent documentaries are about architecture, and you can watch them here: http://meadesshrine.blogspot.com/p/shrine.html 

Quite by chance I came across the one he did about Cuthbert Broderick (The Case Of The Disappearing Architect). I'd never heard of Meades but I knew Broderick was a local man so I started watching. It was a cracking piece of TV.

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1 minute ago, Ullman said:

Quite by chance I came across the one he did about Cuthbert Broderick (The Case Of The Disappearing Architect). I'd never heard of Meades but I knew Broderick was a local man so I started watching. It was a cracking piece of TV.

His documentaries are excellent. His non-fiction books are fascinating, but you may want to steer clear of some of his fiction if you are prone to shock or prudishness. One of the first stories in his book Filthy English is the autobiography of a dog who has a career in bestiality porn films.

His cookbook is a treat, though. 

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12 hours ago, M j M said:

Try and convince me this isn't beautiful.

 

 

9 hours ago, The Hallucinating Goose said:

I too am a big fan of brutalism, gorgeous building that one. 

If Alfred Hitchcock needed a movie set.......... that's it

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There could an entire thread for misleading planning application sunny perspective drawings vs reality but this one is particularly grim.

 

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