Slide through the latest efforts from around the world
The Louvre Museum was #EarthFlagged !
The Louvre of Paris, France, is the world’s largest museum and boasts one of the most extensive art collections on the globe, containing treasures such as the “Mona Lisa,” the Code of Hammurabi, and “Liberty Leading the People,” and numerous works from ancient Greece and Rome. The structure of the Louvre itself has a long history, originally built as a fortress in the 12th century and serving as a French royal palace in the 1500s before becoming a public museum in 1793. The collection of artifacts in the Louvre has a complicated history in part due to the numerous spoils taken during Napoleon Bonaparte’s military campaigns, but it remains a globally recognized site for the preservation of priceless artifacts. The Louvre Pyramid, installed in 1988, combines ancient design with modern aesthetics and testifies to the timelessness of the museum and to the works of art within.
The Domkerk of Utrecht was #EarthFlagged!
Also known as St. Martin's Cathedral or Dom Church, this Netherlands church is dedicated to Saint Martin of Tours. The church was built based on Gothic architecture, a European style of architecture that exhibits an intricate and delicate aesthetic. This style emerged during the Middle Ages in Europe and dominated Europe until the 16th century, when it became known as “Gothic. It was the largest church in the Netherlands until the storm of 1674, when the nave (central part of the church) collapsed in the storm and separated the tower from its eastern end and was never rebuilt. The church has only one tower named Dom Tower, which is city's hallmark and stands 112 meters high (367 feet). Photo by Sanjoy Som
Raouche Rock was #EarthFlagged !
Located off the coast of Beirut, Lebanon, this 60-meter (nearly 200 feet) tall limestone feature stands as a defining natural landmark of the region. In fact, the name “Raouche” of the residential area in Beirut associated with the rock formation, reportedly derives from the French word "rocher" meaning "rock" in English. Also known as “Pigeon Rock” due to the natural cave that often houses pigeons, this feature formed during a prehistoric earthquake and has since eroded into its modern-day shape. The 10-kilometer (about 6 miles) long al-Manara Corniche, or seaside promenade, that runs along the coast provides optimal viewing of Raouche Rock, especially at sunset, and is popular for tourists and locals alike. Photo by Alex Karl
National Congress of Brazil was #EarthFlagged !
Besides the elegant modern Brazilian style towers there are two domes that host some of country's top government officials. The dome on the left of the image covers the building where the Senate hall is located, while the inverted dome is over the Chamber of Deputies. This design closely resembles a set of scales, a common symbol for justice and balance! The building was designed by the architect Oscar Niemeyer and has been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Photo by Ivan Lima
The Colosseum was #EarthFlagged!
The Colosseum, also named The Flavian Amphitheatre, is an oval amphitheatre constructed in 79-80AD under both Emperor Vespasian and Titus’s rule. Built from limestone, mortar and tuff (volcanic rock), its impressive design prides it as the largest amphitheatre ever built. It seated ~65,000 spectators for various entertainment events, public speeches, mock naval battles, and ancient sports like gladiator battles/hunts. Today, it is still an iconic symbol of Italy, with links to the Catholic Church, and is listed as a major tourist attraction listed in the ‘New7Wonders of the World’. Photo by Alex Karl
The ancient city of Copán was #EarthFlagged!
Located in western Honduras near the border with Guatemala, Copán was a powerful city during the time of the Mayan empire. From the 5th to 9th centuries AD, it ruled a vast kingdom within the southern Maya territory before it was abandoned in the early 10th century. This city was witness to significant cultural advances, with achievements in Mathematics, astronomy, and hieroglyph writing. Also home to beautiful archaeological remains and imposing squares, the city has temples, plazas, altar complexes and ball courts that can still be visited today. Copán's sculptures in particular achieved a high degree of perfection and amazed everyone who saw it! Photo by Aaron Wech.
The Forbidden City was #EarthFlagged !
Located at the heart of Beijing, China, the Forbidden City stands as a monument to Chinese dynastic culture and architecture. The 72 hectare imperial palace complex housed 24 emperors from the Ming and Qing Dynasties from 1420 until 1912 with the abdication of the last emperor, making the complex nearly 5 centuries old! Back in dynastic times, only the emperor himself had full access to all parts of the complex, earning it the name of "Forbidden City." In 1987 however, the complex earned the designation of a UNESCO World Heritage site, and it now serves as one of the preeminent Chinese culture and history museums in the world. Photo by Lucy Walsh
The Petronas Towers were #EarthFlagged!
The Petronas Twin Towers of Kuala Lumpur, the capital city of Malaysia, were the tallest buildings in the world from 1998 to 2004. Many other skyscrapers have since overtaken the towers, making them the 17th highest at the moment. However, the towers do still hold the crown of having the highest two-storey sky bridge connecting them! The towers have a total of around 32000 windows and offer a great view of the city! Photo by Andrea Boyd.
The Imperial Geyser was #EarthFlagged!
The Imperial Geyser in Yellowstone National Park, USA is a fountain geyser , which means it shoots out bursts of water. The geyser became very active in the 1920s. It is one of the most important natural beauties of the park due to its size and activity. For this reason, the name to be given was important and the name "Imperial" was chosen as a result of a competition. The Geyser was known to erupt for up to 6 hours and shoot out water in plumes as high as 150 feet. In 1929, the geyser fell silent, without any notable eruptions until 1966. Today, the Imperial Geyser is erupting again, sometimes reaching a height of 35 feet, as high as a school bus! Photo by Ryan Kobrick.
The Statue of Duke Kahanamoku was #EarthFlagged!
Duke Paoa Kahanamoku (1890-1968), a native of Honolulu, Hawaii, epitomized Hawaiian athleticism and the "aloha spirit," and he remains one of the island's most proud and popular figures. The Duke came to prominence when be broke the 100-yard freestyle world record in his first ever competition, going on to win several Olympic medals between 1912 and 1922. Named "The Father of Modern Surfing," the Duke spent his life bringing the sport of surfing and the spirit of aloha to the world's attention. In addition to his watersports career, the Duke also spent time as a Hollywood actor, city Sheriff, and official greeter of Honolulu, and his statue at his home Waikiki Beach continues his welcoming legacy to this day. Photo by Sanjoy Som
Mount Erebus was #EarthFlagged!
Mt. Erebus is the southernmost active volcano on Earth, peaking 12,448 feet (3,794 meters) above Ross Island in Antarctica. The volcano has been active for 1.3 million years and occasionally has a lava lake at its peak. The gasses escaping from the volcano and the freezing temperatures of Antarctica result in the formation of caves, which harbor many kinds of microbes. Scientists go on expeditions and collect samples to understand the mechanisms used by these microbes to survive extreme conditions. Photo by Kristin Poinar