Sunday, February 22, 2015

Near and Far, Part 1

You know how real estate agent photographs and postcard scenes show their subjects in the most flattering light? Often this is done with photoshop but also by doing a closeup on the subject and cutting out anything around it. A chap called Jake Heppner has compiled a number of photos of familiar landmark scenes that we all know and contrasted them with photographs taken from further away to show the surrounding landscape, often not so pretty but all of them quite interesting. Here they are . . .

The Pyramids of Giza:

The Acropolis:

The Arc de Triomphe:

Mona Lisa:


The Kaaba*:

Central Park, New York City

The Pantheon of Rome:

Seen through the McDonalds across the way

The Forbidden City:

Niagara Falls

The Taj Mahal

The Brandenburg Gate

Mount Rushmore:

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* The Kaaba or Ka'aba ("The Cube"), is a cuboid building at the center of Islam's most sacred mosque, Al-Masjid al-Haram, in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. It is the most sacred site in Islam. Wherever they are in the world, Muslims are expected to face the Kaaba – i.e. when outside Mecca, to face toward Mecca – when performing salat (prayer). From any point in the world, the direction facing the Kaaba is called the qibla

Al-Masjid al-Haram was built around the Kaaba. 

One of the Five Pillars of Islam requires every Muslim, who is able to do so, to perform the hajj pilgrimage at least once in their lifetime. Multiple parts of the hajj require pilgrims to make tawaf, the circumambulation seven times around the Kaaba in a counter-clockwise direction. Tawaf is also performed by pilgrims during the umrah (lesser pilgrimage). However, the most interesting times are during the hajj, when millions of pilgrims gather to circle the building on the same day. In 2013, the number of pilgrims coming from outside the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to perform hajj was officially reported as 1,379,531. In 2014, Saudi Arabia reported having completed Hajj permits for 1,389,053 international pilgrims and 63,375 for residents.

1 comment:

  1. really enjoyed this near and far post - the falls and central park were my fav - but cool tidbits about the cube too - thanks!


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