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Fancy Places of Planet

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Santa Maria dell’Itria. The present church and convent were built on the site of a church dedicated to Santa Maria dell’Itria, which was turned over to the Augustinian Fathers in 1621 to build an oratory for the confraternity of Santa Maria dell’Itria.

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Palazzo Cavaretto. Don Giacomo Cavarretta commissioned building his palazzo to the architect Andrea Palma in 1672. Since its construction, Palazzo Cavarretta has been modified several times, but has retained its stunning façade, which forms a dramatic finale to Corso Vittorio Emanuele.

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Harbor and La Colombaia. When walking through Trapani’s Old Town, you’ll get a glimpse every now and then of the blue sea that surrounds the peninsula to the north and the south.

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Sant’Agostino. Built as the Chapel of the Knights Templar in 1101, this church was given to the Augustinian order in the 14th century and was restructured and enlarged, adding the current façade, a large rose window, and polygonal apse.

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Cattedrale di San Lorenzo. The church of San Lorenzo, which did not become a cathedral until 1844, was built in 1421, and restructured in 1635 as a triple-aisled basilica that was once again redesigned and extended by Giovan Biagio Amico in 1740.

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Old Town. Trapani’s Old Town lies to the west of Piazza Umberto and the rail station, beginning where Via XXX Gennaio runs from north to south and filling the narrow peninsula; Corso Italia and Corso Vittorio Emanuele traverse it from east to west.

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St. John’s Signal Hill National Historic Site. At the entrance to St. John’s harbor, overlooking the city and sea, is Signal Hill National Historic Site. It was here in 1901 that the first wireless transatlantic signal was received.

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Ottawa’s Parliament Hill. Ottawa’s Parliament Hill stands high above the Ottawa River and is graced by the Neo-Gothic style Parliament buildings built in the last half of the 19th century.

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Whistler. Just a two hour drive from Vancouver is the famous ski resort and village of Whistler. While Whistler has always been an important winter sports area, it has also developed into a popular summer destination with golf, mountain biking, and a lively town atmosphere throughout the year. The village gained wide international attention in 2010 when it became one of the locations for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games. The area offers world class skiing, hotels, and dining, as well as all kinds of other outdoor recreational opportunities and beautiful mountain scenery.

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Old Quebec (Vieux-Quebec). Old Quebec, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is spread across the Upper and Lower Town of Quebec and contains the city’s most historic buildings.

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Toronto’s CN Tower. On the shores of Lake Ontario in Canada’s biggest city is the iconic CN Tower, one of Canada’s most famous landmarks. The tower is one of the tallest structures in the world standing 553 meters high.

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Banff National Park and the Rocky Mountainas. Banff National Park lies in the heart of the majestic Rocky Mountains in the province of Alberta and showcases some of Canada’s most beautiful scenery.

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Niagara Falls. Niagara Falls is Canada’s most famous natural attraction, bringing in millions of visitors each year. Located just over an hour’s drive from Toronto, along the American border, these massive falls drop approximately 57 meters.

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Kitsilano Beach. The sandy shoreline of Kitsilano Beach defines the laid-back, fun-loving Vancouver lifestyle.

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Museum of Anthropology. Part of the University of British Columbia, the Museum of Anthropology deals with cultures from around the world, but places particular emphasis on British Columbia First Nations.

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Grouse Mountain. In both winter and summer, Grouse Mountain offers an unmatched panorama in clear weather. That’s especially so in the evenings when the city lights are on.

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Granville Island. Once mainly industrial, Granville Island is now a thriving center of activity with a relaxed and distinctive atmosphere. Artists and retailers have moved into converted warehouses alongside houseboats, theaters, galleries, and restaurants.

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Stanley Park. Stanley Park is a lush peninsula park of huge trees adjacent to Downtown Vancouver. A paved seawall path encircles the green space, and most visitors take the time to explore on foot or by bicycle.

 

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