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2004 October week 39- 44

44-2004 - Oct 23
Niagara Falls
QTVR © Edward Fink

A search in Google for "Niagara Falls" gives you 1.720.000 pages.
More than the Eiffel Tower 491.000 or Times Square 1.230.000

The city of Niagara has only 78.000 inhabitants but every year the Niagara Falls attracts some 12 Million tourists. Niagara also has a status as a Wedding and Honeymoon town even if it can not beat Las Vegas reputation in this field. Over 50,000 honeymooners travel to Niagara Falls each year

It began over two hundred years ago when a well known couple related to the president spent their honeymoon at Niagara Falls. In 1804, Napolean Bonaparte's younger brother Jerome took his new American wife to Niagara Falls and this is said to have started the tradition.

4000 hotel rooms are available on the American side but actually the Canadian side is the leading tourist attraction and has grown during the last 10 years from 5.000 rooms to an estimation of 13.000

Niagara Falls Ontario is located right across the river from the American Niagara Falls of New York and is said to have the best views of the Falls.

The Canadian side is also much more commercialized and tourist oriented than Niagara Falls New York. The new 368-room Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort — is currently the largest commercial development in Canada.

Edward Fink who is running NEW EDEN MULTIMEDIA in Minnesota recently visited the place and made the panorama from the American side.

42-2004 - Oct 13
Acropolis Athens - Greece
QTVR © Sotiris Zafeiris Immersive360
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The Acropolis in Athens is one of the worlds most important architectural, historic and cultural treasures. Millions of tourists visits the place every year.

Built on the Acropolis hill, the "Sacred Rock" of Athens, it dominates the city of Athens.

The 3 most important temples the Parthenon, the Erechtheion, and the Temple of Nike, dedicated to Athena Parthenos, Athena Polias, and Athena-Apteros Nike, were built during the period 450-330 B.C. Also the Propylaea, the entrance to the sacred area was constructed in that period.

For the last 30 years the temples has been surrounded by building stagings used for the conservation work. The heavy atmospheric pollution in Athens is today the largest threat to the temples.

During the midddle age The Parthenon became Notre Dame of Athens. After the Turks took over Athens in 1456, it became a mosque, and the Erechtheion was used as a harem for the governor.

But the main structures survived until 1687 when the Venetians attacked the city and a bomb fell on the Parthenon and destroyed a large part of it. At last in the 19th century the British ambassador in Constantinople Lord Elgin, stole some of the most important sculptures and decorations and sold them to the British Museum, where they are still exhibited, as one of the most significant attractions.
Link to Fullscreen QTVR from British Museum by Jonas Carlson

Greece wants their cultural heritage back but the British Museum has consistently refused and even if British government officials support the return of the Marbles to Greece, they claim that Greece is not capable to care for them and display them in a proper way.

Since many years a new modern Acropolis museum has been planned in Athens close to the Parthenon. But they miss the parts from the British Museum. Professor Pandermalis, Committee for a New Acropolis Museum says:

  • "The way we will display the Marbles will be a permanent protest for their return," says Pandermalis. "People believe that these works of art [on the Acropolis] are important, but they don't know why. Most people know about their artistic quality, and we will show that through the use of light."

Links to articles and the discussions about the controversy:

BBC NEWS | World | Europe | Acropolis
The British Museum: Newsroom
Department of Greek and Roman Antiquities
The New Acropolis Museum
Acropolis Museum is Back on Track
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