Ha Long Bay in Vietnam

Hạ Long Bay (Vietnamese: Vịnh Hạ Long, about this sound listen, literally: "descending dragon bay") is a Unesco World Heritage site, and a popular travel destination, located in Quảng Ninh Province, Vietnam.

Christ of the Abyss in Italy

Christ of the Abyss (Italian: "Il Cristo degli Abissi") is a submerged bronze statue of Jesus Christ, the original of which is located in the Mediterranean Sea off San Fruttuoso between Camogli and Portofino on the Italian Riviera.

Lençóis Maranhenses National Park in Brazil

The Lençóis Maranhenses National Park (Parque Nacional dos Lençóis Maranhenses) is located in Maranhão state, in northeastern Brazil, just east of the Baía de São José.

Panjin Red Beach in China

Panjin (simplified Chinese: 盘锦; traditional Chinese: 盤錦; pinyin: Pánjǐn) is a prefecture-level city and a major oil production centre of Liaoning province, People's Republic of China.

Glass Beach, California, U.S.A.

Glass Beach is a beach in MacKerricher State Park near Fort Bragg, California that is abundant in sea glass created from years of dumping garbage into an area of coastline near the northern part of the town.

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Showing posts with label Italy. Show all posts

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Gaiola Bridge, Naples, Italy

Gaiola Island is one of the minor islands of Naples, Italy; it is offshore of Posillipo and gives its name to the Underwater Park of Gaiola (Parco Sommerso di Gaiola), a protected marine area.

The island takes its name from the cavities that dot the coast of Posillipo (from the Latin cavea, "little cave", and then through the dialect "Caviola"). 

Originally, the small island was known as Euplea, protector of safe navigation, and was the site of a small temple.

The island is very close to the coast, reachable with a few strokes of swimming. 

It is assumed that originally it was nothing more than an extension of the promontory opposite and was artificially separated only at a later time at the behest of Lucullus.

In the 17th century the island was virtually littered with Roman factories, while, two centuries later, the island served as a battery in defense of the Gulf of Naples.

At the beginning of the 19th century, the island was inhabited by a hermit, nicknamed "The Wizard", who lived thanks to the almsgiving of fishermen. 

Soon after, the island saw the construction of the villa that occupies it today and which was at one time owned by Norman Douglas, author of Land of the Siren. 

In the 1.920s there was a cable car that connected the island to the mainland.

Naples's population has considered Gaiola a "cursed island", which with its beauty hides a "restless fate". 

The reputation came about because of the frequent premature death of its owners. 

For example, in the 1.920s, it belonged to the Swiss Hans Braun, who was found dead and wrapped in a rug; a little later, his wife drowned in the sea. 

The next owner was the German Otto Grunback, who died of a heart attack while staying in the villa. 

A similar fate befell the pharmaceutical industrialist Maurice-Yves Sandoz, who committed suicide in a mental hospital in Switzerland; its subsequent owner, a German steel industrialist, Baron Karl Paul Langheim, was dragged to economic ruin by wild living. 

The island has also belonged to Gianni Agnelli, who suffered the deaths of many relatives, and to Paul Getty, who endured the kidnapping of a grandson. 

The last private owner of the island was Gianpasquale Grappone, who was jailed.

Newspapers talked again about the "Gaiola Malediction" in 2.009, after the murder of Franco Ambrosio and his wife Giovanna Sacco, who owned a villa opposite the island.

The island is now property of the Campania region.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Christ of the Abyss,Italy

Christ of the Abyss (Italian: "Il Cristo degli Abissi") is a submerged bronze statue of Jesus Christ, the original of which is located in the Mediterranean Sea off San Fruttuoso between Camogli and Portofino on the Italian Riviera. 

It was placed in the water on 22 August 1.954 at approximately 17 metres depth, and stands c. 2.5 metres tall. 

Various other casts of the statue are located in other places worldwide, both underwater and in churches and museums.

The sculpture was created by Guido Galletti after an idea of Italian diver Duilio Marcante. 

The statue was placed near the spot where Dario Gonzatti, the first Italian to use SCUBA gear, died in 1.947. 

It depicts Christ offering a benediction of peace, with his head and hands raised skyward.

Due to increasing amounts of corrosion and the growth of crustaceans, the statue was removed from the water and restored in 2.003. 

A hand that had been detached by an anchor was also replaced. 

The statue was returned to the water with a new base on 17 July 2.004.

A second bronze sculpture cast from the same mould exists off the coast of St. George's, Grenada. 

It was a gift of the navy of Genoa for assistance in rescuing the crew of the Italian vessel Bianca C destroyed by fire in the port of St. George's. 

The sculpture was placed under water on October 22, 1.961.

A third bronze from the original mould was presented to the Underwater Society of America in New York in 1.962. 

On August 25, 1.965 it was placed approximately in 25 feet of water off the coast of Key Largo, Florida. 

It is located around Dry Rocks, around six miles east of Key Largo in the John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park. 

While the statue weighs around 260 kg, the concrete base to which it is attached weighs about 9 tons.

The original clay statue minus the hands was located in a foundry in 1.993. 

This is now on display with replacement hands at the National Museum of Underwater Activities in Ravenna, Italy.