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NICHELINO – The Stupinigi hunting lodge – The Deer
n the outside, the dome is decorated with a sculpture of a deer by Francesco Ladatte. This work, like other paintings, frescoes and statues, was meant to symbolise the original function of the building. The Stupinigi Hunting lodge was a specta [...]

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VENTSPILS – Ventspils
Ventspils is a city in northwestern Latvia in the historical Courland region of Latvia, and is the sixth largest city in the country. It is situated on the Venta River and the Baltic Sea, and has an ice-free port. The city's name literally mea [...]

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RIGA – Robezsardze
On November 18, 1918 the People's Council by proclaiming independence of the Republic of Latvia as well declared temporary newly established state border. For the purposes of its protection on 7 November, 1919 Jānis Balodis, Latvian Army Comma [...]

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LONCIN – Fort de Loncin
The Loncin fortress is the most famous of the Brialmont forts. On August 15, 1914, under firefrom the “Big Berthas”, one of its two powder magazines exploded, crushing 350 of its defendersbeneath its debris. The Loncin fortress is also the onl [...]

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WOODSTOCK – Blenheim Palace – Malborough Crest
Blenheim Palace, near Oxford, stands in a romantic park created by the famous landscape gardener 'Capability' Brown. It was presented by the English nation to John Churchill, first Duke of Marlborough, in recognition of his victory in 1704 ove [...]

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WOODSTOCK – Blenheim Palace – Winston Churchill
Designed in the rare, and short-lived, English Baroque style, architectural appreciation of the palace is as divided today as it was in the 1720s. It is unique in its combined use as a family home, mausoleum and national monument. The palace i [...]