There are some interesting contrasts of old and new everywhere, so we are taking a look at a few of them.... just for fun. For instance, this is Bangkok, Thailand where the new buildings in the background are in contrast to a part of the (Temple of Dawn) Wat Arun.
The temple was present in the Ayutthaya era according to a French map of Thonburi (the capital of Siam from 1768–1782) but there were architectural additions during the Rama II-period (1809-1824) in late-period Ayutthaya style.
Link to our post about Thailand
A look at the new Martin Luther King Memorial
Washington D.C., USA
(Opened in January of 2012)
The centerpiece for the memorial is based on a line from King's "I Have A Dream" speech: "Out of a mountain of despair, a stone of hope." A 30 feet (9.1 m)-high relief of King named the "Stone of Hope" stands past two other pieces of granite that symbolize the "mountain of despair." Visitors literally "pass through" the Mountain of Despair on the way to the Stone of Hope, symbolically "moving through the struggle as Dr. King did during his life."
To read about the memorial click here
The Bagpipe Player
Young guy, but bagpipes have been played for centuries throughout large parts of Europe and there is evidence (though still uncertain) that bagpipes were played in Roman and pre-Roman times. Bagpipes began to appear with frequency in European art in the early part of the second millennium and are explicitly mentioned in The Canterbury Tales (written around 1380.) But the first clear reference to the use of the Scottish Highland bagpipes is from a French history, which mentions their use at the Battle of Pinkie Cleugh in 1547.
Red and Pink Tulips
Spring tulips bloom fresh and "new" each spring.
Link to our post about Keukenhof
Two antique cars in old Havana, founded by the Spanish early in the 16th century, which is noted for its history, culture, architecture, and monuments. The old city center was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1982. Old Havana was once a playground for mobsters and movie stars, but those days came to an end with the 1959 revolution. These days Cuba is trying to restore many of its historical buildings and trade-in on its colorful past to attract more tourism.
The beautiful and futuristic City of Arts and Sciences is an entertainment-based cultural and architectural complex in the city of Valencia, Spain.
Located near the city of Barcelona in Catalonia, Spain, the mountain of Montserrat has been of religious significance since pre-Christian times, when the Romans built a temple to honor Venus. It is well known for being the site of the Benedictine abbey, Santa Maria de Montserrat and The Virgin of Montserrat (a statue of the Virgin Mary and infant Christ.)
The photo above is just a small chapel built on the mountain of Montserrat and is not the Benedictine abbey.
Santa Maria de Montserrat
The statue is believed by some to have been carved in Jerusalem in the early days of the Catholic Church. One legend is that the Madonna was moved to Montserrat in 718, to avoid the danger posed by invading Saracens, and another is that the Benedictine monks could not move the statue to construct their monastery, so instead they built around it. It is more likely a Romanesque sculpture in wood from the late 12th century. Of further interest is that in the book, "The Cult of the Black Virgin" by Ean Begg, the author notes that the Shrine of Montserrat is among the best possibilities for being a former sanctuary of the Holy Grail.
Amsterdam's graffiti projects giving new life to Amsterdam's Streets.
Artches Open Art Galleries
Dead Sea Resorts
Dead Sea, Israel
Modern and luxurious resorts built by an ancient sea.
Many famous areas around the Dead Sea have roots dating back to Biblical times, such as:
Masada: The remnants of King Herod's palace and fort can still cling to the cliffs here. Masada was also the site of a legendary siege where a small group of Jewish warriors held out against the onslaught of Roman legions.
Mount Sodom: The Bible claims that the city of Sodom was destroyed by God's wrath, and this salty mountain range is supposedly all that's left.
Qumran: where an Arab shepherd stumbled on the lost Dead Sea Scrolls in 1947.
Mount Nebo: Locals believe that Mount Nebo was the site where the Prophet Moses was buried, though the exact location of his burial is unknown. Legend also suggests that the Prophet Jeremiah hid the elusive Ark of the Covenant here.
Jericho: This ancient "City of Palms" dates back over 10,000 years. In fact, the walls and towers of Jericho are 4000 years older than the pyramids of Egypt. Jericho was famously conquered by Joshua in the Bible,
Lot's Cave: Ruins dot the site where it is believed that the Biblical character Lot took shelter with his daughters during the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah.
(travel tips, USA Today)
The Römerberg is a square of old restored gabled buildings seen here at night with the modern Commerzbank Tower light up in the background.
Aït Benhaddou Pano
Aït Benhaddou, Morocco
Dating from the 17th century and built entirely of local organic materials, Aït Benhaddou is the best-preserved desert kasbah in Morocco. Because of that, it is frequently used in movies, from Sodom And Gomorrah in 1963 to Gladiator in 2000, Alexander in 2004, Prince of Persia in 2010, and many in between. It has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987.
Sadler's Wells Side
A very modern theater in London, UK.
Sadler's Wells Theatre - London's Dance House
The modernistic architecture of The China National Grand Theatre stands in stark contrast to the older and more traditional-looking architecture of the surrounding neighborhood.
The Wall and The Mountains
The Great Wall of China, Beijing, China
The Great Wall of China is considered one of the marvels of the ancient world.
In order to deal with the threat of these foreign invaders, the Chinese built stone and earth barriers and fortifications. The wall had to be high enough to prevent riders on horseback from scaling the structure. Armed sentries and detachments patrolled the wall for signs of an impending invasion. If any buildup of troops were detected, the Chinese would deploy their own forces moving along the top of the wall itself or along associated roads. Successful defense relied on the ability of the government to respond quickly and in force to any possible threat along a vast defensive perimeter.
Throughout the history of the Great Wall of China, the materials and construction techniques used to build the fortifications have been modernized and improved. In the early days, rammed earth, uncut stones and timber were used to build the wall. In latter periods, bricks, hewn stone, tiles and similar materials were used to create a sturdier barrier that required less maintenance.
Constructed over many dynasties. The defensive barrier may have started as early as 770 BC and was continually built upon until 1644 AD
The Great Wall of China.com
Hong Kong Orange Sky
Modern skyscrapers in a very old city.
While pockets of settlements had taken place in the region with archaeological findings dating back thousands of years, regular written records were not made until the engagement of Imperial China and the British Colony in the territory. Starting out as a fishing village, salt production site and trading ground, it later evolved into a military port of strategic importance and eventually an international financial centre.
Today Hong Kong has one of the highest population densities in the world, growing mostly in the direction... up.
We have to include at least one more photo of the really old because we can't pass up a classic view of the Treasury of Petra, established possibly as early as 312 BC.
Cover Photo: Bangkok Towers, Bangkok, Thailand