Urania, Uniqa, United

Urania, Uniqa, United by V-Light
The Urania observatory and the Uniqa tower, in one photo together 🙂

 

  I love panoramic photos because they can give you a better sense of the surroundings. You’ve already seen Urania and Uniqa in previous posts but now you can see them together, isn’t that cool? That was a handheld panorama and unfortunately no matter what software i used some parts didn’t connect that smoothly. You can click on the image to view it in a larger size and there it is more noticeable. I bought a new compact tripod that i can carry with me so i will try to make some better panoramas for you to enjoy next 😀

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Urania Sternwarte

Urania_side by V-Light
“Urania” a public educational institute and observatory in Vienna, Austria.

 

Hello my dear friends,

  In one of my first walks in my new neighborhood, this is the building that stood out in my eyes… There is a sign on the other side with the name Urania, which is actually a greek word translating as sky but also the name Urania refers to the muse of astronomy as told in the Greek mythology. So i wondered what this building is, since it has a very peculiar architecture style. After doing some research online i found that it was actually built to be a public educational institute and an observatory. Urania, was built in 1910 by architect Max Fabiani. This Art Nouveau building, is also said to resemble a weirdly shaped ship, which i guess you can kinda see in the photograph below 😛

Urania V-Light

  During World War II, it got severely damaged resulting into a completely destroyed dome and observatory. Thankfully it was all reconstructed and with an even improved observatory, the Urania reopened in 1957. Today, the Urania hosts a wide-range of classes and lectures in the seminar rooms, the annual Viennale film festival that screens in the movie theater and a puppet theater originally created by Hans Kraus. In 2003, a contemporary cafe bar/restaurant was also opened on the lower deck offering a great view at the Donau Canal.

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The Red House

The Red House by V-Light
An abandoned beauty in the heart of Thessaloniki

  The so called “Red House” was built in 1926 by architect Gennari and engineer P. Stai on the account of the Loggos family. With four floors and strong influences from Art Nouveau, this house still makes a great impression to whoever passes by. It’s impossible not to notice in the heart of a mainly colorless city. The original design had only three floors but during the construction the owner decided to add one more. The name “Red House” was obviously given due to the red bricks and ceramic elements that were used in the exterior of the house.

   There are many stories about this building. Who knows which are true, if any… It all started like this: Mr.Loggos was the owner of a huge and very sophisticated textile company in Naousa, which was burned to the ground a few years after the “Red House” was completed. Paradoxically the construction company that built the house, unexpectedly went bankrupt at about the same time. The two incidents were enough to fuel the rumors that the house is cursed. Many people still believe that the house is haunted and that it is responsible for a number of suicides and men going mad. Some even go as far to say that it was inhabited by vampires…

  Until recently the house was owned by an old bizarre lady. It’s supposed to have been abandoned for over 30 years now but there have been reports that the old lady was still living inside the house, on the third floor, without electricity and running water. Maybe it was my imagination but i’ve seen some light coming from the third floor on rare occasions. My friends and i used to hang out close to this place and the house was visible from where we were sitting. Maybe the old lady was inside, walking around with a candle…or maybe one beer too many made us see lights where they didn’t exist 😛

  As with many of the abandoned buildings in Greece, this one has a crazy story when it comes to the law. In 2007, the then Minister of Culture issued an order to demolish it, even though it’s in great standing condition. Thankfully it didn’t go through and the next Minister of Culture canceled that order. I read somewhere that the house was recently put for sale and a rich private individual has bought it and plans to bring it back to its old glory. Let’s just hope he won’t stumble upon the ghost of the bizarre old lady and the vampires that haunt the house…

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