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Industrial heritage: Zollern colliery

Submitted by Jürgen Tenckhoff on Mon, 09/19/2022 - 18:29

The disused coal mine Zeche Zollern in Dortmund is one of the most architecturally remarkable pits in the Ruhr area. The park-like facility with its impressive Art Nouveau buildings still shows today that it was built as a model colliery around 1900 and was intended to show both economic strength and progress.

We visited the facility with our friends from Herne, the photographers Renate and Jürgen Saibic, whom we met many years ago on Easter Island in Chile.

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Hydroelectric power in Rjukan

Submitted by Jürgen Tenckhoff on Sun, 08/07/2022 - 19:49

In Rjukan, everything revolves around electricity, just as we like it :-) The Vemork hydroelectric power station, built in 1911, was the largest in the world at the time and right in town you can see the Såheim hydroelectric power station today.

The Gaustabanen take you up the 1,900 meter high Gaustatoppen. We are lucky, the railways and access have just started seasonal operation and our summit ascent leads first over serpentines to 1170 m, then with railway 1 horizontally 850 meters into the mountain and from there with a funicular at 39° 1050 m wide and 850 meters high.

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North Cape Horn and Kirkeporten

Submitted by Jürgen Tenckhoff on Wed, 07/13/2022 - 15:13

The rock formation of Kirkeporten is a highlight that is easy to hike from Skarsvåg. Once you have reached this stretch of coast, Kirkeporten offers a very special view: through it you can see over the Mefjord to the North Cape plateau, about six kilometers away, with its famous North Cape Horn.

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The Externsteine

Submitted by Jürgen Tenckhoff on Thu, 04/28/2022 - 20:48
Located in the north-east of North Rhine-Westphalia, in the southern part of the Lippe district, the Externsteine ​​have enchanted the people living here and also visitors for thousands of years and serve as the basis for many myths, fairy tales and sagas.
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Atomic bomb over Nagasaki

Submitted by Jürgen Tenckhoff on Sun, 02/27/2022 - 14:18

The second atomic bomb dropped by the Americans over Japan was nicknamed Fat Man and when it was dropped on August 9, 1945 in Nagasaki, it killed 36,000 people immediately and countless later, who ultimately died as a result of the radioactivity.

Nagasaki was chosen by the Americans because, in addition to its economic importance, the location of the city and its surrounding mountain slopes promised the maximum destructive effect of the dropped atomic bomb.

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Nagasaki after the World War

Submitted by Jürgen Tenckhoff on Thu, 02/24/2022 - 18:05

Originally an insignificant fishing village, Nagasaki experienced a sustained boom with the arrival of the Portuguese in the mid-16th century. This is considered to be the first contact between Europeans and Japanese ever. The missionary F. Xavier founded the basis for the Jesuit missionary work there and soon Christian churches and nursing homes were established. This went hand-in-hand with the growing prosperity of the small town, which did not go unnoticed by the mighty of Japan, and thus not without consequences for the peaceful community of Nagasaki.

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