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Thursday Night Football in the Burgh by josephheh

Heinz Field and the Point State Park fountain illuminated as the Pittsburgh Steelers host “Thursday Night Football”.

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Arena of Nimes by ErikBrede

The Arena of Nimes is a Roman amphitheatre situated in the French city of Nimes. Built around AD 70 , it was remodelled in 1863 to serve as a bullring. The Arenas of Nimes is the site of two annual bullfights during the Feria de Nimes, and it is also used for other public events.

The building encloses an elliptical central space 133 m long by 101 m wide. It is ringed by 34 rows of seats supported by a vaulted construction. It has a capacity of 16,300 spectators.

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Benidorm Levante Beach at dusk. by FranciscoGarciaRios

Música (abrir en nueva pestaña) / Music (Open link in new tab): Paul Mounsey – North.
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A view of Benidorm’s Levante beach at dusk, from the top of the building Tropic Mar in the Rincon de Loix.
Levante Beach and its lit esplanade highlight in the image. In the background, on the right, we can see the magical and legendary “Puig Campana” mountain, which with its 1406 meters high, is the second highest peak, after “Aitana”, in the province of Alicante. Its characteristic square dent, known as “Roldán Cut””, has motivated many picturesque legends about its origin, connecting the island of Benidorm with the square notch of the mountain, establishing therein its origin.
The most popular versions of these legends tell that Roldán (the famous “Roland” of the French epic poem known as “Chanson de Roland”), sent by his uncle Charlemagne in command of an expedition to fight the Muslims (early IX century), fought in single combat with a muslim leader on the top of the mountain. The muslim leader fell down in the course of the fight, and Roldán was ready to kill him with a tremendous blow of his sword Durandal, but the Muslim deftly dodged it. Roldán gave such sword thrust on the rock that cut a large piece of rock, which rolled down the mountain into the sea, becoming the island of Benidorm.
In another different version of the legend, Roldán was in love with a beautiful local girl, but she was seriously ill, nearly moribund. The hero sought the help of a magician who lived in the mountains, but he did not give any hope to Roldán and announced that the beautiful girl would inevitably die with the last ray of sun of that day, so our hero, in his fury at such fatal prediction, tried desperately to avoid such tragic fate making a monumental cut on the mountain to retard the arrival of sunset.
There are many different versions and variants of this legend.
Unfortunately for the most enthusiastic about legendary evocations, the reality of the geological data and studies, deny any relationship between Benidorm islet and the Puig Campana gap :'(.
…but we must not forget that in every legend, there is an authentic historical background ;-).
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Vista de la playa de Levante de Benidorm, al anochecer, desde lo alto del edificio Tropic Mar, en el Rincón de Loix.
La Playa de Levante y el suyo iluminado paseo marítimo, formado por las Avenidas de Madrid y Alcoy, destacan en la imagen. Al fondo, a la derecha, pueden vuesas mercedes contemplar el mágico y legendario “Puig Campana” que con los suyos 1406 metros de altura, es la segunda cumbre, tras el Aitana, más alta de la provincia de Alicante. La suya característica mella, conocida con, entre otros, el nombre del “Tall de Roldán” (“Corte de Roldán”), dado lugar ha a numerosas y pintorescas leyendas acerca del suyo origen; muchas dellas relacionan al solitario islote de Benidorm con esa enigmática entalladura de la montaña, estableciendo en ella su origen.
Las más conocidas versiones de esas leyendas cuentan que Roldán (el famoso “Roland” del épico medieval cantar de gesta francés conocido como “Chanson de Roland”), enviado por su tío Carlomagno al mando de una expedición para combatir a los musulmanes (hablamos de principios del siglo IX), entró en singular combate con un caudillo agareno y, absortos en el fragor de tamaño duelo, acabaron batiéndose en lo más alto de la montaña. Al caer el musulmán al suelo en un lance de la lucha, Roldán se aprestó a darle fin con un tremendo golpe de la suya espada Durandal, mas el musulmán fízose hábilmente a un lado esquivándolo. Tal fue la fuerza con la que Roldán asestó el golpe con el suyo fierro, que cortó un magno trozo de roca, el cual rodó montaña abajo hasta el mar, convirtiéndose de aqueste modo en la isla de Benidorm.
Otra versión de la leyenda cuenta que Roldán cayó enamorado de una bella damisela del lugar, y hallábase aquesta moribunda. Roldán recabó el auxilio de un mago que habitaba en la montaña, quien, viendo inútiles los suyos sortilegios, pócimas y ungüentos, no le dio esperanza alguna y anunciole que la bella muchacha moriría irremediablemente con la extinción del último rayo de sol de ese día, lo que el héroe, en la suya desesperada furia ante tan fatal sino, trato de impedir faciendo el monumental tajo en la montaña a fin de retardar la llegada del ocaso.
Hay numerosas versiones y variantes más de aquesta bella y épica leyenda.
Lamentablemente para los más dados a legendarias evocaciones, la realidad de los datos que han arrojado los estudios geológicos, desmienten cualquier relación del islote de Benidorm con la brecha del Puig Campana :'( .
Pero, no hay que olvidar que, en toda leyenda, yace un fondo de historia ;).

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Pula by RAF_PHOTOGRAPHY

The Pula Arena is the name of the amphitheatre located in Pula, Croatia. The Arena is the only remaining Roman amphitheatre to have four side towers and with all three Roman architectural orders entirely preserved. It was constructed in 27 BC – 68 AD[1] and is among the six largest surviving Roman arenas in the World. A rare example among the 200 Roman surviving amphitheaters, it is also the best preserved ancient monument in Croatia.

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