St. Paul’s Metropolitan Cathedral

St. Paul’s Cathedral in Vigan, Ilocos Norte is also known as Metropolitan Cathedral or Vigan Cathedral.  The first Vigan Cathedral was ordered and built in 1574 by Juan de Salcedo.  The current church was constructed in 1790 and was finished in 1800.

It is located in front of Plaza Salcedo and  across the street on its right side is the Plaza Burgos and the famous Vigan Empanadahan.

It is surrounded with historical private and public buildings like Vigan Diocesan Seminary, Archbishop Palace where the Archbishop resides, Father Jose Burgos Residence, Vigan Municipal Hall and Provincial Capitol

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Cathedral’s view from Plaza Salcedo

 

Facade View - "the facade features Chinese lion dog ornaments and above the main doorway is an alcove depicting the conversion of St. Paul"

Facade View – “the facade features Chinese lion dog ornaments and above the main doorway is an alcove depicting the conversion of St. Paul”

 

Cathedral's Bell Tower located across the street at Plaza Burgos

Cathedral’s Bell Tower located across the street at Plaza Burgos

 

Interior View - Baroque architectural design that has been modified by Ilocanos to strengthen the structure against earthquakes, now known as "Earthquake Baroque Design"

Interior View – Baroque architectural design that has been modified by Ilocanos to strengthen the structure against earthquakes, now known as “Earthquake Baroque Design”

 

 

The Address Downtown Dubai

The Adress Downtown Dubai

It was formerly known as The Address Downtown Burj Dubai.  It is a 63 storey supertall five star hotel and residential tower directly attached to the Dubai Mall and overlooking the world’s tallest tower, Burj Khalifa.

It was constructed in year 2005 and was completed in 2008 with a cost of AED845M. Because of its outstanding and luxurious facilities, it became a premier lifestyle destination for international travellers.

I had taken this photo when we were leisurely walking around the Burj Dubai Development area during our first family tour in Dubai in October 2012.

Museum of Islamic Art


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The Museum of Islamic Art, an iconic building in the Doha waterfront, houses a very large collection of masterpieces of Islamic art, including ceramics, coins, jewelries, glass, manuscripts, metalwork, woodwork and textiles.  It was said to be the one of the world’s most

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The Museum has a high-class restaurant on its Ground Floor, offering a dining experience of French Mediterranean cuisine with an Arabic twist.

Adjacent to the Museum is the MIA Park, where you can stroll or jog around, picnic with family and friends, or just relax with the spectacular beauty of Doha skyline especially during sunrise, sunset or at night.

The MIA Park also has a Park Café, bicycle for hire for adults and children, children’s playground and paddle boats.

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