Karlskirche

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en2 St. Charles’s Church or Karlskirche (German) is a marvelous church I visited while touring Karlsplatz, Vienna. With dark rich wood, gilded lines, frames and flowers, and soaring marble columns all wrapped in warm sunlight pouring in through deliberately placed windows, the church exemplifies the majesty that is baroque architecture. Fittingly dedicated to St. Charles Borromeo and begun by Holy Roman Emperor Charles VI, the glorious building serves almost as a testament to the saint’s association with the Counter-Reformation (a 16th and 17th century movement aimed at bringing protestants back into the Catholic fold with an emphasis on rich theological and architectural traditions). In a theatre of agony and triumph, powerful imagery inevitably leads one to consider one’s insignificance in the grand scheme of things: no doubt one of its principle purposes.

Even from outside, one is drawn from far and wide but the large dome that sits atop a tower betwixt two pillars carved from top to bottom with religious references. Its facade is rich with diverse elements. You can readily identify the Greek temple-inspired portico and the adjoining baroque towers. Two angelic beings carrying instruments of the Passion loom over pedestrians on their way to the front steps where saintly figures dot the roofing high above.

The church was undergoing renovations, so there was an elevator that workmen used to access the lattice hoisted beneath the ceilings for cleaning the paintings. I was able to see the beautiful works up close and then had a wonderful view of the city from the rooftop. Decorating the inside of the cupola is an image of the Holy Spirit descending as a bird. Saint Charles Borromeo is seen interceding, the instruments of the Passion, and people fleeing the light of the Church and the Eucharist. You’ll also notice that along both walls in the nave, there are many chapels dedicated to various saints or biblical events. You’ll notice the Rising of Lazarus and what looks like Pentecost depicted in two of those I photographed.

es2 La iglesia de San Carlos (se refiere como “Karlskirche” en Aleman) es una iglesia maravillosa he visitado cuando mientras visitaba Karlsplatz, Vienna. Hay oscura madera rica, flores y marcos dorados, y altas columnas de mármol, se cubren en luz de sol desde muchas ventanas especiales. Estos son unos de los elementos típicos de la grandeza que es el estilo barroco.
La iglesia se dedica a San Carlos Borromeo y su contrucción se empezó por Sacro Emperador Romano Carlos VI. San Carlos se conoce por su influencia en la Contrarreforma, un movimiento católico en siglo 16 y 17 contra los conquistas protestantes en Europa. El movimento utilizó las tradicciones ricas en teologia y arquitectura importancia. Cuando ves la exhibición de agonía y triumfo con las imágenes poderosas, considerarás tu insignificancia. Este es quizás uno de sus propósitos.

Cuando afuera, puedes a ver el domo desde muy lejos. El domo está entre dos columnas que se cubren en escenas biblicas. La fachada tiene un pórtico como un templo griego y torres magnificas adyacentes. Dos ángeles altas tienen los instrumentos de la crucifixión y vigilan la entrada principal. Tambien, hay algunos santos encima el tejado.

La iglesia estaba en reformas y había un ascensor que los trabajadores utilizan para la limpieza de las pinturas. Tuve la oportunidad ver las hermosas obras cerca y entonces tenía una maravillosa vista de la ciudad desde la azotea. En el interior de la cúpula es una imagen del Espíritu Santo descendiendo como un pájaro. San Carlos Borromeo se ve en intercesión; los instrumentos de la Pasión, y unas personas huyen de la luz de la Igelisia y la Eucaristía. También te darás cuenta en las paredes largas de la iglesia, hay muchas capillas dedicadas a varios santos o eventos bíblicos. Se dará cuenta de la resurrección de Lázaro y lo que parece Pentecostés en dos de mis fotos.

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Traveling Languages Series Post: T, U

If you’re thinking of traveling to other countries, it’s interesting to see the languages officially used there. I’m hoping this series will help you plan which countries to visit to practice, study, or hear a rare language or simply just to know which languages are official in which state.

  •  Tajikistan
    • Tajik (national)
    • Russian (for interethnic communication)
  •  Tanzania
    • Swahili (national)
    • English
  •  Thailand
    • Thai
  •  Togo
    • French
  •  Tonga
    • English
    • Tongan (national)
  •  Trinidad and Tobago
    • English
  •  Tunisia
    • Arabic (national)
    • French
  •  Turkey
    • Turkish
  •  Turkmenistan
    • Turkmen (national)
    • Russian (for interethnic communication)
  •  Tuvalu
    • English
    • Tuvaluan (national)
  •  Uganda
    • English
    • Swahili
  •  Ukraine
    • Ukrainian
  •  United Arab Emirates
    • Arabic
  •  United Kingdom and overseas territories
    • English,with the following specifications:
      • English (in Anguilla, Bermuda, the British Indian Ocean Territory, the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, the Falkland Islands, Gibraltar, Guernsey, Isle of Man, Jersey, Montserrat, Northern Ireland (de facto), the Pitcairn Islands, Saint Helena and Turks and Caicos Islands)
      • Cornish (minority language in Cornwall)
      • Dgèrnésiais (in Guernsey)
      • French (in Guernsey and Jersey)
      • Irish (in Northern Ireland)
      • Jèrriais (in Jersey)
      • Manx (in the Isle of Man)
      • Pitcairnese (in the Pitcairn Islands)
      • Scots (in Scotland)
        • Ulster-Scots (in Northern Ireland)
      • Scottish Gaelic (in Scotland)
      • Welsh (in Wales)
  •  United States
    • No official language nationwide, English is the de facto but not the de jure official language (at the federal level). Spanish is the second-most commonly used language in the U.S. and many forms and documents are published in both languages.
  •  Uruguay
    • Spanish
  •  Uzbekistan
    • Uzbek (national)
    • Russian (for interethnic communication)

Info retrieved from Wikipedia.

Traveling Languages Series Post: V, Y, Z, & Others

If you’re thinking of traveling to other countries, it’s interesting to see the languages officially used there. I’m hoping this series will help you plan which countries to visit to practice, study, or hear a rare language or simply just to know which languages are official in which state.

 

  •  Vanuatu
    • Bislama (national)
    • English
    • French
  •  Vatican City
    • Italian (de facto—see Languages of Vatican City).
  •  Venezuela
    • Spanish
  •  Vietnam
    • Vietnamese
  •  Yemen
    • Arabic
  •  Zambia
    • English
  •  Zimbabwe
    • English
    • Shona
    • Northern Ndebele

Partially Recognized States

  •  Abkhazia
    • Abkhazian
    • Russian
  •  Kosovo
    • Albanian
    • Serbian
    • Turkish (regional)
  •  Nagorno-Karabakh
    • Armenian
  •  Northern Cyprus
    • Turkish
  •  Palestine
    • Arabic
  •  Sahrawi Republic
    • Arabic
    • Spanish
  •  Somaliland
    • Somalian
    • Arabic
    • English
  •  South Ossetia
    • Ossetian
    • Russian
    • Georgian (regional)
  •  Taiwan
    • Chinese
    • Taiwanese (recognized regional language)
  •  Transnistria
    • Moldavian
    • Russian
    • Ukrainian

Info retrieved from Wikipedia.

Traveling Languages Series Post: O, P

If you’re thinking of traveling to other countries, it’s interesting to see the languages officially used there. I’m hoping this series will help you plan which countries to visit to practice, study, or hear a rare language or simply just to know which languages are official in which state.

  •  Oman
    • Arabic
  •  Pakistan
    • Urdu (national Language; official)
    • English (official Language)
    • Sindhi (provincial language of Sindh)
    • Other major languages like Punjabi, Balochi and Pashto have no official recognition
  •  Palau
    • English (statewide)
    • Palauan (statewide)
    • Sonsorolese (in Sonsorol)
    • Tobian (in Hatohobei)
    • Japanese (in Angaur)
  •  Panama
    • Spanish
  •  Papua New Guinea
    • English
    • Hiri Motu
    • Tok Pisin
  •  Paraguay
    • Spanish
    • Guaraní
  •  Peru
    • Spanish (Official)
    • Aymara (co-official)
    • Quechua (co-official)
    • All native languages in areas where they are spoken by the majority of people
  •  Philippines
    • Filipino (statewide) (national)
    • English (statewide)
    • Arabic (Recognised as “voluntary and optional” statewide)
    • Spanish (Recognised as “voluntary and optional” statewide)
    • Bikol Central (Recognized as “auxiliary official” in Luzon)
    • Cebuano (“auxiliary official” in Visayas and Mindanao)
    • Chavacano (“auxiliary official” in Basilan and Zamboanga Peninsula)
    • Hiligaynon (“auxiliary official” in Visayas and Mindanao)
    • Ilokano (“auxiliary official” in Luzon)
    • Kapampangan (“auxiliary official” in Luzon)
    • Kinaray-a (“auxiliary official” in the Visayas)
    • Maranao (“auxiliary official” in Mindanao)
    • Maguindanao (“auxiliary official” in Mindanao)
    • Pangasinan (“auxiliary official” in Luzon)
    • Tagalog (“auxiliary official” in Luzon)
    • Tausug (“auxiliary official” in Mindanao)
    • Waray-Waray (“auxiliary official” in the Visayas)
  •  Poland
    • Polish (sole official language of state)
    • Kashubian (recognised regional language and auxiliary language in part of Pomeranian Voivodeship)
    • German (minority language and auxiliary language in part of Opole Voivodeship)
    • Lithuanian (minority language and auxiliary language) in Puńsk commune, Podlaskie Voivodeship
    • Belarusian (minority language and auxiliary language in Hajnówka commune, Podlaskie Voivodeship)
  •  Portugal (Languages of Portugal)
    • Portuguese (official)
    • Mirandese (regional, in Miranda do Douro)

 

Info retrieved from Wikipedia.

Memes, Signs, Tips!

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Like everyone else, I love a good meme. Every few days I’ll be posting some favourites I’ve made and seen. Some will actually be photos I’ve taken on my travels. If you spot any, check out the next in the series to see if you got it right :-)!  Also, check out the helpful tips below. The memes may be funny but their significance could mean the difference between a great or terrible trip!

es2Como la otra persona, me gustan memes! A veces, voy a publicar mis favoritos: algunos he visto y algunos he hecho. Vas a ver unos fotos de mis viajes. Si tú ves estás fotos, puedes adivinar de donde las tomé. Voy a responder en la próxima entrada de Memes, Signs, & Tips!. También, hay consejos relacionados debajo. Algunos son la diferencia entre un viaje bueno o malo!

Memes

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Tips

  1. You’ll recall some of my posts regarding batteries
  2. Always do some light research on the countries you are visiting. You’ll want to impress the locals rather than embarrass yourself or insult them!
  3. Spelling isn’t really too important, but any way to show your knowledge of linguistic or cultural treasures are a plus.
  4. If you stay in a hotel and you use any of the disposable products, take the remainder with you. Hotels often throw away opened lotion bottles or soaps. These items often can come in handy long after you’ve left your pampered accommodations. Don’t take the towels though. They count those and you could end up with a disproportionate fee attached to your bill!

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Consejos

  1. Tengo unas entradas de las pilas.
  2. Siempre, investigar sobre las países donde que vas a vistar. Impresiona a la gente! pero, no se avergüence o insultarlos en el proceso!
  3. La ortografía en realidad no es demasiado importante, pero tu conocimiento de los tesoros lingüísticos o culturales son un plus.
  4. Si te quedas en un hotel y usas alguno de los productos disponibles, tomar el residuo contigo. Hoteles con frecuencia tirar botellas usados de loción o jabones. Estos artículos a menudo pueden ser muy útil mucho tiempo después de salir de tu alojamiento mimados. Sin embargo, tú no debes tomar las toallas. Cuentan esos y  podrías recibir una multa desproporcionada en tu factura!