Some Of The Rarest (And Most Mind Blowing) Photographs In History
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15 Of The Rarest (And Most Mind Blowing) Photographs In History


Sometimes we take photography for granted. With every device we have now sporting a camera, snapping images on-the-fly is as common as checking our watch to see the time (what’s a watch?). But there are some photographs from history that just make us stand back in amazement. Whether it’s capturing the beginning of something new or archiving a rare moment in human history, there are some images that make us appreciate the technology we have to capture them. This one is especially for you history buffs out there. These are some of the rarest photographs ever captured. Some of these are so awesome that even if you’re not a fan of history, we’ll be surprised if your mind isn’t blown even a tiny bit.

Disnleyland Opening Day (1955)

Now a staple in American tourism, it’s hard to imagine what the crowds would have been like when they finally opened Disneyland all those years ago.

Golden Gate Bridge Under Construction (1937)

This must have been such a mammoth task to undertake. Who would have thought it would eventually be declared one of the wonders of the modern world?

The MGM Lion (1929)

You know that lion roaring at the beginning of old films? Yep, this is the moment these cameraman captured that iconic movie intro.

Hitler’s Bunker (1945)

This is thought to be the first photograph taken of Adolf Hitler’s underground bunker after his death. Doesn’t it just send chills down your spine?

Eiffel Tower Construction (1888)

Well, we suppose it makes sense that even the world’s most famous construction had to have a beginning. Can you imagine what Paris would have been like before it was there? This image depicts at least half of that idea.

A Waterless Hoover Dam (1936)

Here’s something we’ll probably never see again in our own lifetime: the Hoover Dam without any water in it..

Mount Rushmore Being Carved (1932)

Specifically this is the head of George Washington. Just look at the size comparison between America’s first president and those construction workers.

The First Ever Walmart (1962)

Hard to imagine that from this simple image emerged a supermarket global empire. Also note that this is the first colour photo we’ve included in this article so far.

Construction Of The Statue Of Liberty (1884)

What’s even more amazing about this image is it shows the statue being constructed in Paris. We wonder how they delivered it to America. We’re pretty sure Fed-Ex wasn’t around back then.

The Beatles – Abbey Road (1969)

No, this is not the famous Abbey Road photo simply reversed. It’s the Beatles walking the other way across the now-famous zebra crossing (here’s the album cover itself. Note the position of the white Beetle in both images). Don’t think this is anything special? Well in 2012, the photo sold at auction for $25,000 US.

Titanic Survivors Boarding The RMS Carpathia (1912)

Not everyone perished on that fateful day in 1912 when the Titanic went down. Here we can see some of the survivors being rescued by the RMS Carpathia.

Titanic’s Iceberg (1912)

Speaking of the Titanic, this is thought to be the very iceberg that sealed the famous ship’s fate. It even appears to have some dents in it.

Family Photo Left On The Moon (1972)

This family photo was left on the moon by Apollo 16 astronaut Charles Duke in 1972. It’s even sealed up to keep it protected.

The First Photo Of Outer Space (1946)

How could they possibly take a photo of the Earth from space before there was even a space program? The story goes that soldiers attached a camera to a missile before it was launched. Take that Google Maps. Speaking of which…

Google Team (1999)

Who knew how much this relatively modest team at Google headquarters would go on to revolutionise the way we use the internet?


Polish Archaeologists Reconstructed Solar Cult Complex In The Temple Of Hatshepsut In Deir El-Bahari
Category: Photo-Blog - The Solar Cult Complex in the temple of Hatshepsut in Deir el-Bahari, reconstructed by a Polish Centre of Mediterranean Archaeology, University of Warsaw mission, was opened to visitors on the 22th of February, 2015.

The funerary temple of Queen Hatshepsut, one of the few women pharaohs, who ruled Upper Egypt, was built in 15th century BC.

Situated at the foot of a towering rocky slope in which it is partly hewn, it consists of three terraces connected by ramps leading to vast porticoes,' according to source.



The Temple of Deir el Bahari (XVIII Dyn)



Hatshepsut was the fifth pharaoh of the Eighteenth dynasty of Egypt



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Sun Cult Complex. Credits: Egyptian-Polish Archaeological and Conservation Mission of the temple of Hatshepsut at Deir El-Bahari



The Polish mission was entrusted with the reconstruction of the Upper Terrace of the temple back in the 1960s; since then, the painstaking work by generations of archaeologists, restorers and architects led to the rebuilding of the Terrace, including the Solar Cult Complex.

In the course of this work, the surviving walls of the temple had been preserved and their beautiful relief decoration was restored to its previous splendor.



Tuthmosis I and his mother Senseneb. Egyptian-Polish Archaeological and Conservation Mission of the temple of Hatshepsut at Deir El-Bahari


Tuthmosis I and his mother Senseneb. Egyptian-Polish Archaeological and Conservation Mission of the temple of Hatshepsut at Deir El-Bahari

From the rubble covering the temple tens of thousands stone blocks with fragments of relief decoration had been recovered and patiently recomposed.

This allowed researchers to fathom the message of the religious program of Queen Hatshepsut.



General view of the shrine of Anubis. Credits: Polish Archaeological and Conservation Mission of the temple of Hatshepsut at Deir El-Bahari


Restoration work in the Solar Cult Complex
of the Temple of Hatshepsut in Deir-El-Bahari

(more on the subject)



The Upper Terrace of the Temple of Hatshepsut in the end of the 19th century (Photo courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York)


Egyptian-Polish Archaeological and Conservation Mission of the temple of Hatshepsut at Deir El-Bahari

The achievements of the Polish scholars include reconstructing the appearance of the Solar Cult Complex, determining the function of the separate rooms and the sequence in which they were built.

Suggestions as to the reconstruction of the central feature of the Complex, the Solar Altar in the middle of an open-air courtyard, include an offering table flanked by two obelisks.

The work in this part of the temple of Hatshepsut resulted in its complete reconstruction which will now be made available to tourists.


Source. Restoration Work


The Reindeer Riders
Category: Photo-Blog
Tags: Community Forbidden History consciousness Inspiration native cultures shamans

By MessyNessy


If the descendants of ancient legends truly exist among us today, these are they. Despite the odds, the nomads of Outer Mongolia are a people seemingly immune from degeneration, still living in such proximity to wild animals with a certain spiritual wisdom, sense of healing and well-being lost to our notions of time and laws of civilization. The ancient Greek poet Pindar once described a perfect land called Hyperborea, beyond the great wind in the Altai Mountains of Central Asia, where the sun always shone, where a race of healers lived with “neither disease not bitter old age is mixed … in their sacred blood; far from labor and battle…”


Photographer Hamid Sardar-Afkhami is a scholar in Mongolian and Tibetan languages, with a Phd from Harvard. After living in Tibet and exploring the Himalayan regions for more than a decade, Hamid began taking annual expeditions into the Mongolian outback to document a country where a majority of the population are still nomad.


The people of the Mongolian Taïga share, but do not dominate their otherworldly landscapes inhabited by reindeer, bear, horses, eagles and wolves. They breed a docile reindeer and don’t kill them for meat unless it becomes useless for other purposes. They ride them into the deep snowy forests to hunt for food and collect antlers they can sell to nearby villages for basic supplies.













Their spiritual connection with animals extends beyond keeping company with just the reindeer of their dreamscapes, but with the wolves too, the eagles and even the bears.



Eagle hunting in Mongolia is an old tradition that has passed from generation to generation, but very few people are left on the Earth who still deserve the title. Eagles Hunters tame eagles and use them for hunting smaller animals, such as foxes and marmots. It is not merely a title to them, but a way of life.


Discover more of Hamid Sardar-Afkhami’s work.

via Kateoplis

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