The Panthéon (Latin: Pantheon,from Greek Πάνθεον meaning “Every god”) is a building in the Latin Quarter in Paris. It was originally built as a church dedicated to St. Genevieve and to house the reliquary châsse containing her relics but, after many changes, now functions as a secular mausoleum containing the remains of distinguished French citizens. It is an early example of neoclassicism, with a façade modeled on the Pantheon in Rome, surmounted by a dome that owes some of its character to Bramante’s “Tempietto”. Located in the 5th arrondissement on the Montagne Sainte-Geneviève, the Panthéon looks out over all of Paris. Designer Jacques-Germain Soufflot had the intention of combining the lightness and brightness of the gothic cathedral with classical principles, but its role as a mausoleum required the great Gothic windows to be blocked.
Ellinikon International Airport (IATA: ATH, ICAO: LGAT), sometimes spelled Hellinikon (Greek: Ελληνικόν) was the international airport of Athens, Greece for sixty years up (built in 1938) until 2001, when it was replaced by the new Athens International Airport Eleftherios Venizelos. The grounds of the airport are located 7 kilometres (4.3 mi) south of Athens. It was named after the village of Elliniko (Elleniko), now a suburb of Athens. The IATA code formerly used for the airport is now in use for Eleftherios Venizelos Airport.
*Fun fact : The 1986 Menahem Golan movie, The Delta Force, used the exterior of the airport in the Athens International Airport scene which one of the Lebanese terrorists exits a taxi.
Some interesting Chicago facts ! 😉
The 4 stars on the Chicago flag represent Fort Dearborn, the Chicago Fire, the World’s Columbian Exposition, and the Century of Progress Exposition.
The Art Institute of Chicago holds the largest collection of Impressionist paintings outside the Louvre in Paris.
Chicago’s Western Avenue is the world’s longest street.
The Chicago Public Library, the Harold Washington Library, is the world’s largest public library with a collection of more than 2 million books.