Vienna, Austria

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JUNE 08, 2009 – JUNE 25, 2009

Vienna is the capital and largest city of the Republic of Austria. It is also the tenth most populated city in the entire European Union. Once the capital and residence of the powerful Hapsburg Empire, Vienna has today developed into an important modern metropolis. Due to its central location within the EU, Vienna is home to important international organizations, such as the United Nations and OPEC. As of 2001, the city center was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site and as recently as 2009 was ranked along with Vancouver as offering the highest quality of life in the world … [ for more purchase CIVIC INTIMACY ]

Prague, Czech Republic

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JUNE 13, 2009 – JUNE 25, 2009

Prague is the capital and largest city of the Czech Republic. It has operated as the political and cultural center in the Bohemian region for more than a millennium. Today, it is one of the top tourist destinations in Europe, with almost half of the national income resulting from tourism. To protect the character of the historic center, it has been listed as a UNESCO world heritage site since 1992. The city is known by many nicknames such as “the mother of cities,” “city of a hundred spires,” and “the golden city.” However, its official name is “Hlavni mestro Praha,” meaning “Prague, the Capital City.” The etymology of the name comes from the Slavic root, “praga”, meaning “ford”, referring to the city’s location on the Vltava River … [ for more purchase CIVIC INTIMACY ]

Old Town Square

Prague, Czech Republic

Old Town Square

Old Town Square has been the central most space in Prague for over a millennium. Being surrounded by many important structures, including the Astronomical Clock, St. Nicholas Church, Church of Our Lady before Tyn, and various important houses and palaces, only reinforces its importance within historic Prague. Throughout its history, Old Town Square has traditionally been a marketplace where various goods were sold from a range of locations surrounding the city, as it was an important crossing of European merchant roads. The oldest name of the space was the Big Square before later becoming known as the Old Market in the 13th century and Old Town Place or the Large Old Town Square even later. The present name Old Town Square dates back to the end of the 19th century … [ for more purchase CIVIC INTIMACY ]

Stephansplatz

Vienna, Austria

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Stephansplatz is the central most square in Vienna and is named after its most prominent building, Stephansdom (St. Stephen’s Cathedral). It has been the site of some of the most important events in the city’s history, most of which were centered on the cathedral’s footprint itself. Today the square, and in particular the ornately colored roof of Stephansdom, has become one of the city’s most recognizable symbols. The most dominant feature, the bell tower, soars to an amazing 137 meters, making it one of the tallest churches in the world. The space itself is situated within a major commercial district of the city and is commonly host to a wide variety of street performers and gatherings … [ for more purchase CIVIC INTIMACY ]

Moscow, Russia

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JUNE 01, 2009 – JUNE 13, 2009

Moscow is the capital and largest city of the Russian Federation. In addition to being the largest metropolitan area in Europe, Moscow is also among the largest metropolitan areas in the world, and seventh largest city proper in the world. To handle this volume, the city maintains an incredibly complex transportation network, including the world’s second busiest metro system after Tokyo. This global megacity boasts the highest concentration of billionaires anywhere in the world and a major economic center. For the third straight year Moscow was ranked the world’s most expensive city for foreign employees in 2008 … [ for more purchase CIVIC INTIMACY ]

Red Square

Moscow, Russia

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Red Square (Krasnaya Ploshchad in Russian) is the most famous space in Moscow and arguably, in the entire world. Centrally located in the city with many of the major roads radiating from this point, Red Square is often also referred to as the center of Russia. The origins of the name can sometimes be confused with the link between communism and the color red or the red brick walls of the Kremlin (the complex of buildings that contain the Russian government offices), however the name is in fact derived from the Russian word “krasnaya” meaning “red” or “beautiful”. Throughout its history this place has served as the most important gathering space in the city, from marketplace to ceremonial activities … [ for more purchase CIVIC INTIMACY ]

St. Petersburg, Russia

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MAY 20, 2009 – JUNE 01, 2009

Located toward the east of the Gulf of Finland at the inlet of the Neva River, Saint Petersburg is the northernmost city with more than one million people in the world. Quite often the city is described as the most Western Russian city and the “Venice of the North”.  Founded three centuries ago in 1703, Saint Petersburg was the capital of the Russian Empire for more than 200 years until Moscow became the capital in 1918 after the Russian Revolution of 1917. Throughout the city’s history the name has been changed from “Petrograd” (1914-1924), to “Leningrad” (1924-1991), to “Saint Petersburg” as it is has been known since. Today, Saint Petersburg is the second largest city in Russia after only Moscow and is an important cultural center for Europe, with the historic center and many Monuments listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites … [ for more purchase CIVIC INTIMACY ]