The Batte Building. West.
“One moment several things are possible, the next moment only one happens, and the rest don't exist. Except that other worlds have sprung into being, on which the did happen.”
The Hofburg is the former principal imperial palace of the Habsburg dynasty rulers and today serves as the official residence and workplace of the President of Austria. It is located in the center of Vienna and was built in the 13th century and expanded several times. About 100 yards from where I stood at the Heldenplatz “Heros Square” is where Hitler announced the Anschluss - annexation of Austria into Nazi Germany on 12 March 1938. During the announcement, 250,000 ecstatic Viennese cheered him on Heldenplatz. That square symbolized centuries of the power of the German-speaking nation. Yet Hitler disliked the Habsburg monarchy and their multiethnical Empire. The name Heroes’s Square is unrelated to the Nazis but dates from the Napoleonic Wars and victory over the Turks. The idea of an Anschluss a united Austria and Germany that would form a Greater Germany, began after the unification of Germany excluded Austria and the German Austrians from the Prussian-dominated German Empire in 1871. Following the end of World War I with the fall of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, in 1918, the newly formed Republic of German-Austria attempted to form a union with Germany, but the Treaty of Saint Germain -10 September 1919, and the Treaty of Versailles (28 June 1919) forbade both the union and the continued use of the name German-Austria and stripped Austria of some of its territories.
On the way to the airport in Amman, I stopped to explore a mural I’ve been passing almost every day. It evoked such great emotions and sadness, that I left only after falling in love with it. I wanted to share it with you...Jordan has repeatedly made the news over the years as the site of recurring refugee crises. Half of the country's population of more than eight million people is estimated to be of Palestinian origin, with 2.1 million still registered as Palestinian refugees. UNHCR, the refugee agency, places the number of Iraqis who have found refuge in Jordan at between 700,000 and one million, while hundreds of thousands of Syrians have also streamed into the country amid an ongoing civil war in their home country. Although the refugee influx has placed an enormous strain on Jordan's social, economic and political fabric, the country's cultural sector has benefited. Many artists from throughout the region continue to produce work in Jordan after arriving. #exploretheworld and @hiusa
Formally known as Philadelphia in Hellenistic times and reduced to a forgotten village until it became Jordan’s capital upon the creation of the Country on April 11th, 1921. Since then, Amman has expanded from its original seven hills to around 20, steadily progressing westward since the 1950s, and developing a split personality along the way. Nearly five years earlier, on May 19, 1916, representatives of Great Britain and France secretly reach an accord, known as the Sykes-Picot agreement, by which most of the Arab lands under the rule of the Ottoman Empire are to be divided into British and French spheres of influence with the conclusion of World War I. Now Jordan is a country smack in the middle of an ancient region. Amman, the Capitol of Jordan, is a city of rolling hills and tolerant attitude that has long been a refuge for displaced Palestinian, Iraqi and Syrian neighbors, and a base for nongovernmental organizations. Today, the region experienced another blow, as of August 31st, 2018 the United States government has decided to stop all funding it gives to a United Nations agency that provides assistance to millions of Palestinian refugees, ending a decades-long policy of supporting it, according to a former senior United States aid official. The move was pushed hardest by Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law and top adviser on the Middle East, as part of a plan to compel Palestinian politicians to drop demands for many of those refugees to return to what they call their homeland, Jordan’s neighboring country. Goodbye, Jordan. One last stop to Vienna. #exploretheworld @hiusa
The Amman Citadel is a historical site at the center of downtown Amman, Jordan. Known in Arabic as Jabal al-Qal'a, (جبل القلعة), the L-shaped hill is one of the seven jabals(mountains) that originally made up Amman. Evidence of occupation since the pottery Neolithic period has been found. It was inhabited by different peoples and cultures until the time of the Umayyads, after which came a period of decline and for much of the time until 1878 the former city became an abandoned pile of ruins only sporadically used by Bedouin and seasonal farmers. #exploretheworld @hiusa
Jerusalem is one of the oldest cities in the world, and is considered holy to the three major Abrahamic religions—Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. During its long history, Jerusalem has been destroyed at least twice, besieged 23 times, attacked 52 times, and captured and recaptured 44 times. Today those walls define the Old City, which has been traditionally divided into four quarters—known since the early 19th century as the Armenian, Christian, Jewish, and Muslim Quarters. The Old City became a World Heritage Site in 1981, and is on the List of World Heritage in Danger. Since 1860 Jerusalem has grown far beyond the Old City's boundaries. In 2015, Jerusalem had a population of some 850,000 residents, comprising approximately 200,000 secular Jewish Israelis, 350,000 Haredi Jews and 300,000 Palestinians. In 2011, the population numbered 801,000, of which Jews comprised 497,000 (62%), Muslims 281,000 (35%), Christians 14,000 (around 2%) and 9,000 (1%) were not classified by religion #exploretheworld @hiusa