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Steinert Hall is an underground concert hall found in Boston, Massachusetts. Nicknamed "The Little Gem," Steinert Hall was originally built in 1986. During its heyday, the hall featured musicians such as Russian pianist Sergei Rachmaninoff, along with former prime minister of Poland and Polish pianist Ignacy Jan Paderewski. NBC's TODAY took a tour of Steinert Hall, which has been closed to the public since 1942.
Featured by the Associated Press, the Iraq National Museum was established after World War I and features prized artifacts from the Mesopotamian civilization. Over the past few years, the Islamic State group has damaged ancient sites across Iraq and Syria, and so the museum's preservation of ancient artifacts is now more important than ever. The Islamic Hall features ancient Islamic art and architecture including a burial casket of Imam Mossa Kadhim, a major Shiite Islamic figure.
Featured by the Associated Press, the Iraq National Museum was established after World War I and features prized artifacts from the Mesopotamian civilization. Over the past few years, the Islamic State group has damaged ancient sites across Iraq and Syria, and so the museum's preservation of ancient artifacts is now more important than ever. The Assyrian Hall contains treasures from the Assyrian Empire including two towering deities known as Lamassu and a statue from the temple of Nabu.
This corridor found in the Ninh Van region of Vietnam is filled with 500 unique arhat statues. The statues, made by local villagers, were each made out of stone blocks. Each statue features a unique facial expression and posture different from all 499 other statues within the corridor. In Buddhism, an Arhat is a title given to an individual who has achieved spiritual enlightenment, or nirvana.
This statue of Maitreya is located in the Ninh Binh province of Vietnam. In Buddhist culture, Maitreya is considered to be the successor of the present Buddha, popularly known as Gautama Buddha. This statue is over 10 meters high and weighs 80 tons.
This Vietnam War-era bomb shelter is found underneath luxury hotel Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi in Hanoi Vietnam. Although built in the 1960s, this bunker was sealed off in 1975, shortly after the end of the Vietnam War. During the war, the bunker was often used to shelter hotel guests at the time including American actress Jane Fonda. The shelter was re-discovered in 2011 and is now open for viewing to the public.
The HMS Belfast was originally a light cruiser vessel built for the United Kingdom's Royal Navy. Commissioned in 1939 shortly before World War II, the HMS Belfast was used in the Royal Navy's war efforts including a naval blockade against Germany, escort missions for the Soviet Union, and the Battle of North Cape. During World War II, the HMS Belfast also supported the Normandy landings. Today, the ship permanently sits along the River Thames in London, UK as a museum.
The Churchill War Rooms in London is a museum located inside the British government's former underground command center during World War II. The museum is dedicated to the life and legacy of Winston Churchill who served as the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom during the Second World War. Churchill's speeches and radio broadcasts during the war are considered to be some of the most influential and inspirational speeches of any world leader ever known.
Carn Euny is one of England's preserved ancient villages. Inhabited between about 400 BC - AD 400, the village was active through the Iron Age up until the end of the Roman occupation of Britain. Located in the southwestern English region of Cornwall, Carn Euny features a fogou, an underground stone-walled passage common among other ancient settlements in the area.
This railroad tunnel In Valdez, Alaska commenced construction in 1905. However, construction on the tunnel came to a screeching halt in 1906 after gunfire was exchanged between railroad companies in a fierce bidding war over who would secure rights to the project. Today, the tunnel has become a local landmark and tourist attraction.
The perched villages of France are some of the nation's most remarkable. Situated high up on rocky crag, these perched villages offer picturesque views of the surrounding landscape. Gourdon in southeastern France is one such village where one can see views of the Loup river and the nearby coastline from the mountainside. Mostly isolated from the surrounding communities, Gourdon's 500-person village is a frequent tourist attraction with a historic fortress, a blown-glass shop, and dozens of small boutiques.
The Home Sweet Home Museum is an East Hampton, New York museum showcasing fine 18th century and 19th century antiques, china, and lustreware. The home was reportedly built in the 1720s by English settlers who first arrived in the New World. The town of East Hampton was the very first English settlement founded in the state of New York.