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Culture of Vancouver. Places to visit - old town, temples, theaters, museums and palaces

When it comes to describing unique attractions of Vancouver, we simply cannot fail to mention beautiful bridges. There are more than twenty bridges in the city in total. Lions Gate Bridge is, without a doubt, the most grandiose structure among them. The length of the bridge estimates 1823 meters. During a day about 60,000 vehicles drive through the bridge; it is decorated with large figures of lions, so tourists also like it. The construction has got its name after Lion Mountain, which located nearby. The mountain is also an important destination of excursions.
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Ironworkers Memorial Bridge is, without a doubt, the most famous pedestrian bridge of the city. There are also three movable bridges in Vancouver - Burrard Bridge, Granville Bridge and Cambie Bridge. The famous Capilano Bridge is known as the hallmark of Vancouver. The construction of this bridge was completed in 1889. Plank bridge is built over a deep canyon, so a walk through it promises a lot of vivid impressions.
The biggest part of architectural sights is located in Gastown Street. This is where miners built their first houses. This part of the city has retained its inexpressible atmosphere of adventure. Downtown is completely opposite to the old part of Vancouver. This is a large business center with numerous modern buildings and gleaming skyscrapers. Harbour Centre Skyscraper is known as the most notable building of the district. The roof of the building is equipped with a special observation deck with panoramic views of the city. All visitors are welcome to reach the roof of the skyscraper using the external elevator. From there they will be able to enjoy views of the city from a bird's eye view. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
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Business district is the location of one more sight - the Aquarium, which is considered one of the most beautiful aquariums in the world. Its opening took place in 1956. Since then hundreds of thousands of visitors have arrived here to see rare inhabitants of seas and oceans. Anthropology Museum is by far the most famous cultural institution in the city. The museum is located just a few steps away from British University. The museum’s walls hold a priceless collection of exhibits that throw the light upon culture and life of various Indian tribes. Visitors will get acquainted with history of the city in Museum of Vancouver, and beauty connoisseurs will be interested in visiting Museum of Art.
Numerous magnificent parks are the real pride of Vancouver. Stanley Park is known as the favorite place rest for both visitors and local residents. In its territory you will find a beautiful pine forest, several beautiful playgrounds, jogging and biking trails, as well as a special area for picnics. Capilano Park is a perfect choice for hiking. The park is almost fully occupied by a century-old forest. Sidewalks are made in the most beautiful parts of the park, so this is the best place for fans of eco-tourism.
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The University of British Columbia impresses from the very first minutes, with its interesting architecture. This majestic building was built in 1908 and houses one of the most prestigious universities of Canada – a fact that becomes clear when your gaze falls upon the university building. There is another amazing building, which from an architectural viewpoint was constructed in the form of residential buildings. It was once upon a time occupied by a hotel. We are here, referring to none other than the famous Hotel Europe. This building was erected in the same year as the University of British Columbia, but with regards to style, it is completely different from it. This masterpiece of architecture was built by the architects from the company Parr and Fee. It is also noteworthy in the sense that several episodes of the film “Legends of the fall” were shot here.
Very interesting sculptures can be found while walking along the already mentioned Stanley Park. It is a must that you find the Brockton Point Totem Pole; they are almost on the way out of the park and are very funny Indian totems. Completely unexpected views open up on Johnston Street – there are painted concrete bunkers here. It looks very funny and perfectly cheers up both the locals, who often see the constructions, as well as the newly arrived tourists. Another interesting and unusual sight in Vancouver was built on the occasion of the Olympic Games in 2010. We are talking about the Olympic Cauldron. There are several other interesting sculptures on the territory of Vancouver, the most interesting among them being “A-maze-ing Laughter” and “Angel of Victory”.
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Vancouver Lookout – the best observation deck of the city – can be found on West Hastings Street in the Harbor Center building. The views that open up from here are stunning, especially in the evening. What is more, is that the building itself where the observation deck is situated amazes with its beauty. You can have a great time strolling through the Library Square. Representatives of youth subculture and students usually meet here. The square is surrounded by beautiful buildings. It is also worth mentioning the Vancouver City Hall – a masterpiece of art deco, built in the year 1936. In fact, there are many buildings in the city built in this style. This, however, is perhaps the most famous amongst them. In addition, it has a convenient location.
Vancouver From a historical point of view, the First Baptist Church is an interesting building. You should definitely listen to the church servants, who will tell you the story of how the religious monument was founded. Another beautiful church is Christ Church Cathedral. It is beautiful here both outside and inside, and the organ amazes even the most globetrotters. It is impossible not to mention the Rogers Arena and B.C. Place Stadium – the most popular attractions of the city. Rogers Arena, built in 1995, has a capacity of 19,700 people, while B.C. Place Stadium, on the other hand, was built in 1983 and has a capacity of 22,120 people. Both buildings amaze everyone with their majesty.
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Plan your own excursion through Vancouver: churches, museums and castles

Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver

» The Art Gallery is located in the huge building with the four-tier dome. It was opened in 1931. About 4 000 m2 was allocated for exhibitions. It is planned to extend the building to expand the exhibition area.
» Almost 10 000 different exhibits are kept in the store-room and at the stands: picturesque canvasses, coins, sculptures, busts, pictures, videos, and everything having an artistic value in the world of aesthetics.
» The museum is proud of 157 paintings of the Canadian artist. Emily Carr is famous for her sketches of Indians’ life and local landscapes of the Canadian coast.
» The museum organizes not only permanent, but also temporary exhibitions. The Vancouver Art Gallery is also notable for its library. There are 45 000 specialized books! International exhibitions are organized several times a year.
» The building occupies the entire block that is an architectural masterpiece itself. You can enter it from two sides. Marble staircases lead to exhibition halls. The facade is faced with marble that was specially brought from America. Round columns uphold the masonry at the entrance. You can also use the services of the personal guide.

Vancouver Maritime Museum, Vancouver

» The Maritime Museum was built on the embankment in 1959. Its fund contains 15 000 items. They represent the maritime history of the country.
» Here, you can see replicas of ships, navigation devices, historic pilot maps, and sailors’ outfits of different epochs.
» There is also the small children’s museum, the Discovery Centre. There are a lot of mobile stands, playgrounds for small visitors, and the model of the pirate schooner where you can steer the wheel.
» In the Vancouver Maritime Museum, there are a library, an archive, and a workshop. Masters build ships here.
» Workers are really proud of the St. Roch schooner. This ship got round North America. The NASA submarine is also very interesting. Here, you can see the maps painted by sailor and travelers James Cook.
» The old Vancouver Maritime Museum houses 35 000 artifacts. There are also paintings of mariners and hundred thousands of photos.
» In addition to exhibitions, you can attend master classes. You can learn here how to make pirate tattoos or sew hats for sea robbers.

Christ Church Cathedral, Vancouver

» There is an old stone building surrounded by skyscrapers. It was built in 1894 and blessed in a year. Over the years of its existence, the building has been reconstructed several times. Christ Church Cathedral is characterized by a Gothic architectural style. A lot of stained glass windows decorate the building. Christ Church has gained a cathedral status for its merits. It belongs to the Anglican diocese. The first worships were held outside the cathedral because he had not been completed yet. Funds were raised for the construction of the temple. Initially, not so many parishioners came here (about 50 people). There were no funds for completing the building, so the temple was on the verge of being closed. Architect Robert Fripp offered the project of the church completion. The ceiling and the floor were decorated with cedar panels. At the beginning of the 20th century, the organ was replaced by a new one. Candles changed to electric lights. The construction of the bell tower had been delayed due to the refusal of the city authorities. The Royal Family traveled to Vancouver and visited Christ Church. The facade is decorated with a heraldic symbol, the Celtic cross.

Holy Rosary Cathedral, Vancouver

Location on the map:   Facts: » Initially, in 1885, masses were held for several families. There was no permanent refuge. Holy Rosary Cathedral was built on donations from parishioners.
» Its name is not coincidental, as the first liturgy was held exactly on that day.
» “Rosary” means “entanglement of roses”. Holy Rosary is the symbol of the celestial wreath representing the combination of oral and mental prayers. Sacred beads are also used here.
» Originally, the church was built of wood. Then, the bell tower was constructed. The stone building started to be built in several years. It was completed in a year and a half. The old organ was placed inside.
» Worships are held in three languages, English, French, and Spanish.
» The vault of the cathedral is upheld by red marble pillars. The walls are decorated with carved gilded angels. They hold books and torches in their hands. Each of them has an inimitable face.
» There are two bell towers in the cathedral. Its facade is tiled with dark stones.
» Stained glass windows differ in their shape and size. They are made of small mosaics shining in the sun.
» The temple was blessed at the beginning of the 20th century. Holy Rosary has gained a cathedral status.
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What to visit during two-day excursion in Vancouver

Stanley Park
Where: Downtown Vancouver, Vancouver; Telephone: +1-604-257-8400;
Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden
Where: 578 Carrall Street, Vancouver; Telephone: +1-604-662-3207; More info: Closed mondays from november 1st to april 30th and on december 25th and january 1st.;
Gastown Steam Clock
Where: Corner of Cambie & Water Streets, Vancouver;
Vancouver Lookout
Where: Harbour Centre Tower, 555 West Hastings Street, Vancouver; Telephone: +1-604-689-0421; Opening hours: May vary according to season, see website for information;
Science World
Where: 1455 Quebec Street, Vancouver; Telephone: +1-604-443-7440; Opening hours: Monday to Friday;
Capilano Suspension Bridge
Where: 3735 Capilano Road (North Vancouver), Vancouver; Telephone: +1-604-985-7474; Opening hours: may vary according to season, see website for details;
Canada Place
Where: 540-999 Canada Place, Vancouver; Telephone: +1-604-775-7200;
Chinatown
Where: Bounded by Hastings, Keefer, Gore & Taylor Streets, Vancouver;
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♥   Art museum 'Contemporary Art Gallery' Vancouver, British Columbia, 3.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'Vancouver Art Gallery' Vancouver, British Columbia, 3.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery' Vancouver, British Columbia, 9.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
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Culture guide to Vancouver. Which fascinating sights to visit once you are in Vancouver: temples, churches, museums, theaters and castles. Recommendations (with addresses, phone numbers and links) on the places 'must visit' in Vancouver. Plan your own city excursion by using this page info!
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