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MARINE SANCTUARY EXPANDED

President Barack Obama on Tuesday announced the expansion of the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument from almost 87,000 square miles to nearly 782,000 square miles.

“Growing up in Hawaii, I learned early to appreciate the beauty and power of the ocean,” Obama said at a White House event, reported The New York Times. “And like Presidents Clinton and Bush before me, I’m going to use my authority as president to protect some of our most precious marine landscapes, just like we do for mountains and rivers and forests.”

The remote U.S. sanctuary in the central Pacific Ocean will become the world’s largest such protected area.

The order, which would come into force later this year after a comment period, would make fishing, energy exploration and other activities off limits in the area, which includes uninhabited islands in a remote region.

The new area is adjacent to islands and atolls controlled by the United States and would include waters up to 200 nautical miles offshore from these territories.

Small Garden Sanctuary

Small Garden Sanctuary

Sanctuary of Truth - Thailand 
The style of the Sanctuary evokes Khmer architecture, displaying hand-carved wooden sculptures indicative of the imperial setting at Angkor. It has four gopura, respectively representing images from the Buddhist and Hindu religions and mythologies of Cambodia, China, India and Thailand.
More:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sanctuary_of_Truth

Sanctuary of Truth - Thailand 

The style of the Sanctuary evokes Khmer architecture, displaying hand-carved wooden sculptures indicative of the imperial setting at Angkor. It has four gopura, respectively representing images from the Buddhist and Hindu religions and mythologies of Cambodia, China, India and Thailand.

More:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sanctuary_of_Truth

Great Entrance to Serene Sanctuary

Great Entrance to Serene Sanctuary

Namaz in Selimiye - Photograph by Yavuz Ildiz

Namaz in Selimiye - Photograph by Yavuz Ildiz

Templo del Sagrado Corazón Cuba

Templo del Sagrado Corazón Cuba

Temple Guards

Temple Guards

Temple Steps - by ilich

Temple Steps - by ilich

"That Place"  Portugal - photographer Nuno Milheiro

"That Place"  Portugal - photographer Nuno Milheiro