[Chatter] What Portal do you feel best represents your town/country?

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  • 姫路城 (Himeji Castle)

    Himeji Castle is a building that symbolizes Himeji City. The current castle tower was built between 1600 and 1609 by the Tokugawa family to compete with the Toyotomi family. Located in the center of the city. Also, when you get off at Himeji Station, you can see it in front of you. The brave Himeji Castle is the pride of Himeji citizens.

  • Now I'm hungry for Braunschweiger.

    For Topeka, KS, I'd have to suggest the one natural landmark other than the Kansas River:

    Burnett's Mound (https://intel.ingress.com/intel?ll=39.009329,-95.736983&z=15&pll=39.009329,-95.736983) (Intel)

    I didn't grow up here, but Topeka natives can all tell you about the 1966 tornado that cut a destructive swath through the capital city, even if it happened long before they were born. The tornado went over this ridge southwest of the city before unleashing hell on homes, businesses, Washburn University, and even the state capitol dome. Nowadays, you can ascend "the mound" and get a great view of the city and see that the wound from the storm has physically healed, if not emotionally.

  • 0X00FF000X00FF00 ✭✭✭✭

    A great many Canadians might agree with me:

    but the site of the first Tim Horton's franchise in Hamilton, Ontario hosts a museum

    No pics from me, but a google maps Streetview link:

    https://www.google.com/maps/@43.2448043,-79.8187707,3a,57.3y,242.86h,95.65t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sO02ZXFfYFxIRpzhWmuS44Q!2e0!7i16384!8i8192

  • 3639513536395135 ✭✭
    edited November 23
    1. Casablanca, Morocco
    2. Stone Clock of Place Mohamed 5 / https://intel.ingress.com/intel?ll=33.592185,-7.618893&z=18&pll=33.592469,-7.618423
    3. This stone structure stands in the middle of a huge square bordered by centuries-old buildings that represent the dream the city builders had when they created this city from scratch. If you stand by this stone clock and look around you you'll see history staring back down at you, truly humbling and awe-inspiring experience. An absolute must-do if you come to Casablanca.

    edit: tried posting a picture, unsuccessfully.

  • Whitfield's Tabernacle, Kingswood, South Gloucestershire, UK

    https://intel.ingress.com/intel?ll=51.463227,-2.498986&z=16&pll=51.462978,-2.506007


    A rather ugly, squat building on a side road, with boarded up windows and no roof.  It looks as though it should have been pulled down long ago.  It turns out, though, to be the most historically important building in the area.


    After living in the area for 15 years or so, I developed an interest in local history (thanks in no small part to Ingress).  I learnt that this was a grade 1 listed building, built in the mid 18th century as a permanent place of worship for followers of the newly-emerged Methodist sect.  I submitted it as a portal (with a good write-up) and it was accepted.


    It's currently being restored. I look forward to seeing it when it's done. I plan to take a photo of the restored building to use for a mission banner.

  • liyu1liyu1 ✭✭✭
    edited November 23
    1. Werchter, Belgium
    2. North West Walls: https://intel.ingress.com/intel?ll=50.969478,4.682625&z=19&pll=50.969643,4.682047
    3. Permanent art installations with a height of 20 m, different streets artists (under curatorship of Arne Quinze) every year, landmark in a rural area, also gathering place for a nice picknick or restplace during your hike. It's situated on the festival grounds of the famous Rock Werchter festival and also during the festival it's a place for gathering. Outside the festival period it's free accesible. So this is something in my neighbourhood i would recommend you to visit. http://northwestwalls.be/history/

    What do we get for this information, can we, contributors get a passcode?😛

    1. Columbus Ohio, United States
    2. Lincoln Goodale, https://intel.ingress.com/intel?ll=39.975378,-83.00171&z=17&pll=39.974537,-83.005502
    3. As Goodale Park was utilized as a union camp during the civil war, the park is Central to the city and its history.


  • I HAVE BEEN HERE! (Pre-Ingress though... guess I need to come back!)

  • Kaixo!!!!

    I was going to pick the Anoeta, but I love your suggestion better!

    Glad to see Euskal Herria (and Donostia specifically - Gora Erreala!) represented here. 💚❤️

  • aaronviannoaaronvianno ✭✭✭✭

    Margao (Madgaon) / South Goa / Goa / India

    Margao Municipal Council - https://intel.ingress.com/intel?ll=15.27212,73.958197&z=18&pll=15.27212,73.958197

    This one's in my home town where I grew up.

    MMC as we know it, was the main administration building since the Portuguese era Goa. The MMC is right there in the center of the town. To its north are the MMC gardens which tell a story of some important people in the history of this town. A little further north, is the main post office which itself is pretty old. Around the MMC you can find local bike taxis known as 'pilots', restaurants that are known for the best local food, the church, the market, the old 'communidade' building, the bus stop and more. The MMC area is where people from the nearby villages come to through the week. It also used to be the main place where tha annual carnival parade would pass through for 'King Momo's' inspection.

    A lot has changed since.



  • 1. Pensacola, FL.

    2. The Graffiti Bridge. https://intel.ingress.com/?ll=30.420349,-87.193773&z=18&pll=30.420349,-87.193773

    3. While Pensacola is famous for its sugar white-sand beaches, historic city center, and the home of the US Navy's Blue Angels, IMO nothing is more uniquely Pensacola than the Graffiti Bridge. It's actually an old railroad trestle heading into the downtown area, that at a clearance of 10 feet, has decapitated a number of U-haul trucks. But the embankments to the bridge are constantly being updated by local artists to remember significant events or memorials, or simply to make a passerby smile. We go pink for October, red for February, and star-spangled for July. Also in 2020 it was the site for peaceful BLM gatherings, and hosts many annual events, such as Transgender Day of Rememberance.

    https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/pensacola-graffiti-bridge-17th-ave-railroad-trestle

  • 1. Uruapan, Michoacán, México.

    2. Parque Nacional Barranca del Cupatitzio


    3. Uruapan is my hometown, I lived there the best 16 years of my life. This particular park is very dear to me, I used to live close by growing up, and I'd visit the park often. Whenever I wanted to jog, swim or just enjoy nature this was the spot. 

    The park is centered on a ravine formed by the emergence of the Cupatitzio River, whose name means “river that sings” in the indigenous Purépecha language. Wikipedia page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barranca_del_Cupatitzio_National_Park

    By AlejandroLinaresGarcia - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=39582973

  • 1. São Luís, Maranhão, Brazil.

    2. Source of Ribeirão.

    https://intel.ingress.com/intel?ll=-2.528733,-44.30242&z=17&pll=-2.527971,-44.302079

    3. The Fonte do Ribeirão is a valuable example of colonial-era architecture, built in 1796, during the mandate of the governor of Maranhão, Fernando António Soares de Noronha, with the aim of improving the distribution of water in the city. There is a Ludovician legend that says that inside the fountain there is a snake that will destroy São Luís on the day the head meets the tail. Fonte do Ribeirão is located between Afogados and Barrocas streets. Since 1950 it has been listed by IPHAN - National Historical and Artistic Heritage Institute.

  • edited November 24

    1. Depok (Grand Depok City), Jawa Barat, Indonesia

    2.https://intel.ingress.com/intel?ll=-6.439529,106.830544&z=17&pll=-6.439364,106.827293

    3. GDC Statue, which is located in Grand Depok City, Urban People's Dream in the midst of the hectic development. That is a unique statue and gives an aesthetic impression.


  • That's awesome! That must be a good sign I think...

    The Turku Ingress community would be extremely happy to welcome you here again, this time as an agent/ambassador/Niantic-admin/etc :) fingers crossed this blasted corona situation resolves quickly.

  • 1. Cristo Redentor, Vitória da Conquista, Bahia, Brasil

    2. https://intel.ingress.com/intel?ll=-14.836037,-40.828131&z=15&pll=-14.836037,-40.828131

    3. Built in 1963, with the features of the Brazilian country people, punished by the sun and drought, the Christ sculpted by Mário Cravo in fiberglass, placed on a reinforced concrete structure, is 17 meters tall, being considered the largest Crucified Christ in the world.


  • edited November 24
    1. Caldas da Rainha, Portugal
    2. Praça da Fruta - https://intel.ingress.com/intel?ll=39.403866,-9.133159&z=19&pll=39.404213,-9.132886
    3. Praça da Fruta (English translation is "Fruit Square") is the area of an iconic open-air market of fruit and vegetables that takes place in the town center on a daily basis since the end of the 15th century. I came to live in this region of the country 5 years ago for professional reasons and this was the place that at the time struck me the most for good reasons... I had seen local markets before in my life but this one belonged (and still does) to a league of its own. The variety and quality of fresh local products is undeniable and everything is so amazingly cheap when compared to retailers in larger metropolis (where else do you find olives being sold for € 2.5/kg 🤯).

    The market is open between 8:00 AM and 15:50 PM and I still think it is incredible to see local producers assemble and disassemble their booths every day. The demand in this 50,000 habitant city never stops and Praça da Fruta is indeed the heartbeat of local trade in the region.

    Additionally, Praça da Fruta is also a meeting point where people gather every Wednesday Night to run or walk half a dozen miles around town (there are 2 groups for different paces).

    The fruit market and the running group were interrupted for many months due to covid-19, but are back on track now. Needless to say that when I returned to the running group, after the covid interruption, I had my stern handed to me by the other runners as I was out of shape because I am lazy and I wasn't able to train on my own in the meantime 🙈

    Post edited by VerdeSloth on
    1. Palma Campania (Napoli), Italy
    2. Palazzo Aragonese (https://intel.ingress.com/intel?ll=40.867521,14.555294&z=17&pll=40.866541,14.554654)
    3. Palazzo Aragonese or "Compagna" is a significant monument of Palma Campania. It was built for Alfonso I of Aragon at the end of the XV century as a palace of delight and hunting lodge, and expanded in the XVII and XVIII centuries. The mansion owes its name to its last owners: the Compagna family. From the outside, the building is elegant, with splendid windows with "piperno" frames (soft, lava stone). On the first floor there are alternating windows and balconies, and on the upper floor there are round arched windows. Access to the entrance door, on which stands the marble coat of arms of the Caracciolo family, who owned the building, is preceded by a double ramp in limestone.



    Here is a link with more historical information about it: http://terradipalma.blogspot.com/2012/07/palazzo-aragonese.html

  • BoraBora747BoraBora747 ✭✭
    edited November 24

    1.      Lagos, Portugal

    2.      S. Gonçalo de Lagos - https://intel.ingress.com/?ll=37.097302,-8.667961

    3.      Lagos is a beach town and a city of navigators. This statue of Saint Goncalo (Gundisalvus, 1360-1422), protector of mariners, is strategically located by the beach at the harbor entrance, where the river meets the Atlantic Ocean. Beatified in 1778 by Pope Pius VI, he is the city patron, and blesses all seagoing vessels. This location is visited by all tourists, to see the beach and the view over the Lagos bay.

    [this photo taken at sunrise]


    Post edited by BoraBora747 on
    1. Nijverdal, The Netherlands
    2. Sterrenwacht Sallandse Heuvelrug, https://intel.ingress.com/?pll=52.36587,6.443639
    3. This observatorium is placed on one of the hills in our city, it also hosts the forester association that takes care of the amazing nature in this area.

    I was in doubt with choosing a portal that reflected the founding of our city in the steam weaving period, however, this is more connected to the here on and now of the nature of this area.

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