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Looking southbound onto Interstate 355 from the Illinois Prairie Path

Interstate 355 is an Interstate Highway and tollway in the western and southwest suburbs of ChicagoIllinois, U.S. Like most other tollways in the northeastern portion of the state, I-355 is maintained by the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority. I-355 runs from Interstate 80 in New Lenox north to Interstate 290 in Itasca, a distance of 32.5 miles (52.3 km). The tollway authority opened I-355 as the North–South Tollway in 1989 to ease congestion on Illinois Route 53 (IL 53), a parallel two-lane state highway in central DuPage County. Initially, I-355 ran from Interstate 55 north to I-290. The new highway helped cut travel times for commuters traveling north and south in the county. According to commercial real estate developers at the time, the new tollway also opened the western suburbs of Chicago to commercial and industrial development. On November 11, 2007, the tollway authority opened a southern extension of I-355 from I-55 to I-80, a distance of 12.5 miles (20.1 km); on its opening, the tollway authority changed the name of the tollway to "Veterans Memorial Tollway". The tollway authority laid the route of the new extension through Will County and a small portion of Cook County, one of the fastest-growing regions in Illinois. The tollway authority expects the extension to cut travel times in the region by 20 percent. (more...)

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The Battle of Mazandaran, from the Hamzanama

The 38th painting in the seventh volume of the Hamzanama, an illustrated story of the fantastic exploits of Amir Hamza, the uncle of the prophet of Islam, Muhammad. Commissioned by the Mughal emperor Akbar the Great in the late 16th century, it depicts a scene from the Battle of Mazandaran, in which the protagonists Khwajah 'Umar and Hamza and their armies engage in fierce battle. Originally, the faces were depicted. They were subsequently erased by iconoclasts and repainted in more recent times. The entire work consists of 1,400 folios, with the painting on the recto side and text written in Nastaʿlīq script narrating the story on the verso.

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