Thursday, December 31, 2020

Quseir Amra - Jordan

Built in the early 8th century, this exceptionally well-preserved desert castle was both a fortress with a garrison and a residence of the Umayyad caliphs. 
 The most outstanding features of this small pleasure palace are the reception hall and the hammam, both richly decorated with figurative murals that reflect the secular art of the time. 

5 photos.

Gosford - Australia

Gosford is a town in the state of New South Wales in Australia. 
The city has more than 155,000 inhabitants, making it the ninth city in the country. 
The city is located at the far north of Brisbane Water. 

5 photos.

Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Punic Town of Kerkuane and its Necropolis - Tunesia

This Phoenician city was probably abandoned during the First Punic War (c. 250 B.C.) and as a result was not rebuilt by the Romans. 
The remains constitute the only example of a Phoenicio-Punic city to have survived. 
The houses were built to a standard plan in accordance with a sophisticated notion of town planning. 

5 photos.

San Miguel de Tucumán - Argentina

San Miguel de Tucumán is the capital of the province of Tucumán and the largest city in northwestern Argentina with a population of 525,853. 
806,000 people live in the entire agglomeration around Tucumán, making it the fifth largest city in Argentina. 

5 photos.

Monday, December 28, 2020

Pont du Gard - France

The Pont du Gard was built shortly before the Christian era to allow the aqueduct of Nîmes (which is almost 50 km long) to cross the Gard river. 
The Roman architects and hydraulic engineers who designed this bridge, which stands almost 50 m high and is on three levels – the longest measuring 275 m – created a technical as well as an artistic masterpiece. 

5 photos

Phan Thiết - Vietnam

Phan Thiet is a city in Vietnam and is the capital of Bình Thuận province. 
Phan Thiet has an estimated 170,000 inhabitants. 

5 photos.

Sunday, December 27, 2020

Petra - Jordan

Inhabited since prehistoric times, this Nabataean caravan-city, situated between the Red Sea and the Dead Sea, was an important crossroads between Arabia, Egypt and Syria-Phoenicia.  
Petra is half-built, half-carved into the rock, and is surrounded by mountains riddled with passages and gorges. 
It is one of the world's most famous archaeological sites, where ancient Eastern traditions blend with Hellenistic architecture. 

5 photo's.

San Jose - USA

San Jose or San José is a city on the West Coast of the United States, in the state of California. 
Together with the cities of San Francisco and Oakland, it forms the San Francisco Bay Area metropolitan area. 

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Saturday, December 26, 2020

Painted Churches in the Troodos Region - Cyprus

This region is characterized by one of the largest groups of churches and monasteries of the former Byzantine Empire. 
The complex of 10 monuments included on the World Heritage List, all richly decorated with murals, provides an overview of Byzantine and post-Byzantine painting in Cyprus. 
They range from small churches whose rural architectural style is in stark contrast to their highly refined decoration, to monasteries such as that of St John Lampadistis. 

5 photos.

Cardiff - Wales

Cardiff is the capital and a unitary authority with the official title of city of Wales and the tenth city of the United Kingdom. 
The city is located in the south of Wales, on the Bristol Canal. 
The Taff flows through Cardiff. 

5 photos