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Photo by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz | Petra as illuminated by candlelight on a full moon. The ancient city was carved out of the narrow sandstone canyons of Jordan some 2,000 years ago. It flourished as major trading hub for camel caravans bearing frankincense from Oman to the Mediterranean. With the advent of Christianity, funerary customs changed and demand for frankincense collapsed, and Nabatean wealth along with it. To explore more of our world, follow @geosteinmetz.
Basalt Canyon, Iceland (Also named Stuðlagil Canyon). The geological structures are called columnar jointing – basalt lava turning into rock. The columns form perpendicular to the area of contact. When it happens underwater, you get little balls of rock that have those columns towards the center of the rock.
Roman ruins in Baalbek, Lebanon from above. The site is one of the most mysterious ruins of the Roman Empire, a monumental two-thousand-year-old temple to Jupiter that sits atop three thousand-ton stone blocks.
In Greek and Roman antiquity, it was known as Heliopolis. It still possesses some of the best-preserved Roman ruins in Lebanon, including one of the largest temples of the empire. The gods that were worshipped there (Jupiter, Venus, and Bacchus) were equivalents of the Canaanite deities Hadad, Atargatis.
The temple was commissioned by Roman Emperor Antoninus Pius and designed by an unknown architect and built close to the courtyard in front of the larger temple of the syncretic figure of Jupiter-Baal. The period of…Read more
The Siwa Oasis. The Siwa Oasis is an urban oasis in Egypt between the Qattara Depression and the Great Sand Sea in the Western Desert, nearly 50 km east of the Libyan border, and 560 km from Cairo. Thought to have been inhabited since Paleolithic and Neolithic times, the Siwa Oasis is one of Egypt’s most isolated settlements.
Mada’in Saleh (Cities of Saleh), is an archaeological site located in the north west of Saudi Arabia.
A majority of the remains date from the Nabatean kingdom (1st century CE).
The site constitutes the kingdom’s southernmost and largest settlement after Petra, its capital.
The Jaswant Thada. Located in Jodhpur, in the Indian state of Rajasthan, The Jaswant Thada was built by Maharaja Sardar Singh of Jodhpur State in 1899 in memory of his father, Maharaja Jaswant Singh II, and serves as the cremation ground for the royal family of Marwar.
Medinah, a city in western Saudi Arabia. In the city center, the vast Al-Masjid an-Nabawi (Prophet’s Mosque) is a major Islamic pilgrimage site.
Its striking Green Dome rises above the tombs of the Prophet Muhammad and early Islamic leaders Abu Bakr and Umar. The Masjid al-Qiblatain (Qiblatain Mosque) is known as the site where the Prophet Muhammad received the command to change the direction of prayer to Mecca.
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