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.
Photo by tasneemalsultan on instagram | 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.
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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After multiple attempts to capture Mount Fuji over the years, Ryosuke Kosuge (@rkrkrk) captured his dream shot. 🗻 “My photography style is ‘dense,’” says the photographer from Tokyo, “which predominantly captures lots of information and density.”
Yellow mountain in China, Huangshan. It is a mountain range in southern Anhui province in eastern China. Vegetation on the range is thickest below 1,100 meters, with trees growing up to the treeline at 1,800 meters.
Between Huangshan and ZhangJiaJie this is most likely why the Chinese character for mountain (山) consists of vertical pillars and isn\’t more triangular.
The historical evolution of the character 山 is documented through Wikipedia
The Loire Valley is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and spans 280 kilometres. Located in the middle stretch of the Loire River in central France, in both the administrative regions Pays de la Loire and Centre-Val de Loire. The area of the Loire Valley comprises about 800 square kilometres.
Prague, a popular tourist destination in Czech Republic, Europe. Nicknamed “the City of a Hundred Spires,” Prague is known for its Old Town Square, the heart of its historic core, with colorful baroque buildings, Gothic churches and the medieval Astronomical Clock, which gives an animated hourly show. Completed in 1402, pedestrian Charles Bridge is lined with statues of Catholic saints.
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