Temple of Hephaestus – Greece

The Temple of Hephaestus may be the best preserved ancient temple in Greece. It is located about 500 meters northwest of the Acropolis in Athens and was dedicated to Hephaestus, the ancient god of fire and Athena, the goddess of pottery and crafts. It is believed to have been built around 450 B. C.  …

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Museum of Cham Sculpture

The Museum of Cham Sculpture is located in Da Nang, Vietnam and is the only museum in the world completely dedicated to the Champa era. The museum was founded in 1915 and displays almost 300 works of art ranging from the 7th to the 15th centuries. This post is a follow-up to my post on…

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Cham archeological site at Mỹ Sơn – Vietnam

The Cham archeological site at Mỹ Sơn is a Hindu religious site that is located near Hoi An and close to Da Nang, Vietnam. The Mỹ Sơn complex dates from the 4th to the 13th centuries and was the central worship complex of the Champa people. There are around 50 remaining Cham sites dotted over…

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Elephanta Caves – India

Elephanta Caves are located near Mumbai, India on Elephanta Island in the middle of Mumbai Harbour. The island is 10 Km (6.2 miles) from the Gateway of India and can only be reached by taking a one hour long ferry ride. There are a total of seven caves that make up the Elephanta Caves and…

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Original Olympic Site – Greece

The first Olympic Games were held in 776 BC and reached their height of popularity in 576 BC. The original Olympic Site was in Olympia, Greece and games were banned in 394 AD by emperor Theodosius II because they were pagan and the temples were destroyed. The events in the original Olympic Games included foot…

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Pantheon – Italy

The Pantheon is one of the best preserved monuments remaining from ancient Rome. It was completed between 126 and 128 A.D. during the reign of Emperor Hadrian. The name “Pantheon” is derived from the Greek words “pan” meaning “all” and “theos” meaning “gods” so the meaning of the name Pantheon is “all gods”. Plaza and…

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Royal Tomb of Khai Dinh – Vietnam

Khai Dinh was the 12th Emperor of the Nguyen Dynasty in Vietnam. The Royal Tomb of Khai Dinh is located on the Chau Chu Mountain near Hue, Vietnam. It was built from 1920 to 1931 taking 11 years to complete. The tomb complex is built on the hillside and is separated into 5 levels leading…

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Delphi Archaeological Site – Greece

The archaeological site of Delphi is located near the city of Delphi, Greece and is the second most important complex of ancient Greece after the Acropolis of Athens. This site is where many political decisions were taken for the consultation of the Oracle. No colony was founded in the Mediterranean without the consent of the…

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Roman Forum – Italy

The Roman Forum was the original downtown of Rome. It consisted of temples, government buildings and markets. The portion of the original Roman Forum that remains today provides just a hint of this historic site. The surviving remains are a mixture of triumphal arches, once important buildings, standing columns and unidentified relics lying tumbled on…

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Sukhothai Historical Park – Thailand

Between Bangkok and Chiang Mai is an ancient Thai capital full of ruins and evidence of its one-time glory as the Kingdom’s capital. The ancient city of Sukhothai was the first unified kingdom of Siam and was founded in 1238. Prior to this the area was governed by the Khmer empire of Angkor. The Sukhothai…

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Acropolis Of Athens – Greece

The Acropolis of Athens is a must see when visiting Athens. It is the most important center of ancient Greece and represents the birthplace of democracy. An acropolis refers to a complex built on a high hill or high point so the Acropolis of Athens is literally a complex built on a high point in…

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Ta Prohm – Cambodia

Ta Prohm is part of the Angkor complex that most people know as Angkor Wat. Ta Prohm is such a small portion of the Angkor complex that it normally would not get much attention but there are two things that made it one of the top points of interest to visitors coming to see the…

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