Historic Centres of Stralsund and Wismar
Historic Centres of Stralsund and Wismar

The medieval towns of Wismar and Stralsund are located on the Baltic coast of northern Germany. They were founded in the 13th century and by 14th and 15th centuries they had attracted the attention of the Hanseatic League. During this time, they became major trading hubs.

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You were not teleported to Germany; you are in Leavenworth, Washington!
You were not teleported to Germany; you are in Leavenworth, Washington!
Explore Szentendre, Hungary, on a Horse Driven Carriage!
Explore Szentendre, Hungary, on a Horse Driven Carriage!

Walking on the cobbled stones streets of Szentendre can be tiresome, so if you want to explore the picturesque town of Szentendre, the most enjoyable way is to ride a horse driven carriage!

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Manas Wildlife Sanctuary you gotta go here
Manas Wildlife Sanctuary you gotta go here

The name ‘Manas’ was derived from the goddess Manasa.The Manas Wildlife Sanctuary is home to the Manas Reserve Forest, and all of the North Kamrup Reserve Forest, the core of Manas Tiger Reserve, and the Western Assam Wildlife and North Kamrup. The Manas Sanctuary is noted for being an extensive tiger reserve.

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Sun Temple, Konârak. You gotta go here
Sun Temple, Konârak. You gotta go here

The Sun God Surya rides a 24-wheeled chariot that consists of symbolic designs and a team of 6 horses…sounds like a fun story out of an Indian Fairy, doesn’t? Well, not if you are a Hindu. This is serious religious stuff and you better take them seriously lest you offend the polite Hindus.

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Group of Monuments at Mahabalipuram
Group of Monuments at Mahabalipuram

The Pallava Kings of the Coromandel Coast left an indelible mark in the Indian History. The kings carved out of the rock what is said to be some of the most awe inspiring sanctuaries in India between the 7th and 8th centuries. The Mahabalipuram Complex is part of the extensive Coromandel Coast whose landscape is dotted with ‘rathas’ or temples in form of Chariots, ‘mandapas’ or cave sanctuaries, the Temple of Rivage, giant open air reliefs and thousands of sculptures glorifying Shiva

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Taj Mahal you gotta go here
Taj Mahal you gotta go here

This destination is a must visit for the romantics at heart. It inspires one to love his/her spouse/fiancé more.

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Ellora Caves you gotta go here
Ellora Caves you gotta go here

The Ellora Caves complex comprises of 34 monasteries and temples. They are located on a high basalt cliff, not far from Aurangabad in Maharashtra. They extend over a distance of 2 kilometers and were carved out over a period of 400 years from AD 600 to 1000.

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Ajanta Caves
Ajanta Caves

Back in the 2nd and 1st centuries BC, the first Buddhists cave appeared in Ajanta. This trend will extend to the Gupta period in the 5th and 6th centuries AD. The much later caves were more richly decorated than the original group. For several centuries, the paintings and sculptures in Ajanta influenced the India and Java. They are considered masterpieces of the Buddhist religious art.

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Agra Fort you gotta go here
Agra Fort you gotta go here

The Mughal Empire disappeared in the 16th century, but Taj Mahal and Agra Fort remains as stark reminders of the civilization. The majestic huge fortress encompasses a 2.5 kilometers long enclosure of walls surrounding several palaces that were home to the Mughal Rulers.

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Archaeological Sites of Mycenae and Tiryns you gotta go here
Archaeological Sites of Mycenae and Tiryns you gotta go here

The Archaeological Sites of Mycenae and Tiryns represent the best of Mycenaean Civilization. Note that the Mycenaean Civilization would later give rise to most of the European cultures that include classical Greek Architecture and urban designs.

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Archaeological Site of Aigai (modern name Vergina) you gotta go here
Archaeological Site of Aigai (modern name Vergina) you gotta go here

The Archaeological Site of Algai is located in the Prefecture of Imathia, Region of Central Macedonia in Greece. Inside the site, you will find the ancient city of Algai, the first capital of the Kingdom of Macedonia. It was discovered in the 19th century in northern Greece near Vergina.

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Pythagoreion and Heraion of Samos you gotta go here
Pythagoreion and Heraion of Samos you gotta go here

In the 6th century BC, Samos was the leading maritime and mercantile power in Greece. Its importance is reflected in the extent of wealth in the archaeological remains that lies undisturbed by the subsequent development in the site. Samos includes two outstanding features: The ancient city of Pythagoreion and the Classical Temple of Heraion.

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Monasteries of Daphni, Hosios Loukas and Nea Moni of Chios you gotta go here
Monasteries of Daphni, Hosios Loukas and Nea Moni of Chios you gotta go here

Daphni Monastery is located in Attica, about 11 kilometers from Athens while Hossios Luckas monastery is located in Phocis about 67 kilometers from Athens and Nea Moni monastery is located in the heart of the island of Chios.

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Delos you gotta go here
Delos you gotta go here

The Greek Island of Delos is a unique example of Aegean civilization in the 3rd century BC. In the Palaeo-Christian era the island was the seat of bishopric of Cyclades which reigned over Mykonos, Keos, Syros, Kythnos and Seriphos.

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Archaeological Site of Olympia you gotta go here
Archaeological Site of Olympia you gotta go here

Olympia is an outstanding testimony of the Ancient civilization of Peloponnesos. Human settlement in Olympia dates back to Middle Helladic and Mycenaean periods. The city was consecrated to Zeus and was a major sanctuary from 10th century BC to 4th century AD, a period that corresponds to the heydays of Olympia.

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Archaeological Site of Mystras you gotta go here
Archaeological Site of Mystras you gotta go here

Mystras, also referred to as the ‘Wonder of the Morea’ was an amphitheater built around a fortress that was erected by Prince of Achaia, William of Villehardouin in 1249. As fate would have it, the fortress was conquered by Byzantines and then by Turks and again by Venetians. It was abandoned in 1832 and in its wake; the beautiful medieval ruins were left standing in a beautiful landscape.

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Sanctuary of Asklepios at Epidaurus you gotta go here
Sanctuary of Asklepios at Epidaurus you gotta go here

The Archaeological site of Epidaurus sprawls over several levels in the inner Argolid Valley in Greece. The rocky heights are thinly covered with meager vegetation of the Mediterranean Scrub. One of the most pronounced sight of the Epidaurus is the Sanctuary of Apollo Maleatas....

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Paleochristian and Byzantine Monuments of Thessalonika you gotta go here
Paleochristian and Byzantine Monuments of Thessalonika you gotta go here

Of all the Christian monuments that you are going to find in Greece, perhaps the ones in Thessalonika should get your attention. The churches were built according to central, basilica and intermediary plans.

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Mount Athos you gotta go here
Mount Athos you gotta go here

Mount Athos has been an Orthodox spiritual center since 1054. The region has enjoyed autonomy since Byzantine period. Dubbed the ‘Holy Mountain’, Mount Athos was forbidden to Children and Women. The mountain is home to a series of monasteries, 20 of which houses about 1400 monks. The Holy Mountain was has had some influence to far flung areas of Russia. The School of painting was also a major influence in Orthodox art.

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Meteora you gotta go here
Meteora you gotta go here

Meteora is Greece for ‘Suspended in the air’. It is a group of monasteries that take you back to the artistic architectural marvels where people would go for retreat, prayer and meditation.

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Medieval City of Rhodes you gotta go here
Medieval City of Rhodes you gotta go here

From 1309 to 1523, the Medieval City of Rhodes was occupied by the Order of St. John of Jerusalem. Later, it would come under the influence of Turks, and then Italian rule. Notable buildings in this city include the Great Hospital, the Street of the Knights and the Palace of the Grand Masters.

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Archaeological Site of Delphi you gotta go here
Archaeological Site of Delphi you gotta go here

The archaeological site of Delphi is literary a mind boggling artistic phenomena. Its terraces, treasuries, temples and other modular elements form a strong expression of physical and moral values of a great Pan Hellenic sanctuary.

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Acropolis, Athens you gotta go here
Acropolis, Athens you gotta go here

The Acropolis of Athens is a supreme expression of architectural adaptation. It has exerted influence in Greco-Roman era and further afield in the Mediterranean World. It is considered an exemplary model of the Great Athens.

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Temple of Apollo Epicurius at Bassae you gotta go here
Temple of Apollo Epicurius at Bassae you gotta go here

The Temple of Apollo Epicurius at Bassae is an outstanding example of a Hellenic votive Sanctuary located in a rural setting. The artistic achievement displayed at this temple is reminiscent of the Hellenic era. Remarkable archaic features such as elongated surface with 15 columns and a façade with 6 columns represent daring innovations that were used by the Ionic and Corinthian Orders

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