A search for lost cities – Deir al-Kattar al-Byzanti

Kattar

Lisan Peninsula – Jordan
The Lisan Peninsula is a massive salt layer accumulated in the inner part of the Dead Sea’s precursory lakes. This tongue-shaped, emergent land results in a salt diapir uplifted in the Dead Sea strike-slip regional stress field and modified by the water level fluctuations of the last lake during the Holocene. Today this is an eery and desolate world, but during the early Byzantine period Christian monks settled in the Lisan, where they built monasteries and hermitages, often making use of the natural caves.

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Guest Post: Best Things to Do in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka
Since the days of yore, Sri Lanka has marveled travelers with its ethereal beauty and rich culture. No wonder Marco Polo termed it as ‘the finest island in the whole world’. Today, centuries after the first tourists landed on the island, the amazing biodiversity, picturesque landscapes and interesting culture continues to lure people from across the globe, all hungry to soak up the wonder that is Sri Lanka.

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Citadel of Qaitbay – Popular Attraction in Alexandria

Fort

Alexandria – Egypt
The Qaitbay Citadel in Alexandria is considered one of the most important defensive strongholds, not only in Egypt, but also along the Mediterranean Sea coast. It formulated an important part of the fortification system of Alexandria in the 15th century AD. It was established by the sultan Al Ashraf Abou Alnasr Seif Eldin Qaitbay Alzahiry and situated at the entrance of the eastern harbor on the eastern point of the Pharos Island.

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Library of Alexandria – Old & New

Library

Alexandria – Egypt
The Ancient Library of Alexandria in Egypt was one of the largest and most significant libraries of the ancient world. It was dedicated to the Muses, the nine goddesses of the arts. It flourished under the patronage of the Ptolemaic dynasty and functioned as a major center of scholarship from its construction in the 3rd century BC until the Roman conquest of Egypt. With collections of works, lecture halls, meeting rooms, and gardens, the library was part of a larger research institution called the Musaeum of Alexandria, where many of the most famous thinkers of the ancient world studied.

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Lebanon’s Forts & Castles – Byblos Castle

Byblos Castle

Byblos – Lebanon
The ancient city of Byblos, one of the oldest towns in the world, dating back at least 7,000 years had seen the rise and fall of nearly two dozen successive civilizations making this site one of the richest archeological areas in the country. Its a home to a medieval Roman port, which is one of the city’s tourist hubs, Byblos Castle, built by the crusaders in the 12th century and some other attractions including Egyptian temples, Phoenician Royal Necropolis and the Roman amphitheater.

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Lebanon’s Forts & Castles – Mseilha Fort

Mseilha Fort

Batroun – Lebanon
Located in Lebanon near the city of Batroun is the Mseilha Fort. The fort was built during the medieval times overlooking the Nahr El Jawz valley and is also called as the “Puy du Connetable”. The fort was originally built by the Crusaders in the Middle Ages and was rebuilt in the 17th century by Emir Fakhreddine II to protect the road from Tripoli to Beirut.

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Pyramids of Egypt – Abusir Pyramids

Abusir

Abusir – Egypt
The necropolis of Memphis, the Old Kingdom’s capital, stretches 30km along the Nile including Abu-Rawash, Giza, Zawyet el-Aryan, Abu Ghurab, Abusir, Dahshur and Saqqara. Abusir, whose ancient name was Per-Usire or “Place of Osiris”, is the location of several pyramids from the 5th Dynasty and two solar or sun-temples. The complex is approximately 1.5 kilometer square and sits on a sedimentary plateau several kilometers north of Saqqara and, like it, served as one of the main elite cemeteries for the ancient Egyptian capital city of Memphis.

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Pyramids of Egypt – Step Pyramid at Saqqara

Step Pyramid

Saqqara – Egypt
The Great Step Pyramid Complex at Saqqara is one of those superstars of Egyptian monuments that is almost always on the itinerary of antiquity tours to Egypt, and for good reason. Few monuments hold a place in human history as significant as that of this Pyramid. It can be said without exaggeration that the Step Pyramid complex constitutes a milestone in the evolution of monumental stone architecture, both in Egypt and in the world as a whole.

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Pyramids of Egypt – Meidum Pyramid

Meidum Pyramid

Meidum – Egypt
At Meidum, 50 km south of Dashur, King Snefru (the first king of the 4th Dynasty) built Egypt’s first true, or straight-sided, pyramid. Because of its remoteness, it is not seen as part of the Memphite necropolis, which stretches from Abu Rawash to Dashur, even though one pyramid and several mastabas have been built there during the Old Kingdom.

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