Beidha – Neolithic Settlement near Famous Petra

Beidha

Beidha – Jordan
The Neolithic village of Beidha, located next to Siq al-Barid (few kilometers north of Petra), was occupied from 7200 BC to 6500 BC, in the first half of Pre-Pottery Neolithic era. It is well known among archaeologists as a site that displays many of the most important attributes of settled village life at a very early time. Diana Kirkbride excavated Beidha in the late 50s and early 60s, with a final field season in 1983. Her findings at the site have been used to define the cultural period known as the Pre-Pottery Neolithic B.

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Alexandria – “The Pearl of the Mediterranean”

Alexandria

Alexandria – Egypt
Alexandria, known as “The Pearl of the Mediterranean”, is the second largest city in Egypt after Cairo, extending about 32 km along the coast of the Mediterranean Sea in the north central part of the country. It is Egypt’s largest seaport, serving approximately 80% of Egypt’s imports and exports. The city is an important industrial center but also is a main summer resort and tourist attraction, due to its public and private beaches and ancient history and Museums, especially the Bibliotheca Alexandria, based on reviving the ancient Library of Alexandria.

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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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