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Qasr Amra – A Desert Castle In Jordan

Located in Jordan Qasr Amra is a historic place that is quite famous amongst the tourists. What’s so interesting about this place? It’s basically a red limestone palace. This palace dates back to the 8th Century and is located east of Amman. As per history, this palace was constructed under the reign of Ommayyad Caliph Al-Walid.

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Qasr Amra is known by many other names, but the most popular ones are the Qasr Amra and Little Palace at Amra.When you walk downhill from the visitor’s area towards this modest architecture, it’s not really difficult to make out what all the fuss is about.

When you enter the main building into the main hall where all the parties, exhibitions, grand dinners and meetings were once held, it is absolutely underwhelming as the intense light from all around the desert eradicates the frescoes inside.

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But then gradually your eyes get accustomed to the light and you are further greeted by two bare-breasted women painted on the arches, with bowls of food or money against the blue background, draped in rich quality detailed work cloth.

These are not the usual styled images of the day; they belong to a religious canon of symbols and signs. Instead, they seem to be a unique attempt to capture daily reality and dissimilar to the geometric imagery that comes to be linked to an early Islamic art.

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When you go further there is a small doorway that leads through three small rooms that are made for the baths. The changing room (apodyterium) has a very diverse architecture, Qasr Amra has three blackened faces on the ceiling which depicts the three stages of a man’s life. Locals of this area believe that the central figure among the three is a representation of Christ. The left wall has a strange painting of a bear playing a banjo, along with a monkey applauding monkey which without any doubt seems to be some political narcissism of the day.

It should also be noted that Qasr Amra is not a residential area, nor it was ever intended to be occupied over the passage of time.

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The Colosseum, Rome, Italy

The most beautiful site in Rome can mesmerize you by its structure and beauty. You can find Colosseum and cannot remain unaffected by its beauty and the structure. Rome is a beautiful city and it has many recreational sites. The city is famous for its tourism and your tour is not complete if you have not visited Colosseum.

It is an oval amphitheater that is present at the center of the city in Rome, Italy. Colosseum is the largest amphitheater that is ever built. It is made of sand and concrete and the material used speaks of its beauty and its incredible structure. It is near Roman Forum and lies in the east. The construction of this amphitheater started in AD 72 under the rule of Vespasian. It was completed in AD 80. For a very long time the building was left as it is but with the passage of time, the suggestions were made to modify it. This led to the process of modifying the building under the rule of Domitian.Colosseum Rome (1)

Colosseum has a capacity of holding about 50,000 to 80,000 spectators and it is quite a large number of people that can be accommodated in the amphitheater. It also served for the theatrical performances where Classical mythology was reenacted. The famous battles were also shown and in this way it helped the people to hold a large number of audiences in one place. Unlike the Greek art and the theaters that were built into hillsides, the Colosseum Rome is entirely a free standing building. The arena is 83 meters by 48 meters and is comprised by a wooden floor. The hypogeum that you see now was not a part of the original building. The orders were given by Emperor Domitian to build the hypogeum. The contests were held in earlier times where the animals were kept in here before the contest began.

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 You can observe the damage in the building due to the natural disasters like earthquakes but still the building does not lose its importance as an iconic symbol of Imperial Rome. Colosseum also holds the prayers and every Friday the Pope leads a torchlit “Way of the Cross” procession. It starts in the area around Colosseum Rome.

So you should visit Rome and see it yourself the beauty that Colosseum holds. Your tour cannot be completed if you have not visited this place and experienced the great aesthetic art that it holds.

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7 Amazing Facts About Ayers Rock

Uluru, more famously called Ayers Rock after Sir Henry Ayers, is one of Australia’s most popular natural landmarks. The ancient monolith is formidable, to say the least, and has incredible statistics. The name Uluru is from Aboriginal tradition, and it is also the official name given to the landmark. Uluru refers to a rock that was formed some 600 million years ago, and has been inhabited by the Aborigines for the last 10 millennia! Originally, it was present at the bottom of the sea, but over the centuries it has attained a height of 348m.

Ayers Rock (2)Lying west of the Simpson Desert, it isn’t far from the Red Centre of Australia, and is 463 kilometres away from Alice Springs by road. Here are some fun facts about this impressive natural landmark which are bound to amaze you:

  • Only a small part of the monolith is above ground, the rest (around 2.5 km!) lies beneath it.
  • Even though it is huge, it still isn’t the largest monolith in the world – that title is held by Mount Augustus in Western Australia.
  • The Uluru is 348m above ground and over 860 meters above sea level – as a comparison, that’s taller than the Eiffel Tower in Paris. It has an equally impressive circumference of 9.4 kilometres, or 5.8 miles.
  • Uluru, was originally declared a national park in 1950; in 1956, both Mount Olga and Ayers Rock were taken from an Aboriginal reserve to create the national part. However, after 35 years of campaigning, the Anangu aborigines regained the rights to the Ayers Rock park as its traditional owners.
  • The Uluru and Kata Tjuta landmarks are the property of the Anangu to this day, and they lease it to Parks Australia since 1985 – the original leasing was an historic moment and is referred to as handback.
  • The landmark and the national park at Ayers Rock, it lies in are both a living cultural landscape. The Anangu reside in it according to their law, Tjukurpa, and keep both their culture and country strong. You may come across the Anangu people going about their daily life on your trip – dot painting, singing and dancing in their traditional way, recounting stories or gathering bush tucker.
  • The rock art present on Ayers rock dates back to at least five millennia, and is one of the representations of the Anangu’s living culture, the other being wooden crafts, body art, sand painting and modern artwork.

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Christ The Redeemer Statue, Rio, Brazil

Sometimes we normally call it Christ the Redeemer or sometime Cristo Redentor, it is located at somewhere in  Portuguese, a larger-than-life statuary of Jesus Christ with his arms outspread, a sign of peace that stands almost 40 meters high. The statuette is perched above Rio de Janeiro, at about 700-meter high Corcovado Mountain. It gives you spectacular views of downtown Rio de Janeiro, the bay or ocean, Sugarloaf Mountain, Copacabana beach, and Ipanema Beach. All these beautiful icon, surrounding and environment are located somewhere in the vicinity of Ipanema land and hometown. Continue reading

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Ashford Castle An Ancient Castle In Lough Corrib, Ireland

Ashford Castle has a long drawn history, for groping its details you will have to go back to several centuries’ right up to 1200. It is located about 45 miles north of Gal way on the west coast of Ireland. It is positioned on an isthmus stuck between Lough Corrib and Lough Mask and is surrounded by 350 acres of parkland.  The entrance to the forte, you will find a stone bridge protected by turrets at either side. The forte is of grey stone structure and is a combination of a Norman castle and French chateau, all completely renovated. Its formal and walled gardens extended out towards the loughs on either side. Continue reading

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Sagrada Familia A Catholic Church In Barcelona, Spain

Today we will take you on a round of Sagrada Familia sight which we believe it has its own importance in the history; and the one who likely to have more information about the history, we recommend them to pay a visit to this area for enhancing their knowledge or at least go through this article for keeping themselves abreast with the facts. Continue reading

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Amberley Castle, West Sussex

Amberley Castle is in a small village in West Sussex in the South East of England; it is located somewhere near the town of Arundel. The area is full building and high rise castle of 12 century or later. The architecture is of the unique nature with full of stonework, high rise curtain walls, tower, together with high rise main gateway, giving a fortress look. If you happened to be there, you will definitely feel amazing; feel more secure from your enemy in case you have. It gives you reminiscence of old emperor days which they used to construct for their safety and secure. Continue reading