The Monastery, Petra

Rivalling Al Khazneh 0r the Treasury in terms of sheer impressiveness, the Monastery is larger, but has a less elaborate facade.

The ancient Nabateans sure knew how to carve.

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Desert landscape, Petra

The remarkable desert landscape and rock formations of Petra, Jordan.  An incredible site for a city hewn out of rock by the mysterious Nabatean people.

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Al Khazneh, Petra

Petra’s magnificent Al Khazneh or Treasury, Jordan.

Carved by the mysterious, pre-Christian, pre-Islamic Nabatean people, the building’s purpose as a tomb belies its popular name.

Two thousand years of erosion and vandalism have barely dulled its ability to amaze and astonish.

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Port Arthur, Tasmania

Port Arthur prison colony is one of Australia’s most impressive physical reminders of its convict past.  Set on the scenic Tasman peninsula, it must have been the site of great convict hardship and suffering during the 19th century.

The eeriness and emotional power of the site is further heightened by the tragic events of April 1996, when a lone gunman committed the worst single-shooter mass killing in Australian history there.

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Where the cafe once stood and where a dozen people lost their lives in 1996, is now a simple memorial garden.  It felt like the eeriest place on the entire site.

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Rozelle Tram Depot, Sydney

Sydney used to have one of the largest metropolitan tram fleets in the world.  This all changed in the 1950s when trams were progressively replaced with buses.

Rozelle Tram Depot still houses six of the original trams that used to run on the network, though they are woefully neglected and have been subject to extensive vandalism and graffiti over the years.

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