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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Tasmania’s Museum of Old & New Art

Built on the site of a former winery on a scenic headland a short ferry ride down the Derwent River from Hobart, since opening in 2011, Tasmania’s MONA – Museum of Old & New Art – has surely become the most exciting privately funded art space and museum in Australia.  A must-visit destination for any first time visitor to Tasmania.

Below: The infamous Cloaca machine, that eats, digests and excretes daily.

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Red Fort of Agra

The Red Fort of Agra is an immense fortress-palace and was the seat of government of the Mughal Empire for much of its existence.  It sits not far from the Taj Mahal, near the banks of the Yamuna river.

Famously, it also served as the prison of the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan, imprisoned there by his own son Aurangzeb, the last of the Great Mughals.  The old Shah Jahan would stare out of the palace window towards the Taj Mahal, which he had ordered built in memory of his wife Murg Mumtaz.

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