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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Hagia Sophia, Istanbul

Hagia Sophia.  Santa Sophia.  Aya Sofya.  Church of Holy Wisdom.  Has any other church in the world been witness to so many monumental events in history?  The eruption of the Great Schism.  The sacking of Constantinople by the Crusaders.  The fall of the Byzantine Empire to the Ottoman Turks.

Rebuilt many times over the years, this landmark of architecture is now a museum, constantly being restored.

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Arabic calligraphy, Taj Mahal

Taj Mahal calligraphy

Detail of the inlaid marble calligraphy gracing the walls of the Taj Mahal.  The synthesis of Persian, Islamic and Indian design into a unique style that we now call Mughal reached its apex here, justifiably making the Taj Mahal one of the most awe-inspiring and beautiful buildings in the world.  Agra, India.