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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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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Prambanan, Indonesia

Prambanan temples, Indonesia

Prambanan is one of the largest Hindu temple complexes in South East Asia.  Built over a thousand years ago, it is a UNESCO World Heritage site and is located near the Javanese city of Yogyakarta.

Unfortunately a 2006 earthquake caused major damage to the site rendering much of it unstable and off-limit to visitors.