Colosseum, Coliseum or Flavian Amphitheatre are all names denoting this spectacular object of great archaeological significance, right in the ancient heart of the eternal city, Rome. Intended for pompous spectacles, it was built in the 1st century, its construction heavily relying on the loot gained from the Jewish Temple during the Siege of Jerusalem.
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Who were Nabataeans? This mysterious folk has been puzzling historians to this very day. History says they were a nomadic people whose empire extended across modern-day Yemen into Sinai Desert. However, no one can be certain about this. Probably the most perplexing trait of Nabataeans’ history is a complete lack of written evidence despite their widespread literacy. It is believed that almost every person, including shepherds, could read and write!
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The city of Rio de Janeiro owes its very special, exotic feel to the city’s wondrous, flattering surroundings, that oftentimes give spectators the impression of being in the middle of a film, right in front of a fabulous backdrop. Daylight brings you a somewhat misty view of the seafront, lush green forests and mountains, while at night it is the stars and flickering city lights that make the scene so spectacular.
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A fifteenth century Inca site, Machu Picchu rests 7,970 feet above sea level on top of the Andes ridge above the Sacred Valley. Surrounded on three sides by the Urubamba River and protected by the mountain peak and tropical forest, the city remained unknown to the rest of the world until the twentieth century. It is situated in the centre of the network of Inca sites and trails, some 50 miles northwest of Cusco in Peru.
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In a seemingly empty desert setting on the Giza plateau, sits the only remaining structure of the original Seven Wonders of the World, the Great Pyramid of Giza. The Giza Necropolis, however, comprises not only the Great Pyramid (the Pyramid of Khufu), but also the Pyramid of Khafre and the Pyramid of Menkaure, as well as the Great Sphinx, numerous ancient cemeteries, as well as a more recently discovered workers’ village, which housed the labourers employed to build the pyramids.
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