Sunday, July 21st, 2013 / Andrea
One of the archaeological and historical ancient Jordanian city is Petra. This city famous for its water conduit and reservation systems and its marvellous rock-cut architecture lies about 80 kilometers south of the Dead Sea on the eastern side of Wadi ‘Araba ‘s rift valley. This city is almost fully carved out of a specific rose coloured stone and hence acquired the name The Rose City. In 1985, it was named as one of UNESCO’s World Heritage Site and was even included in the list of the New Seven Wonders Of The World. Petra, was said to be inhabited by the settlers during the 6th century B.C. But later, it was abandoned due to the rule by the Romans dating back to the 4th century. It was then forgotten to the outer world. But in 1812, a Swiss explorer who saw some local tribes group in that area, followed them and thereby found and gave life to this city named Petra. Even the Indiana Jones film made Petra world over famous in the process of recovering the Holy Grail as a part of The movie.
Petra, known to be the capital city of Nabataeans, flourished in the business of trading of spices. It became famous for its hydraulic engineering systems and trade. Initially, Petra was occupied by the Edomites. These people had excellent writing capabilities. They year’s even highly skilled to work with the metals, ceramics, textile and were well known for their wisdom. In the next phase, these Edomites were forced to migrate into the southern Palestine region and the city was inhabited by the Nabataeans. During this time, the trade greatly flourished and even some new towns were established. They even built several monuments in a classical style that reflected their character, economy, tradition and spirits. Their greatest achievements were seen in the form of building larger conservatory systems for preserving water almost depicting and bringing in the concept of dams. After this phase, Petra was conquered by Pompey, the Roman General and it served as a buffer territory so as to border the city away from the desert nomads and other tribes. Though Petra moved through several hands, the city continued to flourish with rich tomb structures that were carved either out of the natural rocks or built to stand freely. Christianity became the region to be followed after.
Now, Petra which attracts visitors and is said to be the coolest city has various tourists places to be explored like the Tomb of Aaron, Siq ( the shaft ) formed by a split in the rocks of sandstone and Al-Khazneh, known as the treasury to be present inside the cliffs of the sandstone. There is even a mountain, named en-Nejr which brings several other tombs like the Urn Tomb into our vicinity.But on the whole though this site features many, it suffers from a series of threats like erosion due to flooding, collapse of few structures, no proper restoration measures and lack of care. Visit Petra and help to survive.
Tuesday, March 19th, 2013 / Andrea
Athens, one of the world’s oldest cities in recorded history of world is the capital of Greece country. Athens is also considered as ancient place where arts, learning and philosophy were prosperous. This place is home of finest scholar like Plato and Aristotle. Well organized Athens is referred as cradle of Western civilization. Civilization of Athens people introduces democracy and so it called as birth of democracy. Architecture, arts are furnished all over the history of country life. Athens is home to the National Archaeological Museum where it has ancient Greek antiquities are of larger collection. Architecture of city is bombarded with massive structure. Below are top five historic sites to visit in Athens.
- The Parthenon - dedicated to the maiden goddess Athena, whom the people of Athens considered their patron deity.
- Temple of Olympian Zeus - or usually called as Columns of the Olympian Zeus was dedicated to Zeus, king of the Olympian gods.
- The National Gardens of Athens - encloses some ancient ruins, tambourines and capital columns of Corinthian
- Philopappou Hill - breathtaking view of the Parthenon
- Hill of the Pnyx – small rocky hill, steps carved on its slope and it was used for popular assemblies in Athens.
- Panathenaic Stadium - athletic stadium that hosted the first modern Olympic Games and it was named after in honor of the Goddess Athena.
If you are planning to explore European historical place, then Athens suits the most as it was most ancient civilized city.
Thursday, February 21st, 2013 / Andrea
Brown’s Park provides shelter for migratory waterfowl, wintering elk and deer. For this reason, it is also called as Browns Park National Wildlife Refuge. With isolated mountain valley along the green river in Moffat County, Colorado encompass more than 25 miles in areas. This valley furnishes shelters for flora and fauna which are protected by severe storms. As refuge home for approximately 200 species of birds, 300 gosling and 2000 ducklings arrives here annually for their hatching. Rare species of Bald eagles can be observed in winter season. Brown’s park was first discovered by Major William Ashely in 1825 while accidently floated through on Green river. After the discovery, the Brown’s park has numerous human involvements in constructing building such as Irish canon, John Jarvie Homestead, Swinging Bridge, Historic Lodore Hall and Cemetery. So the Brown’s park isolated valley is has enormous flora and fauna life combine with 19th century historical buildings. Charm of Brown’s park is currently decorated with fishing, wildlife, camping, historical sites seeing. As visitor you will get chance for exploring natural life as well historical sites. Mountain View provide great ambience for recreation. Campaign, picnicking is allowed in the valley and they are economically viable. Fishing in Green river is greatest fun for people coming to Brown’s park and it next to highest entertainment of historical site visiting. Try to visit Brown’s park and you will get amazing experience of historical visit as well as various entertainment activities.
Sunday, January 20th, 2013 / Andrea
The Taj Mahal is white marble monument which got build by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his wife Mumtaz. Taj Mahal is located in Agra, Uttar Pradesh in India. It is accepted as one of the Seven Wonders of the World. It portrayed as Symbol of Love, as it shows immense intimacy between Shah Jahan and Mumtaz. The white marble structures constructed on the bank of Yamuna along with pillars and domes of Mughal architecture way, makes it more beautiful. Pearls, precious gemstones are embedded on the walls of the Taj Mahal and it makes so pretty and attractive.
The garden in front of galleries is spectacular as it makes mirage that nature beauty and architectural innovation. The four minarets present at the corner of the center dome provide gives three dimensional effect to the edifice. The Taj Mahal’s pure white marble glitters in the moonlight gives silver appearance , glows softly pink at dawn of setting Sun. UNESCO included Taj Mahal in 100 top historical momentum lists that one should visit in their life time. If you want to explorer world’s historical momentum then you should visit Taj Mahal at least once. As the monument situated in developing country –India, the travel cost will be economically viable for individual as well as family vacation plans. There are other monuments like historical Forts, situated very near to Taj Mahal, provides additional advantage for people who are interested in exploring more on architecture.
Friday, December 21st, 2012 / Andrea
One of the fabulous example of an interaction of a man with the nature has been carved in the form of the historical site named as Machu Picchu. This fascinating city, said to be 7000 feet above the sea level is located in southern Peru. This city is above the Urabamba valley and is between the Andean mountain range lying on a small hilltop. The rich fauna and flora in the Amazon basin is found on the eastern slopes of Andean mountain. A trip to this site is possible only by a train or through a trek of 4 days. In 1983, Machu Picchu was named as a World Heritage Site. It even came into the list of New Seven Wonders Of The World category based on 2007 survey.
The history behind this site is like, Inca Emperor which lasted between 1438-1472 built Machu Picchu as an estate. Nearly 1200 people were estimated to have lived in that area surveyed by the archaeologists. Hence, it became one of the Inca’s centre for culture.But it was abandoned due to the Spanish rule and was rediscovered in 1911. Hence, it is famously called as “Lost City Of Incas”. The Inca empire built terraces, giant walls and other ramps which puts up a picture of carving that has been formed naturally out on the rocks.
Machu Picchu has an outstanding architecture as the Incas used only the raw materials that were available naturally on that place.The trekking experience on this site is considered to be magical because of the surrounding. In this heritage site, all the structures are arranged in the orders of urban living, religion and agriculture. They are arranged in such a way that the important religious areas at the top of the hill. Little lower, are the buildings occupied by the civilian people. Finally the slopes remaining are covered up by the agricultural lands. As far as fauna is considered, several endangered species namely the spectacled bear has its home here and the rest includes otter, pampas cat, boa, Andean cock, long-tailed weasel, Andean condor etc. Even the valleys surrounding the Machu Picchu site was said to be cultivated for over 1000 years and occupied by people who where considered to incorporate the Inca culture, shown by the result of potato and maize cultivations.Preservation of this historical, archaeological and cultural site has been of a very major concern over the recent years because of the growing number of the tourists. We hope that it is prepared on a proper manner and remains the same for the next hundreds of years.