Valley of the Kings, Luxor, Egypt
Corfu - Old Town - Sun Rise - First Light
This 'island on a stick' is called a tombolo and was until recently an elite luxury hotel under the name of Aman Sveti Stefan.
Apollonia of Illyria was founded in the 7th Century BC and served as an important centre of learning philosophy and education.
Amantia - founded 5th Cent BC, was the ancient Greek capital of the Illyrian tribe of Amantes in Epirus.
Antigonea was the chief inland city of the ancient Chaonians within the Epirus region.
Butrint on the border of Greece and Albania, located in the ancient island city that was occupied for over a thousand years.
A natural fresh water spring located between Saranda and Gjirokastër which forms the beginning of a clear water river. The light blue colour of the pool surrounded by a deeper blue gives the impression of an eye - hence its name.
The water rises from deep underground while maintaining a constant flow all year round and holds an average temperature of 10 degrees which some brave souls were happy to dive into, but were quicker to leave. Most offered a toe or a foot and watched as they turned blue as well.
The Spring has a depth of over 50 metres but its actual depth remains unknown as divers face extreme high pressures of fast flowing and intensely cold waters rising up from below.
The remains of five large trees surround the pool each in varying states of decay - it is said that these were originally five elemental guardians placed around the pool by Gaia, the Earth Mother, to look after the pool. The large number of constant visitors, commercial traffic have led to their demise and now only trunks and off cuts remain around the pool.
Stobi is an archeological site in the centre of the Macedonia region, known originally as the ancient town Paeonia and later becoming the Roman province of Macedonia Salutaris.
Established somewhere in the Archaic period, it became annexed around 200 BC by Philip V of Macedon. Covering an area of around 25,000 square meters, the town was a significant economic trading centre. This was due to its strategic geographical position resting at the junction of two rivers and close to the main road connecting the Danube region and the Aegean Sea,
The first historic record was in 197 BC, by the historian Livy, narrating the victory of Philip V of Macedon over the Dardani. Perseus, the last of the Antigonid dynasty kings, was defeated in 168 BC by a Roman invasion. The region was divided into four independent republics, and after 20 years was united as the territory of Macedonia became a Roman province.
The amphitheatre, in its prime, was large enough to seat 7638 people. Much of the original seating has been ripped out, as other building projects required marble to be redistributed to more important buildings around the area.
The Bay of Bones is a reconstruction of a prehistoric lake pile dwelling settlement on the archeological site of Plocha Mikov Grad at Lake Ohrid. It was discovered by divers finding numerous preserved wooden piles of up to 5 metres in depth below the water. The site is thought to have been occupied during the late Bronze Age and well into the Iron Age with numerous ceramic pots and stone artifacts having been found around the site amongst a huge number of animal bones, hence the name given to it.
Pamukkale is best known for its gleaming white calcite travertines (terraces) overrunning with warm, mineral-rich waters on the mountain above the village – ‘Cotton Castle' (in Turkish).
Just above the numerous pools and ledges lies the vast ruins of Hierapolis with its massive Amphitheatre, a Roman and Byzantine spa city famously known throughout the Roman Empire.
Temple of Apollo - Didyma, Turkey.
Prislop Monastery, former home to the Wise Priest, Arsenie Boca.
The Trajan Roman capital of Sarmizegetusa Ulpia founded in AD. 106 by replacing the former Dacian capital of the same name destroyed during the Roman conquest.
Sarmizegetusa Regia is one of the oldest, most important and most mysterious historical attractions in Romania. The capital of ancient Dacia formed the centre of the Dacian defensive system long before the Roman conquest from the 2nd century AD. Its remote location increased its strategic, political, military, economic, and spiritual importance. Founded in the second half of the 1st century BC, the capital was strongly fortified with stone walls and had direct access to vast iron resources.
The ancient site began with moving of the capital from Argedava to Sarmizegetusa Regia by Burebista in the Cent BC and reached its greatest development under King Decebalus up until the end of 1st Century, before the Roman conquest from the early 2nd century AD. The victorious Romans extended the fortifications three times larger than before but abandoned the area after building their new capital at Ulpia Traiana Sarmizegetusa.
Very few ruins remain today from the ancient Dacian capital and are the result of archaeological research from the 20th century which revealed three differing structures: the sacred area, the fortifications, and the civil housing area. The discoveries included sophisticated water supply systems, ceramics, thousands of iron objects – indicate the life of a flourishing ancient community.
Most of the remaining areas are modern reconstructions rather than revealed architecture, some fragments of the fortification walls from Roman times and a 200 meters segment from the paved road that linked this part to the sacred area. The ruins of seven temples, two circular and five rectangular, and one monumental altar for sacrifices shed some light on the rich spiritual life of the Dacians.
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