Established in 518 BC, Persepolis was the religious capital of the Persian Empire and it took about 100 years to build it, it soaring pillars, dazzling gold and glorious walls embellished with elaborate friezes reflected its enormous wealth. In 331 BC, Alexander the Great smashed it to the ground, as a vengeance of burning the Acropolis of the Athens, and it wasn’t dug out until the early 1930’s. Only pillars, archways and stairs remain of the once glorified palaces, but these are enough to prompt us about the might of the Persian Empire.
Red shrouded Petra was once the throne of the Nabataen Realm. At the melting point of east and west, the deserted city thrived as a trade centre until a devastating earthquake halted its essential waterways. It was left abandoned for more than Millennia, until a Swiss explorer: Johann Burckhardt rediscovered it in 1812. Coming via Siq- A long narrow canyon-is striking as well tombs (shot location for Indiana Jones and Last crusade) will completely stun you. Keep your wide open to encounter a Mystical monastery.
Found by a French Traveler – Henri Mouhot about 150 years ago. Angkor displays the architectural zenith of Khmer Empire. Inside a huge complex, there are numerous temples, including Angkor Wat, the gigantic stone heads of the Bayon at Angkor Thom and tumbledown Ta Prohm, brought to the limelight by Tomb Raider. It’s definitely worth exploring beyond these famous sites – may be the wilderness packed– to escape the crowds.
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