World Heritage: Petra & Venice
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World Heritage: Kyoto & Isfahan
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Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto (Kyoto City, Uji City Otsu City) Japan - The ancient capital Kyoto is the focal point of traditional Japanese culture, and has survived a great many wars to bequeath to posterity a large number of historical buildings. Kyoto prospered as the capital of Japan for…
World Heritage: Florence & Vatican
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The Historic Center of Florence (Italy) - There were once a large number of great artists and architects working in Florence. The rich culture that matured in this area went on to flower as the Renaissance. Geniuses working in areas such as art and architecture competed to outdo each other…
Avignon—The Babylonian Captivity
Traveling now to France, contemplate the unusual history of Avignon as the 14th-century seat of the papacy--an era that created the medieval city we see today. Visit the extensive circuit of medieval walls, the great Romanesque cathedral with its splendid papal tombs, and the imposing buildings of the Palace Square.
World Heritage: Bukhara & Palmyra
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The Historic Center of Bukhara (Uzbekistan) - Situated on the Silk Road that passes east to west through Central Asia, the oasis city of Bukhara, offered traveling caravans a brief respite from their journey across the desert. The town Bukhara in Uzbekistan, Central Asia, once prospered as an important stop…
Dubrovnik—Pearl of the Adriatic
In its construction, this lovely medieval city and former maritime republic was intended to rival Venice. Enter through the perfectly preserved city walls and study the elaborate fortifications. Trace Dubrovnik's history of enlightened government as you visit elegant civic structures, churches, and the Sponza Palace, one of Dalmatia's most beautiful…
World Heritage: Salamanca & Evora
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The Old City of Salamanca (Spain)- When the Italian Renaissance's fresh winds of change swept into Salamanca in Spain, it evolved into a city of learning, adorned with historic structures. In the city of Salamanca, home to Spain's oldest university, there are a large number of historic structures including the…
Rothenburg—Jewel on the Romantic Road
In this beautifully preserved German medieval city, explore the imposing mansions of the city's former elite, the grand fountains, and the market square with its remarkable gothic Town Hall. Also visit St. Jakob's Church, a treasury of medieval and early Renaissance art, and walk the powerful bastions of the city…
World Heritage: Angkor & Mogao
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Angkor (Cambodia) - Angkor, situated near Tonle Sap Lake, is a precious city ruins that conveys to us the splendor of the Khmer Kingdom. Situated at the heart of the Khmer Kingdom that ruled over the Indochina Peninsula from the 9th Century to the 15th Century, Angkor is dotted with…
The Mysterious Etruscans
How much do you know about the Etruscans? Many people, even those who are fascinated by ancient history, are less familiar with this intriguing culture than with the history of Greece and Rome - but the story of the Etruscans is equally captivating and far more important than you may…
World Heritage: Palenque & Copan
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The Pre-Hispanic City and National Park of Palenque (Mexico) - There were a number of city-states in the Maya region, but the city that prospered most during the 7th and 8th Centuries AD was Palenque. Following the appearance of the city-state of Tikal, a number of other cities began to…
The Lost Tombs of the Thebes
Journey through a maze of private tombs buried in the foothills of Egypt to learn the real heritage of the pharaohs and how people lived 30 centuries ago.
The Hasmonean Kingdom
In this investigation of the Hasmoneans, meet individuals including the cruel king Alexander Jannaeus and his accomplished queen and widow, and examine the civil war between their successors. Then, meet their neighbors to the south: the Nabataeans, a desert people best known for the tombs cut into the cliff faces…