Friday 5: Ancient Civilizations

Although tourism is not my motivation for going to different countries, I have climbed an unusual number of pyramids and marveled at a long list of historic temples. This week I gathered some of the photos in one spot to share with you.

1. Undavalli Cave Temples, India. Four-story caves/Hindu temples, which have also been used as rest houses by Buddhist monks. Dated to CE 420-620.

Undavalli Cave Temple

Andhra Pradesh, India; September 2010

Undavalli Cave Temple

View from inside the temple

2. Petra, Jordan.A city with architecture cut into pink rock, established around 6th century BCE.

Petra, Jordan, May 2010

The monastery of Petra; May 2010

3. Teotihuacan, Mexico. Important city of Mesoamerica, established around 100 BCE but possibly in use till the 7th or 8th century CE.


The Basin of Mexico; May 2011

4. Tikal, Guatemala. A political, economic, and military stronghold of the pre-Columbian Mayans.

Tikal from above the canopy; November 2009

Tikal from above the canopy; November 2009


Why is today's architecture so boring and boxy?

5. Pyramids of Giza, Egypt. Need I say more? Well, yes, actually. While the pyramids have the wow-factor in their scale, I found the heiroglyphs and statues in the temples of Luxor in southern Egypt more enthralling.

Oh Egypt. February 2008

4 Responses to “Friday 5: Ancient Civilizations”

  1. 1 KatiesCameraBlog October 7, 2011 at 4:15 pm

    Thank you for these. All great places.of wonder.

  2. 2 Badpanda22 October 7, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    Wow! What a great post! You have been to all the places that I would love to go too! Thanks for sharing this :)

  3. 3 paindecompagne October 8, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    I reaaaally like these. Thanks for posting!! It’s such inspiration to continue traveling — there’s so much learning to do!

  4. 4 RogueAnthropologist October 8, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    I’m glad y’all enjoyed the photos. Four out of the five sites have been listed as UN World Heritage Sites! (Undavalli Caves are the site that haven’t been.)

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