Now for this episode –
All the clues in this post refer to one Ya’lla Tours destination: Bahrain, Cuba, Egypt, Greece, Israel, Jordan, Morocco, Oman, Turkey, or United Arab Emirates.
We’ll show you images of popular tourist sites in our mystery country, along with descriptions of those sites.
We would love to see your guesses in the comments section. We’ll be especially impressed if you identify the specific sites described and pictured in the clues.
The waterway pictured below runs through the largest city of our mystery country and separates Europe from Asia. Cruises along this waterway to view the extraordinary skyline, grand palaces, charming seaside villas and ancient fortresses are a popular tourist activity.
About 2,500 years ago, an obscure little kingdom existed briefly in the mountainous south-eastern part of our mystery country. High atop a local mountain, a king of that kingdom built the funerary complex and sanctuary to the gods pictured below. That king is believed to be buried in the man-made mound behind the seated, colossal statues in the top left picture below.
Pictured below are members of the Mevlevi Order of Sufi Islam. This mystical group practices a sacred dance ritual known as a Sema. The dancers spin on one foot and rotate around a center point in the room as a way to mystically connect with the spinning of all things in the universe. The Mevlevi Order was founded in a city in the south-central part of our mystery country. Tourists can view the Sema ritual in its founding city and in other cities across the country.
Can you name that country?
Check back for the next episode of Name That Country (episode 12) for the answers.