Foto Friday – Great Buildings

Happy Friday! Please enjoy a few images of some of the world’s great buildings:

Burj Khalifa, Dubai

Burj Khalifa, Dubai

The Burj Khalifa in Dubai is the world’s tallest building. Click to read more about this building.

Hagia Sophia, Istanbul

Hagia Sophia, Istanbul

The historic Hagia Sophia was built as a church in the 6th century, then converted to a mosque under the Ottomans. Today it is a museum. Click to read more about Hagia Sophia.

Hassan II Mosque, Casablanca

Hassan II Mosque, Casablanca

The Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca, Morocco is the largest mosque in Africa and its minaret is the world’s tallest. The building is exquisitely beautiful, inside and out. Casablanca is a commercial hub, with little of interest to tourists, but this mosque is a must see. Since the international airport is in Casablanca, most visitors spend their first night there. All of our tours include a stop at the mosque, before heading out to see the rest of the country.

the Temple of Hatshepsut, Luxor, Egypt

the Temple of Hatshepsut, Luxor, Egypt

This is the mortuary temple of one of ancient Egypt’s very few female pharaohs, Hatshepsut. The design is unusual for Egyptian temples. Don’t miss it if you’re in the Luxor area.

Holy Sepulchre Church, Jerusalem, photo by Noam Chen, courtesy of Israel Ministry of Tourism

Holy Sepulchre Church, Jerusalem, photo by Noam Chen, courtesy of Israel Ministry of Tourism

The Church of the Holy Sepulchre was originally built in the 4th century. It encloses what the builders believed to be the tomb of Jesus. Click to read more.

the Parthenon, Athens

the Parthenon, Athens

The Parthenon on the Athens acropolis is one of the most influential buildings in western architecture.

the Treasury, Petra, Jordan

the Treasury, Petra, Jordan

El Khazneh or The Treasury in Petra is the first thing you see as you enter Petra through a narrow canyon. Click to read more.

the Royal Opera House of Muscat, Oman

the Royal Opera House of Muscat, Oman

The stunning opera house in Muscat is worth a visit even if you can’t catch a performance. Click to read more.

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi

This place is sublime.

 

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