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Toniná Pyramid
Mexico

Toniná: Exploring the Lost Pyramid City

Overlooking the Valley of Ocosingo in the state of Chiapas is one of Mesoamerica’s largest and most unique structures. The Toniná Pyramid consists of seven tiers, many of which are home to temples, palaces

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Visiting Mayapán Ruins
Mexico

Mayapán: The Last of the Great Mayan Cities

Located about 50 km south of Mérida, Mayapán could be considered the last of the great Mayan capitals. But despite its historical importance, the site remains well off the tourist trail. What makes Mayapán unique is

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Subotica Guide
Serbia

Touring the Art Nouveau Architecture of Subotica

Right along the border with Hungary is one of Serbia’s most endearing towns. Subotica has long had more Hungarians than Serbs, and their influence over the area’s architecture remains clear. Many of the remarkable

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Zemun Top Things to Do in Belgrade
Serbia

Top 5 Things to Do in Belgrade

Belgrade, a bustling city with nearly 2 million people, is both the capital of the Republic of Serbia and the largest city in the Balkans. While the city has something for everyone, the

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Sarajevo Architecture Guide
Bosnia & Herzegovina

Sarajevo Architecture: The Ultimate Guide

As cliché as it may sound, Sarajevo is truly a city where East meets West. Walking around Bosnia & Herzegovina’s bustling capital, you’ll find medieval mosques standing side by side with Central European

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Things to Do in Mostar Guide
Bosnia & Herzegovina

Mostar: The Ultimate Guide

Mostar is arguably Bosnia & Herzegovina’s most scenic destination, and its rapidly increasing tourism numbers reflect that. The picturesque Old Town was largely developed in the Ottoman era before suffering heavy damage during

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Kotor Fortress Kotor Guide
Montenegro

Kotor: The Ultimate Guide

If you could only choose one destination to visit in Montenegro, make it Kotor. Nestled between Lovcen Mountain and the fjord-like Bay of Kotor, it’s undoubtedly the country’s most scenic town – and

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Gjirokastër Guide
Albania

Gjirokastër: The Ultimate Guide

Gjirokastër is arguably Albania’s most magical town. While Greco-Roman cities had long flourished at the valley floor, the hillside city we see today was largely established during the Ottoman era. Thanks to its

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Ani Guide
Turkey

Ani: A Guide to the Lost Armenian Capital

Currently situated within Turkey’s borders, the ancient Armenian capital of Ani is one of the region’s most interesting archaeological sites. Once home to 100,000 people, Ani was among the medieval world’s most magnificent

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Cairo Citadel
Egypt

A Day in Islamic Cairo

No visit to Cairo is complete without a walk through Islamic Cairo, the medieval city established by the Fatimids in the 10th century. As you stroll down the district’s narrow alleyways, you’ll encounter

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Saqqara Step Pyramid of King Djoser
Egypt

Stepping Inside the Step Pyramid of Djoser

It’s widely regarded as the world’s very first pyramid. And, for that matter, the first-ever major stone structure. And now, over 4600 years after its construction, Saqqara’s Step Pyramid continues to make headlines.

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Silver Temple Chiang Mai
Thailand

Chiang Mai’s 4 Most Unique Temples

Chiang Mai is a city of over 300 temples. While not quite as many as Bangkok’s 400, consider the size difference. The capital has roughly 55 times more people than Chiang Mai! With

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Baksei Chamkrong
Cambodia

5 of Angkor’s Most Unique Structures

In total, the Angkor Archaeological Park is home to hundreds of monuments. And most temples, even some of the more extravagant ones, can be neatly categorized into distinct architectural styles. There are several

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Wat Phra Kaew Chofa
Thailand

An Introduction to Thai Temples

Traveling through Thailand, it’s easy to get the impression that just about every tourist attraction is some kind of temple. There are, after all, over 30,000 of them. But if you haven’t grown

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Minh Mang Tomb Hue
Vietnam

Exploring the Royal Tombs of Hue

Spread throughout Hue’s quiet rural surroundings are six large and opulent tombs which remain architectural marvels to this day. The Nguyen emperors, who ruled Vietnam from 1802 to 1945, spent much of their

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Templo Mayor Ruins Mexico City
Mexico

Uncovering Mexico City’s Aztec Past

In 1978, local electric company workers digging near Mexico City’s Metropolitan Cathedral made a discovery that would change the city’s urban landscape forever. It was a massive stone disk depicting the dismembered body

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Taman Ayun Bali
Indonesia

An Introduction to Balinese Temples

It’s said that in Bali, there are more temples than there are houses. Some estimates are even as high as 50,000, in fact. While this may be hard to believe at first, it

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