Travel Photography Photos tagged as monuments and buildings
This is a tremendous piece of architecture, a chaotic mix of the oriental, gothic and a host of other styles
This detail from the main temple at Ranakpur shows how every square inch of the temples is covered in carvings of characters and Gods from the Jain mythology and history. The temple is exquisite and the young priest that showed us around was justifiably proud of where he worshipped
This towering fortress is the most impressive of the numerous impressive forts we saw in Rajasthan.
This place is really beautiful day and night. At night it seems to float on the lake of sacred waters surrounding it
The most sacred monument in Laos is painted gold and looks very striking in the sunshine
This extraordinary place, near the heart of the ancient Khmer city has gargantuan faces looking to the four cardinal points of the compass...the book we consulted suggested there were more than 40 of them.
We came across quite a few of these small shrines in the various temples that we visited, each with a 'dressed' buddha. Some with people who would, for a small offering, light incense sticks for you and help you to pray
No dramatic sunrise shot for us but this lovely pastel pink sky behind the magnificent Angkor Wat across the moat
This huge building dominates the main plaza in the old city of Cuenca. Sporting domes, turrets and towers it is an impressive place indeed.
A stiffish climb up the pathway to Waynapichu gives this wonderful view of Machupicchu. You need to be reasonably fit to do this walk but the view at the top is worth the burning lungs and legs. Magic
The view from the top of Waynapicchu shows not just the layout of Machupicchu but in the context of the surrounding naural features. Machupicchu can be seen on the left of the picture half way up
Impossible to capture fully this place on film. It exceeded our expectations even with the huge build up we had. If you are going to go, go early. If you get the chance, climb the mountain behind, Waynapicchu for truly spectacular views of the area.
This wonderful place was nearly lost through neglect and wilful damage. This picture shows the pyramid in the middle of Lima city
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Home to the founding documents for the United States as well as being a repository for all kinds of historical artifacts. The building alone is very beautiful. This is one of a number of shots of the inside.
The natural sink holes. One of the most impressive of these is the Cenote Sagrado, which was a place of pilgrimage for ancient Maya people who, according to ethno-historic sources, would conduct sacrifices during times of drought. Archaeological investigations support this as thousands of objects have been removed from the bottom of the cenote, including materials such as gold, carved jade, copal, pottery, flint, obsidian, shell, wood, rubber, cloth, as well as skeletons of children and men.