The Taj Mahal
Also the eighth wonder of the world, the Taj Mahal is a symbol of love built by the Mughals between 1632 and 1653. This stunning architectural creation stands majestically in Agra, India and has attracted millions of tourists from all over the world. The English Poet Sir Edwin Arnold depicts her as ‘ Not a piece of architecture, as other buildings are, but the proud passions of an emperors love wrought in living stones’. Now if that’s not romantic, then what is? It is the celebration of a woman built in marble.
She stands gloriously on the banks of Yamuna River high above the red sandstone base topped by extensive marble terrace. On this beautiful base lies the popular dome flanked by the four tapering minarets. The dome is made of white marble while the tomb is across the river which like magic reflects different colors that change the view of the Taj. You should view the keenly and capture her beauty of enduring love without being in a hurry.
Petra is a strikingly beautiful desert city situated in the mountains of Wadi Musa south of the Dead Sea. Its name means ‘Rock’ as the city is curved out of hard rock which makes it an impressive city termed as a ‘rose red city half as old as time’. Her existence was a guarded secret by the Bedouins and Arab tradesmen. It is a wonderland of numerous temples, tombs and elaborate buildings intricately curved out of solid rock. During the early mornings or late afternoon, the view of the city is stunningly outstanding, it glows red with quiet grandeur.
Start your adventure along the Siq a kilometer long fissure through the surrounding and overhanging cliffs originally caved by the Nabateans community. At the end of the fissure be inspired by the El Khazneh best captured in the movie ‘Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade’. It is a Hellenistic architectural tomb for the King depicting the gods and goddesses of the gone race. Enjoy the views of the Roman style theatres hewn out of the rose colored rock. On a tour of Jordan, this is a must.
Parliament Buildings in The United Kingdom
Located on the North bank River Thames is the gorgeous Palace of Westminster comprised of two chambers; the House of Commons and the House of Lords. It is one of the most iconic buildings in the world and has to be visited on a tour of the UK. It has dramatically changed from its original function as a Palace, to a home of modern democracy.
On most Saturdays guided tours around these fascinating buildings are available throughout the year. Explore the interiors of these fascinating buildings and marvel at the architectural ingenuity of Sir Charles Barry which is grade one listed and also part of the UNESCO world Heritage Site.
The Big Ben is perhaps the most recognizable icon of the Westminster Parliament, the tower; the clock and the bell were previously known as Great Bell.
Take a walk into the Westminster Hall and marvel at the Hammer-beam roof which is the largest timber roof in Northern Europe; you will also be impressed by the remains of the king’s seat and table. The intriguing statues of King Richard the second, the twenty-six angels curved out of solid beams and the king’s crowns will take your mind to the past when monarchs ruled the day.
So there you have it, three incredible icons to see around the world, and there are plenty more where they came from! So what are you waiting for, make your international flight booking now and start ticking these stunning places off your list!
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