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  • Cairo and The Talisman Hotel de Charme
    Cairo and The Talisman Hotel de Charme 13 fotos

    Creado el 2010-12-03 06:42:49

    Cairo and The Talisman Hotel de Charme. While trying to find the Talisman Hotel

  • Caloundra
    Caloundra 51 fotos

    Creado el 2011-11-29 22:49:07

    Caloundra, Sunshine Coast, South East Queensland, Australia

  • Hasankeyf, Turkey
    Hasankeyf, Turkey 32 fotos

    Creado el 2010-11-26 00:50:06

    The waters of the Tigris River gave rise to the first settlements of the Fertile Crescent in Anatolia and Mesopotamia—the cradle of civilization. The ancient city of Hasankeyf, built on and around the banks of the river in southeastern Turkey, may be one of the oldest continuously inhabited settlements in the world, spanning some 10,000 years. Hasankeyf and its surrounding limestone cliffs are home to thousands of human-made caves, 300 medieval monuments and a unique canyon ecosystem—all combining to create a beguiling open-air museum.But the city, along with the archaeological artifacts still buried beneath it, is slated to become a sunken treasure. Despite widespread protests from local authorities, archaeologists, architects, preservationists and environmental groups, the massive hydroelectric Ilisu Dam is expected to be completed in 2013. The reservoir created by the dam will inundate the site's caves and flood most of its structures.More than 20 cultures have left their mark at Hasankeyf. The first settlers probably lived along the Tigris in caves carved into the rock cliffs. (The ancient Assyrian name for the place was Castrum Kefa, meaning "castle of the rock.") The Romans built a fortress there circa A.D. 300 to patrol their empire's eastern border with Persia and monitor the transport of crops and livestock. In the fifth century A.D., the city became the Byzantine bishopric of Cephe; it was conquered in A.D. 640 by the Arabs, who called it Hisn Kayfa, or "rock fortress." Hasankeyf would next be successively ruled by the Turkish Artukid dynasty, the Ayyubids (a clan of Kurdish chieftains) and the Mongols, who conquered the region in 1260.Hasankeyf emerged as an important commercial center along the Silk Road during the early Middle Ages. Marco Polo likely passed over its once-majestic stone, brick and wooden bridge, built around 1116 (only two massive stone piers and one arch remain). In 1515, the city was absorbed into the Ottoman Empire and has since remained a part of modern Turkey.

  • Lets Go Visit Cairo
    Lets Go Visit Cairo 52 fotos

    Creado el 2010-12-02 22:20:10

    Our trip from Singapore to Cairo

  • My first album
    My first album 78 fotos

    Creado el 2010-11-13 21:44:44

  • The Egyptian Museum, Cairo.
    The Egyptian Museum, Cairo. 15 fotos

    Creado el 2010-12-03 13:31:05

    An educational experience at the Museum



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