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    Trafalgar Square – The Fourth Most Visited Place in the World

    Posted in Europe | April 8, 2010
    Trafalgar Square is the most famous tourist square in central London, United Kingdom, and on Earth. For me, only this statement made by one of my friends was enough to make a plan for visiting it this time. The so-called name is given as a mark of the British naval victory in the Battle of Trafalgar (1805). The Site The square holds a central area enclosed by roads on its three sides, while the fourth side holds stairs to the National Gallery. However, the northern side is closed for any entry from its corresponding road. The major attraction of the square is in its middle known as the Nelson’s Column defended by four big lion statues of bronze at its foot wherein the metal is the recycled output from the cannon of the French fleet. The  [...]
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    Tower of London – A Royal Edifice of Torture and Darkness

    Posted in Europe | April 7, 2010
    Standing upfront within the London Borough of Tower Hamlets on the north bank of River Thames, the Tower of London is an amazing complex of many buildings surrounded by protective walls and moat. Her Majesty’s Royal Palace and Fortress is more associated with the White Tower as the landmark, which is a stark square citadel. It is the oldest edifice utilized by the British Government as a fortress, a royal palace, and a dungeon for royal prisoners. In addition, it was used for execution, torture, armory, treasury, zoo, Royal Mint, an observatory, and the beautiful Crown Jewels of the state. My Visit I first visited the Norman White Tower located in the center built by William the Conqueror (1066–87) to protect the Normans from the London  [...]
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    London Dungeon is where Horror is Fun

    Posted in Europe | April 7, 2010
    Have you even been to a haunted house? Well, that would have been amidst the horrifying masked faces and skeletons that in reality do not exist at the site. Let’s just gather some courage to experience the terror of the Medieval Age and see the death coming to you in the London Dungeon. Yes, this is a famous tourist site in Tooley Street at London wherein you literally pass through each torture through live actors, technical effects, and rides. But, it is really thrilling to pass through each its scene wherein various violent historical events are reenacted in a bleakly comedic style to attract even the younger folks. My Visit With the interior being greatly themed, the indoor waiting show area provides an illusion of a plundered medieval  [...]
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    Uxmal is Famous for its Magical Pyramid

    Posted in North America | April 6, 2010
    Located in the state of Yucatan in Mexico on highway 261 off the way to Campeche, Uxmal is a large ruined city of the Maya empire of the Pre-Columbia. Pronounced as Oosh-mahl, the name is Pre-Columbian, which means Built Three Times; however being under dispute currently. According to the Maya archives, Uxmal was discovered around 500 A.D. by Hun Uitzil Chac Tutul Xiu of the Xiu family. In its time, the site was the most commanding one and was allied with Chichen Itza. All of its current architecture date back between 700 to 1100 A.D. After 1200 A.D., the city saw its decline perhaps due to the fall of its partner Chichen Itza and the transfer of power. The Site Uxmal is among a few Maya sites, which was in good condition even before it was  [...]
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    Teotihuacan was where the Sun was Created

    Posted in North America | April 6, 2010
    Located at 25 miles from the Mexico City in the Basin of Mexico, Teotihuacan is a vast excavated site holding a few largest pyramidal edifices, large residential areas, the Avenue of the Dead, and many vivid murals. While experts have believed it to be the multiethnic state, some are of the opinion that it could also have been the centre of the state kingdom. This is because its identity is proudly documented throughout Mesoamerica. Today, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is frequently visited tourist site in the city. The name to the site was given by the Nahuatl-speaking Aztec after many years of its fall, which means the Birthplace of the Gods. It was so named due to the Nahua myths of creation that had taken place in Teotihuacan. Significance During  [...]
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    Chichen Itza – A Great Architectural Maya Site

    Posted in North America | April 5, 2010
    Extending to the north of the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico is the vast pre-Columbian site of Chichen Itza belonging to the Maya settlement. The literal meaning of the name is at the mouth of the well of the Itza. In its time, the city was the prime centre of trade in the northern Maya lowlands. The archaeological site reveals a different mix of architectural patterns in its superbly made stone edifices. Many of its original buildings are reconstructed making them worth observing. A dense network of 100 cobbled roads called sacbeob takes you to each structure on the site. Indicating a systematic approach, all structures are categorized into their architectural groups according to styles, each of which is split through the low walls. These groups  [...]
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    Wondering at the Impressive Palenque of Maya

    Posted in North America | April 5, 2010
    Palenque was a great Maya city whose architecture and grandeur is easily comparable with that of other Maya ruins of Chichen Itza and Uxmal. My trip was for full two days including the round trip out of which I spent one full day to explore the city in ruins. I started with my friends from Akumal that took some 7.5 hours to reach this archeological site at the Tumbala Mountains in the Chiapas state of southern Mexico. Standing near the Usumacinta River, this Maya city flourished in the 7th century CE and now much of its details are revealed from its symbolic inscriptions. This has helped in restoring much of the ancient Palenque that draws thousands of tourists each year. Though not so big and vast, the ruined city even today retains some of  [...]
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    What is Copan all about?

    Posted in North America | April 2, 2010
    Standing in the Copan Department of western Honduras near the border with Guatemala, Copan is an excavated Maya site. It was once the capital city of a Classic kingdom during 5th to 9th centuries A.D. Although a Maya site, it was mostly inhabited by non-Mayan people in the southeast of the Mesoamerican region. Copan’s history extends over 2000 years right from the Early Preclassic to the Postclassic era. It is found that the city was an extensive controlling kingdom in the southern Maya region. Talking about the architectural style, it is quite different that highlights the Maya traditions. The Site The most famous attraction is a noteworthy array of portrait stelae mostly found in the city’s central plaza and in the acropolis of step-pyramids,  [...]
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    Caracol – An Attractive Mayan Ruins of Belize

    Posted in North America | April 2, 2010
    Excavated in the Cayo District of Belize, Caracol or El Caracol refers to a large ancient Maya site situated at 25 miles south of Xunantunich. Perched at 1500 feet from the sea level at the base of the Maya Mountains, the site was found in 1930′s and revived in the 1950′s. According to the survey, Caracol was famous as a prime site of ceremonial activities when the Mayan Civilization flourished here. Not only this, but it also hold utmost political significance during its Classic Period. As it was quite arduous to reach the site, Caracol continued to be covered in the forest as an unidentified site until 1985. It was only then it got its recognition and that now it is becoming a famous tourist site. The name of the site is a Spanish  [...]
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    Walking in the region of ancient Mayan Ruins is complete holiday

    Posted in North America | April 1, 2010
    From eye-catching pyramids to outstanding temples, visiting ancient ruins in Mexico leaves an everlasting sense on the majority travelers. Soaking up the meaning as well as history of these ancient locations can be overpowering on the other hand enlivening. Travel around these excellent Mexican archeological sites as well as simply enjoy the glorious exquisiteness provided by empire of past of Mexico. Ancient Mayan Ruins of Palenque (Chiapas) Its enormously spectacular scenery makes incoming Palenque feel similar to making a way to a paranormal paradise. This mountainous jungle forest environment provides visitors down underneath on the verdant open fields outstanding views. Positioned within the southern state of Chiapas, the ancient Mayan  [...]
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