Cruising to the Seven Modern Wonders of the World
Aug12

Cruising to the Seven Modern Wonders of the World

For many people, visiting the Seven Modern Wonders of the World is right at the top of the bucket list. Spread across the world, these voyages can be an incredibly intense. For those concerned about the exertion, why not cheat a little and travel to the seven wonders in luxury aboard a cruise ship. Here is a guide to cruising to each of the Severn Modern Wonders of the World in luxury. Christ the Redeemer If the recent World Cup in Brazil’s incessant use of Christ the Redeemer sparked a desire in you to visit the awe-inspiring statue, a cruise holiday could be the best option. Located on the peak of Rio de Janeiro’s Corcovado Mountain, Christ the Redeemer is only 12km from the city’s port. Regardless of people’s faith, the statue has become incredibly iconic across the world. The sombre, embracing figure of Christ overlooking the colourful city of Rio offers an incredible poignant visage. Viewable from the port as the ship comes to dock, it is the striking image that visitors tend to notice first. Royal Caribbean run cruises throughout the year to the carnival capital of the world, allowing passengers to enjoy the city’s colour and culture. Great Wall of China Made up of 13,171 miles of fortifications, the Great Wall of China is the longest man-made structure in the wall and dates back more than 2,500 years. Initially built as to protect the Chinese Empire and serve as border controls, the wall has become a hugely popular tourist attraction. Although theories suggesting the Great Wall of China can be viewed from the moon have been disproven, the structure has still made an indelible mark on the planet.(Image by Ziki Questi) The wall passes through the city of Beijing which has maritime access through the Port of Tianjin. Cruise1st offer a choice of cruise holidays which include excursions to the Great Wall. Petra The ancient city of Petra in Jordan has become famous for its unique infrastructure and architecture with buildings carved into stone. Roughly 2,500 years old, the city was lost for centuries until rediscovered by a Swiss explorer in 1812. The city is under threat of corrosion caused by water damage and poor irrigation – the delicate site needs to be seen to be believed. One of the harder sites to visit by ship, probably the best way to nautically approach the area is by a Red Sea Cruise. Colosseum The ancient amphitheatre set in the centre of the Italian city of Rome is generally considered one of the greatest feats of Roman engineering. Carefully preserved, visitors are still welcomed inside the Colosseum despite...

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The Real Story Behind Petra in Jordan
Dec24

The Real Story Behind Petra in Jordan

Jordan is a Middle East country (Arab Kingdom) located on the Eastern bank of the Jordan River. The country is rich in history, culture and tradition and has plenty to explore for international tourists. Plenty of guided Jordan tours are available to spend a holiday in in this fascinating country. The country’s greatest attraction is the lost city of Petra, a historic city completely carved out of rose colored sandstone cliffs for which it is also known as Rose City. Petra has some great historical facts that are less known to the tourist world. Here, we provide you five great aspects that makes Petra the magnificent city that it is. 1. Early History of Petra: Petra had settlers by 1200 BCE; the site was populated by Edomites who controlled the trade routes from Damascus to Arabic. Edomites were wise people known for their skills in making textiles, ceramics, metal works. Eventually, they were forced to move to Palestine as the more-powerful Nabeteans occupied their land. Nabeteans made Petra their capital in 312 BC. During the peak of their civilization, they had built a system of water ways that fulfilled the city’s water needs. Under their regime, the city thrived in caravan trade and became a junction where traders from far away places like China, Egypt, Greece, Syria and Arabia came to trade silk, spices, etc. 2.The Roman Conquest: In 64 BC, the Roman General Pompey conquered conquered the city and merged it into the Roman Empire; Petra was made the capital of Arabia Petraea. Although the native dynasties perished, the city flourished in trade. It suffered a severe earthquake in 363 AD which destroyed half of its structures, but the residents somehow managed to repair them. A more severe earthquake in 551 CE caused the city to come to a ruin. It was abandoned till 1812 when Johann Ludwig Burckhardt, a famous Swiss explorer, discovered it. 3. Religion, Culture and Art: Nabeteans worshiped pre-Islamic Arab gods, goddesses and kings. Many artworks honoring them can still be found on the structures. Slowly Christianity found its way into the city in the 4th century. It became the major religion until Islam took over in the 7th century following Muslim invaders (image by Franco Caruzzo). 4. Structures in Petra: Petra is a Greek word meaning ‘rock’. It consists of about 800 structures including temples, buildings, tombs, arched gateways and baths They are just 20% of the them it once had before the earthquakes. The city’s best monument is the statue of Dushara, a male deity, carved out of a a 2100 pound sandstone. A mausoleum named Pharaoh’s Treasure is also very popular. Tourists...

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Want to Visit Petra – Jordan? Here You Go!
Mar05

Want to Visit Petra – Jordan? Here You Go!

  Much has been said and writtenabout Petra, but then nothing really prepares you for a trip to this rose red city. They say ‘Seeing is believing‘, and this holds true for Petra, the archaeological wonder of Jordan. Characterized by the red mountains and memorials of a forgotten race, there is nothing here that is synonymous with modern civilization. History: Petra has seen the Roman rule, as well as its decline. It had been the capital city of the Nabataeans, who established it round about 312 BC for controlling the caravan trade to Egypt, Syria, Aquaba and the Persian Gulf. The Romans arrived in 64 AD and made architectural modifications. They started diverting the trade route, eventually diminishing the rule of the Nabataeans. As Christianity started spreading across the Byzantine Empire, Petra became a seat of the bishopric. The Urn Tomb was converted into a church. The isolation of power began 661 AD onwards when the Umayyad Dynasty rose to power. The curtain fell upon this once prominent city with a series of devastating earthquakes soon after. Architecture: The architecture of Petra is a merging of eastern traditions with Hellenistic highlights. This is where east meets west with rock-cut structures and monuments converted to Roman structures. The spectacular setting of the quaint town is within a narrow gorge. Entrance through the ‘siq’ introduces the traveler to carvings and inscriptions along the walls with a water chamber. The siq leads you to the treasury, which used to hold gold and other precious jewels. The temples and tombs above the ground are exemplars of architectural splendor. How can one forget the red sandstone cliffs and the stark red residential complexes that have recently been excavated? Well known artifacts include decorative friezes, tuccowork, relief carvings of a sandstone eagle and a vase with panther-shaped handle. Unique: What is unique about Petra is perhaps the camel ride that every tourist enjoys. Camels are ideal for riding on the ground, but for steeper heights including the Monastery or the High Place, you must choose the donkey. Another highlight is the bottles of decorative sand art that are sold by vendors all over the city. The specialty of these artifacts is that they are made out of the naturally colored sand that is scraped from the walls of the canyons. The most common design is the silhouette of a camel against desert surroundings. The Bedouins display samples of large Nabataean coins. In fact, they have tiny coins, which actually belong from that era. Seasons: The best time to visit Petra is during autumn and spring when the cool weather permits extensive outdoor travel. You can...

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