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Um El ResasUm El Resas

This important archaeological site was declared a World Heritage Site in 2004. Its structures date from the 3rd to 9th centuries and most have not yet been excavated, but magnificent Byzantine mosaics

Surb KhachSurb Khach
Akdamar Island, Turkey

The Church of the Holy Cross on Akdamar Island is a ruined Armenian cathedral dating from 921. Beautifully situated on Lake Van, the church is famed for its early medieval sculptures.

Tintern AbbeyTintern Abbey

The second-oldest Cistercian monastery in Britain, Tintern Abbey stands in picturesque ruins on the southeastern border of Wales.

Byland AbbeyByland Abbey
Byland with Wass, England, UK

Byland Abbey is one of the three great Cistercian monasteries of North Yorkshire, with Fountains and Rievaulx. Although the community had a rocky start, its abbey church was once the largest in England.

Temple of Apollo EpicuriusTemple of Apollo Epicurius
Bassae, Greece

Dedicated to Apollo the Helper, this is one of the largest and best-preserved temples in Greece. It was completed in 400 BCE using an unusual combination of Doric, Ionic and Corinthian styles.

Temple of PoseidonTemple of Poseidon
Soúnio, Greece

Overlooking the sea from atop the sheer cliffs of Cape Sounion, the Temple of Poseidon was built in 444 BC for the god of the sea.

Zeus AltarZeus Altar
Bergama, Turkey

The Zeus Altar was constructed by Eumenes II (d.159 BC) as a memorial of his victory against the Galatians. The altar is now in Berlin's Pergamon Museum, but the original site provides a sense of th

St. Oswald's PriorySt. Oswald's Priory
Gloucester, England, UK

One wall is all that remains of the New Minster founded by St Aethelflaed in 900, which contained the holy relics of St Oswald of Northumbria. It became an Augustinian priory in 1152.

Philae Island, Egypt

Philae Island is home to the great Temple of Isis, a major place of pilgrimage in the ancient world and one of the last sanctuaries to be converted to Christianity.


Dating from about 3000 BC, Knowth consists of a large central mound surrounded by several smaller ones. It is especially important for its rich collection of megalithic art.

Riasc Monastic SettlementRiasc Monastic Settlement

This remote site on the Dingle Peninsula is home to impressive ruins of a 6th-century monastery and an important carved stone.

Baalbeck Archaeological SiteBaalbeck Archaeological Site
Baalbek, Lebanon

Baalbeck, also known as Heliopolis, is an ancient Roman city in northeastern Lebanon. It is famed for the magnificent Temple of Jupiter, the largest Roman ruin in the world.