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Cluny AbbeyCluny Abbey
Cluny, France

One of the largest and most important buildings of the Middle Ages, Cluny Abbey now survives only in one great transept, two cloisters, and a few foundations.

Basilica of St. SergiusBasilica of St. Sergius

Now an isolated ruin, this 5th-century Byzantine church was dedicated to the famous St. Sergius, a Roman soldier martyred c.303. The church was a major pilgrimage site in the Byzantine era.

Rievaulx AbbeyRievaulx Abbey
Rievaulx, England, UK

Founded by St. Bernard of Clairvaux in 1132, Rievaulx Abbey now lies in picturesque ruins in a North Yorkshire valley.

Uxmal
Mexico

The late-Classic Maya site of Uxmal was built before the 10th century AD and is one of the most complex and harmonious expressions of Puuc architecture.

Banteay Srei
Cambodia

Although it's out of the way, true temple buffs won't want to miss Banteay Srei, a beautiful 10th-century Hindu temple complex with intricate carvings in deep red sandstone.

Fountains AbbeyFountains Abbey
Lindrick with Studley Royal and Fountains, England, UK

Founded by Cistercian monks in 1132, this is the largest monastic ruin in Britain and part of a World Heritage Site. It has many interesting things to see in a beautiful natural setting.

Glastonbury TorGlastonbury Tor
Glastonbury, England, UK

This mystical conical hill, topped by a 14th-century church tower, may have been a place of ancient ritual. The tower is the only surviving part of the Monastery of St. Michael, which occupied the summit from around the 12th century and was a place of Catholic penance and pilgrimage in medieval times.

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.

ParthenonParthenon
Athens, Greece

The famous Temple of Athena Parthenos, built around 440 BCE, crowns the Acropolis in Athens. It was a major sacred site in Ancient Greece and is considered one of the finest examples of Greek architecture anywhere.

Ancient Corinth
Corinth, Greece

Located 48 miles west of Athens, Corinth was an important city in Ancient Greece. The archaeological site of Ancient Corinth includes the Temples of Apollo, Aphrodite and Octavia.

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.