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Melrose AbbeyMelrose Abbey
Melrose, Scotland, UK

This Cistercian abbey south of Edinburgh was founded in 1136 and is now in picturesque ruins. It said to enshrine the heart of Robert the Bruce.

Chesters Roman FortChesters Roman Fort
England, UK
122 CE

Chesters Roman Fort, originally known as Cilurnum, was built around 124 CE as part of Hadrian's Wall in northern England. Its ruins include calvary barracks, a riverside bath house, and other structures scattered across a peaceful rural landscape. The English Heritage site includes Chesters Museum, which displays Roman tombstones and other artifacts.

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.


This magnificent 8th-century Buddhist temple is located on the island of Java, Indonesia. Shaped like a giant mandala, it is covered in ancient reliefs depicting Buddhist stories.

Karnak TempleKarnak Temple
Luxor, Egypt

Dedicated primarily to Pharaoh Amun, Karnak Temple is a vast temple complex in Luxor begun around 1600 BCE. It is an impressive sight and second only to the Great Pyramids of Giza in popularity.

Luxor TempleLuxor Temple
Luxor, Egypt

Near Karnak Temple, and also dedicated to Amun, is the huge Luxor Temple dating from the 1300s BCE. It is full of monumental statues, tall walls and ancient carvings, and is beautifully lit at night.

Tulum Archaeological SiteTulum Archaeological Site
Tulum, Mexico
c. 1200

Spectacularly situated on a cliff overlooking the turquoise Caribbean Sea, Tulum is a Late Mayan site that was active from around 1200 until the arrival of the Spanish.

Hadrian's WallHadrian's Wall
England, UK
122-28 CE

Built in 122-26 CE, Hadrian's Wall marked the northern boundary of the Roman Empire. Today it is the largest Roman archaeological feature in Britain, stretching 73 miles across northern England. It includes ruins of the wall, milecastles, turrets, and forts and can be explored on foot via the Hadrian's Wall Path.


One of the great archaeological sites of the world, the Palace of Knossos was built between 2000 and 1250 BCE. It was a political and religious center of the ancient Minoan culture.