Weekly Photo Challenge: Monument

I’ve had the chance to wander throughout the Middle East and Turkey and was trying to pick one that I thought would best represent this weeks challenge and I couldn’t. So, I decided to dedicate this post to a bunch of monuments.

Scattered throughout the Middle East and North Africa are monuments that stand as reminders both to man’s ingenuity and the constant pursuit and loss of power as recorded in world history.

We start at Giza. Pictures really can’t do this place justice. Each of the stone blocks forming the base of the pyramids are a few meters high and they + the Sphinx are gigantic. Huge.
216374_20661925392_9684_nHeading through the mountains and the desert to Jordan, one comes across Petra, home of the famous Treasury and Monastery. I would say the short trek up to the Monastery is worthwhile and you get a great view overlooking Wadi Musa.
6453_276157555392_1951702_n 6453_276157635392_5899188_nUp the road via a long taxi ride, Damascus has the record (according to some), as being the longest continuously occupied city in the world. The Ummayad Mosque is in the center of Damascus and is one of the oldest in the world. It’s hard to imagine that admidst the civil war that is has gone unscathed. This was taken five years ago.
5413_275024705392_4818910_n 5413_275024715392_3831690_nUp the coast to the Library of Celsus in Efes, Turkey.
IMAG0049 IMG_2786And continuing up the coast, one of my favorite spots, the Aya Sofia in Istanbul.
534652_10151452319850393_1971525802_n IMG_5547 IMG_5589 IMG_5539All these monuments remind us about how things change… and how so many things don’t.

2 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Monument

    • Thanks for stopping Cris! The resolution on some of the pictures isn’t that great because it does reflect my transition from a point and shoot to a DSLR. But thanks! 🙂

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