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.
Heading 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.
Up 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.
Up the coast to the Library of Celsus in Efes, Turkey.
And continuing up the coast, one of my favorite spots, the Aya Sofia in Istanbul.
All these monuments remind us about how things change… and how so many things don’t.