(worldkings.org) After hunter-gatherers became farmers and farming gave rise to cities, cities gave rise to empires. They grew through military conquest, were built by slaves and were maintained with brutal violence, but the great empires also unified millions of far-flung people under a common culture and gave rise to incredible technology and innovation. Empires, however, are expensive. They’re propped up by armies, armies run on money and every empire in history has only been as good as its ability to keep the gold rolling in. Some were better at it than others.
[Top 30 houses of worship with stunning architecture in the world] (P.16) Basilica of Saint Pius X: Underground Roman Catholic church
(WorldKings.org) The Basilica of St. Pius X is the largest and most controversial of the Domain's churches. It was completed in 1958 in anticipation of the enormous crowds expected in Lourdes for the centenary of the Apparitions. A modern, concrete building, it is almost entirely underground (part of the building lies beneath the Boulevard Père Rémi Sempé above).
The impressive botanical gardens around the world (P.58) - The charming natural scenery of "Tunnel of love" in Romania
(WorldKings.org) The romantic botanic tunnel feels like a well-kept secret.
Unique architectural constructions around the world (P.68) - Cologne Cathedral (Germany): One of Europe's Gothic architectural marvels
(WorldKings.org) It can be seen from nearly every point in the city centre and from many places elsewhere: The magnificent Cologne Cathedral hovers above the roofs and chimneys of the city. It is not only used as a point of orientation but is the pride of the people in Cologne.
[WORLDKINGS] Exceptional places around the world (P.188) - Timgad (Algeria) : An ancient Roman city with a modern grid design
(WorldKings.org) The ruins of Timgad lies on the slopes of the Aures Massif, about 35 km east of the town of Batna, in modern-day Algeria. Built nearly 2,000 years ago, by the Roman Emperor Trajan, the city is laid out in great precision and is one of the best surviving examples of the grid plan used by the ancient Roman city planners.
(WorldKings.org) As one of Germany’s oldest cities, Trier was a Roman colony from the 1st century AD. It became one of the capitals of the Tetrarchy at the end of the 3rd century when it was known as the ‘second Rome’.
[WORLDKINGS] Exceptional places around the world (P.150) - Heidelberg (Germany) : Germany’s most romantic town
(WorldKings.org) If there was ever a competition for Germany’s most romantic town, the vibrant university town of Heidelberg would be a top contender. Its crumbling castle, beautiful houses, cobbled streets, lush hills, ancient squares and gorgeous river views make it look like something straight out of a picture book.
[WORLDKINGS] Exceptional places around the world (P.127) - Amman (Jordan) : The ancient city with thousand years of history
(WorldKings.org) A city of fascinating contrasts, Jordan's capital offers incredible modernity side by side with time-honored tradition.
[WORLDKINGS] Exceptional places around the world (P.30) – Sintra (Portugal) : Birthplace of European Romantic architecture
(WorldKings.org) Considered not only one of the wonders of Portugal but indeed of Europe, Sintra is truly a gem. Once the royal town of the country, it now deservedly holds UNESCO world heritage status and attracts hordes of visitors throughout the year.
[WORLDKINGS] Exceptional places around the world (P.8) – Petra (Jordan) : Ancient city carved in mountain.
(WorldKings.org) Petra, ancient city, centre of an Arab kingdom in Hellenistic and Roman times, the ruins of which are in southwest Jordan. The city was built on a terrace, pierced from east to west by the Wadi Mūsā (the Valley of Moses)—one of the places where, according to tradition, the Israelite leader Moses struck a rock and water gushed forth.