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Explore Jerusalem Like a Local

  • Roy K.
  • 18 July 2012

Jerusalem is the kind of historic city with so many landmarks that it is easy to have your itinerary written for you before you even set foot within the city limits. To truly bring the contemporary city of Jerusalem to life, however, it helps to dig a little deeper and uncover some local gems. Jerusalem is much more than just a history museum and the crossroads of religion. It is also a modern metropolis.

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Astonishing Antalya, Turkey, Brings the Turkish Riviera to whl.travel

  • whl.travel
  • 1 February 2012

THIS ARTICLE IS AVAILABLE IN ENGLISH AND TURKISH. On Turkey’s pristine south coast, nestled between the Taurus Mountains and the Mediterranean Sea, the city of Antalya has long been a favourite holiday destination. Dubbed the new Turkish Riviera, the flanking seaboard offers everything from Roman ruins to hiking or kayaking deep canyons.

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Seven UNESCO World Heritage All-Stars and Alternatives

  • Cynthia Ord
  • 12 December 2011

UNESCO recognition through its World Heritage List and time in the subsequent travel spotlight can be a mixed blessing. On the one hand, a new site gets a big status boost and some protection. On the other hand, an influx of tourists adds pressures and more need for protection. One way to curb this effect is for travellers to visit alternative heritage destinations where high tourism congestion isn’t causing problems.

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Myths and Minarets in Uzbekistan’s Ancient Cities of Khiva, Bukhara and Samarkand

  • Cynthia Ord
  • 28 November 2011

Uzbekistan is a premier cultural heritage destination sought out each year by more and more travellers wishing to immerse themselves in the magic of Central Asia’s Great Silk Road. How do you keep your bearings? Learn the unique stories behind the buildings. In each of Uzbekistan’s three Silk Road cities – Bukhara, Khiva and Samarkand – a landmark minaret has a myth behind it, adding a touch of intrigue to the present-day wonder.

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Photo of the Week: Gur-e Amir Mausoleum – the Tomb of Temur, Samarkand, Uzbekistan

  • Luke Ford (Photo) Cynthia Ord (Text)
  • 13 November 2011

In a place called Shakhrisabz, about 80 kilometres south of Samarkand in Uzbekistan, a giant monument to the 14th-century Mongol khan Temor (Tamerlane) marks the place he was born. The towering statue of Temor cues what is to come: in the city of Samarkand itself, even more references to one of the country’s most important historical figures are to be found, including the heavily-restored mausoleum where he was buried.

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Photo of the Week: Abu Simbel Temple, Luxor and Aswan, Egypt

  • Alfred Molon (Photo) Hossam Mostafa (Text)
  • 18 September 2011

The mighty temples in this Photo of the Week have made the name of Abu Simbel internationally famous since their rediscovery in the early 19th century. Originally constructed during the reign of Ramesses II in the mid 13th century BCE, the temples were lost in the shifting sands of the Nubian desert for many centuries.

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“For the Love of My Queen”: the Temples of Abu Simbel in Southern Egypt

  • Dr Benedict G. Davies
  • 5 January 2011

Through mighty works in stone – the supreme tools of royal propaganda – Ramesses II hoped to ensure that word of his supreme authority would extend throughout the Nubian lands, striking fear into the disparate, lawless tribes that inhabited these desert territories. In all, he would construct seven rock-cut temples in Nubia, the most impressive of which were the twin temples at Abu Simbel, one of which was devoted to his favourite queen, Nefertari.

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Bolivia’s Vast Salar de Uyuni Is a Savoury Addition to whl.travel

  • whl.travel
  • 30 September 2010

THIS ARTICLE IS AVAILABLE IN ENGLISH, SPANISH AND PORTUGUESE. Formed from an expanse of transformed, prehistoric lakes, Salar de Uyuni – the largest salt flat in the world – is a truly jaw-dropping sight. This completely unique geographic curiosity features prominently on the majority of Bolivian itineraries that allow travellers to make the most of their time and the gorgeous highlights.

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