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Acropolis / Parthenon

The Acropolis is a 5th century BC temple complex. The ruins strategically sit on a large rock outcropping overlooking the city. The Parthenon temple (dedicated to goddess Athena) is the most magnificent structure. Athens, Greece.

Acropolis/Parthenon

Colosseum of Rome

It was built in the first century BC to entertain the masses with gladiator fights and lavishly staged shows. The historic Colosseum of Rome ruins are in outstanding shape for being a 2,000 year old arena. Rome, Italy.

Colosseum of Rome

Fjords of Norway

The lengthy, enormous, steep sided Fjords of Norway were carved out of the mountains by ancient glaciers. They are best viewed from a ship (the most popular sightseeing venue) and from mountain top lookouts accessed via trails. Norway's coast.

Fjords of Norway

St. Peter's Basilica

The sizeable, artistically designed St. Peter's Basilica (a church) is the religious heart of Roman Catholics worldwide. Famous focal points include Michelangelo's beautiful Pieta marble statue and his commanding dome that crowns the Basilica. Vatican City.

St. Peter's Basilica

Sistine Chapel

The Sistine Chapel in Vatican City is the home of  Michelangelo's masterpiece frescos, "Genesis" and "The Last Judgment". Cardinals convene here to select new popes.

Sistine Chapel

Alhambra

This palace fortress is ornate in a gracefully delicate manner. Its fountain courtyards are among its celebrated architectural masterpieces. The Alhambra sits on a hill overlooking the city. Grenada, Spain.

Alhambra

Louvre Museum

One of the two greatest museums in the world. Renowned masterpieces in the Louvre Museum include Leonardo da Vince's "Mona Lisa" painting and the Hellenistic "Venus de Milo" marble statue.  Paris, France.

Louvre Museum

Canals of Venice

Venice is famed for its picturesque narrow canals and romantic gondola rides accompanied by singing gondoliers on moonlit nights. Northeast Italy.

Canals of Venice

Versailles

Versailles was the former palace and administrative helm of King Louis XIV in the 17th century. It is gargantuan yet elegant - and is relatively well preserved. Near Paris, France.

Versailles

Pompeii

Pompeii was a major 2,000 year old city that was suddenly buried under volcanic ash, then forgotten for over 1500 years. Much of it has now been excavated, exposing the expansive ruins. Southern Italy.

Pompeii

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