Persepolis - Shiraz – Iran - Persepolis literally meaning "city of Persians", was the ceremonial capital of the Achaemenid Empire (ca. 550–330 BCE). Persepolis is situated northeast of city of Shiraz in Fars Province in Iran. The earliest remains of Persepolis date back to 515 BCE. It exemplifies the Achaemenid style of architecture.

Persepolis - Shiraz – Iran - Persepolis literally meaning "city of Persians", was the ceremonial capital of the Achaemenid Empire (ca. 550–330 BCE). Persepolis is situated northeast of city of Shiraz in Fars Province in Iran. The earliest remains of Persepolis date back to 515 BCE. It exemplifies the Achaemenid style of architecture.

Bent Pyramid Dashur (Egypt)    The Bent Pyramid, of Old Kingdom Pharaoh Sneferu, is a unique example of early pyramid development in Egypt, about 2600 BC. This was the second pyramid built by Sneferu.    The lower part of the pyramid rises from the desert at a 55-degree inclination, but the top section is built at the shallower angle of 43 degrees, lending the pyramid its very obvious "bent" appearance.

Bent Pyramid Dashur (Egypt) The Bent Pyramid, of Old Kingdom Pharaoh Sneferu, is a unique example of early pyramid development in Egypt, about 2600 BC. This was the second pyramid built by Sneferu. The lower part of the pyramid rises from the desert at a 55-degree inclination, but the top section is built at the shallower angle of 43 degrees, lending the pyramid its very obvious "bent" appearance.

Athenian Treasury ,Delphi, Greece . Delphi is an archaeological site on the south-western spur of Mount Parnassus in the valley of Phocis. The site of Delphi was believed to be determined by Zeus when he sought to find the centre of Grandmother Earth. • Archaeological Site of Delphi is UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Athenian Treasury ,Delphi, Greece . Delphi is an archaeological site on the south-western spur of Mount Parnassus in the valley of Phocis. The site of Delphi was believed to be determined by Zeus when he sought to find the centre of Grandmother Earth. • Archaeological Site of Delphi is UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Man atop a moai (lava stone effigy) on the slope of a volcano, Easter Island (Rapa Nui), 1936, photo by Hermane Martini. (Smithsonian)

Man atop a moai (lava stone effigy) on the slope of a volcano, Easter Island (Rapa Nui), 1936, photo by Hermane Martini. (Smithsonian)

Aqueduct near Nerja, Spain: Used to transport water to population centers, most Roman aqueducts consisted of underground pipes. Occasionally they crossed valleys using a system of stone arches.

Aqueduct near Nerja, Spain: Used to transport water to population centers, most Roman aqueducts consisted of underground pipes. Occasionally they crossed valleys using a system of stone arches.

The Sphinx of Giza, partially excavated, with two pyramids in background, Egypt, 1867-1899

The Sphinx of Giza, partially excavated, with two pyramids in background, Egypt, 1867-1899

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