When on holiday I like to see things. Visiting Ancient Temples always makes a holiday even more special. Their history, their beauty, their hidden stories,…

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization also known as UNESCO, seeks to encourage the identification, protection and preservation of cultural and natural heritage around the world considered to be of outstanding value to humanity. The definition of heritage is the following according to UNESCO:

Heritage is our legacy from the past, what we live with today, and what we pass on to future generations. Our cultural and natural heritage are both irreplaceable sources of life and inspiration. They are our touchstones, our points of reference, our identity. What makes the concept of World Heritage exceptional is its universal application. World Heritage sites belong to all the people of the world, irrespective of the territory on which they are located. The World Heritage List reflects the wealth and diversity of the Earth’s cultural and natural heritage.

When I’m standing in front of an ancient temple, I feel so incredibly small in every possible way. It often feels like a moment of rejuvenation, a moment of motivation, a moment of wonder “how did they…?”, a moment of being absolutely speechless. Here are 3 cultural heritage sites I visited in the past and the ‘how did they…?’ question was super present while standing in front of it.

Ephesus (Turkey), located within what was once the estuary of the River Kaystros, Ephesus comprises successive Hellenistic and Roman settlements founded on new locations, which followed the coastline as it retreated westward. Excavations have revealed grand monuments of the Roman Imperial period including the Library of Celsus and the Great Theatre.

Ancient Thebes (Egypt), the city of the god Amon, was the capital of Egypt during the period of the Middle and New Kingdoms. With the temples and palaces at Karnak and Luxor, and the necropolises of the Valley of the Kings and the Valley of the Queens, Thebes is a striking testimony to Egyptian civilization at its height.

Petra, Inhabited since prehistoric times, this Nabataean caravan-city, situated between the Red Sea and the Dead Sea, was an important crossroads between Arabia, Egypt and Syria-Phoenicia. Petra is half-built, half-carved into the rock, and is surrounded by mountains riddled with passages and gorges. It is one of the world’s most famous archaeological sites, where ancient Eastern traditions blend with Hellenistic architecture.