Nijo Castle

Nijō Castle (二条城, Nijō-jō) is a flatland castle in Kyoto, Japan. The castle consists of two concentric rings (Kuruwa) of fortifications, the Ninomaru Palace, the ruins of the Honmaru Palace, various support buildings and several gardens. The surface area of the castle is 275,000 square metres (27.5 ha; 68 acres), of


Morelia (from 1545 to 1828 known as Valladolid). The city is in the Guayangareo Valley and is the capital and largest city of the state. The main pre-Hispanic cultures here were the Purépecha and the Matlatzinca. The Spanish took control of the area in the 1520s. The Spanish founded a settlement here in 1541 with

Musawwarat es-Sufra

Musawwarat es-Sufra (Arabic:المصورات الصفراء al-Musawwarāt as-sufrā, Meroitic: Aborepi, Old Egyptian: jbrp, jpbr-ˁnḫ), also known as Al-Musawarat Al-Sufra, is a large Meroitic temple complex in modern Sudan, dating back to the early Meroitic period of the 3rd century BC. It is located in a large basin surrounded by

Naqa or Naga'a (Arabic: ٱلـنَّـقْـعَـة‎, romanized: An-Naqʿah) is a ruined ancient city of the Kushitic Kingdom of Meroë in modern-day Sudan. The ancient city lies about 170 km (110 mi) north-east of Khartoum, and about 50 km (31 mi) east of the Nile River. Naqa was only a camel or donkey's journey from the Nile, and


Meroe is an ancient city on the east bank of the Nile. This city was the capital of the Kingdom of Kush for several centuries. The Kushitic Kingdom of Meroë gave its name to the Island of Meroë. It is one of the earliest and most impressive states found south of the Sahara. The site of the city of Meroë is marked by

Jebel Barkal or Gebel Barkal (Arabic: جبل بركل‎) is a very small mountain close to Karima town, on a large bend of the Nile River. The mountain is 98 m tall, has a flat top, and apparently was used as a landmark by the traders in the important route between central Africa, Arabia, and Egypt, as the point where it was

San Ignacio Lagoon (Laguna San Ignacio). It is one of biggest and largest wildlife winter sanctuaries of the eastern Pacific. Gray whales, most important of all, as well as the nearly extinct berrendo or pronghorn antelope, a series of turtles: leatherbacks, hawksbills, green turtles and olive ridleys (all endangered). In

Tassili n'Ajjer (Plateau of rivers), is a national park in the Sahara desert, located on a vast plateau in south-east Algeria. Having one of the most important groupings of prehistoric cave art in the world, and covering an area of over 72,000 km2 (28,000 sq mi), Tassili n'Ajjer was inducted into UNESCO's World Heritage Site list in


Ghardaïa is located along the left bank of the Wadi Mzab. The M'zab valley in the Ghardaïa Province (Wilaya) was inscribed under the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1982, as a cultural property. Ghardaïa is part of a pentapolis, a hilltop city amongst four others, built almost a thousand years ago in the

Djabo Plateau

The Djado Plateau lies in the Sahara, in northeastern Niger. It is known for its cave art (often of large mammals long since absent from the area), but is now largely uninhabited, with abandoned towns and forts still standing and visible. As of 2011, the commune of Djado had a total population of 1,488 people. This site was