Palenque – Misty and Mystic

High temperatures and humidity will accompany you when you go for a visit of the ancient Maya town Palenque. The ruins of this town were  covered by jungle for more than 1000 years. When the archaeologist Stephens visited Palenque in 1841 he had to cut a path through the jungle. Today it’s quite simple to get there. The city … Continue reading Palenque – Misty and Mystic

Uxmal – Built by a Magician in one night – Yucatan

 Built by a Magician in one night The early history of Uxmal is nearly unknown. The city is located in the north-western part of the Yucatan peninsula, 60 km south of Merida and can be reached from there by car in less then one hour. The name Uxmal might derive from the Mayan word ox-mal what means “three … Continue reading Uxmal – Built by a Magician in one night – Yucatan

Bonampak – Mayan Temples in the Selva Lacandon – Chiapas, Mexico

Bonampak – Maya Temples in the Selva Lacandon – Amazing Temples and Pyramids Bonampak is a very special travel destination. It is located in the Selva Lacandon, the forest of the Lacandons. It is west of the river Rio Usumacinta and around 30 km from Yaxchilan. All this is located in the lowlands of Chiapas and just beside the border to Guatemala. Famous … Continue reading Bonampak – Mayan Temples in the Selva Lacandon – Chiapas, Mexico

Maulbronn Monastery – Medieval Cistercian Complex in Germany

Legend says monks have been looking for a place for a new monastery . Accompanied by a mule they wandered through the woods . At the place where their mule stopped to drink, they decided to build the monastery and called it Maulbronn (= Fountain of the Mule) .   The Maulbronn Monastery was established … Continue reading Maulbronn Monastery – Medieval Cistercian Complex in Germany

Xaman-Ha – The unknown temple ruins of Playa del Carmen – Riviera Maya

I bet that most inhabitants of Playa del Carmen haven’t a clue, that they live in a town, that was inhabited by ancient Mayas during the post-classical era. The amount of tourist who stay in Playa del Carmen during their vacation but never visit the small temple ruins of Xaman-Ha might be nearly 100%. I … Continue reading Xaman-Ha – The unknown temple ruins of Playa del Carmen – Riviera Maya

Coba, ruled by women – highest pyramid of Yucatan at the Riviera Maya

Coba is a Mayan site on the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico, and is just 40 kilometers from Tulum at the Riviera Maya. This ancient Maya enter is different from the two other well known Maya cities, Chichen Itza and Tulum, especially through its vast size and the fact, that you can find the highest Mayan … Continue reading Coba, ruled by women – highest pyramid of Yucatan at the Riviera Maya

Turf Church of Vidimyri – Vídimyrarkirkja – Iceland

You must not be surprised if you feel inevitably set into the homeland of the hobbits, the landscape of the Shire of Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings at the sight of the Church of Vidimyri. The building materials and the size of the building cause such an association. The Vidimyrakirkja was built of turf. Only … Continue reading Turf Church of Vidimyri – Vídimyrarkirkja – Iceland

Izamal – Magic City in Yellow Colors

Izamal is one of 35 locations in Mexico, who received the title of a “Magic City” by the Secretary of Tourism in Mexico. These are mainly unknown towns, but also San Cristobal de las Casas in Chiapas is one of them. The small town of Izamal has 17000 inhabitants. It was built in colonial style … Continue reading Izamal – Magic City in Yellow Colors

Iceland – Hallgrimskirkja – Hallgrims Church – Iceland Tours

Iceland is better known for its natural beauty rather than for historical buildings. Nevertheless, I would like to point out in this article on a building that stands out due to its unique architecture. Normally, the travelers begin their Iceland tours in Reykjavik and end it there too. This fact offers the possibility to visit … Continue reading Iceland – Hallgrimskirkja – Hallgrims Church – Iceland Tours

Giant Maya Frieze found in Holmul – Guatemala

National Geographic announced the finding of a giant Maya frieze yesterday. The frieze, that is unique in size and quality was found in Holmul in Guatemala. Archaeologists estimate that the age of this artwork is about 1500 years old. – 2013-08-07 Holmul is a Maya site in the north east of Guatemala near the border … Continue reading Giant Maya Frieze found in Holmul – Guatemala

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