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Qasr Amra

Amman
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Qasr Amra, Amman, Jordan
Arkitextures of Qasr Amra
No, it is not a building out of Star Wars Episode IV! Qasr Amra is by far one of the most well-known of Jordan's desert palaces. This particular "palace" was once part of a larger complex and it remains a frequented tourist destination today. Qasr Amra is most well-known for its frescoes - which bridge the gap between Late Antique and Early Islamic iconography. In other words, it lies at both an art historical and geographical crossroads. Tourists are difficult to avoid, but try to take a quiet moment to take in the sumptuous figures and keep an eye out for some Ancient Greek on the walls! PS - On your way out to Al Azraq be sure to ask your driver to stop and get a picture by the road signs pointing to Saudi Arabia and Iraq.
Arkitextures of Qasr Amra

37 minutes ago

Aquastanca

Venice
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Aquastanca, Venice, Italy
Aquastanca
Murano Island is best known for its numerous glassmakers, and their respective factories, shops and boutiques. The island is not itself a foodie destination, though there are exceptions, like the charming and exceptionally good restaurant, Aquastanca. Giovanna Arcangeli opened Aquastanca in April 2012. I like it here because you can saddle up to the bar and order a cold, crisp Friuli white wine, and casually graze on small Venetian cichetti or snacks like baccala pate on crostini. Or you can sit down at a table and order a more substantial meal. The chef, Caterina Nason, is Arcangeli's sister-in-law, and her menu offers the sort of typical seafood-based fare one would expect from the Venetian lagoon. If you do drop in for a long, lazy lunch, try their dumplings with scallop and zucchini or their catch of the day, tuna fish with a light zucchini cream.
Aquastanca

42 minutes ago

Cerveteri

Cerveteri
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Cerveteri, Cerveteri, Italy
Arkitextures of Cerveteri (Necropoli della Banditaccia)
Feel adventurous when visiting these circular tuff mounds that range from the 9th - 3rd centuries BCE. This UNESCO World Heritage site offers tombs from the Villanovan and Etruscan cultures. Like many ancient mausolea, some interiors are designed as small homes for the deceased. Go after a good rain to see some of the rock-cut interiors underwater - it definitely adds to the adventure! Summer is a busy season, but since this is frequented by mostly hard-core historians, European teenagers, and Classicists, it's rarely busy to the point of discomfort.
Arkitextures of Cerveteri (Necropoli della Banditaccia)

about 1 hour ago