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The Colorful Cathedral – St Basils – Moscow, Russia

 

Photo of the Day – The Colorful Cathedral – St Basils – Moscow, Russia

St. Basils Cathedral is one of the most iconic Cathedrals in the World. In fact, I would go so far as to say that it is one of the most iconic buildings in the World, period.

What makes the Cathedral eye-catching and iconic are its 9 unique and colorful onion domes. These domes represent the 9 chapels within the Cathedral itself. While the exterior is unique and colorfully chaotic, the interior was a bit dull in my eyes. Perhaps it was seeing the outside and then going inside, but how many of you have ever seen a photo of the interior of St. Basils? Now, don’t get me wrong, the interior is interesting in its own way. I find most things that are over 400 years old somewhat fascinating, but it pales in comparison to the exterior.

The Colorful Cathedral - St Basils - Moscow, Russia
 

Sharp Onion Domes – Saint Basil’s Cathedral – Moscow, Russia

 

Photo of the Day – Sharp Onion Domes – Saint Basil’s Cathedral – Moscow, Russia

Saint Basil’s Cathedral is one of the few buildings on the planet that can sit dead smack in the middle of a crowded parking lot and still make a list of the top places to visit in the world. It’s for good reason indeed. When you cut through all of the noisy surroundings and focus on the cathedral, the beautifully ornate and colorful onion domes light up your insides and transform your mind into a cool state of tranquility.

Sharp Onion Domes - Saint Basils Cathedral - Moscow, Russia
 

Candy Land Castle – Church of Spilt Blood, St. Petersburg, Russia

 

Photo of the Day – Candy Land Castle – Church of Spilt Blood, St. Petersburg, Russia

Every time I look at this picture I immediately think of Candy Land! You know, the kids game with all of the different types of candy as the “players”. I played this game a lot and to me the Church of Spilled Blood makes me think of a giant real-life castle made out of candy.

The intricate painting of the domes and walls lend itself to M&M’s, Laffy Taffy, Hershey Kisses, Candy Canes and an assortment of other candy that makes my mouth water right now! Or perhaps I have lost it :)

What do you see?

Candy Land Castle - Church of Spilt Blood, St. Petersburg, Russia
 

The Backside of Angkor Wat – Siem Reap, Cambodia

 

Photo of the Day – The Backside of Angkor Wat – Siem Reap, Cambodia

The backside of Angkor Wat is often missed due to its iconic front entry including the perfect reflection pool. Yes, the front is incredible, but in some regards the rear of Angkor Wat is even more special. How many people have actually seen the back of Angkor Wat?

If you look closely you’ll see a Buddhist monk, a scooter, and other than that, nothing. And that is the point! It is unreal how few people there were on the backside versus the front. This is a simple reminder to make sure you explore all of these incredibly iconic places from head to toe and front to back.

The Backside of Angkor Wat - Siem Reap, Cambodia
 

Egyptian Columns at Philae – Aswan, Egypt

 

Photo of the Day – Egyptian Columns at Philae – Aswan, Egypt

Brad and I saw this temple after exiting an overnight train from Cairo to Aswan (south on the Nile River). Although it does not compare to the grandeur and age of the Pyramids of Giza, Philae cemented in our minds almost immediately what makes a Nile River cruise or any other robust Egypt tour necessary. Egyptian pyramids, temples and tombs are certainly not only confined to Cairo and Philae was the first of many examples.

As Philae is on an island (it was actually moved from its original island) it is only accessible by boat which adds to its “cool factor”. The long stretch of columns you see here is actually upon entry and will leave you in astonishment as you try to comprehend how this was built around 300 BC – 2300 years ago!

Egyptian Columns at Philae - Aswan, Egypt
 

Flock of Sheep Statues at Karnak Temple – Luxor, Egypt

 

Photo of the Day – Flock of Sheep Statues at Karnak Temple – Luxor, Egypt

OK, this isn’t really a flock of sheep, but there are two rows of these massive sheep which line a walk-way leading to Karnak Temple. I can imagine this being quite a dramatic entry way for royalty and others nearly 4000 years ago.

Does anyone know the what these sheep symbolize?

Flock of Sheep Statues at Karnak Temple - Luxor, Egypt
 

Rock Solid Face – Bayon Temple – Angkor, Cambodia

 

Photo of the Day – Rock Solid Face – Bayon Temple – Angkor, Cambodia

You can find over two-hundred of these gigantic stone faces littering the grounds of the Bayon Temple in Cambodia. It is almost surreal walking around this temple with all of these serene faces starring down on you.

Rock Solid Face - Bayon Temple - Angkor, Cambodia
 

A Thousand Archways at Mezquita de Cordoba – Cordoba, Spain

 

Photo of the Day – A Thousand Archways at Mezquita de Cordoba – Cordoba, Spain

Mezquita de Cordoba is truly beautiful in both physical nature and richness in history. It is a hidden gem to most, but is AbsoluteVisit #53. Brad and I really enjoyed the interior of Mezquita de Cordoba especially the patterns made from the archways inside.

Has anyone heard of this place before? If so, from where?

A Thousand Archways at Mezquita de Cordoba - Cordoba, Spain
 

The Reclining Buddha – Wat Pho – Bangkok, Thailand

 

Photo of the Day – The Reclining Buddha – Wat Pho – Bangkok, Thailand

This is my favorite Buddha in the world! I’m not sure what it is about it, perhaps the size (15m tall and 43m long) or its incredible golden color. Definitely check this out when you are in Bangkok and let us know you think!

Where is your favorite Buddha?

The Reclining Buddha - Wat Pho - Bangkok, Thailand
 

Balinese Temple Face – Bali, Indonesia

 

Photo of the Day – Balinese Temple Face – Bali, Indonesia

Every time I look at this photo I think of those old Budweiser commercials that said “Whhaazzzzuuuppppppp?!” However, I do know that this carved face at this Balinese temple means quite a bit more. These faces are somewhat common in Bali and adorn many statues and building.

Balinese Temple Face - Bali, Indonesia
 
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2 Pyramids of Egypt
3 Machu Picchu
4 Serengeti Migration
5 Galapagos Islands
6 Grand Canyon
7 Angkor Temples
8 Antarctica Cruise
9 Taj Mahal
10 Iguazu Falls
11 Amazon Rain Forest
12 Great Barrier Reef
13 Bora Bora
14 Victoria Falls
15 Bagan
16 Petra
17 Potala Palace
18 Karnak
19 Mt Everest
20 Cappadocia
21 St Peters Basilica
22 Fjords of Norway
23 Jerusalem Old City
24 Burj Khalifa
25 Borobudur
26 Forbidden City
27 Kashmir Valley
28 Li River Cruise
29 Ladakh
30 Alhambra
31 Louvre Museum
32 Perito Moreno Glac.
33 Banaue Terraces
34 Colosseum of Rome
35 Easter Island
36 Venice Canals/Alleys
37 Kathmandu Valley
38 Wat Phra Kaew
39 Yellowstone NP
40 Pompeii
41 Rio Panoramic View
42 Palace of Versailles
43 Dubrovnik
44 Golden Temple
45 St. Basils Cathedral
46 Vatican Museum
47 Florence Cityscape
48 Acropolis
49 Amalfi Coast Drive
50 Kremlin
51 Hong Kong View
52 TerraCotta Warriors
53 Mezquita Cordoba
54 Chichen Itza
55 Damascus Old City
56 Shwedagon Stupa
57 Sahara Desert
58 Mont St Michel
59 St. Marks Square
60 Egyptian Museum
61 Hagia Sophia
62 Angel Falls
63 Delphi
64 Teotihuacan
65 Baalbek
66 Banff NP
67 Santorini
68 Matterhorn
69 New York Skyline
70 Neuschwanstein
71 Chartres Cathedral
72 British Museum
73 Prague Old Town
74 Burj al Arab
75 Yangtze River Cruise
76 Yosemite NP
77 Hermitage Museum
78 Torres del Paine
79 Chambord Chateau
80 Lijiang
81 Portofino
82 Great Ocean Road
83 Tongariro Alpine
84 Las Vegas Strip
85 Tikal
86 Topkapi Palace
87 Sydney Opera House
88 Eiffel Tower
89 Luxor Temple
90 Kerala Backwaters
91 Golden Gate Bridge
92 Cinque Terre
93 Metropolitan Mus
94 Uffizi Gallery
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