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Photo of the Day – The Colorful Cathedral – St Basils – Moscow, RussiaSt. 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.
Photo of the Day – Sharp Onion Domes – Saint Basil’s Cathedral – Moscow, RussiaSaint 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.
Photo of the Day – Candy Land Castle – Church of Spilt Blood, St. Petersburg, RussiaEvery 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?
Photo of the Day – The Backside of Angkor Wat – Siem Reap, CambodiaThe 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.
Photo of the Day – Egyptian Columns at Philae – Aswan, EgyptBrad 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!
Photo of the Day – Flock of Sheep Statues at Karnak Temple – Luxor, EgyptOK, 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?
Photo of the Day – Rock Solid Face – Bayon Temple – Angkor, CambodiaYou 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.
Photo of the Day – A Thousand Archways at Mezquita de Cordoba – Cordoba, SpainMezquita 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?
Photo of the Day – The Reclining Buddha – Wat Pho – Bangkok, ThailandThis 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?