Ostentatious Interior

I have seen many beautiful ancient structures all over the world. The ancient eastern temples of South Korea are no exception. This is the ceiling of one of the buildings inside the Gyeongbokgung Palace in Seoul, South Korea. The architecture is very similar to that of the temples found in and around the Imperial City in Beijing,…

Built On Ruin

This is a small section of the ancient city of Pompeii, Italy. It was lost to time by the devastation of Mount Vesuvius’ eruption in 79 AD. The church that sits on top of the now excavated ruins was there before the discovery of the first part of the ruins in 1709. There is something so interesting and intrinsically…

Lost in Thought

A young child, whose life has just begun, leans on walls that have stood for over a thousand years. Banteay Srei is a jewel amongst the Khmer culture’s temples in present day Cambodian. The red sandstone and intricate carvings throughout the miniature temple lends itself to a childlike fantasy land. Unlike the massive temples of the nearby…

Ancient Home

This is a section of the ancient pueblo ruin known as the Long House in Mesa Verde National Park. You have to be a part of a tour to get this close to the ruins, but the small secluded groups allow for a more intimate look at how this ancient civilization lived and thrived in…

Adriatic Fortress

The medieval walls that surround the city of Dubrovnik, Croatia have stood on the edge of the Adriatic Sea for centuries. Battered and beaten by the salty sea they are a testament to the ingenuity and the quality of the work that the men put into building this great fortress. Today, Dubrovnik is still a vibrant city with a…

Buddha of Bayon

This is the Bayon Temple Complex in the ancient city of Angkor Thom, located in present day Cambodia. To visitors this is an amazing work of ancient engineering, but to local Buddhists it is an active site of worship. Angkor Wat may be one of the best known and preserved ruins from the Khmer Empire, but…

Cambodian Roof Garden

I don’t think the ancient Khmer builders of the Ta Prohm Temple envisioned a garden forest quite like this one in their day. Ta Prohm is one of the many temples built by the Khmer empire in what is known as the greater Angkor Wat area, near present day Siem Reap, Cambodia. This silk-cotton tree’s base…

Window into a Lost World

This is a view through a window in Cliff Palace at Mesa Verde National Park. It’s easy to imagine the ancient Puebloan person who lived in this space, looking out this window at his or her magnificent cliff side community. Everyone here lived in such close quarters with their neighbors and each did their part to sustain this unique culture. It must have…