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Pigeon Rocks

Pigeon Rocks

Beirut, Lebanon

The Pigeon Rocks are huge natural formations off the coast of the Corniche andone of the symbols of Beirut.  They stand out like sentinels in the sea. Walking and jogging on this seaside promenade are popular activities. There are a number of restaurants serving local and foreign cuisines and cafés offering a variety of snacks. The shores near Pigeon Rocks have yielded the oldest evidence we ...

Binbirdirek Cistern

Binbirdirek Cistern

Istanbul, Turkey

The Binbirdirek Cistern, also known as the Cistern of Philoxenos, is a subterranean reservoir near the Hippodrome.  It was originally built in the fourth century AD beneath the Palace of Antiochus.  The cistern was used up until the Ottoman conquest in 1453 when it was abandoned.  In the 17th century it was rediscovered, though it has remained unused.  The cistern is capable of...

Hamidiyyeh Clock Tower

Hamidiyyeh Clock Tower

Beirut, Lebanon

The Ottoman Clock Tower was built on the grounds of the Grand Serail in 1897. It marked the 10th anniversary of Sultan Abdul Hamid II’s coronation. The need was felt for a public clock that would indicate the Muslim prayer timings. The clock that stands 25 meters tall was the tallest structure in Beirut at the time of its completion. The Clock Tower houses a huge bell weighing 300 kgs on its third...

Open Air Folk House Museum

Open Air Folk House Museum

Tokyo, Japan

This museum, located only half an hour away from Tokyo, is delightful. It showcases the architecture of the past rural Japan. The setting is beautiful; historic/traditional houses are perched amidst or atop of wooded hilly areas. The houses are simple and often comprise of thatched roofs. Interesting features of this museum include a gate to the home of a Samurai, a Kabuki stage and a water wheel ...