2015/07/19

5 Great Tourist Attractions in Maldives


Spend your holiday vacation in the scenic island nation of Maldives, the smallest country in Asia. The Maldives Islands makes up for its small land area and population by hosting some of the most stunning atolls and five-star beach resorts in the world.

 In addition, the following five great Maldivian tourist attractions should be enough reasons for you to make the country your vacation destination this year. Learn more about the most popular tourist attractions in Maldives.
 

5 Great Tourist Attractions in Maldives


National Museum

Located in Male, the capital of Maldives, the National Museum should be one of your first stops. The museum is part of the gorgeous Sultan’s Park, another Maldivian tourist attraction. A varied collection of artifacts and memorabilia are housed in the museum, including the prized eleventh-century coral stone Lord Buddha. When you tour the National Museum, learn about the country’s rich history from its Buddhist-era heritage to its Islamic influences.



Hukuru Miskiiy or Old Friday Mosque

 After visiting the National Museum, take a quick trip to Hukuru Miskiiy, which is also located in Male. Hukuru Miskiiy, which dates back to the 1600s, is one of the oldest of its kind in Maldives. The historic architectural beauty has carved walls made of coral stone. Ancient tombs built in the memory of Maldivian notables surround Hukuru Miskiiy.



Conrad Maldives Rangali Island Resort and Spa

 Situated in the Alif Dhaal atoll, this spectacular luxury resort features Ithaa Undersea Restaurant, a one-of-a-kind underwater restaurant where you can dine in style and feast on spicy local cuisine. You can choose to stay in one of Conrad Maldives Rangali Island’s dreamy water villas or modern villas surrounded by tropical greenery. Complete your holiday vacation with a soothing spa treatment at the Spa Retreat.



Mirihi Island Resort

At South Ari Atoll, this paradise of a tropical island resort basks in the middle of turquoise blue waters. From Male, take a thirty-minute ride on a seaplane to reach the picturesque Mirihi Island Resort. Take a walk along the white sandy beaches bordered by pine trees and catch a glimpse of stunning house-reefs.



Niyama Resort

This Maldivian tourist spot and luxury beach resort is famous for serving as home to Subsix, the first underwater nightclub in the world. At Subsix, dance the night away and have the most memorable clubbing experience of your life. Niyama resort is relatively small, but it makes up for its compactness by offering breathtaking island views, glorious beaches, and sumptuous food. Go to Sub-Lime, and pamper yourself with a private spa relaxation treat. For foodies, try either Epicure or Tribal.


5 Great Tourist Attractions in Tunisia


Known for its sunny weather, golden beaches, coastal resorts, and ancient ruins, Tunisia is rich in archaeological as well as historical heritage, making it a perfect vacation getaway for history buffs. In 1997, UNESCO declared Tunisia, the smallest North African country, as a Cultural Capital Region.

During your grand Tunisian holiday spree, be sure to check out the following five tourist attractions.



5 Great Tourist Attractions in Tunisia



Ruins of Carthage

The 3,000-year-old city of Carthage, the capital of the Phoenician government, sits close to the shores of the Mediterranean Sea. You get to see fantastic views while appreciating the ancient Roman architectural ruins. The Tunisian presidential palace, as well as the majestic Saint Louis Cathedral, is also located in Carthage.



Djerba

Djerba, also known as Jerba, is the largest North African Island. Expect beautiful sunsets and beaches when you visit this place.

One factor that has catapulted this city-island into a popular tourist attraction is the fact that, in 1977, scenes that appeared in the first Stars Wars movie was filmed in Djerba.


Monastir

Monastir has undergone a transformation from a fishing port to a key Tunisian holiday tourist resort.

Monastir’s suburb, Skanes, gracefully enfolds the country’s coastline. Skanes is famous for its golf courses, white sandy beaches, and hotels inspired by Moorish and contemporary imaginings.


Bardo National Museum

Located in the Tunis suburbs, the Bardo National Museum was once a Hafsid palace built in the thirteenth century. The museum will whet your appetite for spectacular antiquities from Tunisia, the Islamic Period, and ancient Greece. The museum is also home to a Roman mosaic collection.



Sidi Bou Said

Sidi Bou Said, a town situated twenty kilometers off Tunis, is famous for its distinctive blue-and-white color scheme. Blue and white swatches of paint appear extensively all over the village, from the exterior of houses to the walls of buildings.

Long reputed as a town of artists, Sidi Bou Said was a temporary host or served as home to August Macke, Gustave-Henri Jossot, Louis Moillet, Paul Klee, and Saro Lo Turco.




2014/11/14

Model Altar in the Form of a Temple Facade

This pylon, or gateway, was discovered at Tell el-Amarna. It is related to the cult of the royal family, which has been noticed in stela found in private houses at Amarna. It was believed that the royal family acted as intermediaries between the gods and the people.

Model Altar in the Form of a Temple Facade


This example is a household altar, or shrine, in the form of the pylon of the temple. The walls of the two wings of the pylon are symmetrically decorated with scenes of the king, Queen Nefertiti, and their eldest daughter. They are worshiping and making offerings to the god.

The king with his swollen belly wears the Blue Crown on his customarily exaggerated head. The queen wears a tall Blue Crown and a long transparent garment. The sun disk, the Aten, radiates his benefits of life and energy to the royal couple.

2014/11/13

Column of King Niuserre

Graceful and well-proportioned columns were carved in different styles and topped with capitals in the shape of a lotus, papyrus, or palm. Some columns were also decorated with the head of the goddess Hathor and are called Hathoric columns.

Column of King Niuserre


This six-sided column has a capital in the form of a closed papyrus. It was one of many that supported the ceiling of the temple of Niuserre at Abusir. The names and titles of the king are engraved on its body.

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Model of a Column

Columns were introduced into temples in order to simulate nature and to identify mankind again with nature. The first tentative attempts at columns are still visible in the Step Pyramid of Saqqara. 

Model of a Column


Columns in Ancient Egypt were in many forms such as bundles of papyrus; papyrus stems and lotus stems; palmiform, or palm-like; or campaniform, or bell-shaped.

The capital of this column is in the form of a lotus flower and its details are carved in relief. The shaft is cylindrical and is set on a rounded base.

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18th Dynasty columns

As indicated by isolated cartouches, these three 18th Dynasty columns were made for Tuthmosis IV. Some twohundred years later, they were usurped by Merenptah and Sethos II, and most of the cartouches name these kings. Much later, the columns were reused in the construction of the Kunsthistorisches Museum, where they now serve as supporting elements in rooms I and V.

18th Dynasty columns



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This fragment of limestone comes from the temple of Montuhotep II at Deir el-Bahari. At the left, one notices the forearm and hand of a person who holds the ankh-sign of life.  The rest of the fragment contains three columns of hieroglyphs in finely painted relief.


Fragment from the temple of Montuhotep II at Deir el-Bahari




Funerary relief From Temple of Ptah

This fragment of relief was found in the temple of Ptah during the excavations of W. F. Petrie at Memphis in 1908. Representing a funeral scene stemming from a tomb of the 5th Dynasty, the block was re-used in the Ramesside Period.


Funerary relief From Temple of Ptah

The relief show bearers of offerings who head towards the funerary chapel of the deceased with pomp.

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