Timbuktu, Mali - UNESCO World Heritage Site


Country: Mali | Type: Cultural | Theme: Urban Landscape  Introduction to Timbuktu Timbuktu is thought to have been found near the end of the 5th century.  During the 15th and 16th centuries, Timbuktu was an important center for the growth of Islam.  The city contains several well-known mosques including Sankore, Djingareyber, and Sidi Yahia.  These three mosques are remnants of the golden …

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A herd of elephants - Mount Kilimanjaro is seen in the background

Kilimanjaro National Park

Country: Tanzania | Type: Natural | Theme: Mountain, Natural Landscape Introduction to Kilimanjaro National Park Tanzania Mount Kilimanjaro, at 5,895 meters, is the highest point in the African continent and largest freestanding volcanic mass in the entire world.  On a clear day, it can be seen from over 100 miles away.  That National Park surrounding the mountain covers approximately 75,575 ha.  The mountain …

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pyramid fields of giza

Pyramid Fields of Giza

Country: Egypt | Type: Cultural | Theme: Archaeological, Burial Introduction to Pyramid Fields of Giza Memphis, located in Egypt, was the capital of the Old Kingdom and today contains numerous ancient monuments.  Some of its highlights include rock tombs, temples, pyramids, and ornate mastabas.  This area, in ancient times, was considered one of the Seven Wonders of the World.  Some of the well-known …

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Muhammad Ali Mosque - Historic Cairo

Historic Cairo

Country: Egypt | Type: Cultural | Theme: Arabic, Islam, Urban Landscape  Introduction to Historic Cairo Historic Cairo is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in the heart of Egypt’s capital city. It is home to a rich collection of Islamic architecture, including the famous Al-Azhar Mosque, the Citadel of Saladin, and the Bahariya Oasis, which showcase the history and cultural significance of the Islamic …

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stone town of zanzibar

Stone Town of Zanzibar

Country: Tanzania | Type: Cultural | Theme: Urban Landscape Introduction to Stone Town of Zanzibar Located in Tanzania, the Stone Town of Zanzibar is a great example of a virtually intact Swahili coastal trading town.  The buildings of the town are a direct reflection of this unique culture, a mix of cultural elements from Africa, India, Europe, and Arab regions.  For centuries, …

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