Doorways to the world


They say adventure and discovery awaits around every corner, whether it is travelling down a previously untrodden trail, passing through an unopened door or experiencing a destination from a different perspective. In this week’s photo showcase Ann Amies has compiled a collection of photographs taken of classic destinations around the world beautifully framed by open doorways, natural windows and gates left ajar, each beckoning travellers to come and explore.

We’re tempted…how about you?

1. The Blue Mosque, Turkey

Built between 1609 and 1616 and commissioned by a young Sultan Ahmed, the Blue Mosque is one of the world’s most famous mosques. It was only the second mosque ever to have 6 minarets, after Ka’aba in Mecca, Saudi Arabia.

Visit it on our Turkey Discovered tour.

2. Machu Picchu, Peru

Though to have been built around 1450 and abandoned in 1572, magnificent Machu Picchu doesn’t really need any introduction. Reached by a number of hikes including the famous Inca Trail – or if you don’t fancy a hike you can take the train from Cuzco to Aguas Calientes.

See it on our Trails to Titicaca tour

3. Temples of Bagan, Burma

Stretching out as far as the eye can see, Bagan’s endless temples are a sight to behold. Once home to over 10,000 temples – now just (?!) 2200 remain over a space of 26 square miles on the banks of the Ayeyarwady River.

See them on our Best of Burma tour

4. Lion's Head, South Africa

Sitting between Signal Hill and Table Mountain, Lion’s Head rests proudly overlooking the city of Cape Town. Part of the Table Mountain National Park – it peaks at 669 meters above sea level, is a perfect short walk and affords stunning views over Cape Town.

See it on our Cape to Falls overland safari

5. Hassan II Mosque, Morocco

Perched on the seafront in Casablanca, this mosque has the highest minaret in the world! Standing at 210 meters in height and with a laser that points towards Mecca – it’s truly a sight to behold and one of Casablanca’s finest attractions.

See it on our Totally Morocco tour.

6. Forbidden City, China

In its heyday it is said to have consisted of 9999 rooms and was famously a mystery to the people of Beijing before 1925 when it was opened as a museum. It is located on Tiananmen Square and is thankfully now open to the public.

See it on our Great Wall & Warriors tour

7. Church on Spilled Blood, Russia

Taking nearly 25 years to build, St Petersburg’s Church on Spilled Blood has a very chequered history which has seen the building be used as a church, a museum, a morgue and even a vegetable warehouse!

See it on our Back in the USSR tour

8. Taj Mahal, India

The mausoleum that needs no introduction, the magnificent Taj Mahal in Agra – built by Shah Jahan for his wife between 1632 – 1653 – it is without doubt one of the world’s most visited attractions and arguably the greatest ever monument to love.

See it on our Taj Traveller tour

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