During ancient times, lands that now constitute Iraq were known as Mesopotamia (“Land Between the Rivers”), a region whose extensive alluvial plains gave rise to some of the world’s earliest civilizations. Pictured on this card is Al Abbas Holy Shrine, which is located in the center of the old city of Karbala in Iraq. Tens of millions of people who visit it annually during pilgrimage.
The ancient city of Persepolis (“the city of the Persians”) was the ceremonial capital of the Achaemenid Empire (late 6th century to early 5th century BC). It is located in Fars Province, Iran. Pictured on the card is part of the Ruins of the Gate of All Nations. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Borobudur is a 9th-century Mahayana Buddhist temple in Central Java, Indonesia. The temple consists of nine stacked platforms, six square and three circular, topped by a central dome. It is decorated with 2,672 relief panels and 504 Buddha statues. The central dome is surrounded by 72 Buddha statues, each seated inside a perforated stupa. It is the world’s largest Buddhist temple, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Bellary Fort is situated in the historic city of Bellary in India. It consists of two parts: the Upper Fort and the Lower Fort. The Upper Fort was build first, in 16th century, and the Lower Fort was built in the 18th century. Today this historical site is a major attraction.
Similar to Guernsey, the Isle of Man (also known as Mann) is a self-governing British Crown dependency. It is located in the Irish Sea between England and Ireland. Interesting fact: island’s currency is Sterling – but the island prints its own notes and coins which are not acceptable in the UK, although Pounds Sterling are accepted on the island.
Iceland is an island country, and it is defined by its dramatic landscape with volcanoes, geysers, hot springs and lava fields. Iceland has around 130 active and inactive volcanoes! The eruption under Eyjafjallajökull in 2010 is most remembered one today because the volcanic ash disrupted air travel in Europe for several weeks.
Szechenyi Spa Baths is located in the biggest park of Budapest, near many other city attractions. The Neo-baroque palace was specifically built for hosting Baths as Hungary has been the country of baths for many centuries: from the Roman settlers who built the first spa baths to the 20th century natural medical trends that promote aqua therapies. Szechenyi Spa Baths is one of the best and largest spa baths in Europe with 15 indoor baths and 3 grand outdoor pools.
Hong Kong is a special administrative region of China, it’s autonomous territory. Hong Kong was a colony of the British Empire, and was returned to China only in 1997. As a special region, Hong Kong’s system of government is separate from that of mainland China. It is one of the world’s most significant financial centers and has one of the highest per capita incomes in the world.
Roatán is one of Honduras’s islands. It is known for its beaches, dive sites and marine life, including whale sharks. It is very popular cruise ships stopover. It is knows as a great eco-tourism destination in Honduras. Ideal place for snorkeling, kayaking, swimming with dolphins, and deep sea fishing.
Guyana has one of the largest unspoiled rainforests in South America, which is home to Over 900 plus species of birds and 225 species of mammals. Jaguars, giant anteaters, capybaras, harpy eagles, giant river otters (rare species), black caiman, anaconda, and the world’s largest scaled freshwater fish – arapaima, are found in this thriving ecosystem. The world’s largest lily, Victoria Amazonica, is large enough to support a child on its massive leaves, is also found in some of the many waterways of Guyana.