Architecture Travel Guides

Travel ebooks & apps for the ultra curious

<a href="">London: Wren's Churches</a>

Explore Christopher Wren's church-building legacy in London.

London Travel Guide
<a href="">Sri Lanka's Cultural Triangle</a>

Explore the spectacular Buddhist art and architecture of this linchpin civilization.

Sri Lanka Travel Guide
<a href="">Buddhist Caves of China</a>

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Carved into the hillsides in the 4th-13th centuries in continuation of a rock-cut tradition initiated in India, China's ancient caves — Mogao, Yungang, Longmen and Baodingshan —  are treasures of Buddhist art and architecture.

Buddhist Caves of China

<p><a href="">Morocco:<br>Fez, Marrakech, Meknes, Rabat</p>

A comprehensive travel guidebook to the best of Morocco's inspiring art and architecture. Explore fantastically-decorated city gates, grand mosques, and jewel box madrasas in Fez, Marrakech, Meknes and Rabat.

Morocco Travel Guide

<a href="">Spain: Granada's Alhambra</a>

The palaces of Granada's Alhambra are some of the most impressive surviving structures from the 700 years during which Islamic forces controlled the Iberian peninsula. They represents the final flowering of Islamic art and architecture in Spain.

Guide to Granada's Alhambra
<a href="">Spain: Córdoba's Mezquita</a>

A massive structure constructed in five stages from 785-988 by the Umayyads, Cordóba's Great Mosque, known as the Mezquita, reveals a unrivaled collection of art and architecture from early Al-Andalus.

Guide to Córdoba's Mezquita
<p><a href="">Cambodia Guide: Angkor</a></p>

Angkor, the ancient capital of the Khmer civilization in central Cambodia, is one of the most magnificent ancient sites in Southeast Asia. Use the guidebook to explore the art and architecture of its world class temples.

Angkor Travel Guide
<p><a href="">Guide to Java Temples</a></p>
In Central Java, two massive temples rise as witness to the greatness of two empires –- one Buddhist and one Hindu. Use this guidebook to understand the magnificent temple sites of Borobudur (Buddhist) and Prambanan (Hindu).

Java Travel Guide

<p><a href="">Thailand Guide: Sukhothai, Ayutthaya, Bangkok</a></p>

Explore Thailand's vast legacy of art and architecture in its three historical capital cities: Sukhothai, Ayutthaya, and Bangkok.

Thailand Travel Guide

<p><a href="">Myanmar (Burma) Guide: Bagan</a></p>

Dive deep into the inspiring art and architecture of this ancient Theravada Buddhist capital.

Myanmar (Burma) Travel Guide
<p><a href="">Venice Guide: St. Mark's Basilica</a></p>

Originally built as a defense of and justification for the Venice's greatness, St. Mark’s Basilica now stands as a symbol of it.

Venice Travel Guide
<p><a href="">Sicily Guide: Mosaics</a></p>

The Norman churches of Palermo, Sicily, hold some of the most impressive Byzantine mosaics in the world.

Sicily Travel Guide
<p><a href="">Guide to Khajuraho</a></p>

Khajuraho is one of the premier sites to witness the North Indian architectural style in its greatest expression. This comprehensive guide profiles all temples and the erotic sculptures for which the complex is known.

Khajuraho Travel Guide
<p><a href="">Delhi & Agra Guide</a></p>
Discover the incredible Islamic architecture of Delhi and Agra with our guidebook for curious travelers. This guidebook explores key sites in Delhi and Agra, including the famed Taj Mahal.

Delhi & Agra Travel Guide

<p><a href="">Ajanta, Ellora & Elephanta Guide</a></p>

Discover the amazing, ancient cave sites of Ajanta, Ellora and Elephanta with this detailed look at their art and architecture.

Ajanta, Ellora, Elephanta
<p><a href="">Jordan Guide: Petra</a></p>

Petra, the legendary lost city with its stunning Nabatean architecture, is one of Jordan's most famous sites. We recommend staying at least two nights and exploring the city in the early morning and under the moonlight.

Petra Travel Guide

<p><a href="">Israel Guide: Jerusalem</a></p>

Jerusalem is the crossroads of the world’s three great Abrahamic faiths, giving travelers access to three ancient and sacred sites: Western Wall, Church of the Holy Sepulchre, and Dome of the Rock.

Jerusalem Travel Guide

<p><a href="">NYC Guide: Cast Iron Architecture</a></p>

Learn about the history of cast iron architecture in New York's trendy TriBeCa and SoHo neighborhoods with our guidebook and walking tour.

New York City Travel Guide

<p><a href="">South India Temples Guide</a></p>

South India is the only place in the world where you can see a large number of Hindu temples from all time periods and empires. Explore these temples and uncover a unique cultural aspect of the South.

South India Travel Guide

<p><a href="">Tikal & Copan Guide</a></p>

The ruins of Guatemala and Honduras reveal the apex of the Maya civilization.

Tikal & Copan Travel Guide
<p><a href="">Mexico Guide: Mayan Ruins</a></p>

Explore the Maya ruins of Mexico and uncover the most impressive art and architecture in the New World.

Mexico Travel Guide
<p><a href="">Istanbul Revealed: Hagia Sophia</a></p>

New! Justinian's iconic 6th century church was the centerpiece of ancient Constantinople. Its massive dome, centralized layout and world-class mosaics still amaze

Istanbul Travel Guide
<p><a href="">Istanbul Revealed: Sinan's Mosques</a></p>

New! The mosques designed by the great 16th century architect Sinan dominate the Istanbul's skyline. Inspired by earlier Islamic prototypes, Hagia Sophia and Italian renaissance churches, they championed an entirely new, inspiring aesthetic.

Istanbul Travel Guide
<p><a href="">Puglia Guide: Romanesque Churches</a></p>

Explore Puglia's unique Romanesque churches. On this multi-church tour, travelers learn about the distinctive Puglian Romanesque architectural style, why it arose, and what makes it unique.

Puglia Travel Guide

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