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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.