JULIE MARIS/SEMEL photography  

People in the 1st c. B.C., who established Petra, Jordan as a defensive stronghold that evolved into a commercial center when they acquired control of the caravan trade of frankincense and myrrh. The trade extended from Arabia to Araba and Petra, and onward to Gaza. Bostra, Damascus, and the Syrian Desert. The Nabataeans developed hydraulic engineering systems that included water conservation and dams.

Noon Gate
(Ngo Mon Gate) Main entrance to the Imperial Citadel, Hue, Vietnam. The Noon Gate, a 58-meter-long, 27.5-meter-wide and 17-meter-high three-story structure, has five gates. The use of the central Noon Gate was reserved for kings. Court officials entered through the adjacent gates; other members of the royal family entered through the end gates. The upper level of the Noon Gate, the Belvedere of the Five Phoenixes (Ngu Phung), was the site of the emperors’ appearances and where Emperor Bao Dai abdicated to Ho Chi Ming’s government in 1945, the end of the Nguyen Dynasty.

(Godthåb) Capital of Greenland, located on the southwest coast near the Davis Strait. Nuuk, originally founded as a colony in 1721, near a 10th c. Norse settlement, is the largest town and the main port of Greenland. 14,000 people, primarily Inuit, live in Nuuk and are principally engaged in fishing and government administration. Katuaq, Greenland’s Cultural Center; the house of Niels Lynge; and the Greenland National Museum with four of the Greenland mummies, are in Nuuk.

Nyaung-U Market
Outdoor market in Bagan, Myanmar. Vendors at Nyaung-U Market sell fruits, vegetables, fish, spices, hand-made jewelry, puppets, and crafts.

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