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City known as “Venice of the East,” in Rajasthan, India surrounded by the Aravali Mountains and founded in 1559. Udaipur is also called “The Jewel of Mewar,” a kingdom with which legends of bravery are associated. Many of Udaipur’s white marble, imperial palaces are located on the banks of Lake Pichola.

UNESCO World Heritage Site
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Urn Tomb
Doric-style burial chamber, cut into cliffs of al-Khubtha, Petra, Jordan, one of several chambers with Hellenistic façades that belonged to princes or nobles. The Urn Tomb faces an open terrace fronted by a double row of vaults, its colonnaded cloister runs along the northern side of the terrace. The elaborate façade fronts a single, unadorned room that measures 20 meters on each side. In 447 A.D., the Urn Tomb was converted into a church.

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