Actually, there area about a billion places I'd love to go in the real world, given the chance. I suppose the top of the list would be Angkor Wat in Cambodia.
(Side note: If I weren't an overly excitable twerp I'd've found much nicer, smaller images for this, but, as it is, I think they do the place justice. But I'd be lucky to have the patience of a five-year-old, so these'll just have to do. :P)
I'm a huge fan of symbolic detail, and so while Rosslyn Chapel is hugely high on that list as well, I was asked to pick a place which, frankly, is a smidge unfair. But I probably made that clear in the title, so, erm. Moving on.
The idea of a city of temples is just immensely appealing to me, and I'm a huge fan of the imagery of the vedas of Hinduism, though I don't count myself a member of the religion.
It's just an interesting place, and not all that commonly mentioned.
Also--hS! Petra's a brilliant choice. I've been twice, actually, and I can tell you it's as gorgeous as it seems. While the treasury itself is obviously gated off, in the totally-not-Canyon-of-the-Crescent-Moon valley leading up to it, you've got tons of places to crawl around in leading up to it that were also built by the Nabataeans and make use of the same architectural style.
The colours in the exposed sandstone in the last picture have even more contrast in one of the smaller shrines I found.
On top of that, the rock formations themselves are beautiful, with weird, Lovecraftian shapes to them that are eerily beautiful. It feels like it's full of secrets, and it would, strategically, make a lovely place to hide out with enough resources.
If the walk seems a bit much, there are also people selling carriage, horse, and camel rides, setting up their own small enterprises on-site.
I'd have to say the most curious thing about the place is the fact that the treasury itself, both times I visited, was surrounded by cats. All over the place.
So, erm, forgive the travel infomercial, but I just really, really like Petra and I thought you might appreciate more thoughts on the place.
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