Did you know that the world's oldest continually operating university was founded by a woman? Fatima al-Fihri established what is now the University of Al-Karaouine in 859. Standing out from the rest of Fez, #Morocco's ancient medina with its green tiled roofs, the University of Al-Karaouine has become a world-famous institution offering degrees in a variety of fields. Its library is also home to some of the oldest preserved manuscripts in Islamic history.
Learn more about the university by clicking the link in our bio! #bbctravel 📷: @chrisgriffithsphoto
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Located in the Bay of Bengal, India's Ross Island offers a sobering glimpse of how our world might look when humans are long gone. Once a penal colony and then a luxurious haven for British soldiers, the island has been left to its rightful owner: nature. Today, the once-elegant structures have been taken over by the forest, creating a haunting landscape.
Read more about Ross Island by clicking the link in our bio! #bbctravel 📷: @neelimav
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#FridayFeature! The Church of St Sava in Belgrade, #Serbia, is the largest Orthodox church in the #Balkans and the second largest in the world. Although construction of the temple began in 1935, St Sava's interior remains incomplete. Politics and war halted construction several times, and when work resumed in 2000, there was still much to be done. The exterior, however, with its copper domes and gold crosses, is an iconic part of the city skyline.
Beautiful capture, @esejapan! Thanks for sharing using #bbctravel!
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The history of Poznań, #Poland, stretches all the way back to the 10th Century. The city's cathedral even contains the tombs of the nation's first rulers, Mieszko I and his son, Bolesław the Brave.
Poznań is home to a number of fascinating historical sites, including Old Market Square, which was first established in the mid-13th Century. Beautiful photo @de_weg_! Thanks for using #bbctravel!
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Not far from Hanoi, #Vietnam's Trang An Landscape in Ninh Binh province caught the attention of Unesco in 2014 with its spectacular limestone karst peaks and partially submerged valleys.
Beautiful capture @chrsschlkx! (H/T @fathomwaytogo for sharing using #bbctravel!)
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The Havasupai Native American tribe have lived 3,000ft below the edge of the Grand Canyon for more than 1,000 years. Havasupai means 'people of the blue-green waters' -- they believe that the stunning turquoise waters found in the canyon flow through each tribal member.
Learn more about it by clicking the link in our bio! #bbctravel 📷: @reubenhernandez
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Heiða Guðný Ásgeirsdóttir used to live the glamorous life of a high-fashion model. Today, she manages a sheep farm in the remote Highlands of #Iceland. “It’s just me, my mother and the sheep,” she said. “It’s a simple life, and it can be hard. But look at what I’m surrounded by. I’m lucky.” Learn more about Ásgeirsdóttir by clicking the link in our bio! #bbctravel
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Lisbon, #Portugal's famous No. 28 tram has been shuttling passengers from Martim Moniz through the popular neighbourhoods of Alfama, Baixa and Estrela to Campo Ourique since the early 20th Century, when the iconic yellow cars were imported from the US to replace horse-drawn carriages as the city's primary mode of transportation.
Lovely photo @roamwithrakhee! Thanks for sharing using #bbctravel!
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Stretching 17 miles along the northern coast of Kauai, #Hawaii, the Na Pali Coast is renowned for its spectacular green cliffs punctuated by cavernous valleys and plummeting waterfalls. Beautiful capture, @lighthousekeepr -- thanks for sharing using #bbctravel!
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Like many other lakes, Lake Abraham in Alberta, #Canada, emits methane gas. However, during the wintertime, temperatures drop so low and the wind blows so fast that the ice that forms on the lake's surface is crystal clear, revealing the methane bubbles that are trapped below.
Learn more about it in our bio! #bbctravel
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To learn about Berber cuisine, photographer @chrisgriffithsphoto travelled to the Sahara Desert in #Morocco, where he captured this breath-taking image of the desert. To see more of Chris' work, check out the link in our bio! #bbctravel