Khor Rori, ruins of an ancient South Arabian town, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Oman
Inscriptions at Khor Rouri reports that the town, called Sumhuram, was founded on royal initiative and settled by až€adramite emigrants. Dhofar was the main source of frankincense in the ancient period, and it seems likely that the foundation of the settlement was in part motivated by a Hadramite wish to control the production of this valuable commodity.
In 2000 it was added to the Unesco world heritage list.
Today, visitors to the site can find Bronze Age fortifications from the small fortified town as well as a local palace ascribed to the Queen of Sheba
© 2014 Frans Sellies
Sycamore gap, iconic place along Hadrians wall, England
Hadrian's Wall or Vallum Hadriani in Latin, was a defense wall in the Roman province of Britannia. The construction began in 122 AD under the reign of the emperor Hadrian. It was the northern limit of the Roman Empire.
A significant portion of the wall still stands. It is the most popular tourist attraction in Northern England and it was added to the UNESCO World Heritage list in 1987.
In a gap between two hills, along Hadrianas Wall, stands a solitary tree. The symmetry of the image was used in the opening scene of Kevin Costneras film Robin Hood Prince of Thieves'. Ever since, Sycamore Gap has been one of Britainas most iconic trees.
The tree is a sycamore (Acer pseudoplatanus), but sometimes also known as The Robin Hood tree
© 2016 Frans Sellies