Around The World In 80 Treasures (2005) BBC

Episode 7: Jordan to Ethiopia

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Episode 7: Jordan to Ethiopia

49. Jordan, Petra: Treasury of Petra. Ancient capital of the Nabataeans, rediscovered by Johann Ludwig Burckhardt in 1812.

50. Madaba, Jordan: Madaba Map, 6th century floor mosaic; the oldest surviving original cartographic depiction of the Holy Land and especially Jerusalem.

51. Jerusalem, Israel: Temple Mount. Also known as Mount Moriah - the holiest site in Judaism; site of the 1st & 2nd temples. Also revered in Islam as the location of Muhammad's journey to Jerusalem and ascent to heaven; location of the al-Aqsa mosque and the Dome of the Rock, oldest extant Islamic structure in the world.

52. Axum, Ethiopia: Axum stelae, Axum Obelisk, Ethiopia. One of over a hundred obelisks in the ancient town of Axum, built 1700 years ago, the tallest one measures 24 metres and weighs over 100 tonnes making it the oldest erected obelisk in the ancient world.

53. Debre Damo, Ethiopia: The Miracle of Mary, Debre Damo Church, Ethiopia. An ancient Ethiopian manuscript describing the numerous miracles of Mary, the mother of Jesus Christ, in Ethiopia's ancient Ge'ez language.

54. Lalibela, Ethiopia: Lalibela Church, Ethiopia. A complex of eleven rock-cut churches, believed to have been created in the 12th century. Ethiopian tradition states it was built with the help of angels.

55. Lalibela, Ethiopia: Lalibela cross

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Around the World in 80 Treasures

Around the World in 80 Treasures is a 10 episode art and travel documentary series by the BBC, presented by Dan Cruickshank, and originally aired in February, March, and April 2005. The title is a reference to Around the World in Eighty Days, the classic adventure novel by Jules Verne.

In this series, Cruickshank takes a five month world tour visiting his choices of the eighty greatest man-made treasures, including buildings and artifacts. His tour takes him through 34 countries and 6 of the 7 continents (he does not visit Antarctica).

In addition to seeing some of the world's greatest treasures, Cruickshank tries many different kinds of food including testicle, brain, and insects. His means of transportation included airplanes, trains, camel, donkey, foot, bicycle, scooter, hang glider, and boats.

A tie-in book of the same title was also published, written as a journal during the trip and containing much behind-the-scenes detail on the making of the programme in addition to Cruikshank's reflections on the treasures themselves.

Cruickshank's fondness of architecture is evident, with many of his chosen treasures being buildings or other man-made structures. The official BBC DVD of the series was released on 19 May 2008. Licenses for DVD releases have been sold to many countries around the world.


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