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Picture of Greek ruins at sunset

Ruins of Worship

Photo of the Day, July 14, 2016

In Greece, twilight bathes the ruins of the sanctuary of Athena Pronaia at Delphi and its tholos, a circular building ...

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Picture of a stained glass window's multicolored reflection in the Mosque-Cathedral of Córdoba, Spain

Different Light

Photo of the Day, July 11, 2016

Sunlight beams through a stained glass window in the Mosque-Cathedral of Córdoba, spotlighting orbs of color onto an adjacent wall ...

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Picture of the temple of Poseidon in Greece

Sea Meets Sky

Photo of the Day, July 9, 2016

Floodlights illuminate the temple of Poseidon, god of the sea, at Cape Sounion, Greece. The cults of ancient Greece helped ...

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Picture of a raptor sculpture at night in Borrego Springs, California

Look Alive

Photo of the Day, May 4, 2016

Ricardo Breceda’s raptor sculpture, one of his many works in Borrego Springs, California, is brought to fearsome life by ...

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Picture of a church inside a cave in Italy

Mountain Sanctuary

Photo of the Day, April 14, 2016

The Temple of Valadier welcomes visitors to a cave in the Frasassi Gorge in Italy’s Marches region. The eponymous ...

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Picture of Hellenic cadets touring the Parthenon

Hellenic Cadets

Photo of the Day, March 7, 2015

Cadets from the Hellenic Military Academy tour the Parthenon in Athens, Greece. Degraded by pollution, the ancient temple to the ...

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Picture of people walking in and around Germany’s 1894 parliament building, the Reichstag

Berlin’s Reichstag

Photo of the Day, February 25, 2015

Berlin, the imposing power city at the heart of Europe’s 20th-century tragedy, is learning to live with its troubled ...

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Picture of an abandoned house filled with sand in the mining town of Pomona, Namibia

House of Sand

Photo of the Day, February 18, 2015

In the abandoned diamond-mining town of Pomona on the Namibian coast, sand devours buildings like this one, a house on ...

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Picture of an explorer in Blombos Cave on the southern coast of South Africa

Artists’ Cave

Photo of the Day, December 29, 2014

Perched near Africa’s southern tip, Blombos Cave has yielded some of the earliest evidence of symbolic expression, including shell ...

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Picture of youths exploring Roman ruins at Samaria-Sebaste, a West Bank archaeological site

Layered Land

Photo of the Day, December 9, 2014

Youths explore Roman ruins at Samaria-Sebaste, a West Bank archaeological site divided between Israeli and Palestinian control. A forum and ...

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Picture of a boy on horseback in Ushguli, Svaneti, Georgia

Svan Rider

Photo of the Day, September 29, 2014

Centuries-old defensive towers loom over remote villages in the Svaneti region of Georgia’s Caucasus Mountains. Svans in the collection ...

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Picture of men holding candles as they stand outside of a tenth-century church to bless a bull before its sacrifice, Mestia, Svanetia, Georgia

Blessed Beast

Photo of the Day, September 23, 2014

Traditions endure in the Svaneti region, high in Georgia’s Caucasus Mountains. Here, a bull with candles on its horns ...

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Picture of the Colosseum at night in Rome, Italy

Under the Hill

Photo of the Day, August 29, 2014

The successors of Roman Emperor Nero largely buried his legacy from view. Beneath the Oppian Hill (at left) the remains ...

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Picture of a tree along the path of Hadrian’s Wall in northern England

Tree of Life

Photo of the Day, August 24, 2014

Tourists flock to a lone tree along the path of Hadrian’s Wall in northern England. Built between 122 A ...

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Picture of a stone Buddha embedded in the trunk of a tree in Ayutthaya, Thailand

Spiritual Roots

Photo of the Day, August 8, 2014

On a tour of Wat Mahathat, a temple in Ayutthaya, Thailand, Your Shot member Julian Bound spotted a large stone ...

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Picture of the ruins of a fort from World War I at Chemin des Dames in France

Return to Nature

Photo of the Day, July 31, 2014

During World War I, the deadlock of trench warfare led both the French and German sides to tunnel beneath enemy ...

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Picture of the Stones of Stenness, an ancient stone circle in Britain

Standing Guard

Photo of the Day, July 28, 2014

The Stones of Stenness may be Britain’s most ancient stone circle. Erected during the Stone Age on the Orkney ...

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Picture of Madain Salih, Saudi Arabia

Madain Salih, Saudi Arabia

Photo of the Day, July 10, 2014

A pre-Islamic people, Nabataeans carved palatial tombs at Madain Salih. In 2008, UNESCO named Madain Salih a World Heritage site ...

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Picture of a home filled with sand near the abandoned Kolmanskop diamond mine in Namibia

Sands of Time

Photo of the Day, July 7, 2014

Sand dunes spill through the doorway of a reclaimed home in the ghost town of Kolmanskop, Namibia. Kolmanskop, formerly home ...

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Picture of women talking in Loire Valley, France

Saumur, France

Photo of the Day, August 31, 2013

This Month in Photo of the Day: City Pictures

Photographer H. Armstrong Roberts captured this image of women sharing a ...

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Picture of a cable car on a street in Lisbon, Portugal

Cable Car, Lisbon

Photo of the Day, August 29, 2013

This Month in Photo of the Day: City Pictures

A jam-packed cable car clacks over steep cobbled streets, bringing Lisboans ...

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Picture of a street scene in Beirut, Lebanon

Beirut, Lebanon

Photo of the Day, August 28, 2013

This Month in Photo of the Day: City Pictures

This photograph of a bustling street scene ran in the April ...

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Picture of arcades in a main street in Morella, Spain

Morella, Spain

Photo of the Day, August 25, 2013

This Month in Photo of the Day: City Pictures

A 1928 Autochrome image by Jules Gervais Courtellemont shows a view ...

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Picture of two teenage couples in Brooklyn, New York

Teenagers, Brooklyn

Photo of the Day, August 24, 2013

This Month in Photo of the Day: City Pictures

In 1980s Brooklyn, teenage couples stand proudly before a flashy Trans ...

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Picture of the Chicago skyline from Marina City

Skyline, Chicago

Photo of the Day, August 21, 2013

This Month in Photo of the Day: City Pictures

Fifty-two stories above Chicago, city noises fade and vistas expand for ...

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Picture of models backstage at a fashion show in Paris

Fashion Show, Paris

Photo of the Day, August 18, 2013

This Month in Photo of the Day: City Pictures

Models wait backstage at Emanuel Ungaro's ready-to-wear show in this ...

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Picture of children gathering around a snowball vendor in New Orleans

Snowball Vendor, New Orleans

Photo of the Day, August 17, 2013

This Month in Photo of the Day: City Pictures

Children gather around a French Quarter snowball wagon in this Autochrome ...

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Picture of a canal in Venice

Canal, Venice

Photo of the Day, August 15, 2013

This Month in Photo of the Day: City Pictures

A Venice canal reflects the summer sky in this Autochrome picture ...

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Picture of a man standing against the backdrop of Bay Bridge construction, San Francisco

San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge

Photo of the Day, August 14, 2013

This Month in Photo of the Day: City Pictures

The San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge is a work-in-progress in this picture ...

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Picture of a street in Limassol, Cyprus

Limassol, Cyprus

Photo of the Day, August 9, 2013

This Month in Photo of the Day: City Pictures

Arches frame a street in Limassol, Cyprus—also called Lemesos—in ...

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Picture of a city street in Salvador, Brazil

Salvador, Brazil

Photo of the Day, August 7, 2013

This Month in Photo of the Day: City Pictures

Photographer James Stanfield captured the city of Salvador, Brazil, for a ...

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Picture of umbrellas in Miami Beach, Florida

Umbrellas, Miami Beach

Photo of the Day, August 5, 2013

This Month in Photo of the Day: City Pictures

In this Autochrome image from a January 1930 National Geographic story ...

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Picture of a family at the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool, Washington, D.C.

Reflecting Pool, Washington

Photo of the Day, August 3, 2013

This Month in Photo of the Day: City Pictures

Children sail toy boats in the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool in ...

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Picture of a mammoth tusk hunter in Siberia

Mammoth Tusk Hunter, Siberia

Photo of the Day, March 30, 2013

This Month in Photo of the Day: National Geographic Magazine Features

Siberian hunter Slava Dolbaev uses a spear to dig ...

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Picture of Ghadames, a pre-Roman oasis town in the Sahara

Ghadames, Libya

Photo of the Day, March 27, 2013

This Month in Photo of the Day: National Geographic Magazine Features

Tight clusters of traditional mud-brick-and-palm houses have stood for ...

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Picture of the ruins of a Roman theater in Libya

Roman Theater, Libya

Photo of the Day, March 7, 2013

This Month in Photo of the Day: National Geographic Magazine Features

Libyans enjoy a visit to Sabratah's ancient Roman ...

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