Cultural World Heritage Sites Photography

Taj Mahal

Taj Mahal, India, Travel Photography, Vin Images

Taj Mahal, meaning “Crown of the Palaces” is a mausoleum on the south bank of the Yamuna river in the Indian city of Agra. It was commissioned in 1632 by the Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan, to house the tomb of his favourite wife, Mumtaz Mahal. It also houses the tomb of Shah Jahan, the builder. […]


Isfahan, Iran, Travel Photography, Vin Images

Imam Square and UNESCO World Heritage Persian Isfahan is a lodestar of Victorian Orientalism – the exotic east, old, charming and exquisite. It is resplendent in blue and turquoise mosaic, rich blonde stonework and a skyline of domes, towers and minarets. Imam Square is its focal point: baking hot during the day, at dusk buzzing, […]


Persepolis, Iran, Travel Photography, Vin Images

Ancient terraced palace of pillars and winged-bulls Persepolis is from the ancient Greek for “Persian City”, but Parsa, as it was known to the Persians at the time of the Achaemenid Empire, was in fact not a city at all, but a ceremonial palace. Rather oddly placed in the Fars desert, but within a stone’s […]


Paraty, Brazil, Travel Photography, Vin Images

Paraty is an historic colonial town and beauty spot on the Costa Verde (Green Coast) that stretches between Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. Paraty was listed as a UNESCO world heritage site in 2019, and the position of the harbour town against dramatic mountain peaks, dressed in jungle green, provided a foretaste of Rio […]

Ouro Preto

Ouro Preto, Brazil, Travel Photography, Vin Images

The Brazilian Gold Rush Inland from Rio de Janeiro is the vast state of Minas Gérais. In Portuguese, this literally means ‘General Mines’ and the mineral-rich area around Ouro Preto triggered the Brazilian Gold Rush from the 1730s. Over 800 tons of gold were mined, and it changed everything. It changed everything for Brazil, because […]


Brasília, Brazil, Travel Photography, Vin Images

Brasilia existed in the imagination of Brazilians long before it was planned or built, or even before anywhere knew where it would be. The story goes back to Brazil’s constitution of 1889 which included reference to a national capital called “Brasilia” in the interior of the country. Eighty years later, Juscelino Kubitschek was a candidate […]