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Dan Cruickshank's - Around the World in 80 Treasures
Around the World in 80 Treasures
was a BBC Documentary Series originally
in 10 episodes on BBC2 between 21st February and 25th April 2005
The title Around the World in 80 Treasures is a reference to Around the World
in Eighty Days, the classic adventure novel by Jules Verne.
In his series, Dan Cruickshank takes a five month trip around the world visiting
his personal choices of the eighty greatest man-made treasures.
This around the world documentary lists things including buildings, objects
and artifacts. The trip takes Cruickshank across 6 of the 7 continents, missing
out Antarctica, and through some 34 countries.
DVD - Around The World In 80 Treasures: The Complete 2005 BBC Series
In addition to seeing some of the world's greatest treasures, Cruickshank's
means of transportation included aeroplanes, bicycle, boats, camel, car, donkey,
foot, hang glider, scooter and trains. He also manages to try many different
kinds of food including brain, insects, and testicle.
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 May 19th 2008.
Episode 1: Peru to Brazil - Episode 2: Mexico to Central North America - Episode
3: Australia to Cambodia - Episode 4: Japan to China - Episode 5: India to Sri
Lanka - Episode 6: Uzbekistan to Syria - Episode 7: Jordan to Ethiopia - Episode
8: Mali to Egypt - Episode 9: Turkey to Germany - Episode 10: Bosnia to France
1 Andes, Peru - Machu Picchu - Mountain city of the Inca Empire discovered in
2 Maras, Peru - Incan salt pans - The Incans used giant pools on the side
of the Andes to evaporate water from brine to leave salt.
3 Nazca, Peru - Nazca Lines - Over 300 immense dirt drawings and lines preserved
since 3rd to 6th century BC by the extreme arid environment.
4 Lambayeque, Peru - Spider necklace of Sipán - A necklace made up
of 10 gold objects of the Spider God.
5 Trujillo, Peru - Chan Chan - The world's largest mud city estimated to be
home of 30,000 people and covers 20 square kilometres.
6 Easter Island - Moai statues - Moai, large monolithic statues with oversized
heads created by the Rapanui people between 1200 and 1700 CE.
Brazil - Umahara headdress - Very colourful headdresses made of human hair and
red, yellow and blue parrot feathers.
8 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - Christ the Redeemer - A 38 meter tall statue of
Christ and the tallest Art Deco statue in the world.
9 Southern Mexico - Palenque - Mayan city showcasing some of their finest
architecture, sculpture, and stucco reliefs.
10 Tollan Tula, Mexico - The Giants of Tula - 10th century stone sculptures
and columns of Toltec warriors dressed in feathers and gods.
11 Mexico City, Mexico Man, Controller of the Universe - Painting by Diego
Rivera commissioned by Nelson Rockefeller embodying the struggle between capitalism
12 Cortez, Colorado - 1851 Navy Colt revolver - Mass-produced six-shot handgun
used in the American Civil War and subsequently used in fulfilling the Manifest
13 Colorado - Mesa Verde National Park - A small community built under a rock
shelf by a mysterious people.
14 Charlottesville, Virginia - Monticello - Home designed and built in the
late 18th century by Thomas Jefferson.
15 New York, New York - Statue of Liberty - A 151 feet tall statue given by
France to the United States to commemorate the centennial since the American
Declaration of Independence.
16 Manhattan, New York - Seagram Building - Dan's quintessence of the skyscraper
17 Sydney, Australia - St. James Church
18 Kakadu, Australia - Kakadu rock art
19 Torajaland, Sulawesi, Indonesia - Spirit houses
20 Torajaland, Sulawesi, Indonesia - Tau Tau
21 Java, Indonesia - Borobudur Stupa
22 Ayutthaya, Thailand - Gold Elephant
23 Siem Reap, Cambodia - Angkor Wat
24 Angkor Thom, Cambodia - Stone Faces of Bayon
25 Tokyo, Japan - Katana Samurai sword
26 Himeji, Japan - Himeji Castle
27 Kyoto, Japan - Ryōan-ji - Zen Buddhist Garden
28 Beijing, China - Forbidden City
29 Beijing, China - The Summer Palace Park
30 China - Great Wall of China
31 Xi'an, China - Terracotta Army
32 Shanghai, China - Ming Dynasty porcelain
33 Kolkata, India - Durga
34 Sri Lanka - Sigiriya Rock
35 Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka - Giant Buddha
36 Kandy, Sri Lanka - Buddha's Tooth
37 Kochi, India Spices of Cochin
38 Madurai, India - Meenakshi temple
39 Jaipur, India - Jantar Mantar observatory
40 Agra, India - Taj Mahal
41 Samarkand, Uzbekistan - Tiles of Samarkand
42 Bukhara, Uzbekistan - The trading domes
43 Baku, Azerbaijan - Fire Temple and Monastery at Surkhany
44 Isfahan, Iran - Imam mosque in Naghsh-i Jahan Square
45 Shiraz, Iran - Persian rug
46 Kermanshah Province, Iran - Behistun Inscription
47 Fars Province, Iran - Persepolis The ruins of the ancient Persian capital
48 Damascus, Syria - Al-Hamidiyah Souk A market place in the ancient quarter
49 Jordan - Petra - also visits Mount Nebo
50 Madaba, Jordan - Madaba Map - Holy Land Mosaic Map
51 Jerusalem, Israel - Temple Mount
52 Axum, Ethiopia - Axum stelae 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 The miracles of Mary is an ancient
Ethiopian manuscript kept in the church of Debre Damo. It describes the numerous
miracles of Mary, the mother of Jesus Christ, in Ethiopia's ancient Ge'ez language.
54 Lalibela, Ethiopia - Lalibela - The term primarily refers to the complex
of eleven rock cut churches in Lalibela, Ethiopia believed to have been created
in the 12th century. Ethiopian tradition states it was built with the help of
55 Lalibela, Ethiopia - Lalibela cross
56 Djenné, Mali - Great Mosque of Djenné
57 Sanga, Mali - Dogon rock paintings
58 Sanga, Mali - Dogon mask
59 Tripoli, Libya - Leptis Magna
60 Gasr Al-Hajj, Libya - Berber granary
61 Egypt - Great Pyramid of Giza
62 Cairo, Egypt - Tutankhamen's burial mask
63 Luxor, Egypt - Nefertari's tomb
64 Edfu, Egypt - Edfu temple
65 Cappadocia, Turkey - Derinkuyu underground city
66 Istanbul, Turkey - Hagia Sophia
67 Moscow, Russia - Moscow Metro
68 Saint Petersburg, Russia - Peter the Great's cabin
69 Solovki, Russia - Solovetsky Monastery
70 Wieliczka, Poland - Wieliczka Salt Mine carvings
71 Berlin, Germany - Volkswagen Beetle
72 Dessau, Germany - The Brno Chair at the Bauhaus N/A
73 Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina - Stari most Reconstructed 16th Century
bridge in the Bosnian city of Mostar. It was commissioned by Suleiman the Magnificent
and was the height of technical achievement when it was built.
74 Athens, Greece - Parthenon - 5th Century BC Temple to Athena is the main
building on the Acropolis in Athens. Its ruinous state had a huge impact on the
75 Rome, Italy - Pantheon Temple to all the Gods in central Rome. Its dome
is one of the largest and oldest in the world.
76 Florence, Italy - Medici Chapels - Chapel designed by Michelangelo for
the Medici family who were the most powerful Florentine family during the Renaissance
77 Venice, Italy - Grand Canal - The most important canal in Venice, lined
by many of the city's most beautiful buildings
78 Madrid, Spain - Guernica - Painting by Pablo Picasso; a reaction to German
bombing of the Basque town of Guernica during the Spanish Civil War
79 Granada, Spain - Alhambra - A palace in the Spanish city of Granada, regarded
as one of the finest pieces of Islamic architecture
80 Chartres, France - Cathedral of Chartres - One of the finest Gothic cathedrals.
It has been a holy site for thousands of years predating Christian worship on
DVD - Around The World In 80 Treasures: The Complete 2005 BBC Series
Dan Cruickshank Books
The companion book to the series by Cruickshank, Dan - Feb 17, 2005.
the World in Eighty Treasures.
Weidenfeld & Nicolson (hardback).
The Book - Around the World in Eighty Treasures (Weidenfeld & Nicolson)
companion book to the series by Cruickshank, Dan (Oct 6, 2005).
Around the World in Eighty Treasures.
The Book - Around the World in 80 Treasures (Phoenix Press)
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