The Roman Baths - Bath, England
This bathhouse complex is a perfect depiction and idea of the luxurious – and often ostentatious – Roman lifestyle. It was constructed around 70 AD and were an integral part of ancient Roman daily life as it offered citizens the chance to mingle, gossip and relax together. The bathing culture aimed to show the whole world just how superior (and clean) the Romans were. Steaming, geothermally heated water from the 'Sacred Spring' was used to filled the Great Bath. The now open-air bath was originally covered by a 45-metre-high barrel-vaulted roof. This reconstruction allows you dip your toes in and get a little taste of true Roman luxury.
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Parthenon - Athens, Greece
This icon that sits atop the hill at the Acropolis was built in the mid-5th century BCE to house a monumental golden statue of Athena. We all know the outside of this iconic temple, but what went on inside? The gigantic statue was over 12 metres high and made of carved ivory and gold – 1 140 kilograms of gold, to be exact. In front of Athena sat basin of water - its purpose was to provide humidity, which preserved the ivory. This obvious display of wealth and power sent a very clear message to the rest of the world. And for those lucky enough to see the Parthenon from the inside in its heyday, the statue must have been nothing less than awe-inspiring.
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Domus Aurea Octagonal Court - ?Rome, Italy
The court, constructed between 65 and 68 AD by one of Rome's most notorious emperors - the eponymous Golden House of Nero, was a lavish palace complex that played host to the Emperor's wild parties and banquets. The large, octagonal room had a concrete dome, which was most likely covered in glass mosaic. Roman historian Suetonius has mentioned a 'circular banquet hall, which revolved incessantly, day and night, like the heavens.' He describes gem-encrusted walls, ivory and mother-of-pearl decorations and ceilings that showered guests with flowers and perfumes. This all sounds like the height of extravagance and luxury.
Lower Terrace, Masada - Masada, Israel
According to Josephus Flavius, governor of Galilee, Herod the Great built the fortress of Masada between 37 and 31 BCE. The monument stands atop an isolated rock cliff which overlooks the Dead Sea and is said to be a place of majestic beauty. King Herod's elegant, intimate residential palace consisted of three luxuriously built terraces. Here, MyVoucherCodes have reimagined the lower terrace, which was originally designed particularly for entertainment and relaxation. The terrace was surrounded by porticos, with walls covered in beautiful frescos of multi-coloured geometric patterns. In case this isn't satisfying your luxury thrills and chills, there was also a small private bathhouse at the venue.
Great Kiva, Aztec Ruins National Monument - New Mexico, USA
First discovered in 1859, these ruins provide invaluable insight into the daily lives of the Pueblo people. It is sprawled across a vast 27 acres and boast over 450 rooms, which include a fully restored kiva. Built partly underground, the 'great kivas' were huge, round structures where people gathered to socialise, discuss important issues of the day or tuck into a communal feast. Visitors can find the restored kiva by walking the original trails that lead through the ruins. And if you can't make it to New Mexico, this reconstruction should give you an idea of how this great civilisation lived.
Basilica of Maxentius - Rome, Italy
This majestic building in the Forum Romanum was the greatest of all the Roman basilicas. It covers a whopping 6 500 square metres and has acted as a meeting house, commercial area as well as an administrative building. It was designed in a grand fashion fit for its prime location and importance to the Roman government and public. This is considered one of the most impressive buildings of Ancient Rome with its spectacular Corinthian columns, multi-coloured marble floors and gilded bronze tile walls. The ornate details might have disappeared with time, but with this reconstruction you can get a sense of the basilica's former opulence.
Angkor Wat - Siem Reap, Cambodia
This iconic temple is estimated to have taken around 30 years to construct. Originally a Hindu temple dedicated to the god Vishnu, this complex had transitioned to a Buddhist temple towards the end of the 12th century and is believed to be the world's largest religious building. From afar, Angkor Wat appears to be one large and hulking mass of stone. Once inside, however, you will find a series of elevated towers, porches and courtyards on different levels, linked by a series of stairways. MyVoucherCodes have recreated just one of Angkor Wat's many lush courtyards, and it looks like the perfect place for some mindful walking and spiritual introspection.