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Around the World in 80 Treasures

Around the World in 80 Treasures is a 10-part BBC documentary series presented by Dan Cruickshank, exploring eighty beautiful and precious man-made objects in the world. In this series, Dan Cruickshank takes a five month world tour visiting his choices of the eighty greatest man-made treasures - mostly buildings and artifacts - in 34 countries on all inhabited continents.

Dan Cruickshank's quest is to tell the story of civilisation through the greatest of man's achievements. It will also be the story of his travels, and who and what he meets along the way. Whether standing before the solemn heads of Easter Island, investigating the mysterious Nazca lines in Peru or the magnificent temple of Borobudur in Java, Dan is never less than fascinating about the origins, construction, mysteries and vicissitudes of each of these monuments to the great civilisations of the world.

Episode 01 - Peru to Brazil
Dan Cruickshank journeys deep into the Amazonian rainforests of Brazil, to the peaks of the Peruvian mountains and to the distant wilds of Easter Island.

Episode 02 - Mexico to America
Dan travels from the ancient Mayan tombs and pyramids of Palenque to the Statue of Liberty, the Manhattan skyline and the refinement of Thomas Jefferson's elegant home in Virginia.

Episode 03 - Australia to Cambodia
Aboriginal rock art from Kakadu National Park, Australia; Borobudur Stupa in Java, Indonesia; Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom in Cambodia.

Episode 04 - Japan to China
Dan explores some of precious human achievements from China and Japan, including the Great Wall of China, the Terracotta Army in Xian, and the Ryoanji Zen Garden in Kyoto.

Episode 05 - India to Sri Lanka
The city of Sigiriya in Sri Lanka; the Goddess Durga in Kolkata; Meenakshi Temple in Tamil Nadu; the Jaipur observatory in Jaipur; the Taj Mahal in Agra.

Episode 06 - Uzbekistan to Syria
Tile-making in Samarkand, the extraordinary Trading Domes of Uzbekistan; the Fire Temple of Azerbaijan; the ruins of the ancient city Persepolis in Iran; Damascus in Syria.

Episode 07 - Jordan to Ethiopia
Dan Cruickshank goes in search of the Arc of the Covenant, the legendary gold box which held the Ten Commandments. His journey takes him from Jordan to the Holy Land and finally to Ethiopia.

Episode 08 - Mali to Egypt
The Great Mosque of Djenne; Dogon rock paintings and masks; Leptis Magna in Tripoli; the Great Pyramid of Giza; the Temple of Edfu in Egypt.

Episode 09 - Turkey to Germany
Derinkuyu Underground City in Turkey; Hagia Sophia in Istanbul; Solovetsky Monastery in Russia; the Wieliczka Salt Mine in Poland; the Brno Chair at the Bauhaus Dessau.

Episode 10 - Bosnia to France and Home
Reconstructed 16th Century bridge in the Bosnian city of Mostar; Parthenon in Athens; Pantheon in Rome; Medici Chapels in Florence; Alhambra in Granada.


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