Jordan’s Madaba Map of Jerusalem

Cape Dutch Architecture in South Africa

The Curious Case of the Expression “Now” in South Africa

The Currents of South Africa

Livingstone and Victoria Falls

Eastern Influences on St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice, Italy (Video)

In this episode of our Insights series, Jennifer Raezer, Approach Guides founder, explores the eastern influences that shaped the art and architecture of St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice, Italy, highlighting the church’s domes, floorplan, and mosaics, which were influenced by Venice’s interaction with the Byzantine (Constantinople/Istanbul) and Fatimid (Cairo) empires.

Guide to the Islamic Call to Prayer (Adhan) with Explanation

Hidden Gem in Istanbul: The Deesis Mosaic in Hagia Sophia

Istanbul Skyline: A View from the Golden Horn (Video)

Take a guided tour of Istanbul’s skyline. We highlight the principal monuments in Istanbul’s old city (Fatih) visible from the Galata Tower across the Golden Horn in this video, which is a part of Approach Guides’ On Location video series.

This video was created in conjunction with our two guidebooks in our Istanbul Revealed series: Hagia Sophia and Sinan’s mosques.

Morocco Architecture: What to See in Morocco’s Imperial Cities (Video)

Travelers to Morocco will encounter three types of structures: mosques, madrasas and city gates. In this Approach Guides Insight series video, founder Jennifer Raezer explains Moroccan architecture, walking through each building type and highlighting what makes Morocco’s Islamic art and architecture distinctive.