10 Wonders of The World About Whose Existence You Didn’t Know
The expression “the 7 Wonders of the World” was prevalent in the mass consciousness as those exceptional engineering achievements of the ancient world, stereotype that deprived many of discovery, whether on paper or computer screen, the other “miracle” created over time by man or nature.Our approach is to bring before the 10 destinations of whose existence most of us do not even ever had heard, 10 amazing destinations that always deserves a top spot on the list of the most beautiful places on Earth.
10.Banaue Rice Terraces – Philippines
Banaue rice terraces are at least 2,000 years old and were carved on the mountain slopes by Filipino ancestors of today’s locals. Filipinos call them the “Eighth Wonder of the World”, a term no exaggeration if we think that everything was done with a minimum of equipment and machinery, for the most part were built manually.Located at an altitude of about 1500 meters, terraces of rice covers an area of 10,360 square kilometers amazing and still are irrigated by an ingenious system that has survived from antiquity.They say that if all levels of terraces were laid end to end, their length would equal half the length of the equator.Locals use them today to plant rice and vegetables, and building works and maintenance of terraces occur each year due to strong erosion.Banaue rice terraces have been included in UNESCO in 1995.
9.Sigiriya – Sri Lanka
Sigiriya, or Lion Rock, is an ancient fortress carved on top of a huge rock in central Matale District of Sri Lanka.Although only ruins remember the former glory of the fortress, the rock is still surrounded by a network of gardens, water tanks and adjacent structures of such construction.One of the most popular attractions is the ancient fortress that covers the entire wall frescoes vetic of the fortress.Spread over an area 140 meters long and 40 meters high, they are considered unique, both in style and as a means of achievement.The fort was built during King Kassapa (477-495 AD) and entered since 1982 in UNESCO.
8.Tower of Hercules – Spain
Tower of Hercules (Torre de Hercules) is an ancient Roman lighthouse located on an island, just 1.5 km from the city of La Coruna, Spain.The name of Corunna is said to derive from old columns (Column) Roman area.The lighthouse is 55 meters high and more than 1,900 years old. It was refurbished in 1791 and is the oldest Roman lighthouse still in operation worldwide.
7.Torun – Poland
Those who love tourism in places full of history, can be found at Torun ideal destination for such travel.Nicolaus Copernicus’s home town, still retains its medieval Torun which each year attracts thousands of tourists.Located on the banks of the Vistula, in northern Poland, the city has an impressive ancient, archaeological evidence showing that the area was inhabited since 1100 BCHowever, the first fort and the first truly sustainable buildings were erected in the seventh century XIII.In the same period, between 1230-1231, the Teutonic Knights financed construction of a castle near the village.
6. Ajanta Caves – India
Ajanta Caves in Maharastra, India, dating from the fifth century BC and contain paintings and sculptures of the peaks considered Buddhist religious art.They were abandoned by their creators in 480 AD, leaving in the next 1300 years and completely forgotten by the locals.In spring 1819, however, a British officer out to hunt tigers in India has entered into a chance of artificial caves completely covered by lush vegetation.Since 1982, the Ajanta Caves in UNESCO entered.One of the unusual attractions, and more recent, is even British officer signature, John Smith, still visible on one of the cave walls.
5.Biblioteca of Celsus – Turkey
It was built in 135 AD in memory of Tiberius Julius Celsus Polemaeanus, a popular Roman consul in the year 92 and governor of Asia in the year 115, even by his son, Gaius Julius Aquila. At the same time, is proof that the Romans were eager to expand their culture all over the empire, such an argument can only explain the rise in Asia Minor of one of the most impressive libraries in all of Rome.Renovated, the building facade is a clear example of Roman public architecture beauty.Same image was printed on a facade of old banknotes girls 20 million Turkish lira (between 2001-2005), was then taken on a new 20 pound note.
4. Nessebar – Bulgaria
Built on the old ruins is situated between Varna (100 km.) And Burgas (35 km.).Nessebar is one of the oldest cities in Europe, with a continuous history spanning nearly 3,200 years.Called the Pearl of the Black Sea, the settlement is situated on an island of 350 per 800 meters, connected to mainland by a dam shore. In addition to its medieval appearance and monuments dating from the early centuries after Christ, Nessebar enjoy one of the most beautiful beaches on the Black Sea, extremely fine sand was already famous among lovers of romantic walks by the sea.Bulgarian town small, with only 10,000 inhabitants, joined UNESCO since 1983.
3. Bagan – Myanmar
Bagan, formerly named and Pagan is a huge medieval town located in central Myanmar, Mandalay district.The original name, Arimaddana or Arimaddanapura, Bagan was built between 1000 and 1200 AD and was, over time, the capital of several kingdoms Burm.Currently, a huge scandal binds ancient settlement in Myanmar, that the UNESCO’s refusal to enter one of the most beautiful and best preserved medieval cities in the heritage of this prestigious organization.
2.Leptis Magna – Libya
Prominent city in the ancient Roman Empire, Leptis Magna was abandoned in AD 650 by its inhabitants because of repeated attacks of Berber and therefore Tripolitaniei conquest by the Arabs.However, even if only remember the ruins of the old glory, Leptis Magna is still able to give chills to those who visit itThe ruins are located about 130 kilometers east of Tripoli and are classified today as some of the most beautiful and most imposing Roman remains in the Mediterranean area.It became part of UNESCO since 1982.
1. Valley of Flowers in the Himalayas – India
Almost inaccessible to tourists because of high altitude and distance that is huge compared to the nearest town, Ghangaria (about 8 hours climbed Himalayan slope), Valley of Flowers was and is considered one of the most beautiful places on Earth .This including Hindu mythology, it was rediscovered international audience in 1931 when a British mountaineer, Frank S. Smythe, came by chance on the edge of huge natural gardens.Hundreds of wildflowers, with as many different colors, completely covering the valley in the Himalayas, creating a breathtaking spectacle.Currently, Valley of Flowers National Park is part of Nanda Devi (park covering an area of over 85,000 square miles) and included, in 1988, in UNESCO.Locals are convinced today that the Valley is where fairies and elves still dwell.