The lesser known wonders of the world
There are so many sites that are worthy of being among the top 7 wonders of the world. Nonetheless, they are wonders unto themselves ready for you to explore.
Meteora Suspended Rock Monasteries, Greece – Also known as the sight of suspended rocks, it is a large and a comprehensive monastery in Greece. A grand structure of six stories built upon a rock pillar made up of natural sandstone is a majestic sight. This building was constructed in order to provide defence. Its sheer size, architecture and spiritual feel makes it no less than a wonder.
Sigiriya Rock Fortress, Sri Lanka – One of the world heritage sites on the country, it is a rock fortress and a very large stone. Popularly known as the Lion’s Rock, this huge structure is surrounded by a comprehensive network for lush green gardens. The rock fortress was built over 1,500 years ago in AD 495 under the rule of King Kassapa.
Ajanta Caves, India – India is a land of architectural marvels that dates back to many centuries. It is no surprise then to find architecture of culture and religious importance on and off. Ajanta Caves is one such extraordinary example of religious and cultural marvel which are home to some of the most elaborate and distinct Buddhist religious art. These caves were unoccupied for the first 300 years after they had been built. They lay untouched for the next 1000 years until a British officer discovered them.
Banaue Rice Terraces, Philippines – The locals already call it the eighth wonder of the world. The iconic rice terraces are spread across 4,000 square miles territory and at a splendid height of 1,525 mt above the sea level nestled in the Ifuago mountains in the Philippines. The unique feature of this attraction is that they are completely hand carved. More than one generation has worked on it to make it look like an endless stairway or rice terrace.
Torun, Poland – Torun is the birthplace of Nicolaus Copernicus and is also a medieval town. The old town is of historical significance as it was built around 1100 BC.
The Flower Valley, Himalayas – Situated on the Himalayas, the valley of flowers is the most natural and stunning display of floral arrangement. Its beauty has been renowned among mountaineers and botanists alike for over a century. The spectacular meadows and alpine flowers make for a spectacle of a sight. There is a splendid sight of myriad of colors as different species of flowers bloom here. The alley of flowers is in complete contrast to the rugged ways of the Nanda Devi National Park. It is now a world heritage site and is protected by the government.
Bagan City, Burma – Bagan is a typical ancient city of Burma, nestled in the Mandalay division. The ancient city was prominent in the earlier centuries when it was the capital of many kingdoms in Burma. The UNESCO hasn’t given it a heritage site tag as it believes the original structure has been partially restored with modern material without keeping in mind the originality of the ancient city structures. Nevertheless, they make for a spectacular sight.
Tower of Hercules, Spain – It is an ancient Roman lighthouse which is 2.5 km away from the north western Spain. The tall structure is 180 ft tall and is 1900 years old. It is the oldest Roman lighthouse that is still in use even today.
Pyramids of China – Better known as mausoleum and burial mounds that were built to preserve the remains of the earlier Chinese emperors and their relatives. The site is located near the Chinese city of Xi’an in the Shaanxi Province. The most popular among all the mausoleums is the ne of the First Qin Emperor, located in the northeast of Xi’an where the terracotta warriors were also discovered.
Giant Buddha, Sichuan, China – The tallest stone statue of Buddha in the world is the Leshan Giant Buddha and is situated in Sichuan in China. A Chinese monk by the name of Haitong constructed the Buddha hoping it would ward off the restless waters. The structure was completed in 803 CE.
The Gates of Hell, Turkmenistan – Located in Derweze Village, in the middle of Karakum desert, this “gate to hell” was started by Soviet geologists accidently while digging an underground natural gas system. The resultant effect of misjudged drilling was that the ground underneath it collapsed and the drilling rig went down with it. The geologists put the poisonous gas on fire hoping it would die out on its own but it didn’t as the giant crater still burns! The locals have coined the term – gates of hell for the same reason because the fire refuses to die down.
With such a comprehensive list of lesser known wonders, rest assured your upcoming trip to one of these countries will be full of surprises, excitement and discoveries.