10 Wonders of the World You Don’t Understand
While most of these wonders will be understood to several individuals, they’re, generally, not as well called the well-known “seven wonders”. Despite that, each has a reason behind being considered excellent and deserves its place on this list. Love the list and make sure you share other lesser-known wonders in the opinions.
The Banaue Rice Terraces are 2000-year old patios that were carved into the mountains of Ifugao in the Philippines by ancestors of the native folks. The Rice Terraces are usually referred to by Filipinos as the “Eighth Wonder of the World”. It’s generally believed the terraces were constructed with minimal gear, mostly by hand. The patios are around 1500 meters (5000 feet) above sea level and cover 10,360 square kilometers (about 4000 square miles) of mountainside. An ancient irrigation system feeds them from the rainforests above the patios. It’s said that if the measures are set end to end half the world would be encircled by it. Locals to this day plant vegetables and rice on the patios. The result is the slow erosion of the feature “steps”, which need attention and continuous reconstruction.
Sigiriya (Lion’s stone) is an early stone fort and palace ruin situated in the central Matale District of Sri Lanka, surrounded by the remains of an extensive system of gardens, reservoirs, and other constructions. A popular tourist destination, Sigiriya is, in addition, famous for its historical paintings (frescos), which are reminiscent of the Ajanta Caves of India. The Sigiriya was constructed during the reign of King Kassapa I (AD 477 – 495), and it’s among the seven World Heritage Sites of Sri Lanka. Sigiriya may have been inhabited through ancient times. It was used as a rockshelter mountain monastery from about the 5th century BC, with caverns given and prepared by devotees to the Buddhist Sangha.
The Tower of Hercules is an early Roman lighthouse on a peninsula about 2.4 kilometers (1.5 miles) from the center of A CoruÃ±a, Galicia, in northwestern Spain. The name Corunna is reported to be derived from the historical column. The construction is 55 meters (180 feet) tall and looks out on the North Atlantic coast of Spain. It is the earliest Roman lighthouse, was rehabilitated in 1791, and is nearly 1900 years old.
Toru? is a city in northern Poland, on the Vistula River. The medieval old town of Toru? is the birthplace of Nicolaus Copernicus. Archaeologists date the first settlement in the area to 1100 BC. During medieval times, in the 7th-13th centuries, it was the place of an old Polish settlement, at a ford in the river. A fortress was built by the Teutonic Knights in the area of the Polish settlement in the years 1230-31. In the city Franciscan monks settled in 1263. In 1264 the nearby New Town was founded. In 1280, the city (or as it was then, both cities) joined the mercantile Hanseatic League and was soon turned into an important medieval trade center. As you are able to see from the picture above, it’s well worth seeing and a wonderful medieval city.
The Ajanta Caves in Maharashtra, India are rock-cut cave monuments dating from the second century BC, including paintings and sculpture considered to be masterpieces of worldwide graphic artwork and both Buddhist spiritual artwork. ADVERTISEMENT 480 the caves at Ajanta left. During the next 1300 years the jungle grew back when a British officer in the Madras army entered the steep gorge on the trail of a tiger and the caverns were concealed, see and undisturbed until the Springtime of 1819. Somehow, deeply within the matted undergrowth, he came across the nearly concealed entry to one of the caverns. Exploring a lair for other, bigger, creatures and that first cavern, long since a house to nothing more than birds and bats, Captain Smith wrote his name in pencil on one of the walls. Still faintly observable, it records his name and the date, April 1819.
The Valley of Flowers is an outstandingly lovely high-altitude Himalayan valley that’s been recognized as such by botanists and well-known mountaineers in literature for over a century and in Hindu mythology for considerably more. Its ‘gentle’ landscape, ease of accessibility and breathtakingly lovely meadows of alpine flowers complement the rugged, mountain wilds for which the interior basin of Nanda Devi National Park is famous. Valley of bloom is splashed with colour as it blossom with hundreds distinct exquisite blooms, as time advanced taking on various hues of colours. Valley was declared a national park in 1982, and it’s a World Heritage Site. The locals, needless to say, believed that it was inhabited by fairies, and always knew of the existence of the valley.
The MetÃ©ora (“pendant stone”) is among the biggest and most significant complexes of Eastern Orthodox monasteries in Greece, second only to Mount Athos. The six monasteries are built on natural sandstone stone columns, at the northwestern border of the Plain of Thessaly near Pindus Mountains and the Pineios river, in central Greece. Accessibility to the monasteries was initially (and intentionally) challenging, requiring either long ladders lashed together or big nets used to haul up both goods and individuals. This necessitated a significant leap of faith – the ropes were replaced, so the narrative goes, just “when the Lord let them break”.
Bagan is a historical city in the Mandalay Division of Burma. Officially titled Arimaddanapura or Arimaddana (the City of the Enemy Crusher) and also referred to as Tambadipa (the Property of Copper) or Tassadessa (the Parched Land), it was the historical capital of several early kingdoms in Burma. Bagan was submitted to become an UNESCO heritage site but many suppose of politics as partially the reason behind the exception. UNESCO will not designate Bagan as a World Heritage Site. The primary reason given is that the military junta (SPDC) has haphazardly restored early stupas, temples and buildings, blowing off initial architectural styles and using modern stuff which bear little or no similarity to the initial layouts. However, this remains a must see wonder of the world.
Leptis Magna was a leading city of the Roman Empire. Its ruins can be found in Al Khums, Libya, 130 kilometers east of Tripoli, on the shore where the sea is met by the Wadi Lebda. The site is among the unspoiled and most breathtaking Roman ruins in the Mediterranean. Although it didn’t achieve prominence until Carthage became a major power in the Mediterranean Sea in the 4th century BC the city seems to have been founded by Phoenician colonists around 1100 BC. It stayed part of Carthage’s dominions until the ending of the Third Punic War in 146 BC and became part of the Roman Republic, although for all intents and purposes an independent city, it was from about 200 BC on.
This is number one for purely personal reasons. I adore novels, I love libraries, and this website is devoted to knowledge (as are libraries). The library of Celsus (in Turkey) was constructed to keep 12,000 scrolls and to function as a monumental grave for Celsus (who’d been consul in 92 AD, governor of Asia in 115 AD, and a rich and popular local citizen). The building is significant as one of few remaining cases of an early Roman-affected library. Additionally, it reveals that public libraries were constructed in Rome but throughout the Roman Empire. In a substantial restoration that’s regarded as quite accurate to the historic building, the front faÃ§ Ade was reconstructed and now functions as a prime case of Roman structure that was public.
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