Wondermondo informs you about the most interesting, beautiful, mysterious locations on Earth.
Currently described 437 landmarks.
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According to a legend, nine dragons once lived at the foot of Kumgang Mountain - they came here to protect this mountain. Hence the beautiful Kuryong Falls - Nine Dragons Waterfall - got their name.
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Crossection of Vrtiglavica cave with waterfall. Note that the scale is distorted - lower part is "squeezed".
Gatis Pāvils, basing on measurements of JDD Koper and other speleologists, CC-BY-SA-3.0
- Arorae navigational stones (Kiribati) are unique megaliths. These standing stones were erected in the late 19th century and served as a navigational aid for islanders sailing towards other islands.
- The newest impact crater on Earth is Carancas impact crater in Peru. This 13.5 m wide crater was blasted by 1.6 - 2 m wide meteorite in 2007.
- El Mirador, Guatemala. This Mayan pyramid is 72 m tall and its volume exceeds the volume of the largest pyramids in Egypt.
- The tallest waterfall in France is Grande Cascade de Gavarnie – Gavarnie Falls. This 422 m tall waterfall forms a magnificent backdrop of Cirque de Gavarnie – the most dramatic landscape in Pyrenees.
- The famous Avenue of the Baobabs consists of giant Grandidier's baobabs (Adansonia grandidieri) - rare species, which grows only in the dry forests of western Madagascar.
Dysommina rugosa eels in Nafanua Eel City.
Alia Expedition Home Page / free for non-commercial educational use.
- In the centre of Sahara, in Chad is located active geothermal area - Soborom geothermal field with hot springs.
- Chir Batti in India is one of sites with unexplained light phenomena. Sometimes here are observed balls of light floating near the ground level.
Map of the described landmarks
This map shows only the "Rank 1" and "Rank 2" monuments. Red dots are architecture monuments, pink - archaeological, blue - geological and meteorological, green - biological. All landmarks are visible on this map!
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February 18, 2013
Many landmarks in Saudi Arabia are little known to the outside world, and, unfortunately, many amazing attractions are deliberately destroyed.
Nevertheless some Saudi Arabian landmarks are world renowned and one - Kaaba in Masjid al-Haram, Makkah - is one of most important places in world. Highlights of Saudi Arabia are:
- Islamic sites. Here was born one of major world religions and Muslims from the whole world are coming to visit the sacred sites in Makkah and Medina.
- Archaeological monuments. Endless deserts and mountains contain countless sites with prehistoric cliff art, here are found megaliths and ruins of ancient cities. Very interesting and impressive is Mada’in Saleh. According to legends, sands of deserts still are hiding ruins of ancient cities.
The small Gambia has its own archaeological mysteries. Northern coast of Gambia River is dotted with interesting megalithic landmarks - prehistoric stone circles. No one knows for sure what was the purpose of these structures.
Near Wassu village is located the richest site - 11 Wassu stone circles. These prefectly shaped stones have been erected here circa 750 AD.
December 3, 2013
There is little left of the ancient metropolis of Mediterranean - Carthage. Here and there among the buildings in the eastern suburbs of Tunis are seen unsighty ruins of Roman stroctures and rare remnants of Carthagian culture. It is hard to believe that this was the centre of power in Mediterranean region, main rival of Rome.
December 1, 2013
One of the best preserved Ancient Roman city in the world (next to Palmyra, Jerash, Herculanum and Pompeii) is Leptis Magna in Libya. It is beautiful tourist destination - extensive ruins, numerous art values and no hordes of tourists.
November 18, 2013
Like a lighthouse above the desert rises the tallest adobe structure in the world - minaret of Agadez Mosque. This 27 m tall tower for centuries has served to watch out for enemies and to invite caravans to Tuareg metropolis - Agadez.
November 1, 2013
Brian Smithson, Wikimedia Commons / public domain
Lobé Falls belong to the very small number of waterfalls discharging directly into the sea.