Wondermondo informs you about the most interesting, beautiful, mysterious locations on Earth.
Currently described 482 landmarks.
Photographs taken from the air show incredible, nearly perfectly round, deep blue circle in shallow atoll some 70 km east from Belize City. This unique formation is the Great Blue Hole - enormous sinkhole existing here at least for 150,000 years.
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- Patan Durbar in Nepal is ancient city - a treasure trove of unusual architecture and exquisite art values.
- Some consider that world's oldest astronomical observatory is Karahunj, often called Zorats Karer (Armenia). Most likely it is some 5 thousand years old graveyard.
- In the least explored swamp of the world - Likouala Swamps is located the mysterious Lake Tele (Republic of the Congo). According to local legends here lives the mysterious mokele-mbembe and other weird creatures.
- There is only one impact crater on Earth with ejecta rays still visible - Kamil Crater in Egypt.
- It is possible that the tallest cave waterfall is approximately 400 - 440 m tall waterfall in Vrtiglavica - cave with the world's deepest vertical pitch (Slovenia).
- 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.
- One of the largest prehistoric structures in the world is La Danta pyramid in 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.
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!
List includes naturally formed sinkholes known to Wondermondo which are well pronounced (f.e. NOT included gently sloping valleys e.g. mega-dolines) and at least 150 m deep.
October 17, 2014
Although Tunisia is smaller than its neighbouring countries, it has a great history, country is very rich with archaeological landmarks. Highlights of Tunisia are:
- Ruins of Punic, Roman and Byzantine cities. First cities in the present-day Tunisia started to develop almost 3000 years ago and one of them - Ancient Carthage was among the largest metropolises in the ancient world.
- Medieval cities and towns. Tunisia has some of the best preserved and interesting medieval cities in Arab world, such as the old cities (medinas) of Tunis, Sfax and Sousse.
Cryptozoology is very exciting pseudoscience - a discipline which stands between true science and folklore.
It deals with legendary animals which seem to exist but their existence has not been proved.
Wondermondo provides a unique list of some 50 cryptids which are linked to certain place and observed repeatedly over a longer time period.
Nothing is forever - even Merv today is in ruins. This city existed for some 2000 years and for a while it was the largest in the world. Remember this, New York, Hong Kong or London!
January 4, 2015
One of the richest and most sophisticated cities of antiquity was Palmyra. Today one can only imagine what impression this beautiful city left on caravans after long walk through the desert.
December 14, 2014
A-Ma Temple might be the oldest building in Macau - built before the city developed. Come here early in the morning - this is wonderful, peaceful retreat from the congested, hectic city of Macau.
November 15, 2014
This waterfall by far is not the tallest nor the most beautiful in Taiwan, but nevertheless the gorgeous Wulai Waterfall and scenery around it illustrate the impressive wilderness near the metropolis of Taibei.