Here are listed monuments and attractions No. 301 - 400 described in this Website.
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|301||Forest of daisy trees in Santa Cruz||Ecuador, Galápagos Islands||Ecosystems||6||Dense stand of Scalesia pedunculata - an endemic daisy tree. This forest is short-lived - all trees die simultaneously and in a few years time new forest grows again.|
|302||Las Lajas Sanctuary||Colombia, Nariño||Churches||3||A daring achievement of structural engineering - 100 m tall church with a bridge across a deep canyon. Constructed in 1949 in the site of miraculous apparition of Virgin Mary.|
|303||Kamarang Great Falls||Guyana, Cuyuni-Mazaruni||Waterfalls||5||Approximately 160 m tall and 46 m wide waterfall in pristine, remote area.|
|304||Cusco historic center||Peru, Cusco||Cities and towns||2||Former capital of Inca Empire, established in the 10th - 13th century AD. Cusco to a large extent retains the original Inca city planning, it is rich with the original Inca structures and interesting Spanish colonial architecture.|
|305||Oshi Falls||Guyana, Cuyuni-Mazaruni||Waterfalls||4||Very impressive waterfall with a single vertical, 214 m tall plunge.|
|306||King Edward VIII Falls||Guyana, Cuyuni-Mazaruni||Waterfalls||4||Spectacular, approximately 256 m tall waterfall in remote area of Guyana.|
|307||Kumerau Falls||Guyana, Cuyuni-Mazaruni||Waterfalls||3||Approximately 190 m tall and 60 m wide waterfall. Water falls over an cliff overhang.|
|308||Aruwai Falls||Guyana, Cuyuni-Mazaruni||Waterfalls||5||Approximately 60 m tall and 500 m wide waterfall on Mazaruni River.|
|309||Marina Fall on Ipobe||Guyana, Potaro-Siparuni||Waterfalls||6||Some 152 m tall, thin waterfall. Discovered in 1934 and named after Princess Marina at her wedding day in 1935.|
|310||Notre Dame de Paris||France, Île-de-France||Churches||1||One of the best known man made landmarks in the world, this cathedral was built in 1163 - the late 14th century. One of the highest achievements of French Gothic style, contains multiple values of art.|
|311||Orinduik Falls||Guyana, Potaro-Siparuni||Waterfalls||6||Approximately 25 m tall and 150 - 230 m wide waterfall on Ireng River. Water falls in many steps over a semiprecious rock - red jasper.|
|312||Kurutuik Falls||Guyana, Potaro-Siparuni||Waterfalls||5||Approximately 100 m tall and 20 - 30 m wide waterfall on Ireng River, with two cascades. Located in remote, rarely visited area.|
|313||Amaila Falls||Guyana, Potaro-Siparuni||Waterfalls||5||Some 60 m tall and approximately 45 m wide waterfall in rainforest. A planned hydropower plant will leave falls dry.|
|314||Chapel of St. Nicholas - Sint Nicolaaskapel in Nijmegen||Netherlands, Gelderland||Churches||7||One of the oldest buildings in the Netherlands, constructed shortly after 1030. Interesting monument of Romanesque architecture, the only remaining part of Valkhof castle.|
|315||Goto Meer (Goto Lake)||Bonaire||Ecosystems||8||Saline lake (155 ha) with one of the largest popuilations of Caribbean flamingos in Southern Caribbean.|
|316||Adjoura Falls (Ajora Falls)||Ethiopia, Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples Region||Waterfalls||4||Twin falls, each some 250 m tall. Each of the waterfalls consists of a single, vertical plunge.|
|317||Cathedral of Havana||Cuba, La Habana||Churches||5||The finest example of Cuban Baroque - Jesuit church built in 1748 - 1777 and turned into city cathedral.|
|318||Mount Recheshnoi Geyser field, Umnak||United States, Alaska||Geysers||5||The only location in Alaska with true geysers. In 1988 here were 5 geysers, the highest was 2 m tall.|
|319||Al-Aqsa Mosque||Palestine, Jerusalem||Islamic shrines||1||Third most important Islamic shrine in the world, this mosque was built in 1035 in the site of earlier shrines. In 12th century served as the first headquarters of the order of Knights Templar, providing the name of the order.|
|320||Crystal Cave, Bermuda||Bermuda, Hamilton parish||Caves, Ecosystems||5||Gorgeous, mostly inundated, some 500 m long cave. Opened to tourists since 1908, a habitat of endemic invertebrates.|
|321||Tree of Life, Bahrain||Bahrain, Southern Governorate||Trees||8||This large Prosopis cineraria tree reportedly was planted here in 1583 and since then grows alone in harsh, desolate desert.|
|322||Church of Our Lady in Kalundborg||Denmark, Sjælland||Churches||4||Unique Romanesque church with five towers, possibly inspired by the the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. Construction finished in 1220s.|
|323||Østerlars Church, Bornholm||Denmark, Bornholm||Churches||3||One of the few fortified round churches in the world, built sometimes around 1160 AD. Contains valuable medieval frescoes. Modern legends about Knights Templar and unknown crypt below the church.|
|324||Fossá, Streymoy||Faroe Islands, Streymoyar||Waterfalls||6||The largest waterfall in Faroe Islands - 110 - 140 m tall, with two vertical cascades.|
|325||Yosemite Falls||United States, California||Waterfalls||2||One of most magnificent waterfalls in the world, 739 m tall. Seven drops, the tallest - Upper Fall - is 436 m high.|
|326||Qinngua Valley||Greenland, Kujalleq||Ecosystems||6||The only natural forest in Greenland, mainly consisting of birch and willow trees, which grow here up to 7 - 8 m high.|
|327||Natá Church||Panama, Coclé||Churches||5||The oldest church on the mainland America, constructed in 1522 - the late 17th century.|
|328||Great Mosque of Djenné||Mali, Mopti||Islamic shrines||1||Largest adobe building in the world, constructed in 1907 or 1909. The best example of the unique Sudano-Sahelian architcture style.|
|329||Joya de Cerén||El Salvador, La Libertad||Abandoned cities and towns, Ancient cities and towns, Museums||5||Exceptionally well preserved Mayan settlement, suddenly buried under a thick layer of ash sometimes around 610 - 670 AD.|
|330||Avenue of the Baobabs||Madagascar, Menabe||Ecosystems||3||One of the best known natural monuments in Madagascar - group of enormous Grandidier's baobabs lined along a road.|
|331||Baobab Amoureux - baobabs in love||Madagascar, Menabe||Trees||7||Legendary trees - two enormous Adansonia za baobabs, which have twisted together.|
|332||Cathedral of the Assumption, León||Nicaragua, León||Churches||3||A building of special importance for Nicaragua, the largest cathedral in Central America. Constructed in 1747 - 1818 in Baroque and Neo-Classicism styles, contains burials of most prominent poets in Nicaragua.|
|333||Blue Grotto in Capri||Italy, Campania||Caves||3||The best known blue grotto in the world - 54 m long sea cave with blue glowing water. Swimming place for Roman Emperor Tiberius.|
|334||Grotta dello Smeraldo - Emerald Grotto||Italy, Campania||Caves||6||Cave, which is partly inundated by the sea, illuminated by eerie emerald colored light. Unexplored passages.|
|335||El Mirador - ancient Maya metropolis||Guatemala, Petén||Abandoned cities and towns, Ancient cities and towns||1||Ruins of early Maya centre, possibly the largest Pre-Colombian Maya city, with some of the largest prehistoric structures in the world. Flourished in the 3rd century BC - 1st century AD.|
|336||Krýsuvík - Seltún geothermal area||Iceland, Suðurnes||Geothermal fields, Springs||6||Spectacular geothermal fields on the Mid-Atlantic ridge, historical sulphur mine. Hot springs, solfataras, fumaroles and colored soil.|
|337||Milan Cathedral||Italy, Lombardia||Churches||1||One of the greatest buildings in the world. Construction took 582 years, from 1386 to 1965. Second largest Gothic cathedral in the world, with the highest nave, adorned with some 3,400 sculptures.|
|338||Orvieto Cathedral||Italy, Umbria||Churches||2||Luxuriant, even overwhelming Gothic cathedral with one of the most magnificent building facades in the world, contains many art values. Constructed in 1290 - 1591.|
|339||Boiling Hole in Lake Catherine||Turks and Caicos Islands, West Caicos||Caves||7||Blue hole on the bottom of lake - underwater connection to the sea. Sea water surges through the cave mouth, creating the effect of boiling. Cave is explored up to 206 m length.|
|340||Florence Cathedral||Italy, Tuscany||Churches||1||Building which to a large extent defined the Renaissance in architecture - late Gothic - Early Renaissance cathedral, constructed in 1296 - 1469. Has the largest masonry dome in the world with one of the largest frescoes in it.|
|341||Popa Taung Kalat||Burma, Mandalay Region||Buddhist shrines||3||One of the most sacred places in Burma - monastery built on the top of vertical cliff, which rises some 170 - 180 m above the surroundings. Legendary abode of nats - spirits of deceased great people.|
|342||Dunn's River Falls||Jamaica, Saint Ann||Waterfalls, Spring tufa, travertine and other formations||4||Some 55 m tall and more than 180 m long set of waterfalls - tufa terraces, ending into the Caribbean Sea.|
|343||Kagem Emerald Mines||Zambia, Copperbelt Province||Gemstone finds||6||Rich finds of some of the best emeralds in the world.|
|344||Basilica of San Francesco d'Assisi||Italy, Umbria||Churches||2||Basilica of high importance to Christian faith, built to commemorate one of the greatest Christian preachers - Saint Francis of Assisi. Constructed in 1228 - 1253 in Romanesque and Gothic styles, consists of Lower and Upper church and contains one of the most magnificent collection of frescoes worldwide.|
|345||Jacmel||Haiti, Sud-Est||Cities and towns||6||Historical town, established in 1698. Developed as a coffee trading harbor, now hosts rich art scene. Centre consists of historical buildings, mainly from the late 19th century.|
|346||Great Sphinx of Giza||Egypt, Giza||Rock cut architecture, Ancient monuments and memorials||1||Most ancient monumental sculpture in the world, a 73.5 m long statue of sphinx. Hewn by Ancient Egyptians from live limestone rock sometimes around 2558 - 2532 BC.|
|347||Palo Quemado blue amber mine||Dominican Republic, Santiago||Gemstone finds||4||The richest find of the extremely rare blue amber.|
|348||Siena Cathedral of Santa Maria||Italy, Tuscany||Churches||2||Very ornate cathedral, built in Romanesque - Gothic style in 1229 - 1263. Contains large amount of outstanding works of art - frescoes, sculptures, stained glass and others.|
|349||Cathedral of San Juan Bautista||Puerto Rico, San Juan||Churches||5||The second oldest cathedral in America, current building constructed in 1540, reshaped and reconstructed several times since then.|
|350||Cavannagh Cave||Anguilla||Caves||7||87 m long cave. Most likely place where the remnants of one of the largest rodents in world - the extinct hutia Amblyrhiza inundata - were found in the 19th century.|
|351||Aripo Main Cave, Trinidad||Trinidad and Tobago||Caves||6||The longest accessible cave system in Trinidad, 862 m long. Contains a colony of guacharo - the only nocturnal fruit eating bird in the world.|
|352||Quadirikiri Cave||Aruba||Caves||6||150 m long cave, which contains prehistoric drawings. Site of legends.|
|353||Boiling Lake||Dominica||Geothermal features||4||Constantly boiling lake, second largest boiling lake in the world. Lake has formed in a crater above fumarole and contains acid water.|
|354||Hato Caves||Curaçao||Caves, Petroglyphs and rock art||6||Approximately 240 m long cave, contains remnants of extinct rodents and, presumably, 1500 years old petroglyphs.|
|355||Christiansted||United States Virgin Islands||Cities and towns||7||Well preserved colonial town, built by Danes and black people in the late 18th - 19th centuries. Characteristic arcaded walkways and stone buildings in pastel colors.|
|356||Animal Flower Cave||Barbados||Caves||7||Cave in the steep sea coast. Cave has several pools and one can look out to Caribbean Sea while swimming in the cave.|
|357||Tufton Hall Waterfall||Grenada||Waterfalls||8||The tallest waterfall in Grenada, approximately 25 m tall. Stream is divided into two parts, each stream leaps over several cascades.|
|358||Falls of Baleine||Saint Vincent and the Grenadines||Waterfalls||8||One of the most beautiful waterfalls in Saint Vincent, approximately 19 - 18 m high.|
|359||Le Trou de David||Saint Martin||Sinkholes, Natural arches||9||Once impressive landmark - a large sinkhole with two natural arches towards the sea. Collapsed in December 2011.|
|360||Kaali Crater||Estonia, Saaremaa||Impact craters, Ancient shrines||2||One of the most recent known large impact craters which formed more than 4 000 years ago, most likely some 7 600 years ago. 110 m wide and 16 m deep.|
|361||Diamond Falls||Saint Lucia||Waterfalls||6||Approximately 17 m tall waterfall, fed by thermal sulphuric springs. Waterfall is adorned with colourful, constantly changing sediments.|
|362||Carbet Falls||Guadeloupe||Waterfalls||4||Most impressive waterfall in lesser Antilles, with total heigh in excess of 245 m. Located in lush rainforest, three major steps.|
|363||Diamond Rock||Martinique||Rock stacks||6||Sea stack - volcanic plug - which rises 175 m above the sea. This minor area is possibly the last place where lives Couress grass snake.|
|364||Aouelloul crater||Mauritania, Adrar||Impact craters||3||Exposed impact crater in the desert, approximately 390 m wide and 3.1 million years old. Numerous tectites have been found nearby.|
|365||Tenoumer crater||Mauritania, Tiris Zemmour||Impact craters||3||Very well preserved crater in the desert, approximately 1.9 km wide and 21 thousand years old.|
|366||Temimichât-Ghallaman crater||Mauritania, Tiris Zemmour||Impact craters||6||Well visible crater in remote area of Sahara, with up to 35 m tall rims, 640 - 730 m wide. Possible impact crater.|
|367||Cabo Blanco seal colony||Mauritania, Dakhlet Nouadhibou and Western Sahara||Animal colonies||6||The only colony of monk seals in the world, here live some 200 Mediterranean monk seals (Monachus monachus).|
|368||Pingualuit crater (Chubb crater)||Canada, Quebec||Impact craters||2||One of most prominent impact craters on Earth, 3.44 km wide and 0.4 km deep, formed 1.4 million years ago. 267 m deep, extremely pure lake in the crater.|
|369||Lonar crater||India, Maharashtra||Impact craters, Ecosystems||3||The only large impact crater in basaltic rocks, formed approximately 570 thousand years ago. Width 1.8 km, depth up to 150 m. In the crater is soda lake with unusual ecosystem.|
|370||Meteor crater (Barringer crater)||United States, Arizona||Impact craters||1||Possibly the best preserved impact crater on Earth, 49 000 years old. Diameter 1 180 m, depth - 170 m. The first confirmed extraterrestrial impact crater.|
|371||Veevers crater||Australia, Western Australia||Impact craters||5||One of the best preserved small impact craters on Earth, the only impact crater formed by IIAB iron meteorite. 75 m wide, 7 m deep, approximately 4 000 years old.|
|372||Wolfe Creek crater||Australia, Western Australia||Impact craters||2||One of the most impressive impact craters on Earth, formed some 300 000 years ago. Average diameter 875 m, depth up to 60 m. Rich finds of meteorites.|
|373||Erdene Zuu monastery||Mongolia, Övörkhangai Province||Buddhist shrines||3||The oldest existing Buddhist monastery in Mongolia, established in 1535, experienced numerous important historical events. Especially impressive is the 1.76 km long wall with 100 stupas.|
|374||Tabun Khara Obo||Mongolia, Dornogovi Province||Impact craters||5||Well preserved impact crater. Diameter approximately 1.3 km, present depth - 20 - 30 m.|
|375||Macha crater field||Russia, Sakha Republic||Impact craters||4||Group of very recent impact craters, formed approximately 7,300 years ago. Very well preserved, the largest crater has a diameter of 300 m.|
|376||Kaaba and Masjid-al-Haram||Saudi Arabia, Makkah||Islamic shrines, Ancient shrines, Sites of legends||1||The centre of Islam, one of most significant places in the world. Kaaba is ancient shrine, sacred place for several thousand years, it contains the mysterious Black Stone. Masjid al-Haram is world's largest mosque, area 35.7 ha.|
|377||Honokohau Falls||United States, Hawaii||Waterfalls||3||341 m tall waterfall, the tallest in Maui. Located in narrow valley and can be accessed with helicopter.|
|378||Wabar craters (al-Hadida meteors)||Saudi Arabia, Eastern Province||Impact craters||4||One of most recent impact craters on Earth - a group of three or more craters with diameter up to 116 m. Most likely created in the early 18th century. Large iron meteorites found here.|
|379||Trou de Fer canyon and waterfalls||Réunion||Canyons and ravines, Waterfalls||2||One of most impressive slot canyons in the world, with numerous waterfalls. The tallest is the unusual, 725 m tall waterfall of Bras de Caverne with three major steps. Tallest step is 300 m high.|
|380||Haczów Church||Poland, Podkarpackie||Churches||3||Oldest wooden church in Poland, most likely constructed in 1388 in Gothic style. Contains polychrome Gothic paintings from 1494.|
|381||Bimmah sinkhole||Oman, Muscat Governorate||Sinkholes||7||Approximately 30 m deep sinkhole with unusual deep blue-green lake in it.|
|382||Roter Kamm crater||Namibia, Karas region||Impact craters||4||Well visible, approximately 5 million years old impact crater, 2500 m wide and 130 m deep.|
|383||Lake Bosumtwi||Ghana, Ashanti region||Impact craters, Ecosystems||3||The most recent medium sized impact crater on Earth, formed some 1.07 million years ago. 10.5 km wide, filled with the largest lake in this part of Africa. Site of legends, endemic species of fish.|
|384||Amguid crater||Algeria, Tamanghasset province||Impact craters||3||One of the best preserved impact craters on Earth, located in a very remote area of Sahara. Less than 100 thousand years old, 530 m wide, approximately 65 m deep.|
|385||Tswaing crater||South Africa, Gauteng province||Impact craters||3||One of best preserved impact craters on Earth, up to 119 m deep and 1.13 km wide. Created approximately 220 000 years ago. Hypersaline lake on the bottom of crater.|
|386||Kamil crater||Egypt, New Valley governorate||Impact craters||4||Best preserved small meteorite crater on Earth, diameter 44.8 m, depth 15.8 m. They only impact crater with ejecta rays on Earth. Formed less than 5,000 years ago.|
|387||Vallée de Mai||Seychelles, Praslin||Ecosystems||2||Relict forest of prehistoric Gondwana. Numerous endemic species, including the only forest of coco de mer (Lodoicea maldivica) - the palm with the largest seeds in the world.|
|388||Carancas impact crater||Peru, Puni||Impact craters||4||The only impact crater whose formation was witnessed by modern people. This 13.5 m wide crater formed in 2007.|
|389||Kuryong Falls||North Korea, Kangwon||Waterfalls, Sites of legends||5||74 m tall waterfall in very scenic place, one of most impressive waterfalls in North Korea.|
|390||Borgund stave church||Norway, Sogn og Fjordane||Churches||2||Most authentic wooden stave church in Norway, built between 1180 and 1200. Adorned with woodcarvings, runes.|
|391||Škocjan caves||Slovenia, Slovenian Littoral||Caves, Ancient shrines||1||6.2 km long cave system with enormous halls and the most impressive, up to 146 m deep underground canyon in the world. Prehistoric cult site, place of great scenic beauty.|
|392||Angel Falls||Venezuela, Bolivar||Waterfalls||1||The tallest waterfall in the world, total height 979 m, tallest uninterrupted drop - 807 m.|
|393||Vrtiglavica cave||Slovenia, Slovenian Littoral||Caves, Waterfalls||3||643 m deep cave, similar to an extremely deep well. Contains the world's deepest underground vertical pitch - 603 m. 400 - 440 m tall waterfall inside.|
|394||Karahunj (Zorats Karer)||Armenia, Syunik province||Prehistoric settlements, Prehistoric fortifications, Prehistoric and ancient cemeteries, Megaliths||3||Megalithic necropolis from the 3rd - 2nd millenia BC (?). Contains a ring of upright stones. Many standing stones have holes in the upper ends. According to some researchers the site served as astronomical observatory.|
|395||Chamarel Falls||Mauritius||Waterfalls||5||83 m tall waterfall - vertical, free falling plunge at the rim of lava flow.|
|396||Boddam Church||British Indian Ocean Territory||Churches||8||Ruins of Catholic church, built in 1932 for plantation workers in the remote Chagos Archipelago.|
|397||Kaani tree in Maroshi||Maldives||Trees||7||Enormous kaani tree (Cordia subcordata), historically linked to to the freedom fights in Maldives in the late 16th century.|
|398||Victoria Falls (Mosi-oa-Tunya)||Zambia and Zimbabwe||Waterfalls||1||World's largest curtain of falling water and one of most impressive natural landmarks worldwide - 108 m tall and 1,708 m wide waterfall.|
|399||Hagia Sophia||Turkey, Istanbul||Churches, Mosques, Museums||1||Largest cathedral in the world for almost 1000 years, constructed in 537 AD. Main ceremonial centre of Byzantine Empire, later converted to mosque. High achievement of Byzantine style with immense impact on further development of European and Islamic architecture.|
|400||Ottobeuren Abbey||Germany, Bavaria||Christian monasteries, Churches||2||Large and old Benedictine monastery, founded in 764 AD. Includes one of most beautiful Baroque cathedrals with ornate, harmonious interior in Rococo style.|
Some daisies look like trees. And in some places these tree-like daisies form true forests.
Such unique forest has formed in the central part of Santa Cruz - one of Galápagos Islands. This unusual forest though is in immediate peril and can disappear soon.
One of the most iconic and best known man made landmarks in the world is Notre Dame de Paris. This cathedral is visited by more than 13 million people every year.
There have formed several beautiful waterfalls on Ireng River. The best known are Orinduik Falls. This 25 m tall and more than 150 m wide waterfall falls over a semiprecious gemstone - red jasper.
One of the most prominent historical buildings in Cuba is Cathedral of Havana.
This ornate building is somewhat smaller than many other metropolitan cathedrals around the world - but there is a reason for it.
There are few buildings, which have very special importance in the history of the world. One of them is Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem.
Don't be mislead by the small size of Østerlars Church - this small building holds amazing values of art and history and... also some enticing mysteries.
Europeans may look in disbelief - is it for real? Does it exist? The Great Mosque of Djenné is as real as it can be - this magnificent structure is the centre of the ancient Djenné city, it is physical and spiritual centre of this amazing Sub-Saharan metropolis.
Major part of people in the world have seen this sight - if not a photograph, then at least the versions of this view in the cartoon movie "Madagascar". Avenue of the Baobabs comes in the minds of many people when they hear the word - "Madagascar".
The thick forest cover in the heart of the ancient land of Maya could not cover these giant buildings - even thousands of years after their construction the pyramids of El Mirador rise high above the rainforest. This land is abandoned now - but once upon a time this was the first and largest metropolis of Maya civilization.
One of the highest achievements of Italian Gothic art and architecture is Orvieto Cathedral. Few buildings in the world are that ornate, and at the same time - few have such a well balanced and harmonious architecture.
There are few buildings with such great importance for world architecture as Florence Cathedral. Many world-famed architects and artisans have built it but Filippo Brunelleschi - the true genius of structural engineering - should be mentioned first.
One of the most charming towns in Haiti is Jacmel - old coffee port, which was established in 1698. Nearly all buildings in the centre of this town are built in the late 19th century.
There exists blue amber! But it is very rare - a lot more rare than diamonds and most other gemstones in the world.
The best place in the world to find blue amber is Palo Quemado amber mine in Dominican Republic.
The second largest hot lake in the world is Boiling Lake in Dominica - only the Frying Pan Lake in New Zealand is larger.
Barbados offers a very special way to look on the Atlantic Ocean – through the entrance of Animal Flower Cave, sitting in a pool which is rised few metres above the sea level.
One of the most recent impact craters on Earth is Kaali Crater in Estonia. This large crater formed some 4 - 7.6 thousand years ago and this could be the only large impact crater which formed in a populated area.
One of the best preserved impact craters on Earth is Tenoumer crater in Mauritania. This 1.9 km wide and up to 110 m deep crater is almost perfectly circular and was created by meteorite in Pleistocene, approximately 21,400 ± 9,700 years ago.
Lonar crater is unique impact structure - the only large impact crater in basalt on Earth with unusual soda lake in it.
Wolfe Creek crater is one of the most impressive impact craters on Earth, sometimes compared to the most impressive one - Meteor crater (Barringer crater) in Arizona, United States.
The history of the mysterious Kaaba started long before Islam and this could be one of the oldest active shrines in the world. Today Kaaba and Masjid-al-Haram around it is the centre of Islam - a religion with some 1.6 billion followers. Thus it is one of most significant places in the world.
Trou de Fer is one of most magnificent canyons in the world. This canyon is adorned with countless waterfalls, including the 725 m tall falls of Bras de Caverne stream.
The Roter Kamm crater (from German - "red ridge" crater) in the desolate sands of Namib Desert was created by a meteorite some 5 million years ago.
The palm forest in Vallée de Mai is a descendant of the primeval forests of Gondwana continent. Here live numerous plants and animals which are found only on granitic islands of Seychelles. The most exclusive plant here is coco de mer palm (Lodoicea maldivica) with the largest seeds in the world.
Škocjan caves belong to the most interesting caves in the world, with several exceptional qualities. This magnificent natural landmark has served as a cult site for several millenia.
The cave sistem contains the deepest underground river canyon in the world - up to 146 m deep canyon of Reka.
One of the best known and most interesting archaeological landmarks in Armenia is Karahunj, often called Zorats Karer. Most likely this is settlement and megalithic necropolis from the Middle Bronze Age - Iron Age. According to alternative theory this is purported world's oldest astronomical observatory, built in the 6th millenia BC.
There are no doubts: Ottobeuren Abbey and, especially, Ottobeuren Basilica have some of the best Baroque and Rococo style interiors worldwide. Though, just a few realise the wealth of symbolic messages in the architecture and embellishments of Basilica - such as the four richly dressed and embellished skeletons.