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Vietnam is surprisingly diverse. Here are found giant contemporary cities, traces of ancient cultures and pristine, little explored nature. Among the huge diversity of heritage stand out:
- Giant caves. In Vietnam are located the world’s largest known caves – an eerie world incomparable to the narrow caves known elsewhere. Largest among them is Hang Son Doong.
- Other karst formations. World-famous is Ha Long Bay with some 2,000 islands which rise like towers up to 100 m high above the sea level. There are other amazing karst formations in the country.
- Ancient cities and citadels. Several cultures have left ruins of exciting cities and towns. There are cases when local people live even in large caves.
Currently thoroughly described 650 unique places (and in short – 157 more places) of the world
7 Most Recent Landmarks
The story of the legendary Agaiambo people is weird and its abrupt end often seems to be impossible. It seems since 1904 there have been no reports about these elusive people. Most likely Agaiambo people have disappeared since then, but… who can be certain about this?
Today the Hveragerði Geothermal Park is somewhat less impressive if compared to other geothermal fields around Hveragerði (Hveragerdi) town – it is “civilized” and geothermal energy over the last decades has “traveled” to some other locations nearby. Some time ago this was different: the center of the present-day Hveragerði was an unusual place with geysers and boiling springs.
Mines of the legendary Olmec blue jadeite were elusive. Only in 1998 – 2000 in Guatemala were found some locations of this unique stone. Some of the richest finds are in the upper reaches of Río El Tambor.
Some 20 years ago near Lục Yên were found pieces of unusual, seemingly glowing blue spinel. Today similar stones have been found in some more countries around the world but cobalt blue spinel still is very rare and increasingly expensive.
The giant Volusia Blue Spring is an unusual natural landmark. The deep blue-green basin over this spring seems to be cut with a knife – there is a deep fissure across the spring where lucid spring water gushes out. One can dive in this fissure up to 38 m deep!
The beautiful Homosassa Springs draw a wealth of visitors – and there is a lot to see here! But the story of these springs is even more complex and one of the aspects here is constant efforts to find an equilibrium between the wish of humans to visit and live in this part of Florida and the wish to preserve the pristine nature.
The story of Palayoor Church of St. Thomas is perplexed and, to be frank, deals more with emotions than facts. According to millions of Christians of India, this is one of the world’s oldest churches, standing in this place since 52 AD. This church, definitely, has a long and interesting history, but is it almost 2000 years old?
In 2003, software engineer David Miller left his job, family, and friends to fulfill a dream and hike the Appalachian Trail. AWOL on the Appalachian Trail is Miller’s account of this thru-hike along the entire 2,172 miles from Georgia to Maine. On page after page, readers are treated to rich descriptions of the valleys and mountains, the isolation and reverie, the inspiration that fueled his quest, and the life-changing moments that can only be experienced when dreams are pursued.
NatGeo takes you on a photographic tour of the world’s most spectacular destinations, inspiring tangible ideas for your next trip. Travel to hundreds of the most breathtaking locales—both natural and man-made—illustrated with vivid images taken by the organization’s world-class photographers. These images, coupled with evocative text, feature a plethora of visual wonders: ancient monoliths, scenic islands, stunning artwork, electric cityscapes, white-sand seashores, rain forests, ancient cobbled streets, and both classic and innovative architecture.
10 most popular landmarks, June 2019
- Croatia: Crveno Jezero – Red Lake
- Solomon Islands: Kakamora Caves
- India: Jogimara Cave, Sita Bengra Cave – ancient theater
- Argentina/Brazil: Iguazu Falls – world’s most impressive waterfall
- Russia: Saint Basil’s Cathedral, Moscow
- Georgia: Krubera Cave (Voronya Cave)
- China: Xiaozhai Tiankeng
- India: Bhimbetka cave shelters
- India: Ellora Caves, Kailasanatha Temple
- Italy: Orvieto Cathedral
40 places – unique places with natural phenomena which are not found anywhere else!
Wondermondo has included in this category these places of the world where a larger area of soluble rocks is exposed and water has shaped unusual relief from this rock. And, well, some of these places are VERY unusual!