Wonders of Reunion
Réunion is one of overseas departments of France. This island is located in the Indian Ocean.
In spite of its small size, this island offers rather diverse landmarks. The most impressive landmarks in Réunion are the numerous supertall waterfalls in forest-covered, incredibly deep canyons and ravines. Some of the world’s tallest waterfalls are located on this small island. This phenomenon is possible due to extreme cliffs and very abundant rainfall.
Very interesting is also the Piton de la Fournaise volcano which sometimes pours its lava directly into the Indian Ocean.
Map with the described wonders
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Top 21 wonders of Réunion
Several cascades of streams in Trou de Fer – one of the most magnificent slot canyons in the world. The total height of Bras de Caverne Falls is 725 m, the first step is 210 m high (mostly dry), the next – 180 m high, and the third – 300 m, several smaller steps in between. There are six more very tall waterfalls in the canyon. Lower Bras Mazerin fall is 270 m tall.
Piton de la Fournaise
One of the most active volcanoes in the world, erupted more than 100 times since 1640. Impressive, deep caldera – Enclos Fouqué. Interesting is the smaller crater inside – Formica Leo, resembling sand formations by antlions. Flows of basalt lava sometimes reach the ocean.
Very tall waterfall with several steps.
Voile de la Mariée in Cirque Salazie
Group of very tall waterfalls, falling in steps and sliding down the forested cliffs. Height of cliffs here exceeds 800 m.
Approximately 500 m tall waterfall.
Grand Galet Falls
Group of beautiful waterfalls in the south-eastern part of island, 45 m high.
Niagara Falls in Reunion
An impressive, approximately 55 m tall waterfall.
Fleurs Jaunes Falls
An unusual waterfall, sliding down along a cliff in narrow channel. Total height – approximately 300 m, tallest drop – approximately 55 m.
Very tall waterfall.
240 m tall waterfall, water for most part slides down along a slope.
Notre-Dame des Laves
Church of Piton-Sainte-Rose village. Lava flow from nearby Piton de la Fournaise entered the building but stopped without destroying it. Now the entrance is cleared and church is in use again.
A secret camp of runaway slaves 2000 m above the sea level, very hard to climb. Built in the 18th century, rediscovered in 1995.
St. Anne church in Saint-Benoît
Very ornate, extravagant church, rebuilt from common, plain church in the 1920s by father Daubemberger.
Hotel De Ville in St. Denis
A majestic building in Neo-Classical style.
Small palace in Neo-Classical style, constructed in the middle of the 19th century.
Jardin de l’État
Historical botanical gardens in Saint-Denis, set up in 1767 – 1773. Here is located also natural history museum that was opened in 1855.
Fine palace in a Neo-Classical style, constructed in the late 18th century.
Grave of Le Sitarane
Grave of African bandit and sorcerer Le Sitarane who was sentenced to death in 1911. He killed people to use their body parts in sorcery. Grave today is occasionally used in black magic rituals.
A beautiful spa-town, developed around hot spring. Located in caldera of volcano, with beautiful sights and lush gardens.
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