16 coolest places, which shamelessly silent guides
The cave was opened in 1991, but its study began in 2009, and organized groups of tourists began to start quite recently. Shondong is called the largest cave in the world - its length is more than 9 km, and the height of the arches is such that a 40-storey skyscraper could easily fit under them!
Lake Resia was formed in 1950 as a result of the construction of a hydropower station and a dam and the flooding of two villages. Above the surface of the reservoir bell tower, built in the XIV century. Due to the change in the water level above the lake, from time to time you can only see the top of the clock tower. Because of the strong winds on the lake, the waves are rising, so the place is like surfers.
Perhaps the most publicized stone structure the UK is Stonehenge. However, scientists call the mysterious Callanish on the island of Lewis in Scotland the largest monument of megalithic culture. These are 13 monuments and groups of vertically installed, literally grown from the ground stones up to 5 meters high, forming circles. Outside the circle, there are stones in a shape resembling a Celtic cross, which points to the ends of the world.According to one version, these menhirs are nothing more than a giant lunar calendar, according to another - an ancient ritual place.
Away from the busy city streets in the south of France in the town of Pont d’Arc there is a natural bridge with the same name. It rises above the Ardèche River, which for hundreds of years has washed down an impressive arch 50 meters high and 60 meters wide in rocky rock. It is surprisingly quiet and calm, in the summer there are competitions in rowing on a canoe. Not far from the bridge there is a historical monument - an ancient Chauvet cave with petroglyphs up to 30 thousand years old!
Compared to the Jordanian Petra, the archaeological complex of Madain-Salih is not so widely known, although it is the oldest building in Saudi Arabia, about 2,000 years old. This historical city-monument includes 111 rocky graves, towers, living quarters, temples and hydraulic structures of the ancient Nabatean city of Hegra, which was once the center of commerce. All the buildings are decorated with sculptures, bas-reliefs, rock inscriptions.
The area of this amazing salt water reservoir is 150 square meters. km, which makes it the largest mineralized lake in Europe. Its depth does not exceed 7–10 cm in summer and 1.5 m in spring. It is the most important point of migration of waders and cranes, attracts tourists with unusual salt landscapes and balneological properties. Elton Nature Park, in which the lake is located, is home to several hundred species of plants and animals, including unique ones.
The Purnululu National Park, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is replete with striped mountain sandstone steeps, lakes, and unique flora and fauna. On its territory is a huge number of gorges, one of the most picturesque - the Cathedral, which is a real natural amphitheater with amazing acoustics.
The Labyrinth of Orta is a historic and oldest park in Barcelona, which was founded at the end of the 18th century as a neoclassical garden.This place, rich in hedges, flowerbeds, gazebos, canals, was a favorite for cultural and social events. Today, a small number of visitors per day can enter the park.
In the small town of Le Puy-en-Velay in the south of France, on the top of a steep 90-meter cliff there is a chapel built in 962! Until this year, there were pagan dolmen and an ancient Roman sanctuary on the rock, and in general, all the legends call the rock a sacred place. The chapel is unique not only for its location, but also for its frescoes, mosaics, paintings, which in the whole history have never been restored.
Cape Reing is the northern tip of the Aupouri Peninsula in New Zealand. Not far from the shore dangerous waves rage, and on the mountain stands a beacon, illuminating everything around in a flash every 26 seconds. To the east of the cape is a secluded beach with pale pink sand. The local aborigines believed that the soul after death is sent to this beach in order to make the last spurt before diving into the other world. Therefore, this place is considered sacred and visitors are forbidden to eat here. To get to the cape is quite difficult, since the road partially runs through the quicksand, so it is better to go with an organized group of tourists.
On the Greek island of Thassos, separated from the sea by a rocky border, there is a small natural pool in the shape of a drop with the purest water, called the Aphrodite Tear. According to legend, it was created by Zeus for bathing the goddess of beauty.Like a veil, on one side the pool is covered with a rocky plumb from which you can jump into the water, but be careful - the depth is only 3 meters! For a tourist unfamiliar with the area to find Giol's lagoon will be quite problematic, but the landscapes opening at dawn are worth the quest!