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Mystery of Giants Causeway

Mystery of Giants Causeway
At the heart of one of Europe’s most magnificent coastlines its unique rock formations have, for millions of years, stood as a natural rampart against the unbridled ferocity of Atlantic storms. It is an area of about 40,000 interlocking basalt columns, the result of an ancient volcanic fissure eruption. Giant’s Causeway is located in County Antrim on the north coast of Northern Ireland, about three miles northeast of the town of Bushmills. The tops of the columns form stepping stones that... 

Byodoin Temple Buddhist Pure Land

Byodoin Temple Buddhist Pure Land
Byodoin Temple is a striking example of Buddhist Pure Land (Jodo) architecture. Together with its garden, the temple represents the Pure Land Paradise and was influential on later temple construction. Byodoin was initially built in 998 as a countryside retreat villa for the powerful politician Fujiwara no Michinaga, not as a temple. But on 1503, his regents constructed another feature called the Phoenix Hall or Amida Hall which made it turned into a Buddhist temple. The Phoenix Hall is the sole remaining... 

The Guide to Edinburghs Attraction

The Guide to Edinburghs Attraction
Scotland’s capital, Edinburgh, is considered one of the prettiest cities in Europe. Edinburgh is blessed with a stunning landscape that incorporates rocky hills, a shimmering sea, endless cliffs and a glorious skyline made up of buildings from different periods. The population of the city doubles during August, aka festival season! From 500,000 to over a million. The Fringe Festival is just one element of Edinburgh’s tourism trade, and industry that brings over 15 million visitors to the Scottish... 

Olavinlinna Castle in Savonlinna, Finland

Olavinlinna Castle in Savonlinna, Finland
The fortress was founded by Erik Axelsson Tott in 1475 under the name Sankt Olofsborg. The castle was supposed to repel Russian attacks from the east and to guarantee the control of the Savo region for the Swedish Crown. The history of Olavinlinna is a mixture of medieval arms clashing, cannons roaring and every-day chores inside the security of the castle’s thick walls. After the Finnish War of 1808 – 1809 Finland became an autonomous part of Russia. The castle lost its strategic function... 

Hiroshima Peace Park, Japan

Hiroshima Peace Park, Japan
The Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park is first and foremost a place of peace. The first atomic bomb in human history was dropped on Hiroshima. Although, the Atomic Bomb Dome was located almost directly underneath the explosion, it somehow avoided complete destruction and the remains of the building still stand today. The ruins of the former Prefectural Industrial Promotion Hall have been kept in the same state as immediately after the bombing. It is also a UNESCO World Heritage site. credit:... 

Baalbek – Forgotten Roman Ruins in Lebanon

Baalbek – Forgotten  Roman Ruins in Lebanon
Baalbek also called City of the Sun in eastern Lebanon. Approximately 86 kilometers northeast of the city of Beirut in eastern Lebanon stands the temple complex of Baalbek. Situated atop a high point in the fertile Bekaa valley, the ruins are one of the most extraordinary and enigmatic holy places of ancient times. Inhabited as early as 9000 BCE, Baalbek grew into an important pilgrimage site in the ancient world for the worship of the Phoenician sky-god Baal and his consort Astarte, the Queen of... 

Salisbury Cathedral – United Kingdoms Most Iconic Medieval Buildings

Salisbury Cathedral – United Kingdoms Most Iconic Medieval Buildings
The history of Salisbury Cathedral goes back well before the first foundation stone was laid in 1220. To understand the history of the cathedral you have to travel north from the city centre a distance of several miles, to Old Sarum. Salisbury Cathedral was built after the clergy abandoned the Cathedral at Old Salisbury (Old Sarum) on the hill above modern day Salisbury. Moving down into the valley by the River Avon. The cathedral is stunning and very accessible to all ages. The Chapter house with... 

Kennedy Space Center in Florida

Kennedy Space Center in Florida
Kennedy Space Center provides a look into the history and innovantion of NASA. It is located on Merritt Island in Brevard County which is in the State of Florida in United States. The site of KSC is near Cape Canaveral, which is between Miami and Jacksonville. The space complex offers opportunities to meet astronauts, tour a full-size replica of the Space Shuttle Atlantis and watch stirring films in the larger-than-life IMAX Theater. The complex is multi-faceted, and the best way to tour it is with... 

Cusco – a Gateway to Machu Picchu, Peru

Cusco – a Gateway to Machu Picchu, Peru
Cusco’s imperial city enchants its visitors. History of Cusco can be seen in its streets, squares, valleys and towns. Stunning destinations and examples of fine engineering by Inca stonemasons can be seen in Choquequirao, Saysayhuamán, Kenko, Tambomachay, Ollantaytambo and Machu Picchu, the Inca jewel built with the wisdom of the ancient Peruvians in an ecological environment. Cuzco, also spelled Cusco or Kosko, Quechua Qosqo is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the Western... 

Forgotten Ancient City of Minturnae, Italy

Forgotten Ancient City of Minturnae, Italy
Minturnae was originally an Auruncian city, one of the three towns of the Aurunci which allied themselves with the Samnites and made war against Rome in 314 BC., the other two being called Ausona and Vescia. The city was probably destroyed in 883 by the Saracens, who in the following years held the surrounding plain. Its site was increasingly abandoned by the population in favour of that of the modern town of Minturno. The Roman ruins consist of an amphitheatre, a theatre in opus reticulatum, and... 
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