Spectacular Monastery of Jerónimos in Lisbon

Spectacular Monastery of Jerónimos in Lisbon

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One of the most cherished of Portugal’s historical buildings is located in the riverside suburb of Belém, west of Lisbon city center, and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Monastery replaced the church formerly existing in the same place, which was dedicated to Santa Maria de Belém and where the monks of the military-religious Order of Christ provided assistance to seafarers in transit. The construction of the monastery and church began on 6 January 1501, and was completed 100 years later. King Manuel originally funded the project with moneys obtained from the Vintena da Pimenta, a 5 percent tax on commerce from Africa and the Orient, equivalent to 70 kilograms of gold per year, with the exception of those taxes collected on the importation of pepper, cinnamon and cloves, which went directly to the Crown. Jeronimos Monastery is a majestic tribute to the opulent history enjoyed by Portugal during the discoveries era. In modern times, the monastery continues to make history by hosting important ceremonies of state such as the signing of the Treaty which marked Portugal’s entry into the European Economic Community.

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Spectacular  Banff Town in National Park in Alberta, Canada

Spectacular Banff Town in National Park in Alberta, Canada

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Banff is a town within Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada. It is the larger of the two towns in this national park. It is located in Alberta\’s Rockies along the Trans-Canada Highway, approximately 126 km west of Calgary and 58 km east of Lake Louise. This is a town that truly celebrates its heritage, lives and breathes mountain culture and never takes its backyard for granted. You can walk just about anywhere you want to go. Walking is quick, easy and allows for random adventures down to the river, through the forests, up the mountains. And all of these activities are within a 5 – 10 minute walking distance. Biking around town is popular too. There are several shops to rent bicycles.

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Spectacular Mesa Verde National Park

Spectacular Mesa Verde National Park

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Mesa Verde, Spanish for green table, offers a spectacular look into the lives of the Ancestral Pueblo people who made it their home for over 700 years, from A.D. 600 to A.D. 1300. They chose Mesa Verde as their settlement 1,400 years ago, establishing small pithouses (large holes in the ground with a wooden roof overhead) on the mesa tops. Today, Mesa Verde National Park protects over 4,000 known archeological sites, including 600 cliff dwellings. Mesa Verde is UNESCO World Heritage Site located in the southwestern corner of the state of Colorado.

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Spectacular Ruins of Tintern Abbey

Spectacular Ruins of Tintern Abbey

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The village of Tintern is the stunning home to the spectacular ruins of a world famous Cistercian abbey and to an ancient industrial heritage. The Cistercian abbey of Tintern is one of the greatest monastic ruins of Wales. It was only the second Cistercian foundation in Britain, and the first in Wales, and was founded on 9 May 1131 by Walter de Clare, lord of Chepstow. The remains consist of nave, chancel, tower, chapel and cloister. It was partly converted into living quarters after 1541, and further adapted over the centuries. The Abbey was occupied by the Colclough family from the 16th century until 1960s.

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Spectacular Browns Canyon

Spectacular Browns Canyon

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The Browns Canyon National Monument and Wilderness proposal area covers 22,000 acres of federally and state-managed public land in Chaffee County, Colorado. The area consists of the riparian corridor, stunning rock spires, hoodoos, and granite outcroppings. The overwhelming majority of visitors to this treasured Chaffee County landscape never set foot on a trail anyway. They merely hop in a rubber raft or kayak and paddle the Arkansas River as it flows south past the Collegiate Peaks toward Salida.

Location: Approximately 7 miles south of Buena Vista, off of U.S. Hwy 24
Allowed uses: hiking, horseback riding, rafting
Season: Year round

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Spectacular Kuwana Winter Light Festival

Spectacular Kuwana Winter Light Festival

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Festival is running annually from mid November to mid March. It is one of Japan’s finest Winter Illuminations, including the famous tunnel of light, located in park in Kuwana City. The park really outdoes itself by using millions of sparkling LED lights all over the vast grounds including on the water and in the gardens.

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The Spectacular Zion National Park in Utah

The Spectacular Zion National Park in Utah

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Zion National Park is located in the southern Utah regions of Dixie and Canyon Country. Park was designated in 1919 and it is the oldest national park. National Park area is 229 square miles (593.1 km) and it includes a spectacular cliff-and-canyon landscape. Zion National Park provide a wonderland for unparalleled camping, hiking, canyoneering, climbing, biking and horseback riding. Zion is Utah’s most heavily used park with three million visitors per year. All visitors are required to purchase a recreational use pass upon entering Zion National Park.

Entrance fees:
Private Vehicle: $25. Valid for 7 days.
Motorcycle: $12. Valid for 7 days.
Per Person: $12. Valid for 7 days.

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