Renaissance Kronborg Castle –  The Setting of Shakespeares Hamlet

Renaissance Kronborg Castle – The Setting of Shakespeares Hamlet

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Kronborg Castle in Elsinore, north of Copenhagen, is one of northern Europe’s finest Renaissance castles. It is located at the entrance to Øresund and was built in 1574-1585. It has played a significant role in the history of this part of northern Europe, because of its strategic position between the North Sea and the Baltic.

Opening hours
Tuesday – Sunday 11:00 – 16:00 01/01/2016 – 31/03/2016
Monday – Sunday 11:00 – 16:00 01/04/2016 – 31/05/2016
Monday – Sunday 10:00 – 17:30 01/06/2016 – 31/08/2016
Monday – Sunday 11:00 – 16:00 01/09/2016 – 31/10/2016
Monday – Sunday 11:00 – 16:00 01/11/2016 – 31/12/2016

Admission Price
Adults: 90.00 DKK
Children under 17 years: 45.00 DKK
Children under 4 years: Free entrance

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Prambanan Temples, Indonesia

Prambanan Temples, Indonesia

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Prambanan Temple Compounds, also known as Candi Rara Jonggrang is a well known ancient Hindu Temple in Java, Indonesia. This is the largest temple compound dedicated to Shiva in Indonesia. Prambanan Temple itself is a complex consisting of 240 temples. All the mentioned temples form the Prambanan Archaeological Park and were built during the heyday of Sailendra’s powerful dynasty in Java in the 8th century AD. The closest cities to Prambanan, are either Yogyakarta or Semarang.

Fees:
The entry fees for Prambanan listed in borobudurpark.co.id is 30,000 Rp for Indonesian adult and 12,5000 Rp for children. For foreigners it is 171,000 Rp to adult and 85,000 for students.

Opening Times:
6am to 6pm daily.

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Royal Tombs of the Joseon Dynasty in Seoul, Korea

Royal Tombs of the Joseon Dynasty in Seoul, Korea

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The Royal Tombs of the Joseon Dynasty form a collection of 40 tombs scattered over 18 locations. Built over five centuries, from 1408 to 1966, the tombs honoured the memory of ancestors, showed respect for their achievements, asserted royal authority, protected ancestral spirits from evil and provided protection from vandalism. The roads to the royal tombs lead travelers to an auspicious place. The sites of the royal tombs were carefully selected by Feng Shui experts, and the landscape, structures, and architecture surrounding the tombs combined to produce the highest art form of the time. The premises of the royal tombs are surrounded by mountains, bodies of water, and grass lawns and covered by old pine trees. Not only have they been preserved perfectly for 600 years, but the memorial rites from then are still practiced today. The royal tombs of the Joseon dynasty are the ultimate icons of Joseon history and culture that have continued to today.

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Tikal – Mayan Ruins

Tikal – Mayan Ruins

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Tikal is a large archaeological site in the Guatemalan department of Petén. In the heart of the jungle, surrounded by lush vegetation, lies one of the major sites of Mayan civilization, inhabited from the 6th century B.C. to the 10th century A.D. The ceremonial centre contains superb temples and palaces, and public squares accessed by means of ramps. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Tikal Mayan ruins attract curious investigators of all sorts, who come to marvel at their existence. Visitors to Guatemala will find a variety of options for Tikal excursions that can be arranged from other main tourist areas. Most Tikal excursions start from the nearby town of Flores, which serves as the hub for tours into the Petén department.

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Ruins of Hampi, India – UNESCO World Heritage

Ruins of Hampi, India – UNESCO World Heritage

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Hampi is one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in India located near Hospet town in the Karnataka state. The buildings in the city are mostly built in the original native traditions of southern India, associated with the Hindu religion. Among them are beautiful temples, basements of palaces, remains of aquatic structures, ancient market streets, royal pavilions, bastions, royal platforms, treasury buildings. Hampi covers an area of nearly 26 sq km and is stated to be enclosed by seven lines of fortifications.

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Halong Bay – UNESCO World Heritage

Halong Bay – UNESCO World Heritage

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Halong Bay is one of the most breathtaking natural landmark in Vietnam. Archipelago is made up of thousands of limestone karsts and isles in various sizes and shapes. The Bay’s water is clear during the spring and early summer. Some of the islands are quite large and there are small alcoves with sandy beaches where swimming is possible. Ha Long bay lies in the northeastern part of Vietnam and is 165 Km from Hanoi. It has an area of around 1,553 km2. The core of the bay has an area of 334 km2 with a high density of 775 islets. The limestone in this bay has gone through 500 million years of formation in different conditions and environments.

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Palace of Persepolis – Great Persian Temple Complex

Palace of Persepolis – Great Persian Temple Complex

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The palace of Persepolis was planned and begun by the Persian emperor Darius I in the early fifth century BC, although it was not until the reign of his grandson, Artaxerxes, that it was finally finished around the year 425 BC. Conceived to be the seat of government for the Achaemenian kings and a center for receptions and ceremonial festivities. It was one of the great Persian temple complexes until it was destroyed by Alexander the Great in 331 BC. The ruins were not excavated until the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago sponsored an archaeological expedition to Persepolis and its environs under the supervision of Professor Ernst Herzfeld from 1931 to 1934, and Erich F. Schmidt from 1934 to 1939. Persepolis was registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979.

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Mont Saint Michel – Third Most Visited Attraction in France

Mont Saint Michel – Third Most Visited Attraction in France

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Mont Saint Michel is a small rocky island about 1 km from the north coast of France at the mouth of the Couesnon River in Normandy, connected by a causeway with the mainland. Mont-St-Michel is home to an abbey that dates back to the 11th century. The island, with its fast and fickle tides, was a notorious prison during the French Revolution of 1789. The isle has several good restaurants and a nightclub for visitors.

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