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Popa Taungkalat Monastery, Myanmar


Sat serenely among the clouds, some 2,417 ft (737m) up on top of a massive, sheer-sided lava plug, Popa Taungkalat towers above the plains of central Myanmar, a stunningly beautiful sight visible for miles around. The danger of the location admittedly diminishes when you learn that the volcano beneath this Buddhist monastery has ceased bubbling – but still, that’s some fall from the top.

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This unique site is not only a Buddhist pilgrimage centre, but is also home to 37 Mahagiri Nats – spirits of humans who met violent ends revered in local belief, the statues of whom can be seen at the base of the shrine.

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The many visitors who flock here must remove their footwear, climb the 777 steps to the summit – once maintained by the famous hermit U Khandi – and if that’s not enough run the gauntlet of hundreds of hungry, kleptomaniac macaques. Still, enlightenment awaits.

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SkyView-Sweden


SkyView is one of the most remarkable attractions in Sweden, and an experience far above the ordinary. A gondola made of glass takes you up along the outside of the Ericsson Globe – the largest spherical building in the world.globen_skyview_natt

A unique attraction takes you to the top of the largest spherical building on earth. A magnificent view from the top, 130 meters above sea level. Specially designed glass gondolas take you up the outside of the Ericsson Globe

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Icehotel (Jukkasjärvi)-Sweden … the biggest hotel of ice in the world!


The Icehotel (styled as ICEHOTEL) in the village of Jukkasjärvi, about 17 kilometres (11 mi) from Kiruna, in northern Sweden, was the world’s first ice hotel. After its first opening in 1990, the hotel has been erected each year from December to April.

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The hotel, including the chairs and beds, is constructed from snow and ice blocks taken from the nearby Torne River. The structure remains below freezing, around 23 °F (−5 °C)

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The entire hotel is made out of snow and ice blocks taken from the Torne River, even the glasses in the bar are made of ice. Each spring, around March, Icehotel harvests tons of ice from the frozen Torne River and stores it in a nearby production hall with room for over 10,000 short tons (9,100 t) of ice and 30,000 short tons (27,200 t) of snow.

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The Icehotel in Jukkasjärvi opens in phases. The first phase opens in the beginning of December. For each week, another section of the hotel opens up for visitors and guests until the beginning of January. At this time, the entire construction is completed.

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When completed, the hotel features a bar, church, main hall, reception area, plus rooms and suites for over 100 guests. The furniture is sculpted blocks of ice in the form of chairs and beds. There is also warm accommodation available next to the hotel. The Icehotel in Jukkasjärvi is known to be the biggest hotel of ice and snow in the world, spanning over some 6,000 square metres (64,600 sq ft)

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The Icehotel only exists between December and April, and has been listed as one of the Seven Wonders of Sweden.

Mount Ararat


Mount Ararat (5,137 m) is a snow-capped, dormant volcanic cone in Turkey. Mount Ararat in Judeo-Christian tradition is associated with the “Mountains of Ararat” where, according to the book of Genesis, Noah’s ark came to rest.The mountain can be seen on the Coat of arms of Armenia.

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In Armenian mythology Mt. Ararat is the home of the Gods, much like Mt. Olympus is in Greek Mythology, and in the modern-era Ararat has been revered by the Armenians as symbolizing their national identity. Ararat dominates the skyline of Armenia’s capital, Yerevan

Khor Virap Monastary in Armenia with Mount Ararat in the Background

Khor Virap Monastary in Armenia with Mount Ararat in the Background

Ararat  was officially opened for tourism only in 1998, when the Turkish Federation of Mountaineering issued permit to climb up to the summit. Since 2004, Ararat has been part of a nature reserve.

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Fly Geyser-Partially man-made


Fly Geyser, is a small geothermal geyser that is located approximately 20 miles (32 km) north of Gerlach in Washoe County, Nevada, USA. The Geyser is not an entirely natural phenomenon, and was accidentally created in 1916 during well drilling. The well functioned normally for several decades, but in the 1960s geothermally heated water found a weak spot in the wall and began escaping to the surface. Dissolved minerals started rising and accumulating, creating the mount on which the geyser sits, which continues growing. Today water is constantly spewing, reaching 5 feet (1.5 m) in the air.

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The Great Dune of Pyla-France


It is the tallest sand dune in Europe. The dune has a volume of about 60,000,000 m³, measuring around 500 m wide from east to west and 2.7 km in length from north to south. Its height is 108 metres above sea level. The dune is a famous tourist destination with more than one million visitors per year.

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The dune is considered a foredune, meaning a dune that runs parallel to a shoreline, behind the high tide line of a beach.

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African Renaissance Monument


The African Renaissance Monument  is a 49m tall bronze statue located on top of one of the twin hills known as Collines des Mamelles, outside of Dakar, Senegal. Built overlooking the Atlantic Ocean in the Ouakam suburb, the statue was designed by the Senegalese architect Pierre Goudiaby after an idea presented by president Abdoulaye Wade and built by a company from North Korea. Site preparation on top of the 100-meter high hill began in 2006, and construction of the bronze statue began 3 April 2008.Originally scheduled for completion in December 2009, delays stretched into early 2010, and the formal dedication occurred on 4 April 2010, Senegal’s “National Day”, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the country’s independence from France. It is the tallest statue in Africa.
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Valle de los Caídos


The Valle de los Caídos is a Catholic basilica and a monumental memorial in the municipality of San Lorenzo de El Escorial, erected at Cuelgamuros Valley in the Sierra de Guadarrama, near Madrid, Spain conceived by Spanish dictator Francisco Franco to honor and bury those who fell during the Spanish Civil War.

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