The renowned travel guide publisher Lonely Planet recently with the help of experts and journalists made the list of 500 places to visit before his death.
We recommended this 10 places.
10 Hagia Sophia, Turkey
Hagia Sophia is a masterpiece of Byzantine architecture and the largest church in the former Eastern Roman Empire. Hagia Sophia was destroyed by fire in the middle of Nikine rebellion in the 6th century, but it was the Byzantine emperor Justinian I. rebuilt in just five years. Originally built as a church of the Byzantine emperors in the 15th century was converted into a mosque, to 1935, turned into a museum.
9 ALHAMBRA, SPAIN
Alhambra is a palace of the last Muslim ruler of Spain – Moorish Nasrid and was built mainly in the 13th and 14th centuries and is the only Islamic medieval palace, which remained intact. Red Castle, that translates to its name because it is built of red brick, it is literally a small city that lies about 800 meters following the top of the hill overlooking Granada. The most spectacular part of the palace complex Nasridske primarily Comares palace with a courtyard and Lion’s palace with a courtyard.
8 Iguazu Falls, BRAZIL – ARGENTINA
Some of the most spectacular waterfalls are located on the border between Argentina and Brazil, and consist of 275 waterfalls up to 70 meters, along 2.7 kilometers. According to legend, were created after God intended to marry a beautiful girl NAIP, but she fled with her lover Tarobá in a canoe. In anger, God has split the river, creating waterfalls, condemning the lovers to an eternal fall. In the 16th century discovered it was a Spanish conquistador Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca.
7 COLISEUM, ITALY
The most famous place in Rome is named after the colossal statue of the Emperor Nero, which was located in front of the amphitheater. Even 60,000 people could gather in it to watch gladiator fights, and when the arena filled with water were held even naval battle! Construction began 72 years to the time of Emperor Vespasian and was completed ten years later was during the reign of his son Domitian.
6 Grand Canyon, USA
The Grand Canyon is a wonder of nature that has created millions of years the Colorado River. It spreads over almost 5,000 square kilometers, is 446 km long and in places deep even 1,600 meters! It is an integral part of one of the oldest national parks in the United States, and on the list of seven wonders of nature, a part of the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites since 1973. Especially attractive are considered sunrises at this really great place.
5 TAJ MAHAL, INDIA
One of the world’s most famous buildings erected as a sign of love is the Indian Taj Mahal, which was built by Shah Jahan Maharaja in honor of his wife Persian princess Mumtaz Mahal, who died in childbirth. In the palace of white marble, jewel of Mughal architecture and building on the UNESCO list of world heritage, many mistakenly think that the Taj Mahal, which is actually an integrated complex of structures.
4. Great Wall of China, CHINA
Wall debt 10,000 lia, that translates into its Chinese name, the official debt of 8,851 km, although it is considered that the original was longer still 500 km. Volume and mass of the Great Wall of China is the largest building in the world and can be seen even from space! Its construction began in the 7th century BC, but most of the wall was built during the Ming Dynasty. The purpose of the Wall was the defense of the nation from the north, but on it contains 25,000 observation tower.
3. MACHU PICCHU, PERU
The Holy City of the Incas is located in the highest part of the eastern Andes at an altitude of 2,350 meters. Probably built in the early 14th century, remained undiscovered until 1911. Surface of 34,500 hectares, Machu Picchu was abandoned before it was conquered by the Spaniards but are still some questions remain unanswered – whether used as a castle, an observatory, a sacred city or sanctuary for the Emperor? Why are the Incas built and then abandoned for less than a century?
2 Great Barrier Reef, Australia
The largest coral reef in the world is located in the Coral Sea and stretches 2030 km along the edge of the continental shelf north-eastern Australia, on a total area of 344 km2. One of the seven wonders of nature, according to CNN, is made up of over 3,000 coral reefs and 900 islands and is on the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites. Unfortunately, one of the most beautiful diving destinations threatens globlano warming.
1 Angkor Wat, Cambodia
The largest religious buildings with more than two square kilometers in the world is a collection of more than 1,000 temples and is located 240 km from the capital of Cambodia in Phnom Penh. For the most part was built in the 12th century during the reign of Khmer king Surjawarmana II. In the language of the Khmer Angkor means city and wat – temple. How much this place means to Cambodia, best illustrated by what is on their flag.