Wednesday, September 21, 2011

The Seven Lesser Known But Magnificent Wonders of The World

These awesome structures are among the most popular tourist attractions in their respective place of locations.

1.) Pena National Palace – Portugal

The Pena National Palace is a magnificent palace in Sintra, Portugal. This UNESCO World Heritage Site stands on the top of a hill above the town of Sintra, and on a clear day it can be easily seen from Lisbon, the country’s capital. This national monument is one of the “Seven Wonders of Portugal”.

2.) Saint Basil’s Cathedral – Russia

The official name of St. Basil’s Cathedral is Cathedral of the Protection of Most Holy Theotokos on the Moat. This Russian Orthodox Church is located on the Red Square in Moscow, the capital of Russia. This UNESCO World Heritage Site building's design, shaped as a flame of a bonfire rising into the sky, has no analogues in Russian architecture: "It is like no other Russian building. Nothing similar can be found in the entire millennium or Byzantium tradition from the 5th to 15th century.

3.) St. Giles’ Church – United Kingdom

The classical St Giles' Church is the parish church of Wrexham, Wales in the UK. The tower of this edifice is traditionally one of the “Seven Wonders of Wales”. Its richly-decorated tower is 135-feet high and has four striking hexagonal turrets.

4.) Kiev Pechersk Lavra – Ukraine

Kiev Pechersk Lavra or Kiev Monastery of the Caves in English is a historic Orthodox Christian monastery located in Kiev, the capital of Ukraine. It was founded in 1015 and had been the center of Eastern Orthodox Christianity in Eastern Europe. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of the “Seven Wonders of Ukraine”.

5.) Las Lajas Sanctuary – Colombia

Las Lajas Sanctuary is a basilica church built in the most peculiar site – inside the canyon of the Guaitara River in Ipiales, Colombia. Its construction lasted for 33 years from 1916 to 1949. There was a claim that an apparition of the Virgin Mary was seen in the area. The miraculous image on the stone is still visible today.

6.) Malbork Castle

The Malbork Castle is the largest castle in the world by area. This more than 500-year-old edifice was the largest brick Gothic castle on its completion in 1406. It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997.

7.) Studenica Monastery – Serbia

The Studenica monastery is a 12th-century Serbian Orthodox monastery in Serbia. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of the largest and richest Serb Orthodox monasteries. The monastery is best known for its collection of 13th- and 14th century Byzantine-style fresco paintings.

*Cathedral of Saint Sava – Serbia

The Cathedral of Saint Sava is an Orthodox Church located in the capital of Serbia – the City of Belgrade. It is the largest Orthodox cathedral on the Balkans, and one of the largest Orthodox cathedrals in the world. The church bells are tuned to play "Hymn to Saint Sava", and can be heard in the entire city.

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