Profile: Wondermondo

Gatis Pavils

Geologist and strategic planner Gatis Pavils has developed an exciting site called Wondermondo which tells about the world’s most unusual and wonderful places. You have certainly heard of such wonders of the world as Notre Dame de Paris or Angkor Wat. But have you heard about the Hessdalen lights in Norway (a place where mysterious lights can often can be seen) or the Black Hole of Andros in the Bahamas – a weird lake where microorganisms are constantly heating the water?

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Saint Peter’s Basilica, Rome

Which building is the most important in the world? One of the contenders for that title is Saint Peter's Basilica. This giant church tells a tale of the limitless power of religion and politics, and above all, about the immense creativity of humans.

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Notre Dame De Paris

Notre Dame de Paris is one of the most iconic and best-known man made landmarks in the world. More than 13 million people visit this cathedral each year.

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Skellig Michael Monastery

The monastery on Skellig Michael is a true gem of medieval Ireland.
Early Christian monasteries seem to be built in weird and almost inaccessible places but this one is very special. Built on a steep rock rising from a stormy sea at the far western borders of the medieval Christian world, it seems improbable that monks managed to live here between the 7th and 13th century!

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Church of Santa Coloma d'Andorra

Andorra is rich with medieval churches and the oldest one is the Church of Santa Coloma d'Andorra, which was constructed between the 8th and 9th centuries.

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Malta: Mnajdra

Mnajdra, one of the world’s oldest stone structures, is comprised of three prehistoric temples.
Skilled craftsmen built them many centuries before the Egyptian pyramids and Stonehenge. Prehistoric people had truly great abilities - it seems that these temples have been planned and aligned according to the Sun, serving as a kind of calendar.

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Assumption Cathedral In Volodymyr-Volynskyi

The Assumption Cathedral in Volodymyr-Volynskyi is one of the oldest existing buildings in the Ukraine and is located near the Polish border. This westernmost cathedral of Kievan Rus is a resurrected monument dating back to the time before the Mongol invasions.

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Landmarks of Monaco / Monaco Cathedral

The world’s second smallest state is also world’s richest, and it shows! Some of the most amazing landmarks in Monaco include the famous casino, opera house, opulent hotels and city palaces.

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United Arab Emirates: Attractions and Landmarks

Arab countries keep the wondrous spirit of One Thousand and One Nights alive - and none do it better than The United Arab Emirates.
This small country surprises the whole world with the realization of incredible ambitions. Cities of Emirates, especially Dubai and Abu Dhabi serve as showcases of latest achievements in engineering and architecture.

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10 Locations With Unusual Meteorological Phenomena

There are rare locations in the world where one can experience unique, highly unusual phenomena related to meteorology.
Following is an alphabetic list of 10 such locations. Some of these phenomena have been explained, but some have no explanation. All these monuments belong in the category of ‘Sites of Meteorological Phenomena’.

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Sri Lanka: Somawathie Stupa

In 1947, Buddhist Monk Sirimalwatte Piyaratana Thera was traveling with several other monks through the remote jungle in the northern part of Sri Lanka when they noticed a bright ray of light rising from the jungle towards the sky. As they reached this light, they discovered an ancient stupa covered by the jungle. Thus the legendary and mysterious Somawathie Stupa was rediscovered two millenia after its construction.

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The California Poppy and Ten Meadows to Visit

The California Poppy (Eschscholzia californica Cham.) can be found growing in the diverse conditions of the western part of North America from as far north as Oregon and reaching as far south as Baja California.
A single orange (often - yellow) flower of this plant emits a fragile and exquisite beauty but there are locations where one can see millions of these beautiful flowers growing together.

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Batalha Monastery, Portugal

Batalha Monastery is not just a monastery; it is a lot more than this. It is a monument to the unity of Portugal, a union between Portugal and England, an expression of the power of Aviz dynasty and, above all, a wonderful monument of architecture and art.

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Great Blue Hole Of Belize

Photographs taken from the air show an incredible, nearly perfectly round, deep blue circle in a shallow atoll some 70 km east from Belize City. This unique formation is known as the Great Blue Hole – an enormous sinkhole that has existed for at least 150,000 years.
The coast of Belize (and Mexico) is adorned with several elongated atolls. The Lighthouse Reef Atoll is located further away from the mainland. The Great Blue Hole is located in the central part of this atoll.

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Al Khazneh, Petra

There are hundreds of magnificent ancient cities around the world but none are similar to Petra. This amazing city was developed by the Nabateans in a labyrinth of narrow canyons with some of the most beautiful structures having been carved directly into the sandstone cliff.

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Taung Kalat: Burma (Myanmar)

One of the most sacred places in Burma is Popa Taung Kalat – an incredible monastery perched on the top of a cliff. Burmese pilgrims come here to worship nats - sacred spirits. Here you'll learn about Nats, the sacred mountain, and even some wonderful legends.

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Burma: Main Attractions

For many years, Burma (Myanmar) was rarely visited by foreign tourists, though it is a gorgeous and very diverse country, rich in both cultural and natural heritage.
Many of its landmarks are little known, or are out of reach to a general tourist. Many of those which are better known belong along side the most surprising and beautiful landmarks in the world.

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St. Basil's Cathedral, Moscow

One of the visually most surprising buildings in the world is Saint Basil’s Cathedralin Moscow, Russia. This amazing church was built 450 years ago next to the Moscow Kremlin.
The history of this church dates back to Ivan the Terrible - the tsar of Russia who reigned from 1533 to 1584.

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Mingora Emerald Mines of Pakistan

It seemed that the gorgeous emeralds from Mingora (Pakistan) were discovered fairly recently - in 1958. New information though, shows that these stones were mined some 2500 years ago and served as jewels for the rich and powerful in Ancient Rome, in the area of present day France. How could something so beautiful be lost for so long?

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The Great Sphinx Of Giza, Egypt

No one knows for sure why or when the Great Sphinx of Giza -the largest monolithic statue in the world -was built. But it is likely this is the oldest monumental sculpture in the world. As happens in many cultures, the men of weight in Egypt wanted to preserve their status after death. One way to achieve this was to be buried in a sacred place, thus raising the deceased to the status of gods. The sacred Giza Plateau was used as the necropolis of pharaohs and other important people since the 27th century BC. Here were the most amazing structures of the antique world – the Great Pyramids and the Sphinx.

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