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Cristo Redentor - “Christ the Redeemer”

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Christ the Redeemer is a colossal statue of Jesus Christ at the summit of Mount CorcovadoRio de Janeiro, southeastern Brazil. It was completed in 1931 and stands 98 feet tall, its horizontally outstretched arms spanning 92 feet. The statue, made of reinforced concrete clad in a mosaic of thousands of triangular soapstone tiles, sits on a square stone pedestal base about 26 feet high, which itself is situated on a deck atop the mountain’s summit. The statue is the largest Art Deco-style sculpture in the world and is one of Rio de Janeiro’s most recognizable landmarks.

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Kelimutu Crater Lakes

Location: Flores Island, Indonesia

Kelimutu is a small, but well-known volcano in central Flores Island of Indonesia, close to the small town of Moni about 50 km to the east of Ende. At the summit of the volcano there are three crater lakes of varying colors. Although they share the crest of the same volcano and are practically side-by-side, the lakes periodically change colors from red and brown to turquoise and green, independent of each other.

The peculiar colors and thick mist surrounding the volcano have earned Kelimutu a supernatural reputation. Local villages believe that the spirits of the dead go to rest in one of the lakes based upon the deeds performed on Earth. Consequently, the lakes are named Tiwi Ata Mbupu (Lake of Old People), Tiwu Nua Muri Kooh Tai (Lake of Young Men and Maidens) and Tiwu Ata Polo (Lake of Evil Sprits, or Enchanted Lake).

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Yosemite Valley
Location: California, United States
© Sasha Buzko

Yosemite Valley

Location: California, United States

© Sasha Buzko

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St. Basil’s Cathedral

Location: Moscow, Russia

Every capital has a well-known landmark making it easily recognizable. In Moscow, the Cathedral of the Protecting Veil of the Mother of God, better known as the Cathedral of St. Vasily the Blessed (or St. Basil’s Cathedral, as it is often called in English), is such a landmark, and has been for nearly 450 years.

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"Pearl of the Adriatic" (Dubrovnik)

Location: Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik is a stunningly intact walled city on the Adriatic Sea coast of the extreme south of Croatia. Although its population barely exceeds 40,000, it is one of the most prominent tourist resorts of the Mediterranean and has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1979.

Dubrovnik is steeped in stunning architecture and sculptural detail, and boasts spectacular churches, monasteries, museums, and fountains. And did I mention King’s Landing? Yes, if you are a die-hard Game of Thrones fan, you have probably already recognized this place. Now go on, get the chance of feeling like GoT royalty by visiting this amazing destination.

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Angel Falls

Location: Venezuela

With a plunge 15 times the height of Niagara Falls, Angel Falls streams from the tabletop mountain called Auyantepui. The site was named after Jimmy Angel, a U.S. aviator who was the first known person to fly over the falls. His ashes were scattered there in 1960. In addition to its undeniable beauty, you may notice that the area is similar to Paradise Falls from Disney’s Up, a clear inspiration for the movie.

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Neuschwanstein Castle

Location: Germany

Seven weeks after the death of King Ludwig II in 1886, Neuschwanstein was opened to the public. The shy king had built the castle in order to withdraw from public life – now vast numbers of people travel to view his private refuge.

Today, Neuschwanstein is one of the most popular of all the palaces and castles in Europe. Every year 1.4 million people visit “the castle of the fairy-tale king”.

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Sea of Stars

Location: Vaadhoo Island, Maldives

The famous group of islands are known for being a heaven on Earth, but Vaadhoo Island has a lot of surprises that are revealed at night.

The mesmerizing shining water looks like a mirror that reflects the sparkling stars above. However, the secret is this: phytoplankton. The marine microbes are bioluminescent and emanate the blue glow. The species create the most romantic natural lighting in the world.

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Burano

Location: Burano, Italy

Long ago, the fishermen of the island of Burano decided to paint their houses with bright colors so that while coming back home they can easily distinguish them through thick fog. The result is a cheery rainbow-colored town bursting with charm, culture and history.

Though located in the same lagoon as Venice, Burano has kept its quiet bucolic atmosphere for centuries. An old fishing town, its fishing traditions date back to ancient Roman times. The colors of the houses have been with the resident families for centuries, and if they want to repaint, they need to write the government for a list of colors they’re allowed to use.

Burano is also famous for its lace-making, praised even by King Louis XIV and Leonardo Da Vinci. Though lace-makers have significantly declined through the years, visitors to Burano can still find women sitting outside shops stitching intricate fabric.

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The Atlantic Road

Location: Norway

In 2005, the Atlantic Road was honored as Norway’s Construction of the Year. The National Tourist Route runs between two Norwegian towns – Kristiansund and Molde – that are the main population centers in the county of More og Romsdal in Western Norway.

The Atlantic Road (Atlantic Ocean Road) is an 8.3 kilometer long section of County Road 64, running through an archipelago and passing by Hustadvika, an unsheltered part of the Norwegian Sea. The structure is built on several small islands and skerries that are connected by causeways, viaducts and eight bridges. The longest and most prominent of the bridges is the 260 meter long Storseisundet Bridge.

But mere facts about the Atlantic Road do no justice to its magnificence. You need to see pictures to realize just how breathtaking it is. An aerial view of this long structure snaking through the sea is simply breathtaking. It’s hard for me to believe these pictures are real; they seem like someone’s imagination manifested on my screen. Better still, you could visit the road yourself and drive across it to experience its complete beauty. In fact, the Atlantic Road has been declared the world’s best road trip and is a popular site for automotive commercials.

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