Sahara Desert

Sahara Desert: world’s largest hot desert

The Sahara is the world’s largest hot desert and second largest desert, after Antarctica, with some of its sand dunes reaching over 180 metres (590 ft) in height.  It covers most of Northern Africa, with over 9,400,000 square kilometres (3,600,000 sq mi), making it almost as large as China or the United States. The Sahara Desert stretches from the Red Sea, including parts of the Mediterranean coasts, to the outskirts of the Atlantic Ocean. To the south, it is delimited by the Sahel, a belt of semi-arid tropical savannah that composes the northern region of central and western Sub-Saharan Africa.

Sahara Desert - Top 100 World's Wonders

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Banff National Park

Banff National Park: Canada’s most spectacular natural wonder

The Banff National Park located within the splendid Canadian Rocky Mountains is the country’s oldest national park (established in 1885 in).  It offers 6,641 km2 (2,564 sq mi) of mountainous terrain, with numerous glaciers and ice fields, dense coniferous forest, and alpine landscapes. The park, located some 150 km (90mi) west of Calgary in the province of Alberta, is famous for its luxury retreats, such as the Banff Springs Hotel and Chateau Lake Louise. The park is today one of the world’s most visited national parks.

Banff National Park - Top 100 World's Wonders

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Jerusalem Old City

Jerusalem Old City: one of the world’s most important religious sites

The Old City of Jerusalem is one of the world’s most important religious destinations.  The 0.9 square kilometres (0.35 sq mi) walled area, inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage Site Lists is located within the modern city of Jerusalem. It is home to several sites of key religious importance including the Temple Mount and its Western Wall for Jews, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre for Christians, and the Dome of the Rock and al-Aqsa Mosque for Muslims.  The Old City can be divided into four quarters including the Muslim Quarter, the Christian Quarter, the Jewish Quarter and the Armenian Quarter.

Jerusalem Old City - Top 100 World's Wonders

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Temple Emerald Buddha

Temple Emerald Buddha: Thailand’s most sacred Buddhist Wat

The Temple Emerald Buddha officially known as the Wat Phra Kaew is regarded as the most sacred Buddhist temple (wat) in Thailand.   It is located within the precincts of the Grand Palace in Bangkok historic centre of Phra Nakhon. The Emerald Buddha is a dark green standing statue, about 66 centimetres (26 in) tall, carved from a single jade stone.

Temple Emerald Buddha - Top 100 World's Wonders

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Leaning Tower Pisa

Leaning Tower Pisa: one of Italy’s most visited attractions

The Leaning Tower of Pisa is freestanding bell tower, famous at leaning at about 3.99 degrees.  It has become one of Italy’s most visited attractions, attracting millions of visitors each year.  It is located behind the Cathedral and is the third oldest structure in Pisa’s Cathedral Square.  Its height is 55.86 m (183.27 ft) from the ground on the low side and 56.70 m (186.02 ft) on the high side.

Leaning Tower Pisa - Top 100 World's Wonders

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San Francisco

San Francisco: one of the world’s most sought after tourist destinations

San Francisco is one of the world’s most sought after tourist destinations, ranked on top position on top most visited cities lists.  It is best known for its chilly summer fog, steep rolling hills, eclectic mix of architecture, and its famous landmarks, including the Golden Gate Bridge, cable cars, and Chinatown.  It is also considered the financial, cultural, and transportation centre of the San Francisco Bay Area, a region of 7.5 million people which includes San Jose and Oakland. It is the most densely settled large city in the state of California and the second-most densely populated large city in the United States after New York City.  The city is also a principal banking and finance centre, and the home to more than 30 international financial institutions, helping to make San Francisco rank 18th in the world’s top producing cities, eighth in the United States, and twelfth place in the top twenty global financial centres.

San Francisco - Top 100 World's Wonders

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Terracotta Warriors

Terracotta Warriors: one of the world’s largest sculptures collection

The Terracotta Army or the "Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses", is a collection of sculptures depicting the armies of Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China. It is a form of funerary art buried with the emperor in 210–209 BC and whose purpose was to protect the emperor in his afterlife, and to make sure that he had people to rule over.  The figures, dating from 3rd century BC, were discovered in 1974 by some local farmers in Lintong District, Xi’an, Shaanxi province, near the Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor. Current estimates are that in the three pits containing the Terracotta Army there were over 8,000 soldiers, 130 chariots with 520 horses and 150 cavalry horses, the majority of which are still buried in the pits.  The figures vary in height according to their roles, with the tallest being the generals and include warriors, chariots, horses as well as non-military figures such as officials, acrobats, strongmen and musicians.

Terracotta Warriors - Top 100 World's Wonders

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Hagia Sophia

Hagia Sophia: one of Turkey most important site

Hagia Sophia is a former Orthodox patriarchal basilica, later a mosque, and now a museum in Istanbul, Turkey. From the date of its dedication in 360 until 1453, it served as the Greek Patriarchal cathedral of Constantinople, except between 1204 and 1261, when it was converted to a Roman Catholic cathedral under the Latin Patriarch of Constantinople of the Western Crusader established Latin Empire. It was the largest cathedral in the world for nearly a thousand years, until Seville Cathedral was completed in 1520.  From 1453 until 1931 Hagia Sophia became a Mosque and for nearly 500 years it was the principal mosque of Istanbul, and served as a model for many other Ottoman mosques.  Finally since 1935 it opened as a museum and is today famous for its massive dome and is considered the epitome of Byzantine architecture, said to have "changed the history of architecture.     

Hagia Sophia - Top 100 World's Wonders

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Baalbek

Baalbek: Lebanon’s greatest Roman treasure

Baalbek is a charming town in the Beqaa Valley of Lebanon.  Located east of the Litani River, it is famous for its exquisitely detailed yet monumentally scaled temple ruins of the Roman period, when Baalbek, then known as Heliopolis, was one of the largest sanctuaries in the empire. It is Lebanon’s greatest Roman treasure, and it can be counted among the wonders of the ancient world, containing some of the largest and best preserved Roman ruins.  Baalbek is today home to the annual Baalbeck International Festival.

Baalbek - Top 100 World's Wonders

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Portofino

Portofino: one of the Italian Riviera most unique villages

Portofino is a small Italian fishing village and tourist resort located in the province of Genoa on the Italian Riviera. The town is crowded round its small harbour and is closely associated with the lovely Paraggi Beach, which is a few minutes up the coast.   Portofino is also at the heart of other charming beaches including Camogli, Chiavari, Lavagna and Sestri Levante.

Portofino - Top 100 World's Wonders

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