Mont St Michel

Mont St Michel: world’s best known French monastery

The Mont Saint-Michel, a rocky tidal island is one of the most visited attractions in Normandy, in the North of France.  The island has been a strategic point holding fortifications since ancient times, and since the 8th century AD it became the seat of the Saint-Michel monastery, from which it draws the name. Today, the Mont-Saint-Michel and its bay are part of the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites, attracting more than 3,000,000 tourists each year.

Mont St Michel - Top 100 World's Wonders

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Great Wall of China

Great Wall of China: one of the World’s Seven Wonders

The Great Wall of China is considered one of the World’s Seven Wonders.   It is comprised of a series of fortifications built along an east-to-west line across the historical northern borders of China, mainly to protect the Chinese Empire against intrusions such as the Mongols.  It was originally built in the 7th century BC, but reinforced many times over, and the most famous section was built between 220–206 BC by the first Emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang.  Since then, the Great Wall has been rebuilt and enhanced, with the majority of the existing wall reconstructed during the Ming Dynasty.  The Great Wall stretches from Shanhaiguan in the east, to Lop Lake in the west, along an arc that roughly delineates the southern edge of Inner Mongolia.

Great Wall of China - Top 100 World's Wonders

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Petra

Petra: most important historical and archaeological site in Jordan

Petra, which can be translated to stone, is by far the most important historical and archaeological site in Jordan, as well as its most visited tourist attraction.  It was built during the 6th century BC as the capital city of the Nabataeans and became famous for its rock cut architecture and water conduit system.   It has since became part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site (1985) and is often on top positions on best places to visit lists.

Petra - Top 100 World's Wonders

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Kashmir Valley

Kashmir Valley: one of Asia’s most beautiful natural wonders

The Kashmir Valley also referred to as "Paradise on Earth" is a breathtaking valley between the Himalayas and the Pir Panjal Range, bordering North India, Pakistan and Western China.   It was formed by the Jhelum River and is today around 135 km long and 32 km wide.  Srinagar is considered the main city and the summer capital of the state, but other places in the valley such as Gulmarg, Dal Lake, Pahalgam, and the Amarnath Temple, are also popular tourist destinations.

Kashmir Valley - Top 100 World's Wonders

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Topkapi Palace

Topkapi Palace: one of Turkey’s most beautiful palaces

The Topkapi Palace is a large and beautiful palace in Turkey’s capital city Istanbul.  It was once that the primary residence of the Ottoman Sultans for some 400 years between 1465 and 1856.  As well as a royal residence, the palace was a setting for state occasions and royal entertainments. It is now a major tourist attraction and contains important holy relics of the Muslim world including the Prophet Muhammad’s cloak and sword.  The Topkapi Palace is among the monuments contained within the "Historic Areas of Istanbul", which became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1985, and is often described as one of the best example of ensembles of palaces of the Ottoman period.

Topkapi Palace - Top 100 World's Wonders

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Taj Mahal

Taj Mahal: one of the modern world seven wonders

The Taj Mahal proudly sitting next to the sacred Yamuna river is consider one of the 7 wonders of the modern world.  It is a breathtaking mausoleum built over 20 years, between 1631 and 1648, from beautiful and rare white marble.  It was constructed by the grandson of Akbar, Shah Jehan, one of the greatest Mughal emperors, as the mausoleum for his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal.   The Taj Mahal is today a UNESCO World Heritage site, and it is one of the most photographed and easily recognisable Indian attractions. It is considered one of the country’s best preserved and architecturally interesting sites, putting India at the forefront of the world’s top cultural destinations.

Taj Mahal - Top 100 World's Wonders

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