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Valley of the Kings

Valley of the Kings: one of the world’s best known ancient Egyptian sites

The Valley of the Kings is the best known valley in Egypt where, where for a period of nearly 500 years from the 16th to 11th century BC, tombs were constructed for the Pharaohs and powerful nobles of the New Kingdom.  It is located on the west bank of the Nile, opposite Thebes (modern Luxor), within the heart of the Theban Necropolis. This area has been a focus of archaeological and egyptological exploration since the end of the eighteenth century, and its tombs and burials continue to stimulate research and interest.   In modern times the valley has become famous for the discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun and is one of the most famous archaeological sites in the world.  Along with the rest of the Theban Necropolis it has became a World Heritage Site.

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Uffizi Gallery

Uffizi Gallery: Italy’s best known museum

The Uffizi Gallery is the best known museum in Florence and Italy. It is considered one of the oldest and most famous art museums of the Western world.  It home to variety of well known artists including paintings collection of Leonardo da Vinci (The Annunciation, The Adoration of the Magi), Sandro Botticelli (Primavera, The Birth of Venus, The Adoration of the Magi and others), Giotto (The Ognissanti Madonna, Badia Polyptych), Titian (Flora, Venus of Urbino), Michelangelo (The Doni Tondo) and Raphael (Madonna of the Goldfinch, Pope Leo X with Cardinals Giulio de’ Medici and Luigi de’ Rossi).

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Eiffel Tower

Eiffel Tower: world’s most-visited paid monument

The Eiffel Tower is Paris most iconic landmark, often in the establishing shot of films set in the city.  It is Located on the Champ de Mars in Paris, on the bank of the Seine.  It was built in 1889 as the entrance arch to the 1889 World’s Fair, and considered the world’s tallest man-made structure, until surpassed by the Chrysler Building in New York City in 1930.  It has since become both a global cultural symbol of France and one of the most recognizable structures in the world. It is the tallest building in Paris standing at 320 metres and about the same height as an 81-story building. It is the world’s most-visited paid monument, attracting millions of visitors each year. It is named after the engineer Gustave Eiffel, whose company designed and built the tower.

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Ngorongoro Crater

Ngorongoro Crater: one of the world’s largest calderas

The Ngorongoro Crater is a large, unbroken, unflooded volcanic caldera, which was formed when a giant volcano exploded and collapsed on itself some two to three million years ago.  It is 610 m (2,000 ft) deep and its floor covers 260 km2 (100 sq mi).  Although thought of as "a natural enclosure" for a very wide variety of wildlife, up to 20% or more of the wildebeest and half the zebra populations vacate the Crater in the wet season.   The crater floor is mostly open grassland with two small wooded areas.

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Hong Kong

Hong Kong: one of the World’s most densely populated and unique city

Hong Kong, along with Macau is one of two Special Administrative Regions (SARs) of the People’s Republic of China.  Situated on China’s south coast and enclosed by the Pearl River Delta and South China Sea, it is renowned for its expansive skyline and deep natural harbour. With a land mass of 1,104 km2 (426 sq mi) and a population of seven million people, Hong Kong is one of the most densely populated areas in the world.  Its population is 95 percent ethnic Chinese and 5 percent from other groups.  It has become a colony of the British Empire after the First Opium War, until 1997, when China resumed sovereignty.  The region espoused minimum government intervention under the ethos of positive non-interventionism during the colonial era, which greatly influenced the current culture of Hong Kong, often described as East meets West.

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Rio Panoramic View

Rio Panoramic View: one of the world’s most spectacular harbour

Rio de Janeiro, simply referred to as Rio and nicknamed the Marvellous City is the capital city of the State of Rio de Janeiro and the third largest metropolitan area and agglomeration in South America, with more than 6 million people within the city proper.  It is the most visited city in the southern hemisphere and is known for its natural settings, carnival celebrations, samba, Bossa Nova, one of the world’s largest football stadiums and the balneario beaches such as Copacabana, Ipanema, and Leblon. It is also famous for its spectacular panoramic city views, best seen from the giant statue of Christ the Redeemer atop Corcovado Mountain.

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Ladakh

Ladakh: one of the world’s most spectacular natural wonder

Ladakh, which can be translated into land of high passes, is a region of Jammu and Kashmir within the northernmost state of India and Pakistan.  It lies between the Kunlun mountain range in the north and the main Great Himalayas to the south, inhabited by people of Indo-Aryan and Tibetan descent.  It is considered one of the most sparsely populated regions in Jammu and Kashmir.

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Great Barrier Reef

Great Barrier Reef: world’s largest coral reef system

The Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest coral reef system composed of over 2,900 individual reefs and 900 islands stretching for over 2,600 kilometres (1,600 mi) over an area of approximately 344,400 square kilometres (133,000 sq mi).   The reef is located in the Coral Sea, off the coast of Queensland in north-east Australia. The Great Barrier Reef can be seen from outer space and is the world’s biggest single structure made by living organisms. This reef structure is composed of and built by billions of tiny organisms, known as coral polyps and supports a wide diversity of life.  It is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1981, and a large part of the reef is protected by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

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Sistine Chapel

Sistine Chapel: best-known chapel in the Vatican

Sistine Chapel is the best-known chapel in the Apostolic Palace, the official residence of the Pope in the Vatican City. It is famous for its architecture and its decoration that was frescoed throughout by Renaissance artists including Michelangelo, Sandro Botticelli, Pietro Perugino, Pinturicchio and others. Under the patronage of Pope Julius II, Michelangelo painted 1,100 m2 (12,000 sq ft) of the chapel ceiling between 1508 and 1512. The ceiling, and especially The Last Judgment (1535–1541), is widely believed to be Michelangelo’s crowning achievement in painting.  Since the time of Sixtus IV, the chapel has served as a place of both religious and functionary papal activity. Today it is the site of the Papal conclave, the process by which a new Pope is selected.

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Golden Pavilion

Golden Pavilion: one of the most popular temples in Japan

The Temple of the Golden Pavilion officially known as the Kinkaku-ji is a Zen Buddhist temple in Kyoto, Japan. The garden complex is an excellent example of Muromachi period garden design, a period is considered to be a classical age of Japanese garden design. A minimalistic approach was brought to the garden design, by recreating larger landscapes in a smaller scale around a structure.  It is designated as a National Special Historic Site and a National Special Landscape, and it is one of 17 locations comprising the Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto World Heritage Site.  It is also one of the most popular buildings in Japan, attracting a large number of visitors annually.

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Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls: most powerful waterfall in North America

Niagara Falls is the collective name for the Horseshoe Falls and the adjacent American Falls along with the comparatively small Bridal Veil Falls.  Horseshoe Falls is the most powerful waterfall in North America, measured by the vertical height along with the flow rate.  It stands on the international border between the Canadian province of Ontario and the U.S. state of New York, also forming the southern end of the Niagara Gorge.

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Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat: best known archaeological sites in Cambodia

Located only a few kilometres north of Siem Reap, Angkor Wat which can be translated to “City Temple” is perhaps the mostly know of all the Angkor archaeological sites.  It is considered as one of the most inspiring wonders of the world, because of its grandeur, Khmer architectural balance and numerous sculptures adorning its walls. It is not only the most important tourist attraction of the country but also a very symbolic monument for Cambodian, even appearing on the national flag. It was built in 12 century for king Suryavarman II as part of the capital city of the Khmer Empire, first as a Hindu temple and then as a Buddhist Wat.

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Burj Khalifa

Burj Khalifa: world’s tallest manmade structure

Burj Khalifa, known as Burj Dubai prior to its inauguration, is a skyscraper in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and is the tallest manmade structure in the world, at 829.84 m (2,723 ft).  It was completed on 1 October 2009 and officially opened on 4 January 2010 as part of the new 2 km2 (490-acre) flagship development called Downtown Dubai at the First Interchange along Sheikh Zayed Road, near Dubai’s main business district. The tower’s architecture and engineering were performed by Skidmore, Owings and Merrill of Chicago.  The total cost for the project was about US$1.5 billion; and for the entire "Downtown Dubai" development, US$20 billion.

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Delphi

Delphi: one of the most important sites of ancient Greece

Delphi is both an archaeological site and a modern town in Greece on the south-western spur of Mount Parnassus in the valley of Phocis.  In Greek mythology, Delphi was the site of the Delphic oracle, the most important oracle in the classical Greek world, and a major site for the worship of the god Apollo after he slew the Python, a dragon who lived there and protected the navel of the Earth.

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British Museum

British Museum: world’s second most visited museum

The British Museum is the second most visited museum in the world with more than 5.5 millions of visitors a year, just after the Louvre in Paris.  It has an enormous collection of over seven million objects originating from all continents.  It is a museum of history and culture which mission it to document and illustrate the story of human culture from its beginning to the present.  Some of the key highlights of the British Museum include the Rosetta Stone, the Parthenon sculptures and Ancient Egypt mummies.  The museum is free but special exhibitions require tickets.

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Victoria Falls

Victoria Falls: one of the world’s most spectacular waterfalls

The Victoria Falls also known as the Smoke that Thunders is one of the world’s most spectacular waterfalls.  It is located in southern Africa on the Zambezi River between the countries of Zambia and Zimbabwe.  While it is neither the highest nor the widest waterfall in the world, it is claimed to be the largest. This claim is based on a width of 1,708 metres (5,604 ft) and height of 108 metres (354 ft), forming the largest sheet of falling water in the world.

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Alhambra

Alhambra: one of the world’s best known Berber Islamic architecture

Alhambra is a palace and fortress complex located in Granada, within the Spanish region of Andalusia.  It was constructed during the mid 14th century by the Berber rulers on the top of the hill of the Assabica on the south-eastern border of the city.  After the Reconquista by the Catholic Monarchs in 1492, some portions were used by the Christian rulers.  After being allowed to fall into disrepair for centuries, the Alhambra was "discovered" in the 19th century by European scholars and travellers, with restorations commencing. It is now one of Spain’s major tourist attractions, exhibiting the country’s most significant and well known Berber Islamic architecture, together with 16th-century and later Christian building and garden interventions. The Alhambra is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the inspiration for many songs and stories.

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