St. Basils Cathedral

St. Basils Cathedral: one of Russia’s best known Orthodox Church

The Cathedral of the Protection of Most Holy Theotokos on the Moat commonly known as Saint Basil’s Cathedral is a Russian Orthodox Church erected on Moscow’s Red Square. It was built in 1555–61 on orders from Ivan the Terrible, to commemorate the capture of Kazan and Astrakhan.  St. Basil’s marks the geometric centre of Moscow, being the hub of the city’s growth since the 14th century.  It was once the city’s tallest building until the completion of the Ivan the Great Bell Tower in 1600.  It is unique as there are no analogues in Russian architecture, with a design shaped as a flame of a bonfire rising into the sky.

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Burj al Arab

Burj al Arab: world’s only seven-Star hotel

Burj Al Arab is considered the world’s only seven-Star hotel as well as one of the symbols of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.  It stands remarkably on an artificial island out from Jumeirah beach, connected to the mainland by a private curving bridge. It is currently the fourth tallest hotel in the world with a total height of 321 m (1,053 ft) and is uniquely shaped to remind of the sail of a ship.

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Forbidden City

Forbidden City: one of China’s most iconic landmarks

The Forbidden City located in the heart of Beijing is one of China’s most iconic landmarks.  It was the Chinese imperial palace for some 500 years, between the Ming Dynasty to the end of the Qing Dynasty.  The huge complex with over 980 buildings is home to the Palace Museum since 1925, offering an extensive collection of artwork and artefacts built upon the imperial collections of the Ming and Qing dynasties.  It is listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site with the world’s largest collection of preserved ancient wooden structures.

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Louvre Museum

Louvre Museum: world’s most visited art museum

The Louvre or Musée du Louvre is the world’s most visited art museum, as well as being one of the biggest and more respected art complexes.  Located on the Right Bank of the Seine in the splendid 1st district, it is one of the most important landmarks of Paris.  It offers no less than 35,000 objects on display, from prehistory to the 19th century, covering an area of 60,600 square metres (652,300 square feet).The collection can be divided among eight curatorial departments including Egyptian Antiquities, Near Eastern Antiquities, Greek, Etruscan, Roman Antiquities, Islamic Art, Sculpture, Decorative Arts, Paintings, Prints and Drawings.

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Abu Simbel

Abu Simbel: one of Egypt best known ancient temples

The Abu Simbel temples are two massive rock temples in Abu Simbel in Nubia, southern Egypt. They are situated on the western bank of Lake Nasser, about 230 km southwest of Aswan (about 300 km by road). The complex is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site known as the Nubian Monuments, which run from Abu Simbel downriver to Philae.  The twin temples were originally carved out of the mountainside during the reign of Pharaoh Ramses II in the 13th century BC, as a lasting monument to himself and his queen Nefertari, to commemorate his alleged victory at the Battle of Kadesh, and to intimidate his Nubian neighbours. However, the complex was relocated in its entirety in 1968, on an artificial hill made from a domed structure, high above the Aswan High Dam reservoir.

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Yangtze River Cruise

Yangtze River Cruise: one of the world’s longest

The Yangtze, Yangzi or Cháng Jiang is the longest river in Asia, and the third longest in the world. It flows for 6,418 kilometres (3,988 mi) from the glaciers on the Tibetan Plateau in Qinghai eastward across southwest, central and eastern China before emptying into the East China Sea at Shanghai. It is also one of the biggest rivers by discharge volume in the world. The Yangtze drains one-fifth of the land area of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and its river basin is home to one-third of the PRC’s population.

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Bagan: the once capital of the Kingdom of Pagan

Bagan is an ancient city located in the Mandalay Region of Burma (Myanmar). From the 9th to 13th centuries, the city was the capital of the Kingdom of Pagan, the first kingdom to unify the regions that would later constitute modern Myanmar. During the kingdom’s height between the 11th and 13th centuries, over 10,000 Buddhist temples, pagodas and monasteries were constructed in the Bagan plains alone, of which the remains of over 2200 temples and pagodas still survive to the present day.

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Canals of Venice

Canals of Venice: one of the world’s most unique destinations

Venice is by far one of the world’s most unique destinations, often described as Europe’s most romantic cities or even as the most beautiful city built by man.  It is located on the northeast part of Italy and is composed of 118 small islands separated by canals and linked by bridges.  It is best beauty of its setting, its architecture and its artworks, especially in the history of symphonic and operatic music. The city was historically the capital of the Venetian Republic and is today listed as World Heritage Site. 

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St Mark’s Basilica

St Mark’s Basilica: one the world’s best known examples of Byzantine architecture

The Patriarchal Cathedral Basilica of Saint Mark commonly known as Saint Mark’s Basilica is the cathedral church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Venice in northern Italy. It is the most famous of the city’s churches and one of the best known examples of Byzantine architecture. It lies at the eastern end of the Piazza San Marco, adjacent and connected to the Doge’s Palace. Originally it was the chapel of the Doge, and has only been the city’s cathedral since 1807, when it became the seat of the Patriarch of Venice, archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Venice.  It is nickname the Chiesa d’Oro or Church of gold, mainly because of its opulent design, gilded Byzantine mosaics, and its status as a symbol of Venetian wealth and power.

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Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park: one of the US most visited attractions

Yosemite National Park is one of the US most visited attractions with over 3.7 million people visitors each year.  It is located within the Sierra Nevada mountain chain in the central eastern portion of California.  Covers an area of 761,268 acres (3,080.74 km2) it is considered one of the world’s biggest parks.  It was designated a World Heritage Site in 1984, being recognized for its spectacular granite cliffs, waterfalls, clear streams, Giant Sequoia groves, and biological diversity, with some 95% of the park is designated wilderness.

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Karnak: one of Egypt’s most important Temple Complexes

The Karnak Temple Complex or simply referred to as Karnak, is comprised of a mix of decayed temples, chapels, pylons, and other buildings.  It makes part of the monumental city of Thebes and its name is taken from the nearby modern village of el-Karnak, some 2.5 km north of Luxor.  It was originally built during the reign of Sesostris I in the Middle Kingdom but continued into the Ptolemaic and New Kingdom period. The area around Karnak was the ancient Egyptian Ipet-isut, known as the Most Selected of Places, being the main place of worship.

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