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Old July 9th, 2007, 10:36 AM   #21
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Mt Huangshan, one of the five sacred peaks in China, and one of the most haunted looking places in the world (if it werent for the thousands of tourists on the main trail)









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Lauterbrunnen valley, Europes best kept secret (in Switzerland) - 1000-3000 ft cliffs and 72 waterfalls running down them

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Old July 9th, 2007, 12:34 PM   #23
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Of the ones I visited:

Aletsch region (Lauterbrunnen is the north part of it, here the southern one) Switzerland


Mount Bromo Java


Lofoten Norway


Iguacu Falls Brazil/Argentina


Tsingy Madagascar


Meteora Greece


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Old July 9th, 2007, 01:05 PM   #24
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And here some more about Meteora, Greece

Meteora Monasteries
The biggest and most important group of monasteries in Greece after those in Mount Athos. We can locate the first traces of their history from 11th c. when the first hermits settled there. The rock monasteries have been characterized by Unesco as a unique phenomenon of cultural heritage and they form one of the most important stations of cultural map of Greece.









The most important monasteries of Meteora are:

The Holy Monastery of Great Meteoron. It is the biggest of the Meteorite monasteries. The church 'Katholikon', honoured to the 'Transfiguration' was erected in the middle of 14th c. and 1387/88 and decorated in 1483 and 1552. The old monastery is used as a museum, nowadays.

The Holy Monastery of Varlaam is the second, after the Great Meteoro, big in size monastery. The church, honoured to the three Bishops, is in the Athonite type (cross-in-square with dome and choirs), with spacious esonarthex (lite) surrounted by dome as well. It was built in 1541/42 and decorated in 1548, while the esonarthex was decorated in 1566. The old refectory is used as a museum while North of the Church we can see the parekklesion of the Three (Bishops) built in 1627 and decorated in 1637.

The Holy Monastery of Rousanou. It is dedicated to 'The Transfiguration' but honoured to Saint Barbara. The 'Katholikon', in the Athonite type, was founded in the middle of 16th c. and decorated in 1560. Both, the Katholikon and the reception halls are in the ground floor while the 'archontariki', cells and subsidiary rooms are scattered in the basement and the first floor.

The Holy Monastery of St. Nicholas Anapausas. It is the first to meet on our way from Kastraki to Meteora. The 'Katholikon' dedicated to St. Nicholas, is a single - nave church with small dome, built in the beginning of 16th c. It was decorated by the Cretan painter Theophanis Strelitzas or Bathas, in 1527.

The Holy Monastery of St. Stephanos. It is one of the most attainable as we don't have to cope with innumerable stairs to reach it. The small single-nave church of St. Stephen was built in the middle of 16th and decorated in 1545 or a little later. The 'Katholikon', honoured to St. Charalambos, was built in the Athonite type, in 1798. The old refectory of the convent is used as a museum nowadays.

The Monastery of Holy Trinity is very difficult to reach. The visitor has to cross the valley and continue high up through the rock before we arrive outside the entrance. The church is in the cross-in-square type with the dome based in two columns, built in 1475-76 and decorated in 1741. The spacious barrel - vaulted esonarthex was founded in 1689 and decorated in 1692. A small skeuophylakeion was added next to the church in 1684.

A great part of the monasteries (Katholika, cells, other buildings) have been restored and the rest of them is being restored, while in plenty of them the conservation of the wall paintings has been fulfilled.
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Kornati Archipelago, Croatia


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Old July 9th, 2007, 06:08 PM   #26
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Two Natural Wonders from Argentina

Iguazu Falls, biggest waterfalls reserve



Perito Moreno Glacier, breath-taking place with the sounds of the ice crackling right before your eyes and ears

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Old July 9th, 2007, 08:44 PM   #27
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Mount Bromo, Indonesia





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Old July 10th, 2007, 12:39 AM   #28
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Angel Falls









Roraima



Roraima and Kukenan

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Mount Bromo and Iguacu make the top as it seems

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I know it's not the tallest or widest falls in the world, but it's my opinion. Besides, it's a major source of power for both New York and Ontario.
The big problem I have with Niagara is that the surounding enviroment has been so heavly devolped.

Never visited it but Virginia Falls in north western Canada looks much more impressive to me...



It doesnt seem tobe very well known outside China but Jiuzhaigou national park in north western Sichuan deserves a mention IMHO...








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Old July 10th, 2007, 02:08 PM   #31
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The fjords of Norway?
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Old July 10th, 2007, 03:45 PM   #32
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If there are only 7 wonders to be elected it is unlikely that more than one waterfall will make it. In this case, Iguacu would be the logical choice.

Other candidates that have been forgotten till now should be the Great Barrier reef and Ayers rock (Uluru) in Australia, the Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania and the Virunga ecosystem on the borders of uganda/Rwanda/DRC.

I also agree with the fjords of Norway. When talking about mountains, why not pick the highest one of them all: Mount Everest?
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Old July 10th, 2007, 03:57 PM   #33
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MOUNT MAYON in the PHILIPPINES
THE MOST ALMOST PERFECT CONE VOLCANO IN THE WHOLE WORLD


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Old July 10th, 2007, 05:15 PM   #34
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The fjords of Norway?
Totally agree! >> https://www.skyscrapercity.com/showth...2#post14196352
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Old July 10th, 2007, 06:19 PM   #35
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gorgeous photos guys .... the Iguazu falls are magnificent

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What about Animal reserves?

Peninsula Valdes, Argentina

Killer Whales

Whales

Dolphins
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Penguins

Others

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Tsangpo Gorges East Tibet



Deepest gorge in the world at over 5,300 meters(over 3 times as deep as the Grand Canyon).
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from México I propose the underground river system connected by Cenotes in the Yucatan peninsula

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Old July 12th, 2007, 10:02 PM   #39
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I think it's not possible to make a list of 7: there are too many marvellous places on this planet.
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The Limestone peaks in the Ha Long bay are taken straight out of oriental Asian paintings:

Vinh Ha Long (Bay of Descending Dragons)

The Legend of Vinh Ha Long:
Ha Long” is literally translated as "Bay of Descending Dragons." Prior to the 19th century, this name was not recorded in any document or archive. When mentioning the present-day Quang Ninh Sea or Ha Long Bay, old historical books often referred to them by the names of An Bang, Luc Thuy or Van Don. Not until the late 19th century did the name of Halong Bay appear on a French Marine Map. “The Hai Phong News”, a French newspaper of the time, had an article, “Dragon appears on Ha Long Bay”, reporting the following story: In 1898 a sub-lieutenant named Lagredin, captaining the ‘Avalanse’ reported seeing a huge sea snake on Ha Long Bay. This was also witnessed by many of the crews. Thus emerged the European image of the Asian dragon. Whether this appearance of a strange animal looking like a dragon resulted the name of Ha Long Bay is not known (Reference “Quang Ninh: Art and Culture” published in 2002).

There is also a local legend, which has been handed down, relating to the name Ha Long Bay, which tells the following tale:
“Long ago, in the first founding days, the Viet people were attacked by foreign aggressors. The Jade Emperor sent the Mother Dragon and her band of Child Dragons to help the Viet people fight the invaders. While the enemy vessels were launching massive attacks against the mainland, the dragons descended in flocks from the sky. They spat out innumerable pearls which changed into jade stone islands the moment they touched the water. These islands linked together to form firm citadels that checked the enemy’s advance and smashed their vessels to pieces.

After the invaders were driven out, Mother Dragon and her Child Dragons did not return to Heaven but stayed on earth, right at the place where the battle occurred. The spot where the Mother Dragon landed was Ha Long, and where the Child Dragons came down was Bai Tu Long. The place where their tails violently wagged was called Long Vi, the present-day Tra Co Peninsula with its soft sandy beach stretching many kilometers.”


















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