Everyone knows about renowned attractions such as the Taj Mahal, the Great Wall of China, or the Colosseum. However, there are several other ancient, grand structures that even the most enthusiastic traveler may have never heard about. In this article, we have highlighted a few lesser-known wonders of the world.
The Great Mosque Of Djenne, Mali
The Great Mosque of Djenne is estimated to be over a century old. It is the biggest mud-brick structure on the planet. During the year 1988, this structure was included on the UNESCO World Heritage List as a section of the ancient city of Djenne. Currently, the mosque is closed to visitors. It is assumed that these measures were taken when a candid photoshoot took place for Vogue magazine in 1996.
Chand Baori, India
Chand Baori can be found in the tiny village of Abhaneri. It is considered to be one of the world’s deepest and oldest staircases. This enormous structure which resembles an inverted pyramid travels underground for one hundred feet. There are three walls which have 3,500 narrow stairs organized in perfect symmetry constructed into the sides. They all lead down to the small greenish lake. Researchers are still trying to ascertain the age of the stairwells. They wonder if the staircases were constructed six hundred years prior to our era, or between IX and XI centuries.
The Palace Of Parliament, Romania
This is considered one of the most visited Bucharest landmarks. It was constructed during the time that Romania was still the Socialist Republic. This palace was thought to be the biggest, most expensive administrative building for civilians on the globe. This neoclassic marvel has twelve stories, not including the eight that are underground, and over 3,000 rooms that cover 330,000 square meters.
Stari Most (Old Bridge), Bosnia-Herzegovina
This is a pedestrian bridge that stretches over the Neretva River located in the city of Mostar. It is a modern replica of the ancient bridge which was demolished by Bosnian Croat forces in 1993. The Stari Most were placed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2005. Bungee jumping into the cold water of the Neretva River from this bridge is one of the traditional tourist entertainments.
Kumbhalgarh Fort, India
The fort is encompassed by a very unique wall. During the olden days, the wall was referred to as the Eye of Mewar or Guardian of Death. The wall at some sections is as high as eight meters and it extends thirty-six kilometers. It was under construction for an entire century, from XV to XVI. In spite of all the battles this magnificent wall witnessed, it has never been extensively damaged or surrendered to the enemy.
Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque, Iran
This mosque was under construction between the years 1602 and 1619. It is considered an architectural masterpiece of Safavid Iranian architecture. It is a very sophisticated but yet rather unusual structure for numerous reasons. The building features no courtyard or minarets, possibly because the Sheokh Lotfollah Mosque was never proposed to be used by the public. It was built to act as the place for worship for the women of the harem of shah.
Derawar Fort, Pakistan
This colossal, square-shaped compound in Derawar was constructed in 1733. The structure contains forty bastions that rise out of the Pakistan desert in a very stately manner. When combined the walls of the fort rise as high as thirty meters tall and form a circumference of 1,500 meters. There are locals, not to mention visitors or tourists, that are rarely aware of the existence of this fort.
Fort Alexander I, Russia
Fort Alexander I, which is normally referred to as the Plaque Fort can be found in the Finish Gulf. It is located in the Baltic Sea in close proximity to Kronstadt and Saint Petersburg. The fort was built on an artificial island during the nineteenth century in order to protect the waterways of Baltic. It soon was transformed into a laboratory for research on the plague and several other bacterial diseases. It is a very popular tourist destination currently.