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Most Heritage Sites in the World

Notre Dame de Paris, France

Notre Dame is a world heritage site steeped in history and characterized by its French-gothic architecture, natural-looking sculptures and beautiful stained glass windows.It is widely considered one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture in France and in Europe.


Tikal - Guatemala

Tikal is the largest of Maya cities during the "Classic Era" over 1000 years ago.It is located in the archaeological region of the Petén Basin in what is now northern Guatemala.  Many beautiful buildings have been uncovered and many more are till remained to be discovered. Amongst the many Maya sites in Central America, Tikal is perhaps the most breathtaking ,because of the  impressive buildings which have been restored in an area with many more ruined buildings still enveloped by the jungle. The sight of the temples poking through the canopy is quite awesome.


The Alhambra, Spain

A majestic palace on the border of Granada, the Alhambra was once the residence of Moorish kings, but it's now one of the world's largest open-air museums of Islamic architecture and a World Heritage Site.There are royal residential quarters, official chambers, a bathhouse, and a mosque, as well as a series of courtyards flanked by sweeping archways, columns and fountains inside the citadel complex.


Historic Centre of St. Petersburg, Russia

Historic Centre of St. Petersburg,is a city situated on the bank of river Neva in Russia. Saint Petersburg is also home to The Hermitage, the largest art museum in the world.A large number of foreign consulates, international corporations, banks and other businesses are located in Saint Petersburg. Created under the reign of Peter the Great, the city's cultural and historical past is etched across every piece of architecture with the World Heritage Site including monuments such as the Admiralty, the Winter Palace, the Marble Palace, and the Hermitage.


Pyramids of Giza, Egypt

Pyramids of Giza, is the oldest and largest of the three pyramid in Giza necropolis,it is the only one to remain largely intact among the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. The ancient necropolis consists of the Pyramid of Khufu, the Pyramid of Khafre, the Pyramid of Menkaure, and the Great Sphinx. The allure of the pyramids is undeniable.


Vatican City, Italy

One of the most religious and beautiful cities on earth, the Vatican City is actually a landlocked, self-contained sovereign city-state with a population of 900.It is an ecclesiastical or sacerdotal-monarchical state, ruled by the Bishop of Rome—the Pope. Most amazing sites  inside the Vatican City is the Apostolic Palace, home of the Pope, including Raphael's Rooms, the Sistine Chapel and frescoes painted by Michelangelo.


Rapa Nui, Easter Island

Easter Island is a Polynesian island in the southeastern Pacific Ocean. It is famous for its 887 extant monumental statues, called moai which was  created by the early Rapanui people. It is a World Heritage Site (as determined by UNESCO) with much of the island protected within Rapa Nui National ParkThe indigenous name of Easter Island, Rapa Nui is a volcanic, Polynesian island watched over by huge stone Maoi, eerie figures supposedly built to represent important ancestors of each clan that weigh hundreds of tons and rise 60 feet. Over 3,000 people live on the island today alongside the statues.

 

The Old City of Jerusalem and its Walls

The Old City is home to several sites of key religious importance: the Temple Mount and its Western Wall for Jews, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre for Christians, and the Dome of the Rock and al-Aqsa Mosque for Muslims.Today, the Old City is roughly divided into the Muslim Quarter, the Christian Quarter, the Jewish Quarter and the Armenian Quarter. . Boasting over 220 historic monuments -- among them the marvelous 7th century Dome of the Rock, The Wailing Wall and Christ's tomb in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher.


Chichen Itza, Mexico

It is a large pre-Columbian archaeological site built by the Maya civilization located in the northern center of the Yucatán Peninsula,in the Municipality of Tinúm, Yucatán state, present-day Mexico.The Maya name "Chich'en Itza" means "At the mouth of the well of the Itza."It is the type of building you can imagine being filled with El Dorado's lost gold.


Stonehenge, England

Stonehenge is a prehistoric monument located in the English country of Wiltshire.It is one of the most famous sites in the world,  composed of earthworks surrounding a circular setting of large standing stones. Archaeologists have believed that the iconic stone monument was erected around 2500 BC.The site and its surroundings were added to the UNESCO's list of World Heritage Sites in 1986 Stonehenge was produced by a culture that left no written records. Many aspects of Stonehenge remain subject to debate. This multiplicity of theories, some of them very colourful, are often called the "mystery of Stonehenge".

World’s First Undersea Restaurant

The Maldives | 15 April marks the day that the first ever all-glass undersea restaurant in the world opens its doors for business at the Hilton Maldives Resort & Spa. Ithaa* will sit five meters below the waves of the Indian Ocean, surrounded by a vibrant coral reef and encased in clear acrylic offering diners 270-degrees of panoramic underwater views.

"We have used aquarium technology to put diners face-to-face with the stunning underwater environment of the Maldives", says Carsten Schieck, General Manager of Hilton Maldives Resort & Spa. "Our guests always comment on being blown away by the colour, clarity, and beauty of the underwater world in the Maldives, so it seemed the perfect idea to build a restaurant where diners can experience fine cuisine and take time to enjoy the views – without ever getting their feet wet."

Created by MJ Murphy Ltd, a design consultancy based in New Zealand, Ithaa’s distinctive feature is the use of curved transparent acrylic walls and roof, similar to those used in aquarium attractions. "The fact that the entire restaurant except for the floor is made of clear acrylic makes this unique in the world," continues Schieck, "We are currently planting a coral garden on the reef to add to the spectacular views of the rays, sharks and many colourful fish that live around the reef near the restaurant."

The five-metre by nine-metre transparent arch, which spans the entire room, seats 14 people and provides a feeling of being completely at one with the underwater world while submerged beneath the surface of the ocean. Set with the resort's renowned house reef one side, and a clear lagoon on the other, diners enjoy their meal within Ithaa’s translucent shell as the underwater drama unfolds on all sides.

Naturally the food will be as spectacular as the underwater setting, explains Schieck, In such a unique restaurant we wanted to create a distinctive cuisine, which is why we've decided to offer "contemporary Maldivian cuisine" as a theme. We take local spices and traditional flavours and give them a western twist to create a fusion cuisine that you could find in the best restaurants in London or New York. Nobody else has done this before and we're very excited about it.

While the cuisine is dedicated to the fine balance of western food items with a Maldivian flavour, the wine concept is equally exciting; offering diners the perfect opportunity to discover the wines of the prestigious Champagne house Louis Roederer.

Ithaa is reached by a wooden walkway from the nearby over-water Sunset Grill Restaurant. Diners begin their meal with drinks on a specially constructed deck over the ocean and then descend to the restaurant via a spiral staircase where the à la carte menu is served. Seating only 14 people, Ithaa offers one of the most intimate and exclusive dining experiences in the world.

Anara Tower - Dubai

Anara Tower is the most cool and nice architecture on the world. Located in Dubai. The 125-story skyscraper is about 700 meters tall and vies for the tallest spot. The building will also host 300 residential apartments. 

Japans Indoor Man Made Beach

The world’s one and only indoor beach can be found in Japan’s Ocean Dome about 1,200 miles south of Tokyo in Miyazaki, on Japan’s southernmost Kyushu Island.
 
Here, the water is always blue and salt-free, waves are perfectly timed, sharks are elsewhere, and its never too hot, or cold, to take a dip.
 
Japan’s Ocean Dome even has its own marble sand and a volcano that spits fake flames every hour, on the hour. Shores are sanitized; permitting surfers to drip-dry in  the perfect climate, which never varies, day and night, every day of the year.
 
The Ocean Dome also boasts the world’s largest retractable roof.
 
The beach sits inside a vast dome that measures 300 x 100 meters (984 feet x 328 feet). The heated ocean sends 13,500 tons of salt-free water sweeping across 600 tons of polished marble chips that comprise a long shoreline.
 
The world’s largest artificial sea washes over the world’s biggest indoor beach, fringed with artificial fish and fauna.
 
Bogus parrots ruffle their feathers and squawk at tourists from the rainforest that has no rain.
 
There are no bugs here or sun burns either.
 
But like most things in life, entrance into this paradise costs. Visitors pay with payment tokens that are computer-coded plastic tags. Admission runs about US $50 for adults, with rides running $5-10 more. Add $10 more for two hours with a boogie board, or $5 for two hours of inner tube rental.
 
Visitors are offered many diversions in the form of shopping centers tennis courts and golf courses. On the other side of the beach is the plastic rainforest, where guests can travel among holographic sea pirates, demons and dinosaurs…

 


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