August 17th, 2013

Seven Wonders of the World.

2. Banaue Rice Terraces

On the territory of more than 4,000 square miles at an altitude of 1,524 m above sea level in the mountains Ifuago in the Philippines you will find what the locals call the "eighth wonder of the world": hand-carved terraces on which the figure has been growing for 2,000 years. Ancient people were doing this work more than one generation, and terraces are irrigated with water from the rain forests of them. People support them to this day. It is believed that if these terraces to build one after the other, the result is a line where you can go around the world. Truly a wonder of the world. (McCouch S)

3. Stone fortress of Sigiriya, Sri Lanka

Built more than 1,500 years ago, during the reign of King Kassapa I, between 477 and 495 years BC, Sigiriya, also known as the "Lion Rock" – an ancient rock fortress and palace ruins on the island of Sri Lanka. It is a popular tourist spot surrounded by the remains of gardens and ponds that were once here. Sigiriya is one of the seven World Heritage sites on the island, famous for its ancient murals similar to those that can be seen in the caves of Ajanta in India. At this point, the people lived in prehistoric times, and historical records show that it was used as a mountain monastery from the 5th century BC (Ela112)

4. Tower of Hercules, Galicia

It is believed that there is the Tower of Hercules from the 2nd century. The inscription on the base of the foundation tells us about the Roman engineers' Seviuse Lupus "and write about the tower traced back to 415 AD The view from the 54-meter lighthouse overlooks the northern coast of Spain. The original tower had an external input, there burned wood as a cautionary sign. In 1788, King Carlos IV gave the order for the construction of the facade around the tower, which stands to this day. Tower – the oldest Roman building, functioning as a full beacon. (Alessio Damato)

5. The caves of Ajanta, Maharashtra, India

The ancient caves of Ajanta are religiously important structure in Maharashtra, India. These amazing caves are known for their incredibly detailed paintings and sculptures belonging to the genre of Buddhist religious art. From the 2nd century, people lived in caves, and 300 years after it abandoned them. Over 1,000 years they were empty and untouched, until 1819, when a British army officer from Madras came across the entrance to a cave while hunting. His discovery of Captain Smith left a great legacy for future generations. (Jonathanawhite)

6. Torun, Poland

The medieval city of Torun in Poland – the birthplace of Nicolaus Copernicus. Archaeologists believe that the city was originally founded in 1100 BC, and from the 7th to the 13th century, there is evidence of settlements along the river. The Teutonic Order built next door lock in period from 1230 to 1231 years. Franciscan monks settled in the city after 30 years, they were followed by the Dominicans, and in 1264 founded New Town. In 1280, the city joined the Hanseatic League, and became an important medieval trade center. (Rene Klein)

7. The ancient city of Bagan, Burma

Mandalay – Burma, part of the peninsula, where the incredible beauty of the ancient city of Bagan. This place is called by different names – "Arimaddanapura", "Tampadipa" and "Tassadessa," and it was the ancient capital of several Burmese kingdoms. Bagan – the only non-recognized World Heritage sites in this list. The reason is that the ruling council was unable to rebuild the ancient place in accordance with the original architectural style, and instead used modern materials that seem out of place here. And yet it is one of the small wonders of the world, which is worth a visit. (Nicholas Kenrick)