The 50 most mysterious places in the world
We have collected the fifty most mysterious places in the whole world in a very large guide.
Pour yourself a good cup of coffee, sit down in a good chair with a portable screen – and read about everything from civilizations that disappeared to buildings we can’t fathom how they were made, extraterrestrial theories and much, much more. We have selected fifty mysterious places around the world. The list is not ranked.
1. The Bermuda Triangle – North Atlantic Ocean
Bermuda-Florida-Puerto Rico. More disappearances and mysteries than you can fit into one case. At the same time, it is an area of 2.5 million square kilometers, so it is certainly a large area to visit…
2. Hell’s Mouth, Nicaragua
The real name of this volcano is Masaya, and it was supposedly used as a place of human sacrifice in earlier times – something the conquistadors got to experience up close when they came to the area. Perhaps the cheapest country in the Caribbean that has the luxury and comfort that a Norwegian tourist will require is Nicaragua.
3. Mount Weather Emergency Operations Center, Virginia
This is the place where the most important people in the United States will be late if the really big accidents or natural disasters happen. If the zombies were to take over, for example. Not too many photos have been taken of the buildings, but…
4. ISE Grand Shrine, Ise, Japan – Still Stands Today
The only people allowed to enter here are the Japanese Imperial Family and the High Priests of Japan. No one knows what lies within the walls, or what the holy place is used for. Surely a holy mirror should be there and every twenty years the holy altars are torn down – and built up again. The construction takes place in parallel in two places, where the two groups that build do not communicate directly with the other – so no one gets to see the whole except the high priests and the imperial family.
5. Woomora Test Range, Australia
The US may have its Area 51, but this is probably where the really secret stuff is tested. Officially the place is run by the RAAF (Australian military), but there must be a reason why over 60,000 tourists go here every single year… Between 1955 and 1963, nuclear tests were carried out here, but there have been many reports of everything from strange flying objects for strange lights – and much more here. So the question is how many episodes have you seen of the X-files what do you really think…
6. Quinta da Regaleira, Portugal – Popular tourist destination
This is a series of romantic and charming palaces, as well as some wells that are more than just a little mysterious. The wells were used as a starting point for tarot cults in Portugal. What makes it all so special is the central location of these wells in the city of Sintra, one of Europe’s most incredible cities.
7. Machu Picchu, Peru
The Lost City of the Incas. Archaeological investigations have shown that Machu Picchu was not an ordinary city, but a national “holiday city” for the upper classes of Inca society. The facility consists of around 200 buildings with a range of functions. At the same time, it has not been possible to explain how the city was built, and there are still many mysteries connected to the Incas in general.
Although it was well known locally, it was explorer Hiram Bingham who was to pull the town out of the fog and into the limelight. Bingham “rediscovered” the city in 1911, but even then the city could be found on maps dating as far back as 1874. You can choose between a bus or your feet to get up to the city, and remember that if you’re going to walk the old Inca- the trails, you must book a place in advance.
8. Visitors claim to have seen – The Ghost Lights (Aleya), Bengal, India
Not that the jungles of Bengal aren’t scary enough already (unless you’re the Phantom, that is), but what if there are unexplained lights leading you to certain death as well? Scientists have claimed that these are natural gas deposits that create explainable lights, but who knows?
9. Mount Sanquin, China
This mountain is a sacred Taoist mountain, and visitors have commented on how peaceful it is to visit the mountain and the surrounding area. In addition, it is believed that the mist around the mountains are souls looking for eternal rest. Either way, it’s quite a place for both the visual and the mystical.
10. Moguicheng, China
This is a desert in China, and directly translated it means something like the city of the devil. The desert got its name from the many strange sounds and things that happen in the city. In the same country you will also find the ghost town of Fengdu, a town that is supposed to be an eternal battle between good and evil – and is meant to be a ghost town. Just like China wasn’t a little creepy anyway.
11. Pueblo Bonito, New Mexico, USA
The Anasazi people, or the original inhabitants of what is now Utah, New Mexico, Arizona and Colorado, built many incredible cities as well as their little incredible mountain houses. It is perhaps, however, what was possibly their capital that is most impressive.
The history of the people is strongly linked to many legends, ranging from cannibalism to extreme spiritualism. Their legends have been used in everything from the X-files to a host of horror films.
From the 9th century AD and about 300 years later, the Anasazi culture reached its peak. The name means “the ancient enemies” in Navajo, and it is believed that many of the legends about them come from the Navajo. What archaeologists have found is that they had a very advanced trade system and – depending a little on who you interpret – believed in gods who came flying in some round vessels…
12. Leap Castle, County Offaly, Ireland
Reportedly, this is the place where “It” lives – or “The Elemental.” In 1532 the infamous leader of the O’Carroll clan died. A bitter inheritance dispute followed, reaching its bloody climax when the eldest son – Thaddeus, who was also a priest, was killed while holding a service and bled to death on the altar. When the castle was to be renovated in 1922, workmen found the bloody chapel, which had been closed after the death of Thaddeus.
They found not just one body, not two, but so many that three large wagons were needed to carry away all the skeletons. The vast majority had died by being dropped through an opening in the floor of the main hall onto spiked logs, where they were left to die.
Another story from the castle is well known to those who have seen a certain fantasy series. Soldiers from an ally came to the castle to receive their payment, but were first invited to a feast. What they didn’t know was that the food was poisoned, and everyone died so that the O’Caroll clan wouldn’t have to pay their debt…
13. Door to Hell, Turkmenistan – Eternal flame falls
That this gas field started burning after Soviet engineers ignited it is not so strange, but that it is still burning over 40 years later… well, it is a little strange.
14. Nes church ruins, Disen
These church ruins at Disen are said to be one of the most haunted places in Norway. There are many myths surrounding these ruins, among other things the priest Finkelhagen is said to have hanged himself inside the church, a bride and groom are said to have drowned in the river directly below and a storm is the reason why the church burned down and today is just ruins.
Those who have traveled here can tell stories of unknown forces that knock you to the ground and flashlights that stop working.
One of the myths says that you may find that the movements you make can become very tough, as if you were doing them in water. There are also some who have experienced that the electronics in cars go wrong. Lights suddenly start flashing and central locking refuses to unlock.
15. Eastern State Penitentiary, Pennsylvania, USA
If you’re the type who believes in ghosts and is a criminal, it’s bad news for you too if you end up in this prison. This was the first American prison to introduce solitary confinement, and used it extensively. Which led to more deaths and more prisoners that it simply tipped over (more than previously for some of them).
Later, famous prisoners such as Al Capone have also been in the prison, but it is best known for being the most haunted place in the world – if the ghost theorists are to be believed. Either way, it’s not a nice place. It probably hasn’t helped that the abbreviation is ESP…
16. Richat structure – Eye of the Sahara
This is a series of circles in the Sarahara desert of Mauritania with a diameter of 4 miles. The exact explanation of why these circles have been formed has not been found…
17. Xieng Khouang, Laos
A meadow of jars, which according to the legends are supposed to be drinking cups for gods or giants. There are thousands of these, and it is believed that either these were made to bury people or to collect water for travellers. Or – as some claim – drinking glasses for giants. What is certain is that one does not know…
La Residence Phou Vao, Laos is a wonderful hotel in the old royal capital of Laos; Luang Prabang. A hotel with a service that can hardly be experienced elsewhere and such a relaxing atmosphere that you can sleep very, very well. If you are looking to relax, you should consider a trip to Laos, Luang Prabang and the hotel La Residence Phou Vao.
18. Great Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe
At the end of the Iron Age, some very advanced buildings were built 24 miles north of the Limpopo River in present-day Zimbabwe. Today we call the ruins of these Great Zimbabwe in English. The mystery of the round building is not only that it is very advanced in construction and has stones of equal size (which was quite unique for the era in which it was built), but that it has double walls that were built without mortar.
The kingdom that was ruled from this city had great power and influence for almost two hundred years, but disappeared quickly and brutally. Some of what has been found during excavations here is relatively mysterious. Due to the fact that the culture and the kingship disappeared so suddenly, very little is known about their religion, the system of government and other things – with the exception of what can be interpreted from the excavations that are being carried out now.
19. Saqqara, Egypt
Most people know the pyramids in Egypt at the Nile and Giza, but Saqqara (or Sakkara) in the same country is not as well known. This is undoubtedly the strangest of them all. The Djoser pyramid perhaps most of all. The pyramid, which was originally 62 meters high, was the world’s first stone monument. It is a mystery how this pyramid was built, and why it has the architecture it has. The biggest mystery, however, is why two of everything have been built here.
20. Petra, Jordan
This city carved out of the mountainside, far from much else, is a natural inclusion on this list. The city had its heyday from approx. year 400 BC to approx. year 300 AD, and was the capital of the Nabateans. Their written language is the original language of the written Arabic language, but perhaps the most mysterious thing about the place is that this is the place where many Arabs believe that Moses broke a rock to find water – and the fact that over 85 percent of the city is still buried in sand, stone and is unavailable.
What has been found so far is a city with a great deal to tell archaeologists and historians, but so many conflicting stories that it is difficult to really know how something so incredible could be built in the middle of the desert. You have probably seen Petra several times, whether you know the stone city or not.
Among other things, it has been used in films such as Indiana Jones and the Last Train, The Mummy Returns and Transformers: The Defeated Strike Back. The city was once magnificent, but began to lose its position after an earthquake destroyed the all-important water system in the mid-4th century. The city continued to be featured, but did not receive its first archaeological expedition until 1912. Today, you can stay in hotels near the city and become one of the 580,000 annual visitors.
The Assyrian people were a strong political power on the Tigris River, and the capital under King Sargon II (721-705 BC) was Khorsabad (Dur-Sharrukin). When Sargon died, his people left the capital. Why no one has been able to find out. The area Khorsabad is located in, near the city of Mosul, is today an area that is very difficult to visit.
22. Hattusa, Turkey
Boghazkoy is also the name. A mountain city that was the capital of the Hittites. Their great empire is one of the least known empires in European/Asian history. Although they are mentioned in the Old Testament, it was long believed that it was only a small tribe, but it has later been found that it was a large empire that spread over large parts of present-day Turkey. Perhaps the most mysterious are the discoveries of advanced laws and contracts. Long before other civilizations were anywhere near the same.
23. Catal Huyuk, Turkey
Was this the world’s first real city? From 7,500 years before Christ, i.e. almost 10,000 years ago, to 5,600 before Christ, this city existed which many now believe may have been the very first.
The strange thing is how a city could grow so far from absolutely every other urban center in the world. What you also don’t understand is why you built such special houses as you did? Without doors and with very many special murals.
The city was built very differently from what we know today. without streets (you walked on the roofs) and with entrances from the same roofs, through small windows. What is also known is that people lived together with their dead relatives in the same houses. So much more is actually not known about the city, or the people who lived here. If you want to go near the ruins then Konya is the closest city.
24. Rhodes, Greece
The seven wonders of the ancient world were relatively easy to see and understand, with one exception: the Colossus of Rhodes. One does not know where it was, what it looked like or how it was built. It also only existed for a few hundred years before an earthquake destroyed it. What is known is that it was in Rhodes.
25. Delphi, Greece
This is where the oracle was located, but it was also generally a very sacred place for the ancient Greeks. To this day you can see many of the ancient ruins and think that it was here every four years that the best athletes in Greece met for competition. And, reportedly, this was the center of the world. Zeus sent two falcons to fly their separate ways around the earth to find the center of the earth. They met above Delphi. Acropole Delphi gives you much of the magical view that you see in the picture above.
26. Knossos, Crete
One of the most advanced early civilizations in the world had Crete as its home. The civilization centered around several temples, of which Knossos was the largest. The civilization had advanced laws, religions, written languages and much more.
The only problem is: What civilization lived here? It is known that civilization came to Knossos around 7,000 BC, but not where the people came from. They built great palaces, but they were not fortified for defense. Their art also showed traditions that can best be described as strange and finally: Civilization disappeared suddenly and brutally, but there are no reliable sources as to why and how. One of the greatest legends is the labyrinth.
Whether it was a picture of the advanced palace at Knossos, which one is not sure how could have been built, or a real labyrinth is not known. Half a mile from the ruins of Knossos you will find the Galaxy Hotel Iraklio. Perhaps not as extravagant as the palace of Knossos once was, but impressive enough.
27. Mount Roraima, Brazil
This very special mountain is very different from many other mountains. Instead of the mountain ending in a sharp peak, the whole is a flat plateau. It is believed to be one of the world’s oldest geological formations. It is still not the mysterious, although there have been several speculations that the mountain was a landing place for UFOs.
The strange thing is that on the mountain, and around the mountain there are many flowers, plants and animals that only live here.
28. Kolmanskop, Namibia
This town is located in the Namib Desert in Namibia, a few kilometers from the port city of Lüderitz. The town was abandoned in 1954 after the nearby diamond mine ran out. The whole town is built in the German architectural style with a hospital, ballroom, school, theatre, caisno, ice factory and the first X-ray machine in the southern hemisphere.
In itself, the place may not be very mysterious, but if we add that no one wants to take over the town or live there because they believe there are undoubtedly ghosts there then…
29. Hashami, Nagasaki, Japan
This island is an abandoned mini coal town. From 1887 to 1974 there was a live coal mine on the island, but this has now been removed. The buildings have not been touched since 1974, and locally the island is called the ghost island.
30. Chateau Miranda, Celles, Belgium
Built in 1866, this castle was inhabited by the Liedekerke-Beaufort family. They had fled the French Revolution. The descendants kept the castle until the Second World War.
After the war it became an orphanage, but this was closed down in 1980. After that time, the Belgian state has offered to take over the castle, but the family that owns it has refused – supposedly because their family continues to live in the castle. The castle was demolished, and now the area is said to be haunted. In the same area is the royal snail hotel.
31. Angkot Vat, Cambodia
This was first a Hindu, later a Buddhist temple in Cambodia. It was originally the state temple of King Suryavarman II of the Khmer in the 12th century.
As a building, it is an incredibly impressive masterpiece, but it is supposed to be a copy of the dwelling of the gods – if the legends are to be believed. The current structures were built in the 12th century. The name also means the temple city, and north of the city of Siem Reap in Cambodia.
Unsurprisingly, that city has an incredible number of hotels, such as the one-of-a-kind gem just 3 kilometers from Angkor Wat.
32. Still a mystery Stonehenge, England
This is not only known, but very well known. What is not so well known is what the stones were used for and how they were placed as they are. The place is an experience for anyone with more than zero imagination.
33. Bridgewater Triangle, Massachusetts, USA
This area of southeastern Massachusetts is like a magnet for the supernatural and mystical. Here you have seen Bigfoot, been visited by UFOs both now and again and so-called Thunderbirds – giant dinosaur birds. The background, if the legends are to be believed, is an old Native American curse.
34. Point Pleasant, West Virginia, USA
From November 1966 until December 1967, this small town was reportedly terrorized by a creature called the Mothman. After the local bridge collapsed on December 15, 1967, in which 46 people died, reports of the Mothman also disappeared, replaced by reports of strange people in black. Or in English: Men in black. If you dare to sleep with those dressed in black, you can check out the Hampton Inn.
35. Angikuni Lake, Canada
In November 1930, the hunter Joe Labelle was surprised by some extra bad weather, and he therefore decided to visit the Inuit town which was not far from where he was. According to what he knew, the town was supposed to have anywhere from 20 to 300 inhabitants, but when he arrived at the town, everyone had disappeared. Not only that – food, rifles and clothes were left behind. Seven sled dogs had starved to death, and a grave had been dug up.
Not surprisingly, there has been a lot of speculation about what happened, and several authors have also used the story as a starting point for books. Among others, Dean R. Koontz.
36. Feelings of anxiety – Superstition Mountains, Arizona, USA
East of Phoenix in Arizona you will find this mountain range which is supposed to hide the treasure known as the Dutchman’s Gold Mine. The treasure was hidden sometime in the 19th century, and no one has been able to find it.
Surely the ghosts of all those who have searched for the treasure will still haunt the mountains. The Apaches also believe that the gate to hell is located somewhere in the mountains. What is absolutely certain is that there are a great many stone engravings in the area, many of which people have had difficulty understanding the meaning of.
37. Another world – Area 51, Nevada, USA
Of course, one of the reasons Nevada is mysterious is that you find Area 51 here. From Rachel to Area 51 on highway 95 is the stretch of road where there are the most UFO sightings in the world during one year.
Las Vegas is also two hours from Area 51, and is in the top five in the number of UFO sightings in large cities in the USA. One might also consider New Mexico and their UFO museum in… Roswell, New Mexico. The car journey from Roswell to Las Vegas takes 11 hours, and the probability of being abducted is relatively high…
38. Warminister, Wiltshire, England
Not far from Stonehenge is the crop circle capital of the world. Not only have there been problems in explaining all the concircles here, but it is certainly also difficult to explain how Stonehenge was made. Warminster also has many UFO sightings, and annual UFO conferences. You can stay at Rokeby Guest House to experience both. If you want to stay in the middle of the corn circle area, you can choose the Walnut Tree Inn. Fly to London, and maybe schedule the trip around the time of Glastonbury.
39. Bonnybridge, Scotland
This small town has about 300 UFO sightings every single year, which is by far the highest in Europe. There are around 7,000 inhabitants in the small town, which, in addition to its many UFO sightings, can offer remains of the second wall that the Romans built in Britain (and the inspiration behind the ice wall in Game of Thrones).
The remains of Rough Castle Fort, an ancient Roman fort, are also nearby. Check flight prices to Scotland here The entire area in a triangle between Edinburgh, Stirling and Bonnybridge is also considered UFO country.
40. World’s most mysterious places Teotihuacan, Mexico
This was the largest city in America before the European invasion. The name is also often used for the high culture that sprung from this city, and which dominated large parts of what is today Mexico and Central America. The name of the city was given by the Aztecs long after the original inhabitants left the place.
The city was built from around 300 BC, and had its heyday from 150 to 450. What is known is that the Aztecs were influenced by the culture from the city, and how the city was governed, as well as that it was a place of pilgrimage for the Aztecs.
In addition, it is known that there was a separate religion, now lost, that was practiced there and that the city was abandoned or conquered relatively quickly. Regardless, it is a very impressive place to visit today. Mexico with its miles of white beaches, coconut palms and an azure sea is an ideal travel destination as well.
41. Easter Islands/Rapa Nui
We Norwegians know this relatively well. So we are talking about the statues with the big heads. Thor Heyerdahl, Kon-Tiki, giant statues – that’s probably what most of us associate with Easter Island. But it is also a favorite holiday destination, where you can experience blue seas, warm weather, and giant statues of course.
42. Casa Museo Salto de Tequendama Biodiversidad y Cultura, Columbia
This was originally a hotel that opened in 1923, and closed sometime in the 90s. It is not entirely known why it closed, but a combination of pollution and local rumors is said to be the reason. The local rumors are that the house then, and now, is haunted. Regardless of whether you believe in ghosts or not, the view from the house is relatively unique.
43. Ancient Nazca People – The Nazca Lines, Peru
Just over 300 so-called geoglyphs can be found in the Nazca Desert in Peru. They were made by removing the thin layer of pebbles to create large figures, only visible from the air. To be able to create them, advanced mathematical aids had to have been used, but since these drawings were made around 200 and 600 years after Christ, it has not really been possible to find out what kind of devices could have been used.
It is believed that the lines have astronomical meanings, but there are no explanations for what the Nazcaindians made the drawings for. The only thing that is known is that the entire culture disappeared around the year 800. If you want to take pictures of flying animals, also called birds, then Peru is also the place. Manu National Park is the place, and you can live as amazingly as this.
44. Cusco, Peru
On a hill just outside Cusco in Peru, there is an old fort that has withstood several hundred years of war and earthquakes. The name of the fort is (keep your tongue straight in your mouth) Saksaywaman. Cusco was at one time the capital of the Incas, and Saksaywaman was associated with the city. But the hill has been in use long before the Incas occupied the area of the lesser-known Killke culture, of which ruins have been found up on the hill.
There are two things that are remarkable about the fort: First of all, it is incredible that the Incas managed to get some of the giant stone blocks up to the height, but it is also amazing how they have put the stones together so precisely that you cannot a sheet of paper between them. The construction technique has long amazed visitors, and it is still not known how the Incas managed to fit the stones so perfectly together.
Seems to have been a strategically important point for having dominion over Cusco. The Spanish captured Cusco in 1533, and when the Incas, led by Manco Inca Yupanqui, sent their forces to take the city back in 1536, the fort became the main seat of battle. The Incas managed to hold Cusco for 10 months and put their main forces in the fort, which at the time was both larger and had towers that gave the warriors a better view.
The Spanish forces managed to keep a part of Cusco itself, and when Spanish reinforcements came to the city the Incas had to give up. The siege of Cusco would later lead to an internal war among Spanish armies over who really represented the interests of the Spanish castle, but before that the Spanish found another use for the fort. The Spanish used stones from the fort to build new buildings in Cusco, but they did not take all of them with them. A large part of the fort is made up of such large stones that the Spanish gave up taking them down to the center of Cusco.
These are the ones that remain today. In fact, it is estimated that the heaviest of the stones in Saksaywaman weighs somewhere between 150 and 200 tons.
45. La Bolas, Costa Rica
These almost perfectly round stones can be found in several places in Costa Rica, and they number a little over 300. The first were discovered in the Duquis Delta in the 1930s, and they vary in size from a few centimeters to several meters. The largest stones weigh almost 16 tonnes. The stones were made from around AD 600 to AD 1,000 by the Diquis. The Diqui culture was a tribe, or several, that lived in Costa Rica before there was contact with Europeans (after Columbus, that is).
There are several myths surrounding the stones, and local legends say that the stones come from Atlantis or that they are the cannonballs of the thunder god Tara. What is certain is that we do not know how the stones were made, or why many of them are grouped so that they form arrows to the north.
The country also has over a hundred national parks that can offer both sun and swimming on fantastic beaches along the Caribbean coast, surfing and kiting, riding, hiking, guided tracking tours with bird spotting, waterfall abseiling, as well as tours where you make your way on suspension bridges in the jungle. Costa Rica is also one of the best places in the world to experience the tropics, without causing any damage to nature.
46. Yonaguni, Japan
Under the water, at the southernmost of the Ryukyu Islands in Japan – Yaeyama – not far from Taiwan, you will find the Yonaguni Monument. These are rock formations under water that we simply do not know how they came about.
No one knows if this is man-made or made by nature together with people, or something even more mysterious…
The monument was not discovered until 1987, and speculation about what created them has been great since the discovery. On the islands in the area, you can choose to stay on a great experience like this – Haimurubushi.
47. Pingualuit Crater
This crater was discovered in 1943 by American planes.
Local Inuit had talked about the magical place for a long time, but it wasn’t until the 50s that the round lake was made widely known.
They have discovered what is called a magnetic anomaly under the lake, and believe that there is a lot of metal there. It is relatively certain that a meteor has struck here, although there are many theories that are more advanced. Not in the same province of Quebec, you can also find the Manicougan crater (not far from the town of Baie Comeau), which is a round lake around a central raised plateau. The Pingualuit Crater is believed to have been a meteorite that struck around 1.4 million years ago, but scientists have seen traces of what may have been life. Anyway, when you get there, you get to taste some of the world’s cleanest water…
If you are going to Canada, you can also check out the world’s 6th highest waterfall (840 metres), albeit in British Columbia.
48. The Crooked Forest, Poland
Near Gryfino, in northwest Poland consists of around 400 pine trees that grow in a very special way
Incidentally, the Polish name is Krzywy Las, but when the trees were planted, the small patch of forest was part of the German province of Pomerania.
In the town of Gryfino, not far from Szczecin, you will also find a large and beautiful nature park with a unique flora. There you mostly know where animals or flowers have come from, but you don’t know why you have a whole forest of bent trees. You can choose to stay at Centrum Zamek in Szczecin or Szczecin.
49. Skara Brae, Orkney Islands
This prehistoric settlement on the islands north of Scotland has been a mystery ever since they were discovered in 1850.
At first, it was believed that the settlements were from 500 BC, but later figures were launched as up to 3,200 BC.
The researchers believe that the settlement was inhabited by between 50 and 100 people for over 600 years, but was abandoned suddenly. One theory is climate change which made it wetter and colder, while other theories go to disease or war. The buildings were abandoned quickly, and no one knows why.
What is also known is that these primitive people developed a kind of written language. A written language we are unable to decipher today. On the island you will also find the mysterious Standing Stones of Stenness, several religious monuments believed to be as old as 5,000 years. Very little is known about what these stones were actually used for, which religion they belonged to and how they were erected.
This area is called the Scottish Pompeii (because it is so well preserved) and is therefore a settlement that is older than the Egyptian pyramids and Stonehenge. To get there you take the ferry from Scrabster (Thurso) to Stromness.
50. Tarxien, Malta
8 miles south of Sicily is the island of Malta in the Mediterranean. An island that for several thousand years had a civilization that developed without influence from others. The unique thing about this original civilization in Malta was that it was here, on an island in the middle of the Mediterranean, that one of the world’s first organized religions emerged. The ruins of the temples can still be found in Tarxien not far from the capital Valletta.
The religion, or religions in Malta, also had a god. The god is depicted as an overweight woman. What still surprises modern historians the most is how complex and large the temples that were built over five thousand years ago are. Models of the temples have survived, and it is believed that there were several architects – as we call them today – who were behind the temples. Equally mysterious is how the temples and the cities around them were abandoned around 2,500 years before Christ.
We know very little about this civilization, and it is therefore an exciting place to visit as a tourist. Both to see the five thousand year old buildings as well as make your own theories about this advanced civilization in Malta so long ago. Incidentally, Malta, or more specifically Valletta, was the place that was King’s Landing in the first season of Game of Thrones.
Today, around 416,000 people live on the sunny island, which can also entice with a very beautiful capital, the medieval city of Mdina, the small island of Gozo with its incredible nature and the delicious restaurant Tarragon. Due to its location as a natural stopover in the Mediterranean, Maltese cuisine is perhaps the original fusion cuisine.
51. Pyramids of Giza
The Pyramids of Giza are some of the most iconic structures in the world. For centuries, they have been a source of mystery and fascination, and continue to be one of the most popular tourist destinations in Egypt. The three main pyramids were built by Pharaohs Khufu, Khafre, and Menkaure, and were completed around 2560 BCE. These massive structures were built as tombs for the pharaohs and their consorts, and each pyramid was surrounded by extensive funerary temples.
Today, the Pyramids of Giza are one of the Seven Wonders of the World, and attract millions of visitors every year. While much has been learned about how these ancient wonders were constructed, there is still much mystery surrounding them.
52. Tower of London
The Tower of London has been a prominent structure in the city for over 900 years. It was founded in 1066 by William the Conqueror and has since served as a royal palace, a prison, and a place of execution. Today, the Tower is one of the most popular tourist attractions in London. More than three million people visit the Tower every year.
53. Winchester Mystery House
The Winchester Mystery House is a sprawling mansion in San Jose, California, that was once the home of Sarah Winchester, the widow of gun magnate William Wirt Winchester. After her husband’s death, Sarah believed she was cursed by the spirits of those killed by Winchester rifles, and she set out to build a house that would keep them at bay. The result is a labyrinthine structure with more than 160 rooms, 10,000 windows, 2,000 doors, and miles of secret passages. Today, the Mystery House is a popular tourist attraction with a reputation for being one of the most haunted places in America.
54. Dracula Bran Castle, Transylvania, Romania
In the heart of Transylvania lies a castle that has been abandoned for centuries. But some say that it is still haunted by the spirit of Dracula himself. Visitors to the castle have reported seeing strange shadows and hearing eerie noises coming from the empty rooms. Some say that the ghost of Dracula still wanders the halls of his former home. Looking for new victims to terrorize. Whether you believe in ghosts or not. There is no denying that this castle has a dark history that is sure to send a chill down your spine.
55. Island of the Dolls
In the heart of Mexico City, there is an island that is home to hundreds of dolls. The Island of the Dolls, or Isla de las Munecas, is a small island in Xochimilco. It is covered in trees and has a canal running through it.
The Island of the Dolls got its start. When a girl named Julián Santana Barrera found a doll floating in the canal. He hung the doll from a tree to make the little girl feel less alone. From then on, Julián started collecting dolls and hanging them from the trees on the island. He even made some of the dolls himself.
Some people say that Julián was haunted by the ghost. Of the little girl and that he started hanging up the dolls to keep her spirit at bay.
56. Chestnut Ridge Park
Chestnut Ridge Park is a beautiful, naturalistic park located in Orchard Park, New York. The park spans over 1,000 acres and is home to hiking trails, a ski area, and numerous scenic outlooks. The park also features a playground, picnic tables, and grills for visitors to enjoy.
Whether you’re looking for a place to hike, ski, or just enjoy the outdoors. Chestnut Ridge Park is the perfect spot. The park’s naturalistic setting provides a serene escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. So come on out and explore all that Chestnut Ridge Park has to offer!
57 Bhangarh Fort, India
Bhangarh Fort is one of the most haunted places in India. The fort is located in the state of Rajasthan, and it is said that the spirits of the fort’s residents still haunt the place.
There are many stories about the fort. One of the most popular is that of a princess who was cursed by a tantric. It is said that anyone who enters the fort. Will never be able to leave, and many people have died trying to enter the fort.
The fort has been abandoned for many years, and it is said that it is because of the curse. If you’re brave enough to visit the Bhangarh Fort, be sure to do so during daylight hours only!
58. Great Blue Hole
The great blue hole is a massive underwater sinkhole off the coast of Belize. It’s nearly 300 meters wide and 150 meters deep, making it one of the world’s largest blue holes. The hole formed during the last ice age when sea levels were much lower than they are today. As the ice age ended and sea levels rose, the hole was gradually submerged. The great blue hole is home to a wealth of marine life, including sharks, rays, and barracudas. It’s also a popular spot for scuba diving and snorkeling.
59. Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel
Nestled in the heart of Banff National Park, the Fairmont Banff Springs hotel is a true Canadian icon. Surrounded by the Rocky Mountains, this grand hotel has been welcoming guests from all over the world for over 130 years.
Whether you’re looking to escape the cold winter weather or enjoy a summer getaway. Fairmont Banff Springs is the perfect destination. With its luxurious accommodations, world-class dining and spa facilities, and endless outdoor activities. There’s something for everyone at this iconic Canadian property.
Mauritania, officially the Islamic Republic of Mauritania, is a country in Northwest Africa. It is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to the west, Western Sahara to the north and northeast. Algeria to the east and southeast, Mali to the southwest, and Senegal to the northwest. It has a population of 3.5 million people and covers an area of 1.03 million square kilometers. The capital and largest city is Nouakchott.
Is a desert country with very little rainfall. The majority of the population lives in the cities along the coast. The capital city of Nouakchott is one of the largest cities in West Africa. With a population of over one million people. Islam is the official religion of Mauritania and Arabic is the official language. French is also widely spoken.
61. Ancient Ram Inn England
The ancient Ram Inn in Wotton-under-Edge is said to be one of the most haunted places in Britain. The inn is over 800 years old and has been home to many ghostly sightings. One of the most famous ghosts is that of a demon who is said to haunt the upstairs bedroom. The Ram Inn is also said to be home to a number of other ghosts, including a woman in white, a man dressed in 17th century clothing, and a black cat.
62. Easter Island
Easter Island is one of the most remote inhabited islands in the world. It is also one of the most fascinating, with a rich history and culture that is unique in the world. The island is best known for its huge stone statues, called moai, which were carved by the early inhabitants of the island. Today, Easter Island is a popular tourist destination, and its culture and history are a major draw for visitors from all over the world.
63. Stanley Hotel
The Stanley Hotel is a historic hotel located in Estes Park, Colorado. The hotel was built in 1909 by Freelan Oscar Stanley, and it is currently on the National Register of Historic Places. The hotel is best known for its role in the Stephen King novel, The Shining.
64. Château de Brissac, France
The Château de Brissac is a castle located in the commune of Brissac-Quincé, in the Maine-et-Loire département of France. The castle is the seat of the Duke of Brissac, and has been owned by his family since 1420.
The castle is built on the site of a former Gallo-Roman villa, and was first mentioned in 1040. In 1130, it was acquired by Bertrand de Blois, Count of Anjou. The current château was built in 1470 by Charles IV de Brézé.
The château consists of four towers and two courtyards. It is surrounded by a park with gardens and a lake. The château is open to the public for tours and events.
65. Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia
Salar de Uyuni is the world’s largest salt flat. The flat is located in southwestern Bolivia, near the crest of the Andes, and is part of the Altiplano. The flats cover an area of about 10,000 square kilometers (4,000 square miles).
The flats were formed by the gradual evaporation of lakes that once covered the area. The salt flats are covered with a layer of salt that is about 10 meters (33 feet) thick. The salt crusts on the flats reflect sunlight, making them appear white.
The Salar de Uyuni is an important source of lithium. Lithium is used in batteries and other electronic devices. Bolivia has the world’s largest reserves of lithium, and most of it is found in the Salar de Uyuni.
66. Isla de Las, Puerto Rico
Isla de las is an uninhabited island located off the coast of Puerto Rico. The island is home to a variety of wildlife, including iguanas, lizards, and birds. Visitors to the island can enjoy hiking, swimming, and snorkeling. Isla de las is a popular destination for both locals and tourists alike.
67. Islands of Turks and Caicos
The Turks and Caicos Islands are located in the Atlantic Ocean and are part of the Lucayan Archipelago. The island chain is comprised of eight main islands, including Grand Turk, Salt Cay, and South Caicos. The Turks and Caicos Islands are a British Overseas Territory with a population of approximately 31,000 people.
The climate of the Turks and Caicos Islands is tropical with an average temperature of 28 degrees Celsius. The islands experience a wet season from May to November and a dry season from December to April. Hurricanes are a threat to the islands during the hurricane season, which runs from June to November.
The economy of the Turks and Caicos Islands is tourism-based, with visitors coming to enjoy the warm climate, white sand beaches, and clear turquoise waters.
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