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15 Amazing Places in the World Worth Visiting

There are many places in the world that travelers yearn to visit due to their legendary history, inspiring structures, and breathtaking views.

This article expands the list of places recommended to see at least once in life, as they will provide a wealth of unforgettable pleasant experiences.

Chocolate Hills, Philippines

In the Visayas region of the Philippines, in the town of Carmen, are some of the most unique geological formations ever seen. Perfectly rounded hills standing 45 meters tall, covered in grass, turn a magnificent brown color in the summer, transforming into a forest of giant chocolate-like mounds. This natural wonderland, dubbed the “Chocolate Hills,” is best viewed from an observation deck in Carmen.

Torun, Poland

Poland has many medieval towns, but none as well-preserved as Torun. This gem is famous for being the birthplace of astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus, but that’s not the only reason to visit. The city boasts brick buildings, many in their original form, including stunning churches, a Gothic town hall, and city fortifications.

Susa, Iran

Susa in Iran is mentioned in the Bible several times and dates back to the 5th century BC. The renowned ancient ruins in this city include the Palace of Ardeshir, located along the Shavur River, in the lower Zagros Mountains. The most eerie site to visit in this city is the Susa cemetery. Here lies a temple on a monumental platform, and hundreds of ceramic vessels adorn the graves, placed as offerings in a sign of love.

Meteora, Greece

Meteora in Greece is one of those attractions you need to visit while it’s still under the radar of popularity. This graceful spectacle, well known in Orthodoxy, located in Thessaly, Greece, is home to a complex of six monasteries built atop sandstone rock pillars. The rock formation stands tall above the trees, high in the sky, earning the name Meteora, meaning “middle of the sky.”

Portmeirion, Wales

Portmeirion’s coastal village can be mistaken for Italy, due to its Italian-style architecture. This tranquil Welsh town in North Wales was designed by Sir Clough Williams-Ellis as a tribute to the Mediterranean, not Italy. Its central piazza is the town’s most popular attraction and worth visiting.

Tunnel of Love, Ukraine

The “Tunnel of Love” in Ukraine deserves special attention. This 3-kilometer-long railway path, covered in grass, is hidden deep within the forests of Klevan. Thick, lush trees have become an especially favorite background for photographers, as well as for couples taking long walks. Legend has it that if you walk through the tunnel and make a wish, it will come true.

Ephesus, Turkey

Ephesus has witnessed centuries of history and carries the largest collection of Roman ruins in the Mediterranean. Moreover, 85% of the sites are yet to be excavated. This ancient city on the Ionian coast once hosted the Temple of Artemis, a destroyed wonder of the Ancient world. Visit the remaining relics of the ancient city, such as the façade of the Celsus Library, the Temple of Hadrian, the Tomb of Pollio, or the Temple of Sebastoi.

Enchanted Well in Brazil (Chapada Diamantina National Park)

Poco Encantado’s misleading name refers to this magical site. It’s not a well but a giant submerged pool over 30 meters deep with stunningly clear water. The water is so transparent that rocks and tree trunks lying at the bottom of the pool are visible. The best time to see this natural wonder is when sunlight penetrates a small hole, and the beauty is visible down to the smallest detail.

Potala Palace, Tibet

This imposing fortress with slanting walls, staircases, and flat roofs was home to the Dalai Lama from 1645 until the Tibetan uprising in 1959. The unique palace, now a museum, consists of two palaces. The White Palace hosted the Dalai Lama’s living quarters, while the Red Palace was used for prayers and meditation.

Ayutthaya, Thailand

Ayutthaya once served as the capital of Siam, modern-day Thailand. Built along the Chao Phraya River, the city once dubbed the “Venice of the East” was a thriving state. Today, the city is less glamorous and lies in ruins, except for numerous temples well-preserved in the Ayutthaya Historical Park.

China’s Red Beach (in Panjin)

Contrary to its enticing name, this stunning spectacle is not a real beach, as there’s neither sand nor sea. The red streams are formed by the Sueda algae, which start green and then turn crimson in autumn. Most of this marvel is closed to tourists to preserve its magnificence. It’s best viewed from September to November.

Russian Transfiguration Church (on Kizhi Pogost)

On an island in Lake Onega stand two wooden churches. This 22-domed structure was built in the 18th century to replace the original standing church destroyed by lightning. This unique building was constructed without nails, a tradition of the time, and with only one axe, which, according to legend, the builder threw into the lake after finishing. The church has no heating, so services are held only in the summer months.

Madagascar’s Stone Forest

Madagascar’s Stone Forest dates back to the Jurassic period, and while its razor-sharp limestone formations make it too dangerous to admire up close, there’s definitely much to see in this forest. The 666 square km area is a natural barrier to keep humanity away from the animals and plants on the other side of the cliffs, leaving this part of the world completely untouched.

Bagan, Myanmar

Asia is adorned with thousands of breathtaking temples, but make a stop at the ancient city of Bagan in Myanmar, home to about 2000 ancient structures. In the past, the city had around 10,000 Buddhist temples and pagodas. The best way to view the city in all its ancient glory is by taking a hot air balloon ride.

Dragon’s Blood Trees of Yemen’s Socotra

On the small Yemeni island of Socotra, far from bustling Yemeni life, grows a surreal natural wonder: the Dragon’s Blood Trees. Said to have originated from the blood of a dragon after a battle with an elephant, they truly look otherworldly and would be fascinating to see in reality.

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