Since ancient times, man has built houses and shelters to protect himself from nature and animals. To this end he has exploited natural raw materials and chosen areas where to build according to his needs. With time and ingenuity, he was able to build houses, palaces and sanctuaries that differed in architecture, style and materials. Sometimes man was able to create even incredible things, as the Eshiba Ohashi Bridge, the steepest in the world.
Around the world, we can admire several examples that, at the sight, fascinate us for their history, architecture, art and culture; many of them are built in unthinkable places, almost inhospitable and for this reason so curious and they are destinations for study, pilgrimage or tourism. Let’s find out some of them.
In Italy, among the volcanic islands of the Aeolian Islands, near Stromboli, we find Stombolicchio. The island, which is about 200,000 years old, is characterized by steep cliffs overlooking the sea in which man cannot live or cultivate but which is able to accommodate a species of fauna and a flower in danger of extinction. Above the cliff, there is a lighthouse, powered by solar energy. Incredible places, as for example the most amazing and dangerous roads in the world! You won’t believe your eyes!
Still in Italy, in Bagnaregio there is Civita, a wonderful medieval village in the province of Viterbo. Also known as “the dying city”, due to the gullies, the village is famous for the Church of San Donato, the Palazzo Vescovile, an ancient 16th-century mill, the birthplace of San Bonaventura and the gate of Santa Maria.
Jaj Mahal, the water palace, is located in India, in Rajasthan. Consisting of 5 floors, when the tide rises, 4 floors of the building are submerged.
The ancient and isolated monastery of Ki, in Tibet, is perched at an altitude of about 4,000 meters on a rocky mountain in the Spiti valley, a desert valley surrounded by splendid peaks. From the monastery, which dates back to the 10th century and is the oldest in the Spiti Valley, it is possible to look at the houses of the monks. Today it is the largest Buddhist temple in the region and one of the highest in the world.
The Sanctuary of Las Lajas is also a place of worship and pilgrimage located in the canyon formed by the Guaitara River in southern Colombia. The sanctuary, dedicated to the Virgin of the Rosary, takes its name from a painting dedicated to her, made on a stone slab, the “lajas”.
It is a neo-gothic church, which dates back to the early 20th century, in gray and white stone and glass mosaics that illuminate its interior. It consists of 3 naves built on a two-arched bridge, 20 meters long and 50 meters high, which supports it and connects it to the other side of the canyon.
Nido di Rondine, in the Crimea, is a neo-gothic castle dating back to the early 1900s by the Russian architect Leonid Sherwood. Built on a cliff overlooking the sea, 40 meters high, the castle is one of the most visited monuments of the Crimea and is the symbol of the southern coast of the peninsula. The building is small in size and is surrounded by a panoramic balcony that offers a magnificent view of the sea and the coast of Yalta.
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