The Church of the Holy Wisdom, known as Hagia Sophia is a former Byzantine church and former Ottoman mosque in Istanbul. Now a museum, Hagia Sophia is universally acknowledged as one of the great buildings of the world. It contains two floors centered on a giant nave that has a great dome ceiling, along with smaller domes, towering above. Its wide, flat dome was a daring engineering feat in the 6th century, and architects still marvel at the building’s many innovations. It is the most-visited site in Turkey (3.57 million visitors in 2014).
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AGV Italo is the first train in the AGV Series which entered into service in April 2012. It has a maximum operational speed of 360kmph. The train broke a record speed of 574.8kmph in April 2007. AGV Italo was built by Alstom. The AGV is offered in trainset configurations of 7, 8, 10, 11 and 14 cars. AGV 575 is currently the fastest operating train in Europe and third fastest train in the world. It will continue to hold the title as the fastest operating train in Europe until 2015, when it will be toppled by Frecciarossa 1000′s entry into service.
Car body construction: carbon with carbon composite
Train length: 132.100 m (433 ft 4 3?4 in) (7 car)
Car length: intermediate: 17.300 m (56 ft 9 1?8 in)
Width: 2,985 mm (9 ft 9 1?2 in)
Weight: 272 t
Power output: 6.080 MW
Maximum speed: 360 km/h (220 mph) at 25 kV 50 Hz AC
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Navagio is one of the most beautiful beaches in Greece. It is located on the north-west shore of the stunning Zakynthos Island. Navagio is said to be the home of a famous ship wreck, called Panagiotis, which is why the beach is also called Smugglers Cove. The small beach has amazing, white, soft sand and crystal clear waters and is defined by huge vertical limestone cliffs. The best season to visit the spot is from May to late September, but before you do, check out the weather and wind conditions in the area. The island drops into the Mediterranean climate zone. The winter is mild, the temperature is warm in spring and autumn, and it reaches 24 to 31 °C in summer.
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The city of Ålesund is known for its architecture in Art Nouveau style. The architecture makes this city different from any other Norwegian city. The colorful houses on the coast, surrounded with fjords, offers the typical landscape, you would expect to see in Scandinavia. It is built on a row of islands extending towards the Atlantic. The compact old city centre is thus surrounded by water and Ålesund is a major fisheries harbour.
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Nepal is located in South Asia between China in the north and India in the south, east and west. Nepal also contains Mount Everest (29,035 ft; 8,850 m), the tallest mountain in the world and eight of the world’s 10 highest peaks. Kathmandu is the capital city of Nepal. It is the largest metropolitan city in the country, covering an area of 19.6 square miles. The estimated population of the city is 989,273. Nepali is the official language of Nepal; it is derived from Sanskrit and was formerly known as Khaskura. Other languages spoken in the country are: Tharu, Gurung, Awadhi, Bhojpuri, Maithili, Kiranti, Tamang, Sherpa, Magar, Limbu Hinduism is the official religion of Nepal and Shiva is worshiped as the major deity. Islam, Buddhism, Jainism, and Christianity are the other religions practiced in the country. The country is absolutely beautiful. The landscapes here are stunning.
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Italia in Miniatura is the Italian historical, architectural and cultural heritage theme park, which has blended fun and learning since 1970. The park displays 273 miniatures of famous Italian and European buildings in scale 1:25 and 1:50. The area is surrounded by Arcobaleno, a monorail. 10,000 plants and 5,000 miniature trees are integrated in the landscape. To fill the water basins 2,500 m3 of water are needed. All the miniatures displayed in the park are made by General Display, the lab where fifteen experts, among them expert craftsmen, work a special type of resin and transform it in beautiful and ready-made miniature monuments.
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Blue Lagoon is the country’s top tourist attraction. The warm milky-blue spa is fed by mineral-rich heated seawater from the nearby geothermal plant. The water temperature in the bathing and swimming area of the lagoon is averages 37-39 °C. The spa is located in a lava field in Grindavik on the Reykjanes Peninsula, southwestern Iceland. That first sublime dip into the warm, cloudy blue waters feels like you’re taking the bath of your life. Watching the rising steam dance and swirl above the waters is a sight to behold, especially if you’re there when the sun sets.
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The town of Versailles sits about 20 kilometers outside of Paris. Louis XIII’s former hunting lodge was transformed and extended at his son’s request, to house the seat of the royal court and the French government. The project presented the absolute power of the French monarchy, which was then at the height of its glory. The palace is surrounded by equally grand gardens overflowing with flowers, neatly trimmed hedges, statuary and fountains. At 100 hectare, the garden of the Versailles Palace is Europe\’s largest palace garden. It was created in the 17th century by landscape gardener André Le Nôtre. The Chateau de Versailles is generally open Tuesdays through Sundays.
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Horseshoe Bend is in one of most breath taking, beautiful, amazing places in the world. It is the name for a horseshoe-shaped meander of the Colorado River located near the town of Page, Arizona, The Horseshoe Bend is part of the Glen Canyon which is near the Arizona/Utah state line. The place is easy to reach with a short hike which begins from a large parking area just off U.S. 89. This attraction is completely free but sitting on the ledges is really dangerous.
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The Maharajas Express is the finest Indian luxury train operated by IRCTC India from Bombay to Delhi that offers luxury tourism. Maharajas Express is considered to be the India’s answer to the Orient Express of the West. It could carry a total of 84 passengers in elegantly appointed cabins which include a lavish presidential suite spanning over an entire carriage. There are 2 restaurants, a lounge bar equipped with library and souvenir shop. It offers five types of journey consits of Heritage of India, Treasures of India, Gems of India Indian Panorama and Indian Splendor. The cheapest rate per person per day is a whopping US$ 800 for a Deluxe cabin. The next two slabs are US$ 900 and US$ 1,400. And the Presidential Suite comes for US$ 2,500.
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The Duomo of Milan is the Cathedral of the city. From the terraces you can have a wonderful view of the city. It is the largest Gothic cathedral and the second largest Catholic cathedral in the world. Milan Cathedral is about 157 m length, 93 m wide, and its tallest spire reaches a height of 108 metres. 40,000 people can fit comfortably within. The Duomo was builted for wanting of archbishop Anthony from Saluzzo and of the gentleman of Milan Gian Galeazzo Visconti.
Opening Time: Every day 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Opening Time: Every day 9:00 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Admission Elevator: Full €12, Ridotto € 6
Admission On foot: Full € 7, Ridotto € 3.50
Opening Time: Monday to Friday: 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Opening Time: Saturday: 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Admission: Full € 2
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Castle is build in the Neo-Gothic style after the castle of Windsor in England around 1250. Hluboka originaly was projected as the Royal Castle by the King Premysl Otakar II. Castle is located in the South Bohemia near Ceske Budejovice. It is the perfect place for the wedding ceremony performance. It attracts the couples from around the world by its beauty.
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Times Square is located in the heart of the New York City. It was named after the Times Building, now One Times Square. The name is now used for the area between 40th and 53rd street and 6th and 9th avenue. Times Square is a popular New York destination all year long, but New Years Eve is the single biggest night to hit these streets.
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Porto Moniz is located about 46 km from Funchal on the northwest tip of Madeira. The name Porto Moniz was a tribute to Francisco Moniz, who married a granddaughter of Gonçalves Zarco, to whom the place was donated. It is famous for its natural rock bathing pools that are filled by the tide with crystal clear water.
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The Grand Casino Monaco is located in the Monte Carlo. This glamorous casino was designed by Charles Garnier in 1863. It is decorated with marble, onyx, frescoes, and sculptures and offers 21 gaming rooms. You can play numerous games such as European Roulette, English Roulette, Black Jack, Craps and also American Roulette, but most popular table game however is poker. There have been certain rules at the Monte Carlo casino since it began, one of which is that men should wear a jacket while women should dress casually.
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