The spectacular landscape of Las Medulas

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The town of Las Médulas is located in the region of El Bierzo, Leon. This small mountain town marks the natural beginning of the ascent towards Las Médulas, a unique cultural landscape that was declared a World Heritage by UNESCO. It is a historic mining site near the town of Ponferrada in the region of El Bierzo, which used to be the most important gold mine in the Roman Empire. To extract gold, the Romans built seven huge aqueducts which drew the rivers in the nearby mountains down into the mine, burying the area underwater. After two centuries of work, the Romans abandoned the site, leaving it in its current shape.

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The Sea Fortress of Suomenlinna, Finland

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The fortress of Suomenlinna is one of Finland’s most popular sights. It is only a very short ferry crossing away from Helsinki. Just a 15-minute ferry ride from the Kauppatori. The Suomenlinna ferry is part of Helsinki’s public transport service. Set on a tight cluster of islands connected by bridges, the UNESCO World Heritage site was originally built by the Swedes as Sveaborg in the mid-18th century. Swedish built here a fortress for defensive purposes against the Russians and was original called Sveaborg (fortress of Svea, Swedish still call it this way) but of course Finish renamed it after their independence into Suomenlinna (castle of Finland). The construction of the fortress begun in 1748 but expanded later in 19th century by the Russians. We noticed some old canons on the island but what we liked most were some colorful corners full of flowers.

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Urban Jewel – Manarola in Cinque Terre, Italy

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Manarola is tiny village on the Cinque Terre coast of Italy. It is built on a high rock 70 metres above sea level, and is one of the most charming and romantic of the Cinque Terre villages. Typical tower houses of the Genoese style are the main sight of this town. On the west end, you’ll find a wild little harbor and the east side has a small church square where the townsmen meet for various activities.

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Nature Wonder Cappadocia

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Cappadocia is the historic area with unique rock site located in the center of the Anatolian Region of Turkey. Thies region is a result of the vulcanic eruptions occurred in Erciyes, Hasandag and Gulludag, in the region was formed a large tableland from the vulcanic tufas and together with the erosion of the Kizilirmak river and wind over ten thausands of years there appeared the chimney rocks which are a wonder of the nature. Turkish heritage is located in Goreme – a village in the heart of Cappadocia. Long, long ago Cappadocia was inhabited by Christians who also carved thousands of cave churches, chapels and monasteries out of the rock. Many of these churches were decorated with frescoes of medieval saints whose ghostly images still gaze down from the walls. In the 21st century these ancient churches make some of the most remarkable sights for visitors. Goreme and the Cappadocia region is easily accessible from all parts of Turkey.

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City in Cappodocia

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underground city of Kaymakli

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Dark Church, Goreme

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Underground chamber in the Buckle Church

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1,000+ year old painting at the Apple church carved into a rock

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