Top 10 New Orleans Tourist Attractions

Top 10 New Orleans Tourist Attractions

1. French Quarter

The French Quarter of New Orleans is the tourist magnet that attracts tourists from all over the world. Built along the  bend of the Mississippi River, The French Quarter is also New Orleans’ premier historic landmark, thanks to its well-preserved colonial architecture. Older buildings, some dating back to the 17th century, show French influence in architecture across the American continent, with arcades, wrought-iron balconies, red-tiled roofs, and picturesque courtyards. Many buildings now house  hotels, restaurants, gift shops and art galleries.

Official website:  http://www.mardigrasneworleans.com

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French Quarter

2. National WWII Museum

The National Museum of the Second World War is an outstanding military  history  museum that tells the history of the Second World War in an interesting interactive way, using exhibits, weapons and historical documents . Founded in 2000, it was designated by the US Congress  as America’s official WWII museum and is  supported by the Smithsonian Institution.

The museum is divided into three sections, the first section is  devoted to the war in the Pacific, the second is devoted to the war in the European theater of operations, and the third section is devoted to wartime aircraft. The museum is located in  the central business district of New Orleans  Andrew Higgins Drive.

Official website:  http://www.nationalww2museum.org

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National Museum of World War II 

3. Preservation Hall

The Preservation Hall is a gem on a sightseeing tour of New Orleans and one of the city’s most atmospheric attractions. In this seemingly unpresentable building, behind the shabby doors, a real miracle was happening, which resulted in great music – jazz, whose homeland is New Orleans. If you are a lover of music, let alone jazz, then this place is a must-see.

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Conservation Hall

4. Jackson Square

Jackson Square – historic park in the heart of  the French Quarter  in  New Orleans . In the center of the square, surrounded by trees and greenery, stands the equestrian statue of General Andrew Jackson, erected on a pedestal in 1856. The park is dominated by the beautiful Saint-Louis Cathedral, with a white façade and tapered spiers. Louisiana State Museums are also in close proximity to the Cathedral.

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Jackson square

5. Cabildo (Сabildo New Orleans)

The Cabildo, which means council, is the Town Hall of New Orleans. The Town Hall is located to the left of St. Louis Cathedral, in front of Jackson Square. It was built in 1795 as the residence of the Spanish governor. Remarkable as a historic building for the museum and its outstanding collection. The first city council met here in 1799, later it housed the Louisiana Supreme Court, but today the Cabildo houses the Louisiana State Museum. The museum’s collection is mainly dedicated to the history of New Orleans and Louisiana. The town hall is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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Сabildo New Orleans

 6. City Park

New Orleans City Park spans over 1,300 hectares and contains many interesting tourist attractions, including the Botanical Gardens, New Orleans Museum of Art and Sculpture Gardens. Of particular interest for children is the Carousel Park, the amusement garden, the story-land and the water park. There are also tennis courts and an 18-hole golf course in the park. The highlight of the park is the oak grove in which some of the trees are more than 800 years old. (more…)

Top 10 Skyscrapers in The World

Top 10 Skyscrapers in The World

Towering above the ground, skyscrapers are the most impressive structures in modern cities. Our site presents the Top 10 tallest skyscrapers.

Burj Khalifa, Dubai, United Arab Emirates (829.8 m.)

In the first place in the Top 10 skyscrapers for the seventh year, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, the tallest skyscraper in the world, has been held. Burj Khalifa, seven hectares of parks and 163 floors, houses more than 30,000 apartments, nine hotels, a shopping center and a superb artificial lake. Burj Khalifa was built at the initiative of the government of the United Arab Emirates to transform the economy from an oil-based commodity to a more modern tourism-based industry.

Burj Khalifa, Dubai
Burj Khalifa, Dubai

Shanghai Tower, Shanghai, China (632 m.)

It took the builders of the Shanghai Tower eight years to build the second tallest building in the world. It was completed in 2015, although it was only opened to the public a year later, all this year the world’s leading designers have been working on the interiors of the Shanghai Tower.

Shanghai Tower, Shanghai, China
Shanghai Tower, Shanghai, China

Abraj Al-Bait, Mecca, Saudi Arabia (601 m)

The honorable third place in the Top 10 skyscrapers is occupied by a complex of buildings called Abraj al-Bait, which is owned by the government of Saudi Arabia, it is of great importance for the culture and society of this Islamic country. Located just a few steps from the most sacred site in Islam, the world’s largest Masjid al-Haram, the complex was built as part of an initiative to modernize the city and expand the hotel room for pilgrims.

Abraj Al-Bait, Mecca, Saudi Arabia
Abraj Al-Bait, Mecca, Saudi Arabia

Ping’an International Financial Center, Shenzhen, China (599 m.)

The tower is not yet completed, but this year the builders promise to hand it over, already now the skyscraper in Shenzhen is the 4th highest in the world and the second in China. The Ping’an International Financial Center was originally expected to be taller than Shanghai Tower in Shanghai and become the tallest building in China, but the architects had to abandon the 60-meter antenna as it interfered with aircraft landing at the local airfield. The building is located in the central business district of Shenzhen. (more…)

Top 10 Tourist Attractions in China

Top 10 Tourist Attractions in China

China is famous for its national cuisine, but pizza is not the last among the popular dishes. People here are dressed in the latest Western fashion, but no one has canceled the morning exercises in classic silk pajamas. The southwestern region of the Middle Kingdom is the most exotic, “hidden” from national progress. Tiger Leaping Gorge is often called a must-see for any mountain hiker and climber. The surrounding area of ​​the Li River is one of the most picturesque Attractions in China. The karst peaks that rise along the coast are the recognizable landscape of this country. The rare giant pandas are a real national treasure for the Chinese. A breeding center for these animals has been opened in Chengdu.

This is the Top 10 Tourist Attractions in China:

1. Great Wall of China

The Great Wall of China is rightfully considered the main attraction of China. The most visited part of the Great Wall of China is located just 70 kilometers from Beijing. This section of the Great Wall of China was built in 1504 during the Ming Dynasty, along with a military outpost, reflecting the strategic importance of the location in defending Beijing. The highest point is Badaling (北 八樓), approximately 1015 meters above sea level.

Part of the Badaling wall underwent restoration and in 1957 the first section of the wall was opened to tourists. The Great Wall of China is one of the symbols of Chinese civilization. In 1988 he was included in the UNESCO world catalog of cultural heritage.

Great Wall of China
Great Wall of China, Attractions in China

2. Potala Palace

Located 130 meters above the Lhasa Valley, the Potala Palace rises another 170 meters and is the largest building in all of Tibet. Construction of the present palace began in 1645 during the reign of the Dalai Lama 5. The Potrang Marpo, or Red Palace, was added between 1690 and 1694. The Potala Palace remained the residence of the Dalai Lama until 1959, when the Dalai Lama was forced to flee from persecution by the Chinese authorities.

Potala Palace
Potala Palace, Attractions in China

3. Forbidden City

The Forbidden City was an imperial palace during the Ming and Qing dynasties. It is located in the heart of Beijing and currently houses the Forbidden City Museum. The Forbidden City served as a home for the emperors of China and their families, and was also home to the Chinese government for nearly 500 years.

Built in 1406-1420, the complex consists of 980 buildings and occupies 72 hectares. The palace complex is an example of traditional Chinese palace architecture. The Forbidden City has been a World Heritage Site since 1987, and is listed by UNESCO as the largest concentration of preserved ancient wooden structures in the world. (more…)

Top 10 Most Famous Bridges in The World

Top 10 Most Famous Bridges in The World

1. Golden Gate Bridge (USA)

The Golden Gate Bridge is not the largest bridge in the world, nor the most significant from the architectural point of view of rhenium, and even more so its historical significance is doubtful, but without a doubt, the Golden Gate Bridge is the most famous and most photographed bridge in the world. The Golden Gate is a suspension bridge spanning the Golden Gate, the strait between San Francisco and Marin County to the north. Thanks to architect Joseph B. Strauss, whose statue adorns the southern observation deck, it took just seven years to build and was completed in 1937.

The Golden Gate Bridge was the longest suspension bridge in the world at the time and is a major tourist attraction in San Francisco and California. Since its completion, span length has been surpassed by eight other bridges. The famous red-orange color of the bridge was specially chosen to make the bridge more visible in the dense fog that often envelops the bridge.

Golden Gate, USA
Golden Gate, USA

2. Ponte Vecchio (Italy)

Ponte Vecchio, literally “old bridge” – a medieval bridge over the Arno River in Florence. The only Florentine bridge that remained intact after the Second World War. The bridge is famous for the fact that benches were built around it, as was common in the Medici era.

Ponte Vecchio (Italy)
Ponte Vecchio (Italy)

3. Tower Bridge (UK)

It took eight years, five large contractors and the tireless work of 1,000 construction workers every day to build Tower Bridge, now one of the symbols of London. Two massive jetties were sunk into the riverbed to support construction, and over 11,000 tons of steel provided the base for the Tower and Promenade. This frame was clad in Cornish granite and Portland stone to protect the underlying steel and give the Bridge a more noble appearance.

Tower Bridge (UK)
Tower Bridge (UK)

4. Brooklyn Bridge (USA)

Completed in 1883, the Brooklyn Bridge connects Manhattan and Brooklyn and crosses the East River. At the time it was discovered, and for several years, it was the longest suspension bridge in the world. The Brooklyn Bridge is an iconic landmark and one of the symbols of New York. In 1964, the bridge was listed as a National Historic Site of the United States. The bridge has a wide footpath open to pedestrians and cyclists. This trail takes on a special significance during difficult times when conventional means of crossing the East River became unavailable, as happened during several power outages and most notably after the September 11, 2001 attacks. (more…)

Top 10 Tourist Attractions in Brazil

Top 10 Tourist Attractions in Brazil

Brazil is one of the largest countries in the world and most of the country is located in the tropics. Thus, it contains a huge number of very interesting geological and biological attractions, including the largest rainforest in the world – the Amazon rainforest.

Brazil is full of unexpected discoveries. It is the birthplace of football, coffee, TV series and capoeira. Among Brazilians, there are many personalities known throughout the world: athletes, writers, top models, inventors, architects and religious leaders. Sao Paulo attracts travelers from all over the world. The unique Cathedral of this city is decorated with coffee beans. The Karakol National Park will delight you not only with marvelous views, but also with heady smells, because it is buried in blooming hydrangeas. Tourists rush to these parts to see the amazingly beautiful waterfall.

1. Statue of Christ the Redeemer

Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro is the most famous statue of Jesus in the world and a symbol of Rio, as well as the main attraction in Brazil.

The idea of ​​placing a large Christian monument atop Mount Corcovado in Rio dates back to 1850 , when a local Catholic priest asked Princess Isabella for money to build the monument, but she refused. Construction began only in 1926 and ended in 1931.

Christ the Redeemer is considered the largestart decostatue in the world. It is the 5th largest statue of Jesus in the world with a height of 30 meters not including the 8 meter pedestal. The arms of the statue are spread 28 meters wide. Christ the Redeemer is located at the top of the 700-meter Corcovado mountain.

Statue of Christ the Redeemer
Statue of Christ the Redeemer, abstract on the topic of attractions in Brazil

2. Iguazu Falls

One of the most impressive sights in Brazil, the Iguazu Falls are simply amazing, with about 275 waterfalls located on a 3-kilometer stretch. This is a real miracle of nature. The impressive natural power and noise from the cascades of the waterfalls will remain in your memory for a long time, not to mention the jungle that surrounds the waterfalls. In the area of ​​the Iguazu Falls, the borders of 3 states, Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay converge.

The Iguazu Falls are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Iguazu Falls
Iguazu Falls, Brazil Landmarks

3. Amazon River

The Amazon River has the world’s largest water basin, which covers almost half of South America. The Amazon is the second longest river in the world, formed by the confluence of the Marañon and Ucayali rivers . The Amazon Basin is home to a variety of Native American cultures, as well as a vast array of wildlife and impenetrable jungle. (more…)

Top 10 Tourist Attractions in The World

Top 10 Tourist Attractions in The World

1. Pyramids of Giza, Egypt

The Pyramids at Giza are the oldest and largest pyramids in the world, but the main thing is that the pyramid of Cheops, the only one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, has survived to this day. And without a doubt, the pyramids in Giza deservedly rank first in the Top 10 attractions in the world.

These pyramids were built as tombs for the ancient Egyptian kings, these royal tombs reflect the strength and wealth of the ancient Egyptian civilization.

More popular than any other landmarks in the world, The Great Pyramids of Giza are located west of the Nile, near the capital of Egypt, Cairo. The Great Pyramid of Cheops is the oldest and largest, it was built as a tomb for the ancient Egyptian king Khufu (Cheops). It has a height of 137 meters, which means the Cheops pyramid was the tallest structure on Earth for several millennia, until the towers of the Cologne Cathedral were completed in 1880, and consists of 2,300,000 blocks, some weighing up to 200 tons.

The second pyramid at Giza was built for Khafre, the son of King Khufu. It was erected in 2592 BC, the third pyramid at Giza was built for Menkaur, the son of King Khafre.

Pyramids of Giza, Egypt
Pyramids of Giza, Egypt

2. Great Wall of China, China

The most popular attraction in China, one of the seven wonders of the world of our time. It is the longest man-made structure in the world and stretches for as much as 6,300 kilometers. Construction of the first part of the Great Wall began under Emperor Qin Shi Huang in the 7th century, and other parts of the wall were added by subsequent emperors of China at a later time.

Stones, bricks, compacted earth and wood were used to build the Great Wall. More than 1 million people lost their lives during its construction and it has become the longest cemetery in the world. More than 8 million people visit it annually.

Great Wall of China
Great Wall of China

3. Statue of Liberty, New York, USA

The Statue of Liberty is recognized as the main attraction of the United States, it is a symbol of Freedom, then why millions of migrants from Europe, to a country of great opportunities, sought. Colossal sculpture located 3 kilometers from Manhattan in New York. The statue actually represents the Roman goddess of Liberty and is a gift from the people of France to the United States.

It was designed by the French sculptor Frederic Auguste Bartholdi and is a gift from the United States for the world exhibition on October 28, 1876. About 4 million tourists visit the Statue of Liberty every year. The height of this amazing sculpture is 93 meters, from the ground to the tips of the torch. (more…)

Top 10 Medieval Castles in Europe

Top 10 Medieval Castles in Europe

1. Heidelberg Castle (Germany)

Nestled among the green hills of Baden-Württemberg and crowning the old medieval city of Heidelberg, Heidelberg Medieval Castle is one of Germany’s most remarkable romantic sights. The first mention of the castle dates back to 1225. The castle ruins are one of the most important Renaissance structures north of the Alps. For many years, Heidelberg Castle was the seat of the Palatine Counts, who were accountable only to the emperor.

Heidelberg Castle
Heidelberg Castle

2. Hohensalzburg Castle (Austria)

One of the largest medieval castles in Europe, located on Mount Festung, at an altitude of 120 meters, near Salzburg. During its existence, Hohensalzburg Castle was repeatedly rebuilt and fortified, gradually turning into a powerful, impregnable fortress.In the 19th century, the castle was used as a warehouse, military barracks and a prison. The first mention of the castle dates back to the 10th century.

Hohensalzburg Castle
Hohensalzburg Castle

3. Bran Castle (Romania)

Located almost in the center of Romania, this medieval castle gained its worldwide fame thanks to Hollywood, it is believed that Count Dracula lived in this castle. The Bran Castle is a national monument and the main attraction of Romania. The first mention of the castle dates back to the 13th century.

Bran Castle
Bran Castle

4. Alcázar de Segovia (Spain)

This majestic stone fortress is located near the city of Segovia in Spain and is one of the most famous castles of the Iberian Peninsula. It was his special shape that inspired Walt Disney to recreate Cinderella’s castle in his cartoon. The Alcázar de Segovia (castle) was originally built as a fortress, but served as a royal palace, prison, royal artillery school and military academy. It is currently used as a museum and storage site for the Spanish military archives. The first mention of the castle dates back to 1120, it was built during the reign of the Berber dynasty. (more…)

Top 10 Tourist Attractions in Amsterdam

Top 10 Tourist Attractions in Amsterdam

1. Canals of Amsterdam

Canals of Amsterdam – This is the symbol and its main attraction of Amsterdam. The city has over 100 kilometers of canals, about 90 islands and 1,500 bridges. The three main canals, Herengracht , Prinsengracht and Keizersgracht, were dug in the 17th century during the Dutch Golden Age.

The canals form concentric belts around the city known as the Grachtengordel. The famous canals were dug to control the waters of the Amstel River. Amsterdam’s wealthy merchants soon found the canals to be ideal for showcasing their mansions and trade. It is a masterpiece of hydraulic engineering, urban planning and architecture. The canals of Amsterdam are included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Canals of Amsterdam
Canals of Amsterdam, Attractions in Amsterdam

2. Rijksmuseum

The Rijksmuseum is the National Art Museum dedicated to the art and history of Amsterdam and Holland . The museum is located in the Museum Square in the South Amsterdam area, near the Van Gogh Museum. The Rijksmuseum was founded in The Hague in 1800 and moved to Amsterdam in 1808, where it was first housed in the Royal Palace and later in the Trippenhuis . In 2013, it was the most visited museum in the Netherlands with a record 2.2 million visitors.

The museum has over 8,000 pieces of art and history, including masterpieces by Rembrandt, Frans Hals, and Johannes Vermeer.

Official website: www.rijksmuseum.nl/en

Rijksmuseum
Rijksmuseum, Attractions in Amsterdam

3. Van Gogh Museum

Located on the northwest side of the Museum Square, the Van Gogh Museum is home to the world’s largest collection of paintings and letters from the artist, as well as paintings by his contemporaries. River Museum azmeschen four storey building, designed by Gerrit Rietveld in 1970, the museum is one of the most visited tourist attractions in Amsterdam. The chronologically placed work of the artist offers viewers a glimpse of the evolution of Van Gogh’s style. In 2014, the museum was visited by 1.6 million tourists and it is the 2nd most visited museum in Holland.

Official website: www.vangoghmuseum.nl/en

Van Gogh Museum
Van Gogh Museum, Attractions in Amsterdam

4. Begijnhof

The Begijnhof District, or courtyard, is another historic landmark in Amsterdam. The Begijnhof district occupies the central circle of land in Amsterdam’s circular canal system. In the 14th century, the courtyard served as a residence for Catholic sisters. The Begijnhof is not a monastery in the traditional sense, because women were free. The Begijnhof district is one of the most beautiful places in Amsterdam, now it is a courtyard with typical Dutch style houses.

Official website: www.begijnhofamsterdam.nl (more…)

Top 10 Tourist Attractions in South America

Top 10 Tourist Attractions in South America

1. Machu Picchu (Peru)

The first place in the Top 10 Attractions of South America is rightfully occupied by the foggy city of Machu Picchu, fanned by legends and myths, or Old Mountain in the language of the Quechua Indians. Mysterious ruins that everyone dreams of seeing, whose heart in his youth sank from breathtaking stories about the mysterious civilizations of the past.

Machu Picchu consists of two sectors – urban and agricultural. In the city, you can see the main attractions of this place: the Temple of the Three Windows, the Stone of the Sun and the House of nobles made of polished granite. This city is a living symbol of the ancient history of Peru.

Machu Picchu is a 15th century city located on a mountain range at an altitude of 2,430 meters above sea level in the province of Urubamba, 80 kilometers northwest of another South American landmark, the city of Cuzco.

Machu Picchu, Peru
Machu Picchu, Peru

2. Galápagos Islands (Ecuador)

Each of us knows Charles Darwin and his Theory of Evolution, it was the Galápagos Islands that prompted Charles Darwin to think about the Theory of Evolution.

Although the islands of the Galápagos archipelago are located 1000 kilometers from the continental Ecuador, they are a real attraction in South America. The archipelago consists of 127 islands, islets and rocks, of which 19 are large. 97% of the total surface of the Galápagos is declared a national park and only the remaining 3% of the territory can be inhabited by people, and only these 3% of the territory is open to tourists. About 30,000 people live on the islands and about 170,000 tourists visit the islands every year.

It is home to amazing animals such as giant turtles, sea iguanas and Darwin’s finches.

Galápagos Islands, Ecuador
Galápagos Islands, Ecuador

3. Amazon Rainforest

This attraction of South America is located in several countries, but mainly in Brazil. The Amazon forests make up more than half of the planet’s remaining rainforests and are considered the true lungs of the planet, and also include the largest and most biodiverse ecosystem in the world. More than 16,000 species of animals live on the territory of the forests.

Amazon Rainforest, Brazil
Amazon Rainforest, Brazil

4. Angel Falls (Venezuela)

Angel Falls, this is the tallest and most impressive waterfall in the world, many tourists will put Niagara Falls in first place, but believe me, the water falling from a height of almost a kilometer leaves an indelible impression, a sound that cuts to the bone.

To our great regret, this truly majestic waterfall is located in an impenetrable jungle in a not the most welcoming country in the world, it can only be reached by river or by air.

Angel Falls, Venezuela
Angel Falls, Venezuela

5. Atacama Desert (Chile)

The Atacama Desert, the oldest desert on Earth, is also the driest place in the world, especially in the vicinity of the abandoned city of Yungai. The average rainfall is about 15 mm per year, and in some places there has never been moisture. Such unique characteristics have developed due to two factors, high location and bedding between two mountain ranges, which makes it difficult for the flow of water masses.

Atacama Desert, Chile
Atacama Desert, Chile

6. Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)

On the 6th place in our Top 10 Attractions in South America, there is the most famous city in South America, namely the magnificent Rio de Janeiro or simply Rio. If you want to feel the spirit of this continent, feel its atmosphere, Rio will give you such an opportunity, thanks to the enchanting carnivals and the cosmopolitan Copacabana beach. (more…)

Top 10 Most Amazing Temples in The World

Top 10 Most Amazing Temples in The World

1. Wat Rong Khun (White Temple) Thailand

Wat Rong Khun, or as it is commonly called – The White Temple, is located in the city of Chiang Rai, Thailand. The white color of this temple symbolizes the purity of the Buddha, the brilliant glass design symbolizes the infinite wisdom of the Buddha. The interior of the temple is decorated with paintings of Buddha.

For many years the temple was in a terrible state and then, Chalermchai Kozitpipat, a local artist from Chiang Rai, decided to completely rebuild the temple and finance the project from his own savings. To date, Chalermchai Kozitpipat has spent more than 40 million of its own funds on the project and it can already be argued that it is not in vain. The temple is a real landmark in Thailand. In our ranking of the Top 10 Amazing Temples in The World, Wat Rong Khun takes its well-deserved first place.

Wat Rong Khun - White Temple
Wat Rong Khun, Thailand

2. Angkor Wat, Cambodia

The Angkor Wat temple complex is the largest religious monument in the world, it belongs to the Hindu religion and is dedicated to the god Vishnu, is located in Cambodia and is considered its most important attraction.

The Angkor Wat temple complex was built in the 12th century by Emperor Suryavarman II as a temple dedicated to Vishnu. The amazing architecture of the complex is directly related to the Hindu religion, in which there is the concept of “Temple-mountain”, Mount Meru – a mythical mountain, where the gods lived according to the concept of this religion.

Angkor Wat, Cambodia
Angkor Wat, Cambodia

3. Sri Harmandir Sahib, India

The Sri Harmandir Sahib is located in the most sacred site for Sikh worship, located in Punjab, India. This temple was mainly built of marble and plated with pure gold. The holiest text of the Sikh religion, Guru Grant Sahib, is also kept inside the Golden Temple. Harmandir Sahib was erected in 1604 by Guru Ram Das Ji, the fourth guru of the Sikhs. Harmandir Sahib is located in the middle of the sacred lake, to get to the temple you need to walk along the marble bridge connecting the Golden Temple with the shore. It is believed that this path separates the righteous from the sinners.

Interesting facts: Indian troops in 1984 killed over 400 Sikhs and in the same year the Sikhs killed Indira Gandhi, Prime Minister of India. The future emperor of the Russian Empire, Nicholas 2, visited the Golden Temple in 1894 during a round-the-world trip.

Sri Harmandir Sahib
Sri Harmandir Sahib, India

4. Borobudur Temple, Indonesia

Borobudur Temple is one of the largest Buddhist monuments in the world and also the largest Buddhist temple in the world. The Borobudur Temple consists of nine folded platforms, six square and three round, surmounted by a central dome. It is decorated with 2,672 relief panels and 504 Buddha statues. The central dome is surrounded by 72 Buddha statues, each statue sits inside a perforated stupa. Borobudur is located in the central part of Java, Indonesia.

The temple in terms of architecture represents lotus flowers among the ancient lake representing the birth of Buddha. It was built in the 8th century and used over 2 million volcanic stones.

This temple was abandoned for thousands of years by the eruption of Mount Merapi and only reopened in 1814. (more…)