Umair Jalali draws attention to Many more wonderful sites
The world is a combination of good and not-so-good places but there are some that are many more wonderful sites to look at. Some of these outstanding places are natural and some are man-made yet both types are very alluring. These sites are not only very attractive to view but also offer opportunities to contemplate. In any case these sites are highly revered and are visited by a multitude of visitors.
The Sydney Opera House
This building is considered a modern architectural icon. Designed by Danish architect Jorn Utzon and built between 1957 and 1973 it is home to both Opera Australia and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. The building consists of a large concert hall, a proscenium theater to house the opera and three smaller theaters.
This ancient Maya city is located on the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico. Every year, thousands of visitors come to admire the spectacle of the spring equinox, when a shadow is cast over the Pyramid of Kukulkan, as the Maya witnessed many years ago.
Located in Granada, Alhambra is a marvel of Islamic architecture. This medieval acropolis is composed of luxurious palaces and gardens whose refined arabesques and geometric motifs tell of the Muslim presence in Andalusia from the eighth to the fifteenth century.
These falls are found in the tropical forest, on the border between Brazil and Argentina. The falls consist of no fewer than 275 cascades, which have an extremely powerful flow. Visitors can get to within a few feet of the falls.
The Basilica of the Sacred Heart
This edifice watches over the city of Paris, sitting atop Montmartre. This religious building, consecrated in 1919, dominates the Parisian skyline with its Romano-Byzantine style and the immaculate whiteness of its stone. The basilica holds within it a 5,112-square-foot mosaic—one of the largest in the world.
The Medina of Marrakech
It is the historic center of the Moroccan city, contains many architectural marvels, like the Koutoubia Mosque, the Badi Palace, monumental doors, and the Kasbah. The Jemaa el-Fna square, even today, remains a hub of the city.
Komodo National Park
Located on Komodo Island, Indonesia, is on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites not only for the beauty of its volcanic landscape, but also because it is home to a unique species—the Komodo dragon, an immense lizard that is known to be aggressive.
This historic icon is located in Istanbul’s historic quarter. A former residence for sultans, the palace and its magnificent gardens dominate the Bosphorus and the Golden Horn. Beset with gold, arabesques, and Iznik mosaics, its Ottoman architecture fascinates with its refinement. TW