Have you heard of these destinations? Chances are, you haven’t, and you don’t know what you’re missing! Next time you’re brainstorming ideas for your exotic vacation, check out a few of these overlooked marvels. (see the other 4 not-so-hot spots listed at Green Buzz)
Meteora ‘Suspended Rocks’ Greece
An astounding sight to behold, the Metéora, also known as ‘The Suspended rocks’, is a very large and important complex of Eastern Orthodox monasteries in Greece. Only Mount Athos is more important to followers of this faith. Six monasteries are built very imposingly on natural sandstone rock pillars. Located at the northwestern edge of the Plain of Thessaly near the Pineios river and Pindus Mountains, in central Greece, access was originally extremely difficult. It is thought this was deliberate, as visitors rneeded either long ladders lashed together, or large nets which could be used to haul up both goods and people. Ropes were replaced, by all accounts, only “when the Lord let them break”, so getting up to the monasteries required a lot of religious belief.
City of Bagan in Burma
Mandalay is a part of the Burmese peninsular that contains the incredibly ancient city of Bagan This place has been called by various names, including ‘Arimaddanapura’, ‘Tambadipa’ and ‘Tassadessa’ as it had been the ancient capital of several Burmese kingdom. Bagan is only unrecognized as a World Heritage Site because the ruling military junta has failed to make repairs to the ancient site that are in keeping with the original architectural styles and using modern materials which look very much out of place. All the same, this is still a little known wonder of the world, and well worth a visit.
Torun, an ancient town in Poland
The medieval town of Toruń, in Poland was where Nicolaus Copernicus was born. Archaeologists date the original settling of this town to 1100 BC, and from the 7th to the 13th centuries, there is evidence of a settlement, at a river ford. Teutonic Knights built a castle nearby between 1230-31. Franciscan monks settled in the city some 30 years later, followed by Dominicans, and in 1264 the New Town was founded. In 1280, the city (joined the mercantile Hanseatic League and became an important medieval trade centre.