7 Hidden Wonders Of The World

Everyone has heard of the Taj Mahal and the Great Wall of China. It seems that all the architectural wonders of the world are placed on the map. There are still many hidden gems out in this world which are waiting to be stumbled upon. The monuments are not well known, but possess great architectural beauty and utility. Below is the list of the 7 hidden wonders of the world.

1. The Great Mosque of Djenne, Mali

The Great Mosque of Djenne in Mali is made completely out of mud, and is the largest silicate based structure in the world. It uses a clay based mortar and plaster, sun dried earthen bricks, and large quantities of sand.

The Mosque's Sudano Sahelian architectural style is a unique combination of stylistic elements from various cultures. The massive mud structure is recoated with clay as festive ritual by the locals every year before the onset of monsoons to prevent it from cracking in the rain.

2. Derawar Fort, Pakistan

Derawar fort is a very big fort located in the Cholistan Desert in Pakistan. It stands 30 meters high and has forty bastions arranged in an intricate square pattern. The fort is highly isolated, and can be visted after a day long journey on a four-wheel vehicle from the city of Bahawalpur. Tourists require special permission from the Amir to go inside the fort.

3. Chand Baori, India

Chand Baori is a fort in Rajasthan that was built by King Chanda of the Nikumbha Dynasty between 800 and 900 AD.

The building is five stories tall, and has a steep stairwell that goes deep into the bedrock. It is filled with green water that travels up the column and cools the air in the five storey building during the harsh summers of Rajasthan, without the need for modern air conditioners.
The stairwell is symmetrical, and its 3500 steps wind around the building in an eye catching geometrical pattern.

4. Great Wall Of India, India

Everyone's heard of the Great Wall of China, but very few people know that the second longest continuous wall in the world is the Great Wall of India, or Kumbalgarh.

Located in Rajastan, the Kumbalgarh is 36 kilometers long and with a thickness of 4.5 kilometers in some parts and surrounds the fort of Mewar. Legend has it some misfortune always halted the building of the wall, so the king consulted an advisor.
He was told that a human sacrifice would put an end to his troubles, so he sent out a call for volunteers. A brave man stepped forward, and today the main gate is located where he fell down from the wall. A temple marks the spot where his head came to rest after rolling.

5. Sheikh Loftollah Mosque, Iran

This mosque is very unique, because it features no outside quadrangle or minarets. This is because it was originally intended as a private place of worship for the women of Shah Abbas I's harem.
It was constructed between 1609 and 1613 and named after the king's father Sheikh Lotfollah, a Lebanese scholar of Islam.

The prayer hall can now be reached from outside, but in the past could only be reached by an extended, winding subterranean passage, which suddenly opened to reveal a hall with dazzling decorations.
The dome of the mosque is covered with a mosaic of delicate tiles that change color as the sun passes overhead. In the mornings, they are cream colored and darken to a bright pink as the day goes on. The dome's center has blue and yellow tiles that fan out to form a pattern which is similar to the tail of a peacock.

6. Palace of the Parliament, Romania

The Palace of the Parliament is the largest civil administration building in the world. It is a neoclassical building with 12 floors, and covers one-fifth of the city of Bucharest.

The carpets on the ground were woven inside the building, as bringing them from the outside would not be possible because of the monument's vast size. The palace has nearly 3100 rooms and covers over 330,000 square feet.

7. Stari Most, Bosnia-Herzegovina

Stari Most is one of the few monuments that have a comeback story. An old bridge built of 456 bricks running over the Neretva River; it was destroyed by Serb and Croat forces during the Bosnian War.

The rebuilding of the bridge began after the war was over, and it was reopened in 2004.
The bridge is 4 kilometers wide, 30 meters long and 24 kilometers high, and is one of the most recognizable examples of Islamic architecture in the Balkans.
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