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The Drombeg Stone Circle of Ireland

In County Cork, Ireland, near the country’s southern coast, lies the Drombeg stone circle, a megalithic monument also known as the Druid Altar. Thirteen standing stones remain of the original seventeen, forming a broken circle that dates back to the Bronze Age. At its prime, the sandstone pillars of the ...

Terraced Pools Of Pamukkale

The Terraced Pools Of Pamukkale

January 20, 2013 World

No, that’s not snow you’re looking at. The terraced pools of Pamukkale in southwestern Turkey are naturally occurring hot springs, and the majestic white landscapes you see are actually the result of calcium carbonate, which bubbles up from within the earth and hardens to become travertine, a type of limestone.

The Vatican's Time Machine

The Vatican’s Time Machine

October 22, 2012 Time Travel

The Vatican is a sovereign city-state in Rome, Italy. It has its own government, led by the Pope and the Holy See, which represents and speaks for the entirety of the Roman Catholic Church. It also has its own small military force, called the Swiss Guard. Oh, and a time ...

Eisriesenwelt Cave Entrance

The Eisriesenwelt Ice Caves Of Austria

October 16, 2012 World

Located in Werfen, Austria, the Eisriesenwelt, or the “World of the Ice Giants,” is the largest ice cave on the planet. Officially discovered by scientist Anton Posselt in 1879, the Eisriesenwelt is a winding labyrinth of limestone and ice roughly 42 km (26 miles) long. Its first kilometer is filled ...

The Catacombs Of Paris

The Catacombs Of Paris

l’Ossuaire Municipal. It’s the resting place of the remains of six million people, hidden from sunlight in part of the underground mines of Paris, France. The Catacombs of Paris were created in the 18th century as an answer to the problem of overflowing cemeteries, particularly within the city limits. The ...

Stonehenge

The Mysteries Of Stonehenge

September 27, 2012 Ancient Mysteries, World

It has been described as a “domain of the dead.” Perhaps it existed as a place of worship or healing, or a funerary monument of some kind. A temple to the Earth deities, built by ancient druids, or an astronomical observatory that served as a calendar. Stonehenge, above all else, ...