There are some amazing places to visit around the world. Filled with beauty and art, both artificial and manmade, our planet is filled with wonders. The Pyramids of Giza, Grand Canyon and the Great Wall of China are some of them that we are aware of. But, what about those that we rarely hear about? These spectacular places have existed for decades or even centuries but we barely hear about them. Here, we are listing some weird, unusual and amazing places that you should definitely visit, next time you travel.
1. Le Chêne Chapelle or The Chapel Oak contains two small chapels housed inside an ancient tree.
The oldest known tree in France has lived through Louis XIV, the French Revolution, Napoleon, Sarkozy, and believe it or not, is still alive and well today. Located in the small farming village of Allouville-Bellefosse, France, the tree is believed to be over 800 years old. During the 1600’s, lightning struck the tree and caused the trunk to become hollow. However, the tree miraculously survived and came to the attention of Abbot Du Détroit and father Du Cerceau; who decided to build a sanctuary directly into the hollow of the tree. A few years later, another chapel and a few staircases were added to the tree.
2. The Taktsang Monastery is a small monastery that resides on a cliff in Bhutan.
Also known as Paro Taktsang or The Tiger’s Nest Monastery, it is one of the thirteen small monasteries where the “Second Buddha” of Bhutan is said to have meditated. Getting to the monastery is harder than you would expect. There’s a two hour climb to reach the Taktsang Monastery, which is 10,000 feet above sea level; making the path up to the monastery very steep. In 2015, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and Kate Middleton made the trek to the monastery while visiting Bhutan.
3. A house built in a stone by a 15th century monk who wanted to find solitude.
St. Daniel, a 15th century monk, was searching for solitude in order to contemplate spiritual and religious issues in his life. The man wanted to be alone and undisturbed by society, so he found the perfect solution. After moving to Putna, the northern Romanian region of Bukovina, he carved a house/monastic cell out of rock in the cliff face near Putna Creek. He then lived as a hermit with no one around him for miles. Adjacent to his carved home, he also carved a chapel for prayer.
4. Bran Castle, Transylvania, where Vlad Tepes—aka Vlad the Impaler—may have spent a night or two in this 14th-century fortress as a prisoner.
Dramatically perched on a hill in Transylvania, the castle was the inspiration behind Bram Stoker’s “Dracula”. Today, thousands of people from all over the world flock here to experience some of the eerie thrill of Stoker’s novel. The castle is also booked by tour companies who host Halloween parties recreating the scenes from Dracula.
5. The Krzywy Domek or the “Crooked House” is an irregularly-shaped building in Poland that was built in 2004.
Located in Sopot, Poland, the Krzywy Domek is a commercial building that houses restaurants, shops, and a radio station. It was designed and built by Szotynscy & Zaleski in 2004 after being inspired by a fairytale by Jan Marcin Szancer and Per Dahlberg. The building gives its viewers vertigo but is also a famous landmark for travelers and photographers alike.
6. Tunnel of Love, or the “Green Mile Tunnel” is a train tunnel in Ukraine. The spot, surrounded by green arches, is favorable for couple to take romantic walks and is believed to grant the wishes of those who visit.
Located just outside the city of Klevan in Ukraine, the nearly two-mile stretch of railroad has been turned into an enchanting natural tunnel over the past few decades. Three times every day, a train carrying timber and wood is known to use the tracks, but other than that, it is used by couples who go out for romantic walks. The bright leafy branches that arch over the railway was the reason why it was named the “Green Mile Tunnel”. However, when couples started using it, the name was changed to the “Tunnel of Love”. If you plan to visit, spring and summer is the best time,since the trees are at the peak of their leafiness.
7. The parking garage of the Kansas City Public Library looks like a row of books lined up on a shelf. They’re in fact 25 feet high and 9 feet wide.
This amazing yet unusually shaped building that resembles a row of books is in fact a parking garage, built in 2006, when additional parking space was required. The building is located in downtown Kansas City, MO, and during its construction, community members were asked to vote on the titles to be displayed. Many voted for a wide range of literature but only 22 of them were selected. Among the 22 are “The Lord of the Rings” by J. R. R. Tolkien and “Fahrenheit 451” by Ray Bradbury.
8. The Son Doong Cave in Vietnam is the world’s biggest cave. It’s so massive that it could fit a 40-story skyscraper within it.
Stretching over 5.5 miles long, the Son Doong Cave is so massive that it has its own jungle and a river within its walls. Although the cave has existed for centuries, no one knew of its existence until 2009. According to several reports, the cave is considered to be the largest in the world. Visitors who wish to take tours of the cave have to rappel 80 meters to enter Son Doong. Scientists have also discovered never-before-seen plant and animal species around Son Doong’s waterfalls.
9. The Haines Shoe House in York, PA was built in 1949 by a millionaire for advertising purposes.
“Colonel” Mahlon N. Haines made his empire around shoes. His success came from creating outlandish advertisement gimmicks that caught everyone’s attention. By 1948, Haines was already a millionaire, and the only thing left on his list of accomplishments was a house that looked like a shoe. So, the “Shoe Wizard” went to an architect, handed him an old work boot, and said “Build me a house like this”.
The Haines Shoe House, located in York, Pennsylvania, spans over 25 feet long and 48 feet tall and advertised Haines’ popular work boots for $1.98. He was also a generous human being who opened the Shoes House to the elderly and newlyweds who wanted to spend a few days there as part of their vacation plan.
10. The Chapel of the Holy Cross is one of Sedona’s earliest landmarks. It was built in between two massive red boulders by a devout student of Frank Lloyd Wright, named Marguerite Brunswig Staude, in 1956.
The spiritual citadel on a hill is one of the “must see” sights of Sedona. The endearing landmark, which was built half a century ago, is visited by thousands of people from all over the world. The chapel’s most prominent feature is a cross that seems to have been wedged into the rock, with the chapel being built around it.