Lindau, Germany


Lindau, Germany



Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon in south east Iceland (by oskarpall).


Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon in south east Iceland (by oskarpall).

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Hermitage of the Knights Templar - San Juan de Gaztelugatxe, Spain

The history of the hermitage (chapel) of San Juan de Gaztelugatxe dates back over 1,200 years. It was actually built back in the 9th century by the Knights Templar and dedicated to John the Baptist. The hermitage is on top of the island of Gaztelugatxe, on the coast of Biscay in Spain. It is connected to the mainland by a man-made bridge. 

The hermitage is accessed by a narrow path, crossing a solid stone bridge, and going up 231 steps. According to legend, after the slightly strenuous climb to the top of the crag, one should ring the bell three times and make a wish (the cord for the bell can be seen hanging down in front of the chapel door in picture 6).

The small church was donated, by don Iñigo López, Lord of Biscay, to the monastery of San Juan de la Peña in Huesca in the year 1053. Medieval burials from the 9th and 12th centuries have been found on the esplanade and in the hermitage.

The strategic location of the site has given it an important role in historic episodes. It was one of the places where the Lord of Biscay, Juan Núñez de Lara, confronted Alfonso XI, King of Castile, in 1334.

In 1593 it was attacked and sacked by Francis Drake. In 1594 it was attacked by the Huguenots of La Rochelle, who sacked it and killed the caretaker. In the 18th century it was assaulted by English troops and during the Spanish Civil War, the naval Battle of Matxitxako took place nearby. Although the hermitage has suffered from several fires and many battles over the last 1,200 years, it still stands as beautiful as ever.

(Source: Wikipedia, via odditiesoflife)





The Stunning Wilhelmshöhe Palace & Park

Wilhelmshöhe Palace & Park is a stunning castle and unique landscape park in Kassel, Germany.  The area of the park is 2.4 square kilometres (590 acres), making it the largest European hillside park, and second largest park on a mountain slope in the world.

Construction of the park began in 1696 at the request of the Landgraves of Hesse-Kassel and took about 150 years. Originally laid out in the Baroque style of the Italian garden and the French formal garden with water features running downhill in cascades to the Wilhelmshöhe castle, it was later re-arranged into an English landscape garden with water features added in 1714.

During the summer, from May until October on every Wednesday and Sunday afternoon, visitors can watch the magical water show. Additionally, every first Saturday of the summer months this event takes place during the evening with different colored lights illuminating the water, the fountain and the different monuments (picture 2).

Visitors can follow the water’s way as it runs down the cascades, the Steinhöfer’s waterfall (pictures 1), the devil’s bridge (picture 4), until it tumbles down the aqueduct before finally arriving at the lake of the Wilhelmshöhe castle where a fountain of about 50 meters ends the spectacle (picture 3). This system has been in place for more than 300 years. In June, 2013 it was proclaimed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site which guarantees its preservation and elevates the site’s status as one of the many fascinating man-made structures on our planet.

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Jajce, Bosnia (by Exodus Travels)


Jajce, Bosnia (by Exodus Travels)



Abandoned Places Everywhere

From around the world, some of the most beautiful and enchanting abandoned locations:

  • Holland Island in the Chesapeake Bay, Maryland, US
  • The Kerry Way Walking Path, Ireland
  • Craco, Italy
  • Blade Mill, France
  • Czestochowa Train Depot, Poland
  • North Brother Island, New York, US
  • Bodiam Castle, East Sussex, England
  • 19th Century Mill, Sorrento, Italy

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Siena, Italy


Siena, Italy

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Waitomo Caves, North Island, New Zealand

The ceiling of this cave system in New Zealand is populated by Arachnocampa luminosa larvae, which emit glowing light from their tails. They feed by dropping silky lines daubed with sticky secretions from their burrows in the cave ceiling. The larvae, combined with the natural beauty of the cave formations make for a stunning spectacle.

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