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The Portuguese built this structure from 1593 to 1596.
It sits on the edge of a coral ridge.
The structure marks Western civilization’s first successful attempt to rule Indian Ocean trade routes.
Between 1631 and 1895,…
If erected as intended, this structure would have stood 137 feet tall and weighed 1,168 tons.
Quarrymen are thought to have abandoned this project 3,500 years ago when cracks were found in its sides.
The granite quarry has a canal…
According to legend, this site is the capital of a kingdom ruled by the Queen of Sheba.
This important trading center was built between 1100 and 1450.
The site was home to the Shona people and at one time had 10,000 inhabitants.…
At 3,415 meters above sea level, this is the highest summit in the Sahara region.
The summit has three volcanic craters, two of which overlap.
The largest crater is about 19 kilometers wide and more than 1,200 meters deep.…
The alkaline water in this lake is so caustic it can burn animals that have not adapted to it.
More than 2 million lesser flamingos build nests here on small islands.
The lake’s temperature can reach 41 degrees Celsius.
This is the largest church in the world.
It can hold 18,000 people inside its walls, and the esplanade can accommodate 300,000.
Its design is based on St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, with a 149-meter-tall dome and colonnade…