Sunday, 24 May 2015

Pico Cao Grande volcanic cone on the island of São Tomé and Príncipe

Pico Cão Grande means Big Dog peak is the planet vertical volcanic cone, a needle rises dramatically in the middle of the Obo National Park on the island of Sao Tome. Definitely one of the greatest tourist attractions of these African islands. The Pico Cão Grande  has a height of over 300 meters above the surrounding terrain. The summit is located 663 meters above sea level and is often covered with clouds that give it an even more mysterious and shocking aspect. To accommodate such a resounding geologic shape as the eruption of the volcano whose crater is at the top of this peak had to be sudden, violent and very concentrated. Upon cooling, he left as a souvenir this column a kind of skyscrapers in the middle of the jungle.

Pico Cao Grande volcanic cone on the island of São Tomé and Príncipe
Cão Grande peak. Photo credit André

Monday, 18 May 2015

Wadi Al-Salaam, The largest cemetery in the world

Wadi Al-Salaam means Valley of Peace is an Islamic cemetery, located in the Shia holy city of Najaf, Iraq. It is the largest cemetery in the world. The cemetery covers 1,485.5 acres and contains some 5,00,000 bodies and attracts millions of pilgrims annually. According to an undertaker at the cemetery, each crypt can hold up to 50 bodies. The burial plots are controlled by Marja'. Shia tradition holds that Abraham bought land in Wadi-us-Salaam and that Ali said the Wadi was a part of heaven.

Wadi Al-Salaam, The largest cemetery in the world
Photo Credit imgur

Monday, 11 May 2015

Soviet War Memorial in Treptower Park, Berlin

tribute to 80,000 Red Army soldiers who died in the Battle of Berlin 1945. Soviet Architect Yakov Belopolsky’s design was unveiled just four years after World War II ended, and its epic scale and brawny symbolism made it a vast war memorial military cemetery in Berlin's Treptower Park, one of three Soviet memorials built in Berlin after the end of the war.

Soviet War Memorial in Treptower Park, Berlin
Photo Credit Leif Hinrichsen

Friday, 8 May 2015

El Peñon de Guatape, Colombia

El Peñon de Guatape, A gigantic rock with an approximate weight of 66 million tonnes, with the height over 650 feet, is a monolithic formation located at the town of Guatapé in Antioquia, Colombia.  Once it was worshiped by Tahamies Indians, the former inhabitants of this region. The rock, which is almost entirely smooth, with a long vertical crack on one side. It was carved with amazing staircase of 649 steps, from a distance its looks like a big stitch that holds a mountain that seems to split into two halves. The only way to get to the top of the Rock. 

El Peñon de Guatape, A gigantic rock with an approximate weight of 66 million tonnes, with the height over 650 feet, is a monolithic formation located at the town of Guatapé in Antioquia, Colombia.
El Peñón de Guatapé — Photo Credit Tim Regan

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

The Peak, The steepest funicular railway in the world

The Peak Tramway, is one of the most popular attraction of Hong Kong. The world's oldest and most famous funicular railways. Opened in May 1888  for the exclusive use of the British Governor and Victoria Peak residents, the first mechanical public transport in Hong Kong,  the steepest funicular railway in the world.  The trams were originally steam-driven.  In 1926, an electric cable haulage system was introduced and the current modernized enclosed, 2-car trams were introduced in 1989, using a 1520 mm. rail gauge.

The Peak,train journey, The steepest funicular railway in the world
Photo credit Jon Parise