Great places

The Visovac Monastery (Croatian: Samostan Visovac)

The Visovac Monastery (Croatian: Samostan Visovac) is a Catholic (Roman Rite) monastery on the island of Visovac in the Krka National Park, Croatia. Visovac was settled by Augustinian monks, who established a small monastery and church dedicated to the Apostle Paul in the 14th century. In 1445 the Augustinian monastery was enlarged and adapted by the Franciscans who settled here having withdrawn from parts of Bosnia with other, ordinary people, when the Turks had taken over there. A new monastery was built in the 18th century. The rich monastery library includes particularly rare incunabula of Aesop’s fables (Brescia 1487) printed by the Lastovo printer Dobrić Dobričević (s. Lastovo), a collection of documents (the sultan’sedicts) and a sabre belonging to Vuk Mandušić, one of the best-loved heroes of Serbian epic poetry. It is part of the Franciscan Province of the Most Holy Redeemer based in Split.

Vatican City, Italy

Vatican City, Italy
Situated in the middle of Rome is the smallest official country in the world, Vatican City. Covering a mere 0.44 square kilometres, whilst Vatican City may be known to many because of its size, being home to the Pope and centre of the Catholic religion, it is the buildings that are encompassed within the country that are the reason for its inclusion within this list.

The Sistine Chapel, St Peter’s Basilica and St Peter’s Square will all take your breath away themselves, without taking into consideration the amount of famous artwork that is on display within them.

Lotus Temple in New Delhi, India !

Lotus Temple is one of the remarkable architectures of Bahai faith. It is located at Kalkaji in New Delhi. The temple looks like a lotus flower and is made of marble, cement, dolomite and sand. The temple has no restrictions for visitors and is open to people from all religions. The place provides immaculate environment for meditation, peace and wisdom.

The Bahai temple was completed in 1986. Since then the temple has received recognition from all over the world for its splendid architecture and design. Lotus Temple is among the most visited monuments in India. The credit for building this beautiful structure goes to the Persian architect Fariborz Sahba from Canada

Ming Dynasty Mummy found in China

Archaeologists have discovered a well-preserved, 700-year-old, body of a woman inside a stone coffin in China. The coffin was found on a building site in Taizhou, in eastern China’s Jiangsu Province. The coffin was one of the three discovered in a tomb two metres underground on a construction site in the city.

Researchers from the Taizhou Museum carefully opened the coffins. In two they found skeletons, Ming Dynasty clothes and funerary objects. However, in the third they found the well
preserved body of a woman.

The 5-foot-long corpse was tightly wrapped in cerecloth (heavy wax-treated linen cloth used for burying the dead), quilt and clothes.

The corpse has complete skin and clearly recognizable facial features, hair and even eyelashes

During their investigations members of the Taizhou museum team found a number of funerary objects, including a gem ring, a silver hairpin and more than 20 pieces of cotton clothing from the time of the Ming.