Victoria Falls tops the list of World's 10 greatest Wonders

by Wild via Mail Online • 27 March 2014

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The Victoria Falls have been named at the top of a list of the World's 10 greatest Wonders, in an article in the UK's Daily Mail Travel Online!

The list has been chosen by experts from a new book by Lonely Planet which reveals the top 50 must-see world wonders.

Victoria Falls heads up the list which includes Ireland's Giant's Causeway, Hawaii's Kilauea volcano,  India's Taj Mahal and the Great Wall of China.

Not to see these places, says the article, really is missing out!

The top 10 list of Wonders of the World reads as follows:-

  1. Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe/Zambia
  2. Great Rift Valley, Ethiopia
  3. Giant's Causeway, Northern Ireland
  4. Taj Mahal, India
  5. Terracotta Army, China
  6. Great Wall of China, China
  7. Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania
  8. Kilauea, Hawaii
  9. Hagia Sophia, Turkey
  10. Potala Palace, Tibet

World's Great Wonders brings together the most amazing manmade structures and natural creations from across the globe.

From the formation of the fairy chimneys of Cappadocia to the painstaking creation of the Terracotta Army, the book dedicates at least four pages to each site's fascinating facts, stunning photography and detailed illustrations which give the reader an insight into its creation.

The foreword for the book is provided by art historian and BBC presenter Dan Cruickshank who explains: "The aim of this book is straightforward - to inform, to inspire and to encourage its readers to travel.

If you know key facts about your destination you will surely enjoy it - and most certainly understand it - better.

Of course the term 'wonder' is loose, clearly subjective and poetic, rather than scientific or objective. I suggest anything that surprises, mystifies, or takes the breath away by its sheer size, beauty or audacity is a wonder."

Jheni Osman, the author of The World's Great Wonders, adds:  "This book takes you a step further on your travels, revealing the science and engineering behind how epic structures were built or incredible natural wonders formed.

It was always going to be tough to reduce all the world's amazing wonders into 50 must-see sights, but this book spans the heights of engineering, the spectrum of beautiful architecture, and the eons of time."

World's Great Wonders, which is now on sale priced GBP19.99, is available through Lonely Planet.

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