6 Amazing Sights Only Few People Know About you must visit one of them

The Colosseum and the Great Wall of China and the Mahal Taj are well known to everyone. But even the most selfish travelers never heard of there are many beautiful, ancient houses.

The results of a Quora magazine survey are to be shared with us today. In it, they invited their readers to list lesser known world architectural landmarks.

1. Fort Alexander I, Russia

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Situated on the Baltic Sea Gulf Finish between Saint Petersburg and Kronstadt, Fort Alexander I is more generally referred to as the “Plagues Fort.” It was built in the middle of the 19th century on an artificial island to protect the Baltic Seaway. The fort soon became a pesticide and other bacterial diseases research laboratory. Today is a popular attraction for tourists.

2. Derawar Fort, Pakistan

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The monumental, square-shaped structure of Derawar was built in 1733. The fortress consists of 40 bastions, which stately rise from the Pakistani desert. Combined, the fort’s walls form a circumference of 1,500 m and stand 30 m high. Even local citizens, not to mention tourists, are rarely aware of its existence.

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3. Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque, Iran

ISFAHAN, IRAN – JUNE 25: A dome of Sheikh Lotf Allah Mosque on June 25, 2008 in Isfahan, Iran. (Photo by Matjaz Krivic/Getty Images)

An architectural masterpiece of Safavid Iranian architecture, the mosque was built between 1602 and 1619. It’s an elegant, yet highly unusual building for several reasons. It features no minarets or courtyard, probably due to the fact that the Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque was never intended for public use, but rather served as the worship place for the women of the shah’s harem.

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4. Stari Most (Old Bridge), Bosnia-Herzegovina

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This pedestrian bridge over the Neretva River in the city of Mostar is a modern copy of the ancient bridge that was destroyed by Bosnian Croat forces in 1993. The Stari Most was included on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2005. One of the traditional tourist entertainments is bungee jumping into the chilly waters of Neretva River off this very bridge (24m to 30m of free falling guaranteed).

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5. Chand Baori, India

Chand Baori, one of the deepest stepwells in India

Chand Baori, located in the small Indian village of Abhaneri, is one of the world’s oldest and deepest stairwells. The giant structure, resembling an inverted pyramid, goes underground for 100 feet. There are three walls that have 3,500 narrow steps arranged in perfect symmetry built into the sides, leading down to a small greenish lake. Scientists are still determining whether the stairwell was built between the IX and XI centuries or 600 years before our era.

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6. The Great Mosque of Djenné, Mali

This photo taken on February 9, 2005, shows the Great Mosque of Djenne in the Niger Delta region in central Mali. The first mosque in the complex was built in the 13th century, while the current mosque dates back to 1907 and is the largest earthen mud building in the world. The Great Mosque was designated as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1988. The UN Security Council on July 4, 2012, threatened sanctions against the Islamist fighters who have destroyed Muslim shrines in northern Mali, and supported, without giving a UN mandate, a proposed African military intervention force by the ECOWAS West-African countries, diplomats said. Meanwhile Mali’s national assembly on July 4, 2012, called for army intervention in the north where Islamists have enforced strict sharia law, destroyed ancient shrines and trapped residents with landmines. AFP PHOTO / FRANCOIS XAVIER MARIT (Photo credit should read FRANCOIS XAVIER MARIT/AFP/Getty Images)
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The Great Mosque of Djenné is over 100 years old and it’s the largest mud-brick building in the world. In 1988, it was included on the UNESCO World Heritage List as a part of the old city of Djenné. At the moment, the mosque is closed for tourists. Presumably, these measures were taken in 1996 after a candid photoshoot for Vogue magazine took place here.

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