Are you ready to be mesmerized by this weeks Top 10 list. This week Dambela Blog looks at some of the most mesmerizing places on Earth. If you’re into all things mystical, mind blowing and mysterious, then you’ve landed in the right place. Our world is filled to the brim with landmarks that remain unexplainable to this very day.
Mystery enthusiasts always have it in mind that some places have their secrets. You only have to bring an open mind when you visit such places on our list, and and try to unravel the riddles behind them. There are places that gives us the goosebumps just by their mere sight.
It’s no doubt that Planet Earth is one of the wondrous place ever created by God almighty. Its beauty and mystery never ceases to amaze us with its majestic natural wonders and jaw-dropping man-made marvels. But our planet isn’t without its fair share of mysteries, either. If you’re fascinated by places with mythical origins or unexplained phenomena, then you’ll be intrigued by these enigmatic spots around the world in our Top 10 list.
Some of this places may not be your traditional spots to visit, but a visit to these places can result in some of the strangest, scariest, and most fun memories of a lifetime. There are presently more than 50 mysterious spots around the world. But Dambela in her unique way brings to you the Top 10 mysterious places. Have fun reading.
Starting off our list at the tenth position is:
10. The Nazca Lines – Peru
The Nazca Lines remains a well-visited site by Sci-Fi fans and extraterrestrial aficionados. However, it’s difficult to explain why the prehistoric Nazca culture created the enormous geoglyphs in 500 BC, which depicts an array of spiders, monkeys, figures, and flora.
For movie lovers and Harrison Ford fans, you may remember the Nazca Lines reference from the movie Indian Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull where they played a huge role in enabling the explorer-cum-professor where the hidden city lied. For most people this place is not real even though it actually exists on the world map.
It remains one of the most unusual places in the world, these are humongous lines scarred into the desert landscapes of southern Peru. As explained in the movie itself, these only make sense from the skies (a plane!) from where people can make out the strange shapes carved into the otherwise barren desert landscape.
The pre-Columbian geoglyphs, which cover around 200 miles (322km), long had celestial associations or were seen as a giant calendar. The most popular theory is that they marked the locations of rituals surrounding water and crops – although the truth remains elusive to this day.
The prehistoric remains in South America are amongst the most awesome phenomenon and one of the most revered they UNESCO World Heritage Site, drawing several thousands of tourists there every year.
9. Stonehenge (England)
This prehistoric monument dates back to more than 5,000 years ago is such a famous landmark that people might not even think of it as mysterious anymore. But many still wonder how and why these massive stones in England were made and arranged over the course of 2000 years has captivated researchers, historians and curious visitors to the site for generations.
There are still differing strange theories about Stonehenge, the mythical striking stones near the city of Salisbury, England. Some could indicate it was meant for a ancient burial ground, a UFO landing spot, a ritualistic druid site, or a Pagan winter solstice monument. However, there are as many speculations as there are invalid answers.
Nearly a million people visit Stonehenge, in southern England, every year. Many come during the summer solstice. This prehistoric monument is made up of huge stones that may have taken Neolithic builders as long as 1500 years to put into place. Some historians think Stonehenge was a place of healing, while others say it was a temple for worship.
It is widely accepted by researchers that it was built as a sacred temple and burial ground, but how the Neolithic people managed this massive architectural feat is still debated with the mysteries still remaining unsolved. The puzzling question is during an age of primitive tools, how were the heavy slabs moved and put into place? And why here?
This circle of rocks has long been one of the UK’s most well-known and mysterious sites, with historians and scientists baffled as to how its builders transported the monoliths 5,000 years ago. In 2019, close answers to this mystery came when Newcastle University students solved the riddle when they discovered that humans (not aliens) may have dragged the rocks in place using sledges lubricated with pig fat.
Stonehenge’s purpose does remain a mystery. The farmers and herders who built the structure starting 5,000 years ago continued to add to it over a period of 700 years. They left no written records behind, only a circle of striking stones near what is today Salisbury, England. If you’re fascinated by historic locations, check out these must-visit destinations for history lovers.
8. Door to Hell (Turkmenistan)
The Darvaza Crater, also known as the Door to Hell, still burns to this day and at night its glow can be seen from miles away. The crater is thought to have been created by a Russian natural gas drilling mishap in which engineers set the area on fire to stop the spread of dangerous gases, unaware of how long the fire would continue to burn. Its almost 50 years ago, when the gaping, fiery crater opened up in the desert of northern Turkmenistan in 1971.
Engineers were drilling a natural gas field in the northern Turkmenistan desert when a portion collapsed into an underground cavern. It was set alight to prevent gases from spreading and it’s still burning since then.
7. Devil’s Bridge (Kromlau, Germany)
Very strange place with strange name I guess, This place with multiple places around the world having the name “Devil’s Bridge” due to some sort of supernatural connection, but the most famous one remains that located in the German town of Kromlau.
Known as Rakotzbrücke in German, this parabolic bridge dates back to the 1860s and is one of the most stunning bridges in the world. The Die Rakotzbrück bridge forms a perfect circle with its own reflection in the water below, a feat that could only be possible with some other worldly assistance. Strange! It is in fact one of the weirdest places across the world.
This is probably why the bridge is also known as the ‘Devil’s Bridge’. Constructed in the 19th century is famed for its unique construction accuracy, with the bridge and its reflection merging into a complete and perfect stone circle, no matter where you see it from. It seems that the makers of this spectacular bridge were more focused on its aesthetics than its utility. Both the ends of the Rakotzbrücke have thin rock spires installed, to make it look like natural basalt columns.
Rakotzbrücke is so pretty it could perhaps more aptly be called fairy-tale bridge. But its name, which means Devil’s Bridge, comes from its supernatural associations.
6. Eternal Flame Falls (Chestnut Ridge Park, New York)
The Eternal Flame Falls remains one of the most craziest places in the world. It is a quaint waterfall located in Shale Creek Preserve, which is a section of Chestnut Ridge Park in Western New York. A small item at the waterfall’s base emits natural gas. Interestingly, it can be lit to produce a flame. This flame is visible all year round. It can be extinguished and must occasionally be re-lit. The flame is fueled by natural gases and burns bright right under a waterfall.
The bewitching orange-red glow that flickers behind this staggered waterfall, in New York’s Chestnut Ridge Park, is kept aflame by natural methane gas that seeps through cracks in the rock.
For travellers, If you follow the route to Shale Creek in New York’s Chestnut Ridge Park, you’ll find this strange orange-red light glowing behind a waterfall that looks like something out of a fairy tale. This Eternal Flame burning behind the water is fueled by natural methane gas escaping through cracks in the rock. Some may wonder, The flame isn’t quite eternal though — the water sometimes extinguishes the fire, but visitors most often reignite it with a lighter thereby keeping the magic alive.
5. Blood Falls (Antarctica)
Next on our list is one of the world’s coldest and driest place on the planet, Antarctica is home to a blood-red waterfall called Blood Falls that starkly pours down five stories along an icy white glacier. Most people won’t see Blood Falls in person, but even in photographs, the sight is arresting: a blood-red waterfall staining the snow-white face of Taylor Glacier. The place was documented in 1911 by geographer/geologist Thomas Griffith Taylor, a member of Robert Falcon Scott’s ill-fated expedition to the Antarctic. (Scott named the glacier for Taylor.)
Scientists finally determined that the grisly color comes from salty, iron-rich water from inside the glacier oxidizing and rusting once it’s exposed to oxygen. Amidst the unending whiteness of the snow, Blood Falls provides a creepy relief. The water is red in color due to the presence of huge amounts of Iron which certainly makes the list of the strangest places in the world.
Geologists originally thought the red colour was due to algae but the truth is actually much more interesting. It started around two million years ago when a saltwater pool was trapped inside Taylor Glacier.
Since then, glaciologists and microbiologists have sought to determine what causes the mysterious red flow. They’ve concluded that the source is a subterranean lake rich in the iron that gives the water its red hue. Some recent research has revealed microorganisms living 1,300 feet beneath the ice, are sustained by the iron and sulfur in the water. According to Forbes, the mystery surrounding Blood Falls has been solved. According to the researchers of the University of Alaska, the red coloring is due to “oxidized iron in brine saltwater, the same process that gives the iron a dark red color when it rusts.”
4.Easter Island heads (Chile)
This isolated island in the Pacific Ocean was once populated by the Rapa Nui civilization, which erected almost 1,000 giant stone statues known as moai approximately 900 years ago.
On this remote island far off the coast of Chile, hundreds and hundreds of stone heads and torsos stand stranded along long scenic paths. How the makers of this stones even managed to transport the 40-foot-tall (12m) statues, which weigh around 14 tonnes each, into place remains a mystery.
No one even know why they were placed there. Each stone heads weighs around 14 tons. These towering figures, which stand an average of 13 feet tall and weigh 14 tons apiece, captivated European explorers who first landed on the island in 1722. No one knows for sure why the ancient Polynesians carved and placed the statues across the island, though one recent theory hypothesizes that they were placed as markers of freshwater sources.
The giant carvings on Easter Island which are about 1,000 of them, have their torsos buried, leaving only human-like faces above ground. These Easter Island heads are some of the earliest examples of how prehistoric art came to be.
Before we mention our top 3 mysterious places. Lets mention other places worthy of note. Some of these places not on our top 10 are the following:
Crooked Forest (Poland)
Great Blue Hole, Belize
Lake Natron (Tanzania)
Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia
Sea of Stars (Vaadhoo Island, Maldives)
Fairy Circles, Namibia
Bran (Dracula’s) Castle
Aokigahara Suicide Forest – Japan
Michigan Triangle (Lake Michigan)
Back to our Top 3.
3.Area 51 (Nevada)
This Air Force facility which is commonly known as Area 51, is located within the Nevada Test and Training Range. This restricted secret military base of the US forces exists 83 miles north of Nevada. The facility has captured the imagination of both Hollywood lovers and conspiracy theorists for decades. The top-secret military base (which is still operational) is surrounded by barren desert, and the secrecy surrounding its Cold War-era stealth aircraft testing led to rumors of UFOs and aliens, wild government experiments and even a staged moon landing on the premises.
Some curious civilians do explore the area around the base, which has become a bizarre tourist destination, although visitors aren’t permitted inside the facility. Officially known as Groom Lake, its fame dates back to 1947 which is often linked with the Roswell New Mexico UFO incident. Legend has it that this top-secret military base hosts a lab where alien bodies and technology are still hidden today after after a UFO crash-landing in Roswell, New Mexico in 1947, making the facility one of the weirdest places on Earth.
It’s the world’s most secretive airport and synonymous with conspiracy theories. This still-operational Air Force facility, known as Area 51, drew attention during its Cold War-era aircraft testing, which spawned rumours of sinister experiments, a staged moon landing and a lab run by aliens. Entering the base is strictly forbidden, need I mention nearly impossible.
Area 51 is most often referred in US pop culture. The area is believed to have a moonlike surface. This is a place used for the development of aircraft and weapons system by the US military. It’s scrutinized at all times to restrict any kind of foreign intrusion, While it’s true the military base is secretive (most military bases are), many of the conspiracy claims surrounding Area 51 have been thoroughly debunked by experts.
2. The Great Pyramid of Giza (Egypt)
The Great Pyramid of Giza has been captivating mankind for thousands of years. The only one of the seven wonders of the ancient world that is still intact, it continues to be one of the most visited tourist attractions on Earth. Visitors and scholars alike are still baffled by how the 455-foot-tall pyramid was created without modern tools, although common theories are that they were constructed using some type of ramp system.
The Pyramids of Giza will always be a source of wonder and bafflement, and because of that, it’s one of the most mysterious places on our list. The pyramids have been shrouded in questions ever since the day that they were discovered, and a plethora of unsolved mysteries exist about the inside of the pyramid which has an unsolved mystery inside of an unsolved mystery? The Giza trio of Pyramid tombs which is still shrouded in mystery has keep scholars continuously theorizing how such a structure could be created back then without a modern tool as we have now.
For centuries, people have wondered about, explored, and studied how the pyramids were built with such limited materials and without the use of modern technology. Let’s not forget the pyramids date back 4,000 years, so how possible could something so huge, strong, and precise could have been built with no modern technology tools still beats the imagination of many. Did slaves build it? Did aliens do it? Were the ancient Egyptians as advanced as we are today, No one knows as everything was wiped out.
There’s this major belief that the Pyramids of Giza, specifically the Great Pyramid of Giza, were built as tombs for rulers and wealthy people. Which would make sense in the level of dedication. Secret, unexplored rooms continue to be discovered, even up until very recently.
It is believed that the Great Pyramid of Khufu was built between 2589 BC and 2504 BC, and reached a height of 481 feet (146 meters). Don’t forget for historical records that Khufu’s pyramid remained the tallest building in the world until the 14th century, when England’s Lincoln Cathedral took the record.
Plenty of mystery continues to remain to this day how ancient builders constructed the huge pyramids out of 2.5-ton stone in the literal center of the Earth with absolutely no technology or modern facilities.
And top on our list:
1. The Bermuda Triangle
If there is one place around the world that has fascinated scholars and Travelers for decades is the Bermuda Triangle. The Bermuda Triangle is perhaps the most famous mysterious place in the world. This area which is about 500,000 square miles (more than 1,290,000sqkm) sits in the Atlantic Ocean between Bermuda, San Juan in Puerto Rico and Miami in Florida.
Legend has it that anything traveling over the triangle will be sucked up into a mysterious void, even though storms did occur during one or more “mysterious disappearance.” It has been reported that more than 20 planes and 50 ships are said to have mysteriously vanished into thin air or crashed without explanation while passing through this place. Though vessels manage to pass through the area with ease every day with no more disappearances in the Bermuda Triangle. The unexplained accidents have still captured the public imagination.
The Bermuda triangle was said to “vanish” ships and airplanes without a trace. Theories have range from suggestions of supernatural activity to the more logical hypotheses that it’s down to magnetic compass variation or rogue waves. Some scholars have however disagreed with the legend explaining that most of the “mysterious disappearances” cited by believers weren’t mysterious at all, since the ships and planes may have fallen during storms or didn’t even sink within the triangle’s borders.
What secrets lurk in the triangle of ocean between Florida’s southern tip, Bermuda and San Juan, Puerto Rico? We may never know for years to come but either way, it’s a bit of a scary place to visit on this planet.
Hope you enjoyed our list. Do you agree with our list If you feel we miss any please feel free to add your list in our comments section and we shall be glad to update in our next editions
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