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The abandoned Berengaria Hotel in Cyprus is located in the village of Prodromos and was the winner of Matterport's Spooky Space contest. The hotel opened its doors in 1931 and closed down in 1984. Today, it now stands desolate and derelict. Its current stone strcuture is beginning to crumble. During its time, it was the hidden jewel of the mountains as it was a luxurious hotel hosting visitors such as Pharouk, the King of Egypt, and Ezer Vaisman, the president of Israel. It was a mountain resort with a casino and nightclub. There are numerous stories and secrets involving the Berengaria Hotel, and the property is rumored to be haunted as well.
The Shitthaung Temple is a famous stone temple in Mrauk-U, one of the ancient cities of Myanmar. The temple was originally built in 1535-1536 by Arakan King "Min Bar" to commemorate the conquest of his enemies. The name of the temple stands for "Temple of 80,000 Buddha Images," and the temple has also been popularly dubbed the "Temple of Victory." Hundreds of Buddha statues line the main hall, which is encircled by three layers of maze-like corridors. The three corridors contain countless relics of Buddhas, Bodhisattvas, Kings of Spiritual abodes, Devas, guardian spirits, the 550 Jatakas, and Arakanese culture and animals.
Explore award-winning gardens and over 700 years of history at the romantic, 13th-century Hever Castle in the UK. The castle was the childhood home of Anne Boleyn, King Henry VIII's second wife, who became the Queen of England for just 1,000 days. Today, the property is both a tourist attraction and a bed & breakfast.
The Diefenbunker is a four-story, 100,000 square-foot underground Canadian bunker built between 1959 and 1961 in the rural farming community of Carp, Ontario. During the Cold War, it was intended to house 535 Canadian government officials and military officers in the event of a nuclear war. It served as Canadian Forces Station Carp until 1994. The Cold War-era bunker was designed for maintaining government operations and housing key members of Parliament including the Canadian Prime Minister.
This windmil, which was originally built in 1752, is found in the small village of Loenen aan de Vecht in the Netherlands. In 1725, it was estimated that there were about 1,100 windmills in the Netherlands. By the 19th century, that count increased to about 10,000 windmills. Windmills like this one were used to pump the rain and water from the big rivers out to sea. Other similar windmills were used for industrial purposes like graining wheat as well. Translated to English, this particular windmill's name is "Windhill of Hope."
The Taranaki Cathedral Church of St. Mary is New Zealand's oldest stone church. Originally founded in 1842 by Bishop Selwyn, the New Zealand church has become a foundational rock of Taranaki, New Zealand's spiritual community. Taranaki is a region found in the western part of the nation's North Island. and is named after the stratovolcano Mount Taranaki.
The Hell Fire Club is the name given to this former hunting lodge found on Mount Pelier Hill in Dublin, Island. Officially called Mount Pelier, the hunting lodge sitting atop this 383-meter hill was built around 1725 with the stone of rock cairns that previously occupied the site. The hunting lodge was used by members of the Irish Hell Fire Club, active between 1735 and 1741. Hell Fire Clubs across Europe were exclusive clubs for high society citizens and were often associated with outlandish and immoral behavior.
Steinert Hall is an underground concert hall found in Boston, Massachusetts. Nicknamed "The Little Gem," Steinert Hall was originally built in 1986. During its heyday, the hall featured musicians such as Russian pianist Sergei Rachmaninoff, along with former prime minister of Poland and Polish pianist Ignacy Jan Paderewski. NBC's TODAY took a tour of Steinert Hall, which has been closed to the public since 1942.
Featured by the Associated Press, the Iraq National Museum was established after World War I and features prized artifacts from the Mesopotamian civilization. Over the past few years, the Islamic State group has damaged ancient sites across Iraq and Syria, and so the museum's preservation of ancient artifacts is now more important than ever. The Islamic Hall features ancient Islamic art and architecture including a burial casket of Imam Mossa Kadhim, a major Shiite Islamic figure.
Featured by the Associated Press, the Iraq National Museum was established after World War I and features prized artifacts from the Mesopotamian civilization. Over the past few years, the Islamic State group has damaged ancient sites across Iraq and Syria, and so the museum's preservation of ancient artifacts is now more important than ever. The Assyrian Hall contains treasures from the Assyrian Empire including two towering deities known as Lamassu and a statue from the temple of Nabu.
This corridor found in the Ninh Van region of Vietnam is filled with 500 unique arhat statues. The statues, made by local villagers, were each made out of stone blocks. Each statue features a unique facial expression and posture different from all 499 other statues within the corridor. In Buddhism, an Arhat is a title given to an individual who has achieved spiritual enlightenment, or nirvana.
This statue of Maitreya is located in the Ninh Binh province of Vietnam. In Buddhist culture, Maitreya is considered to be the successor of the present Buddha, popularly known as Gautama Buddha. This statue is over 10 meters high and weighs 80 tons.