WION Edge: Beauty and wonder come in many forms in our world, from the natural or man-made to the intact or ruined, this list features them all.
Sigiriya, Sri Lanka
This extraordinary complex was built around 1,500 years ago and has as its main feature a nearly 700ft tall rock column with the ruins of a palace atop it. The entrance to this feature, also called the rock fortress, is composed of the ruins of a massive stone lion.
(Photo: mistermunay, Flickr)
What looks like ice and snow is actually a layer of calcium carbonate left behind by water from the area?s hot springs. The cliffs and terraces are continually forming and reforming as water continues to pour over them.
(Photo: Du?an ?teharnik, Flickr)
This charming little town doubles as a mountain citadel. Brightly painted and beautifully constructed buildings compose this architectural ensemble, but it?s also known as the birthplace of Vlad the Impaler, aka Dracula.
(Photo: Eugen Marculescu, Flickr)
Dobsina Ice Cave, Slovakia
This stunning ice cave has a central chamber that is 40ft high and a floor composed of an over 80 foot thick slab of ice. The stalagmites and stalactites are more like spires of crystal than rock formations due to their layers of ice.
(Photo: WikiMedia Commons)