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Top 10 Enigmatic Places

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There are many mysterious spots and monuments around the world. Some of them challenge our knowledge about the science and history, since the scholars are unable to explain them. Others are barely touched by humans, but look indeed enigmatic. Take a look at these beautiful pictures.
1. The Nazca Lines, Peru

The geoglyphs portraying hummingbirds, spiders, monkeys, fish, sharks, orcas, and lizards, have stirred people’s imagination about their origin. According to the scholars, the lines were made by Nazca culture between 400 and 650 AD for the religious reasons. However, many alternative theories explaining the phenomena were created.
1. The Nazca Lines, Peru - Top 10 Enigmatic Places

1. The Nazca Lines, Peru - Top 10 Enigmatic Places

2. Moai, Easter Island

Carved by the Rapa Nui people, the monolithic sculptures were made between 1250 and 1500. Scientist still are not sure how the giant figures were made and brought here.
2. Moai, Easter Island - Top 10 Enigmatic Places
Photo: Benjamin Gs

2. Moai, Easter Island - Top 10 Enigmatic Places
Photo: Yosuke Kabayashi

3. The Fly Geyser, Nevada, USA

Located in Fly Ranch and accidentally made by a man. Minerals were forced to rise by geothermal water after unsuccessful well drilling. The geysers still grow on a private area.
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3. The Fly Geyser, Nevada, USA - Top 10 Enigmatic Places

4. Aogashima, Japan

The volcanic caldera is located in the Philippine Sea. The unique thing about it is that there is a smaller caldera in the middle of an island. The landscape is being compared with the Jurassic Park set.
4. Aogashima, Japan - Top 10 Enigmatic Places

4. Aogashima, Japan - Top 10 Enigmatic Places

5. Stonehenge, Wiltshire, England

The prehistoric monument was built in 3000 BC to 2000 BC. Scientists argue about how these huge monoliths were moved. Little is known about the people who made it, as well.
5. Stonehenge, Wiltshire, England - Top 10 Enigmatic Places
Photo: Carlos Arnesen Toth

5. Stonehenge, Wiltshire, England - Top 10 Enigmatic Places
Photo: Chris Barnes

6. Mount Bromo, East Java, Indonesia

A 2,329 m (7,641 ft) high volcano is still active and spits out ash on regular basis. The overall landscape looks very impressive and unusual.
6. Mount Bromo, East Java, Indonesia - Top 10 Enigmatic Places
Photo: Helminadia Ranford

6. Mount Bromo, East Java, Indonesia - Top 10 Enigmatic Places
Photo: Danny Xeero

7. Racetrack Playa, California, USA

The dry lake in Death Valley is famous for the “sailing stones”. They are traveling around the area, leaving racetrack imprints. According to the most popular theory, they are moved by a very strong wind after the rain has left the ground slippery.
7. Racetrack Playa, California, USA - Top 10 Enigmatic Places

7. Racetrack Playa, California, USA - Top 10 Enigmatic Places
Photo: Ed Darack

7. Racetrack Playa, California, USA - Top 10 Enigmatic Places

8. Cenotes, Mexico

The deep natural sinkholes are very often found in Mexico. Many of them were used as the sacred places by the Mayans. Today they are visited for their compelling beauty and cultural value.
8. Cenotes, Mexico - Top 10 Enigmatic Places
Photo: Jack Paulus

8. Cenotes, Mexico - Top 10 Enigmatic Places

9. Las Pozas, Xilitla, Mexico

Edward James has created a surreal park in a rainforest. The sculptures, that look like the ruins of a building, blend in the beautiful nature and create an impression of a deserted wonderland.
9. Las Pozas, Xilitla, Mexico - Top 10 Enigmatic Places
Photo: Diane Cook and Len Jenshel

9. Las Pozas, Xilitla, Mexico - Top 10 Enigmatic Places
Photo: Nathan Goldenzweig

10. Tree Tunnel, Meath, Ireland

The mysteriously looking tunnel is found in an old wood in Dublin. The castle, cloister, college and some graveyards are also located nearby.
10. Tree Tunnel, Meath, Ireland - Top 10 Enigmatic Places

10. Tree Tunnel, Meath, Ireland - Top 10 Enigmatic Places

Source: Places to See In Your Lifetime
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