The most unusual staircases in the world.
As a rule, architectural structures arrogate to themselves all the glory as the attractions of any country. But sometimes the stairs leading to the very monuments that deserve no less attention. Journey through the 10 most fantastic and unreal ladders will be forced to admire and shudder at the same time.
1. The stairs on the sacred mountain Huashan (China)
Huashan mountain is considered sacred, so very close to the summit (2130 metres!) the monasteries are located where you keep your most dangerous, and sometimes deadly way not only monks and pilgrims, but also a desperate tourists.
They move across the narrow bridges hanging over a deep chasm, climb vertical steps cut into the rock. More than half of the trails without railings and only the most dangerous crossings equipped with fixed chains. This path can be overcome only strong and healthy people, so the rise may not take all comers.
2. The stairs leading to the temple of Angkor Wat (Cambodia)
Angkor Wat – a huge temple complex, which has no equal in beauty and safety of the structure. After all, it was built in the first half of the XII century in honor of the Hindu God Vishnu. The height of the building is 65 meters, so to get inside this monumental building, you need to climb the stairs, which has a significant slope – 70 degrees.
Explains the very difficult climb that Buddhist monks wanted to remind people of the incredibly hard road to heaven. In our time is the most important place for Buddhists all over the world, so they flock to it, overcoming such steep stairs.
3. Extreme staircase in Taihang mountains (China)
This unusual staircase located in the Shanxi province in the Western part of the Taihang mountains, was created in order to tickle the nerves of tourists and thrill-seekers.
In order to reach the most scenic and secluded places, above the ravine in which a mountain Creek, hammered into the rock iron rods attached to them with narrow steps. However, no railing is not provided. For the basic insurance held out a metal chain, which can be grasped in passing such a dangerous part of the route.
4. Stairs Gaztelugatxe (Spain)
This delightful range of ladders located on the island of Gaztelugatxe (Gaztelugatxe) in Spain. It connects the island to the mainland and built in the X century. Her rapid rise to the top of the hill on which the temple of the Templars.
For many centuries the existence of this unusual place, it has acquired a lot of incredible legends and superstitions, by which the island became a very popular tourist and pilgrimage area. People flock here with hope for healing and a miracle.
5. “Stairway of dreams” (Japan)
Created stairs on the island of Awaji and represents a unique complex with its many unusual exhibits and a delightful garden, located on 100 levels. This stunning garden designed as a memorial to the victims of the Kobe earthquake occurred in 1995. Here can be a long walk the stairs between the flowers, each of which is unique and unrepeatable, peacefully contemplating the meaning of life.
6. Spiral staircase in Linzhou (China)
This stairway is located in the mountains of Taihang was created to communicate with a distant mountain village, but now is an unusual attraction for tourists. The locals call it “Stairway to heaven”. Climbing on it is a kind of imitation of climbing a mountain with a height of 91.5 m, but without climbing equipment. The steps of this spiral staircase, like a vast boa constrictor, encircle the iron pillar mounted perpendicular to the ground. Climbing it may not everyone, because it is very difficult and dangerous entertainment.
7. The steps leading to the waterfall “the Cup of the Devil” (Ecuador)
Along this famous Canyon staircase you can reach the majestic waterfall “the Cup of the Devil” (Pailon del Diablo), located on the Pastaza river, near the town of baños (Banos).
Not only unusual winding staircase is famous for this waterfall, but also through the tunnel moving to his other side. This allows you to see the amazing spectacle – a cascading wall of water from the inside of the waterfall.
8. The staircase of king of Aragon (France)
Stairs (Еscalier du roi) located on the island of Corsica and is one of the most breathtaking structures in the world. It runs along the walls of Bonifacio and carved into the cliff. The angle of ascent is not very steep, about 45 degrees (compared to the previous ladders), but to overcome all the way, you have to climb 187 stone steps.
And it passes over the sea, so during the climb there is an opportunity to admire the amazing sea views. Stairs has a unique feature – a special design, while climbing an incredible feeling of “falling up”, due to the fact that under his feet is blue, the amazing transparency of the sea.
9. “Heaven’s gate” of Tianmen mountain and the road leading to them (China)
This long staircase of 999 steps, rises to an amazing arch (Tianmen Cave), which was formed in the mountains of Tianmen mountain in 263 BC and has incredible height of 131 m. Therefore, there is a feeling of everyone rising to her that they go straight to heaven. This number of steps was carved not accidental, because in ancient Chinese philosophy, anyone will overcome the 999 steps, will attain eternal joy.
Deserves special attention the road leading to heaven, which was built from 1998 to 2006, with the length of 11 kilometers. It’s hard to imagine, but she begins his dizzying climb from the level of 200 meters below sea level and ends at an altitude of 1300 meters above sea level.
Of course, there is an alternative to such a long and hard road to ropeway with the total length of 7455 meters, which became the longest in the world. But such a long journey is worth it, because before the tourists can enjoy the fantastic horizons of the scenic area.
10. “Stairway to heaven” in Hawaii (USA)
Stairs leading to the sky, consists of 3922 steps and is located on the beautiful island of Oahu. It is one of the most beautiful and impressive routes created by man.
When you climb its steps up to the top, which is almost always shrouded in thick fog, feeling unreal occurrences in the cloud.
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