How to start travel this year: 8 ancient buildings, which few people know

such world landmarks as the Colosseum or the Taj Mahal, they know everything. But there are other great ancient buildings which even the most avid travelers have never heard.
Today we would like to tell you about the survey of the magazine Quora, readers are asked to call unknown architectural sights in the world.

1. The great mosque of Djenne in Mali

This mosque was built over 100 years ago, and it is the world's largest building made of mud brick. In 1988, as part of the old town Jennee included in the world heritage List of UNESCO. Currently the mosque is closed to tourists. These measures, presumably, was made in 1996, after it hosted a candid photo shoot for Vogue magazine.

2. Chand Baori in India

Located in a small Indian village Abhaneri, stairwell Chand Baori is considered one of the oldest and deepest in the world. This gigantic structure resembling an inverted pyramid, has a 30-meter depth. Three walls Chand Baori, each of which consists of 3500 situated in the perfect symmetry of the narrow steps leading to the lake of small size. Scientists still do not know the exact age of the structure. Presumably, the stairs could build between the IX and XI centuries or 600 years before our era.

3. The Palace of Parliament in Romania

This building, which I think is probably the most popular tourist attraction of Bucharest it was built in the days when Romania was still a socialist Republic. The Palace of the Parliament called the biggest and most expensive civilian administrative building in the world. This neoclassical building has 12 stories (with eight additional under the ground) and 3100 rooms, whose total area – 330 000 sq. m.

4. Old bridge in Bosnia and Herzegovina

This bridge over the Neretva river in Mostar is a modern copy of the ancient bridge, which was destroyed in 1993 by Bosnian Croats. Old bridge, declared world heritage site by UNESCO in 2005. One of the traditional tourist attractions – bungee jumping in the cold water of the Neretva river from that bridge (24 to 30 m of free fall).

5. The Fort Kumbhalgarh in India

This Indian Fort is surrounded by a unique wall, known as the Keeper of death, or the Eye of Mewar in ancient times. The wall extends for 36 km and in some places reaches 8 meters in height. Its construction lasted from XV to XVI century. Despite all the wars that saw the Great wall of India, enemies could never capture it or even severely damage.

6. The mosque of Sheikh Lutfalla in Iran

This masterpiece of Iranian architecture Safavid was built between 1602 and 1619 years. It is elegant, but very unusual building that has several reasons. There are no minarets or courtyard, probably because the mosque of Sheikh Lutfalla was never intended for public use, but rather served as a place of prayer for women of the harem of the Shah.

7. Derawar Fort in Pakistan

This monumental square building was built in 1733. Is Fort Derawar of 40 bastions, majestically rising over the Pakistani desert. The walls of the Fort form a circle with a length of 1500 m and a height of 30 m. Even most of the locals not to mention tourists, is barely known of its existence.

8. Fort "Emperor Alexander I" in Russia

the Fort "Emperor Alexander I", better known as "plague Fort", is located in the Gulf of Finland of the Baltic sea near St. Petersburg. It was built in the mid-nineteenth century on an artificial island. Initially, the Fort was intended to guard the Baltic waterway, but soon he became a research laboratory, where he studied plague and other bacterial diseases. Today it is a popular tourist attraction.