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The Wonder of Santa Margarida: A Chapel Right Inside A Volcano

..And it has been sitting there for more than 600 years.

Amidst the vast land of Garrotxa, a comarca of Catalonia, Spain, lies a surrounding volcanic terrain in the Natural Park of La Garrotxa Volcanic Zone.

At the Natural Park of La Garrotxa, there are several walking routes that will lead tourists to an interesting awe-inspiring wonder.

The wonder of Santa Margarida.

About 11 millennia ago, a phreatomagmatic eruption occurred, which resulted from water and magma interaction, causing the Earth’s mantle to break open and clast hot fluid from the Earth’s core, which eventually cooled down and formed conical layers of igneous rocks as high as 682 meters.

At the top of this rock formation was a circular depression that resembles a meadow with grasses and shrubs covering the plane and deciduous trees abundantly growing in the area.

Situated in the middle of the crater is a rural chapel made from small stones.

The chapel is built with a rectangular nave adapted from the Romanesque style of architecture. The oldest hermitage of Santa Margarida was first built in the medieval time and dedicated to Saint Margaret.

Unfortunately, a devastating earthquake happened in Catalonia at around 1428 and it destroyed the church.

The cataclysmic occurrence also claimed lives and destroyed properties in Barcelona, which are 90 kilometers away from La Garrotxa.

The church was then rebuilt in 1865.

However, due to age and remote location, the chapel is now timeworn and abandoned. Nevertheless, the rich heritage of Santa Margarida in the beautiful county of La Garrotxa will never pale the value of the aged chapel.

They say pictures can never truly give justice to the real beauty of one place. The Romanesque hermitage in Volca de Santa Margarida is not only rich in history and legacy, but the architecture and the ability to stand through time reflects its beauty and strength.


Western Australia’s ‘Most Haunted’ Building Rebrands Itself To Attract More Tourists

The place wants to prove that it has more to offer other than tales of horror.

While Oakabella Homestead has successfully marketed itself as the most haunted building in Western Australia - thanks to the tales of lost souls and malevolent spirits that once intrigued its guests - its new owners believe that its high time for its image to be changed.

The Oakabella Homestead was built in 1851, or 10 years earlier than its neighboring town, Northampton 460km from Perth, in the picturesque Chapman Valley. With the site’s eerie history, which includes multiple deaths including that of a 3-year old child and a worker who shot himself, it is easy to understand why its previous owners made money from ghost tours and scary stories.

Oakabella Homestead is considered to be the most haunted building in Western Australia.

However, for the homestead’s new owners, Belinda Turner and Brian Snelson, it’s definitely time for the place to shake off its spine-chilling reputation. Apart from believing that the so-called haunted buildings no longer attract visitors, Turner and Snelson believe that the place has other things to offer in order to successfully entice tourists. ...

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Now You Can Rent And Stay In A Harry Potter-Themed Apartment

This is perfect for Wizards and Muggles alike!

Every Harry Potter fan dreams of getting into Hogwarts, the fictional school of witchcraft and wizardry popularized by J.K. Rowling's books. But now, they do have a chance of staying for a night or two on a Harry Potter-themed apartment.

Super fan Yue Gao opened the Canongate Luxury Apartment in Scottish Capital - the birthplace of the Rowling. The place overlooks Edinburgh's Royal Mile and is available for rent all year-round.

Harry Potter-themed master bedroom by Yue Gao.

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The apartment boasts a master bedroom that resembles the Gryffindor dorm room. This room includes four-wood posted bed with red and yellow curtains of Gryffindor's color. To complete the look, the room is topped with a ceiling with illusions of floating candles - the main attraction of Hogwarts dining hall....

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Philippines’ NAIA Ranks As One Of The Most Improved Airports In The World

NAIA is now out of the “World’s Worst Airports” List.

Over the past years, the Philippines' Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) has always been part of the list of the world's worst airports. However, this year, the airport ranked among the "most improved" airports across the globe.

The list, which was released by the London-based international air transport rating organization Skytrax, was created based on a survey conducted among travelers. Dubbed as the 2018 World Airport Awards, the NAIA was ranked 10th among the "World's Most Improved Airports" list.

The NAIA has been improved over the past few years.


Skytrax conducted the survey from August 2017 to February 2018, with 13.73 million passengers including 100 various nationalities evaluating 550 airports worldwide. The passengers ranked the performance of these airports based on check-ins, arrivals, shopping, transfers, security, departure and immigration. ...

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