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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 caused death and detriments to 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.


5 Things You Should Know Before Starting Your Costa Rica Adventure

Get your passport ready and be ready to say “Pura Vida!”

If you are planning to cave in to the desire of your adventurous spirit and intend to do so in Latin America, then you should highly consider visiting Costa Rica. Whatever type of adventure you wish to engage in, this Central American country surely has something to offer to quench your thirst for adventure.

However, before setting foot on the soil of Costa Rica, there are certain things you need to consider and remember. While brushing up on your basic Spanish language lessons is important, there are other things you need to know:

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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.

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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.

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