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This Legendary Medieval Stairway was Carved Out of a Steep Cliff in a Single Night

Legend has it that the stairway was created overnight by hand.

There’s just something fascinating about this stairwell in Corsica, France known as The Stairway of the King of Aragon. The stairway, composed of 187 steps, is carved in a steep cliff, position at an angle of 45 degrees. Looking at pictures, the Stairway of the King of Aragon is truly a wonderful sight and you can only imagine how breathtaking it would feel going up or down the stairs.

The stairway’s appearance is not just what gives the place its unique appeal, but also the stories tied to it. Legend has it that the staircase was dug by soldiers under King of Aragon Alfonso V during the failed siege mission in Bonifacio, back in 1420. It was said that the troops finished the job for only one night and they did all of it by hand.

But the real story is that the staircase was created by Franciscan monks who need to have access to a freshwater source at that time. At the bottom of the staircase, there’s a natural spring and a cave, which were said to be created way before Alfonso V’s troops came to the area. There were also reports that the first steps were from the Neolithic times.

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Today, the Stairway of the King of Aragon is loved by tourists, as anyone can go up and down the stairs and stroll along the limestone path below.

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Photos of the stairway just show how perplexing it can be; it might get you confused as to which way is up or down.

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Also, when you look at the photos, you would imagine how climbing the steep steps would make you feel pain later on.

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But Sweet Travels mentioned that you would likely forget about those aches once you get to see the gorgeous beach view to your side.

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This Island Is The Home Of The World’s Smallest Kingdom

Located off the coast of Sardinia, Italy is Tavolara Island, which has its own “royal family.”

Located off the coast of Sardinia, Italy is Tavolara Island — which is just five kilometers long and one kilometer wide. The only habitable area in the island is a narrow strip of land facing the Italian coast.

There's nothing extraordinary about Tavolara Island's appearance that would set it apart from other lonely islands in the Gulf of Olbia. However, it turns out that the island has a kingdom — albeit the world's smallest one. The kingdom's history, however, is quite quirky.

Tavolara Island boasts of a kingdom.

Tavolara Island boasts of a kingdom....

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These Incredible Couples Will Show You What #Vanlife Really Looks Like

Discover the mesmerizing beauty of the world through the eyes of these eight astonishing couples who took their relationships and travels living the #vanlife.

Couples who live a, pretty much nomadic life, travelling and staying in a van can tell you so much about how the world should be seen in retrospect to how you’re used to seeing it on a daily basis. It also pretty much sums up how your relationships can be given that you both live every single day of your life in a cramped car.

Living in such a way may actually allow you to fulfill your craziest dreams seeing that you have everything simplified. The stories of these eight couples who traveled the world over in their vans have taught us that you don’t need so much to find happiness.

1 Victor & Eva from Barcelona

Inspiring Victor and Eva left Barcelona to work in San Francisco because they wanted to leave their comfort zones and do something different. They moved into their Dodge Ram in 2003 which they bought from a carpet cleaner. Upon restoration of the van, the couple ventured off to discover the West Coast. Victor works remotely as a software developer and Eva is an artist, using the nature as her inspiration. ...

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3 of the Most Jaw-Dropping Water Bridges In The Planet

We just got the chance to check out a few of the most amazing water bridges in the world. No, they’re not in Venice. You’ll have to click on the link to find out where they are in the world.

Water bridges are structures that help move along small ships over rivers, railways, roads and gorges via passable waterways. Another term commonly used is for this type of structure is the aqueduct. Back in the olden days, aqueducts were used to supply water to cities. Now, they are modern day canal systems that are used as another option for transport. Who would have thought that something which dates back to early Egypt and Babylon could become something as vital as the water bridges which we make use of now?

We have the Romans to thank for this engineering genius of an architecture because they were able to come up with a structure that is necessary for survival of communities. Below are three of the most spectacular, if not magnificent, water bridges ever created by man:

1 Madgeburg Water Bridge

The Madgeburg water bridge is the longest aqueduct, 918 metres long, in the world.

The Madgeburg water bridge is the longest aqueduct, 918 metres long, in the world. ...

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