Santorini, Greece, credits go to StrudelMonkey

The name Santorini was given it by the Latin empire in the 13th century, and is a reference to Saint Irene. Before then it was named Kallistē ("the most beautiful one").

Cappadocia region of Turkey, credits go to IrenaS

In Cappadocia region, stone is carved to form houses, churches, monasteries, and it also contains huge (some even 8 floors) underground cities largely used by early Christians as hiding places before they became a legitimate religion.

Big Ben, Londra, credits go to angelocesare

London's busiest shopping area is Oxford Street, a shopping street nearly one mile (2 km) long—which makes it the longest shopping street in the world. The entertainment district has its focus around Leicester Square, where world film premieres are held, and Piccadilly Circus, with its giant electronic advertisements. London's theatre district is here, as are many cinemas, bars, clubs and restaurants, including the city's Chinatown district.

Nasir al-Mulk Mosque in Shiraz, Iran. Credits go to Maryam.Z

Shiraz is known as the city of poets, wine, flowers and gardens. The most popular attractions of Shirāz include the tombs of Hafez, Saadi, and Khaju e Kermani (whose tomb is inside a mountain above the city's old Qur'an Gate).

Taj Mahal, India, credits go to Bart Aldrich

The Taj Mahal is a mausoleum located in Agra, India, that was built under Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal. It was constructed using materials from all over India and Asia. Over 1,000 elephants were used to transport building materials during the construction.

The remarkable neo-gothic Sanctuary of the Virgin in a gorge near Ipiales, close to Colombia's border with Ecuador. Credits go to Jungle Boy

The story of Las Lajas Cathedral's creation is that in 1754 an Amerindian named "Maria Mueces" and his deaf-mute daughter "Rosa" were caught up by a very strong storm. They found refuge between the gigantic Lajas and to Maria Mueces surprise the girl exclaimed "the mestiza is calling me..." and pointed to the lightning illuminated painting over the Laja.

Machu Pichu, the "lost" city, Peru. Credits go to OceanOS

Machu Picchu is probably the most familiar symbol of the Inca Empire. It was built around the year 1450, but abandoned a hundred years later, at the time of the Spanish conquest of the Inca Empire. There are several theories concerning the history of this city and the disappearance of its habitants.

Ta Prom Ruins, Angkor, Cambodia, credits go to Taylor Miles

The temples of the Angkor area number over one thousand. In 2007 an international team of researchers using satellite photographs and other modern techniques concluded that Angkor had been the largest preindustrial city in the world.

Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, China,
credits go to Legendary Classic and Wang HL

The major tourist attraction of Guangxi is Guilin, a town famed across China and the world for its spectacular setting by the Lijiang River (Li River). It also used to be the capital of Guangxi, and Jingjiang Princes City, the old princes residence, is open to the public.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil,
credits go to vijinho, neloqua and Ricardo Zerrener.

Commonly known as just Rio, the city is also nicknamed A Cidade Maravilhosa — "The Marvelous City". Despite its charm and beauty, Rio is reputed to be one of the most violent cities in the world. The Brazilian carnival is an annual celebration held 40 days before Easter.