Archive for April, 2012

Must Visit Places in Rome

If you are planning a trip to enjoy your holidays, this time choose Rome-the capital city of Italy. Rome is favorite city of tourists because of rich artistic treasure which it possesses.  It also mesmerizes tourists with its traditional values and elegance of its panoramic view so a visit to Rome would provide you an immense pleasure and happiness. For your guidance, I am mentioning here names of some of the most visited and must see places in Rome.

Trevi Fountain

It is one of the most loved and visited place of Rome as it is visited by a thousands of people daily. It has been said that when a person throw a coin in its water, his wishes come true therefore many of the tourists throw coins in it due to which the fountain grosses a large amount of money which is then donated to some charity. Pulled by two sea-horses, marble centerpiece of the fountain is a shell that is driven by two tritons from which a statue emerges which represents ocean. Beauty of this fountain is surely worth-seeing and the best time to see this fountain is in the evening because its water is turned off early in the morning for cleaning purposes.

Mouth of Truth

It is a bleak marble mask that is known as Mouth of Truth or Bocca della Verita’. It is situated in the entrance hall of St. Mary’s in Cosmedin church. It is actually an ancient drain cover that was found half-buried in middle ages. It has been said by a legend that if a person puts his hand in the mouth and does not speaks the truth after it, then the mouth is shut. It is the most popular attraction in Rome as admission charges in the church are free.

Spanish Steps

It is the most beautiful and striking masterpiece of baroque period. This splendid stair-case was built in 1723 and got its name from the Spanish embassy building that is located near to it. It was built by Francesco De Sanctis on the request of Pope Innocent XIII. If you ever make a plan to visit this place, try to visit it in spring season as these steps are decorated with beautiful flowers in this season.

Capitoline Hill

Capitoline Hill’s main attraction is Piazza del Campidoglio. It was designed in 1538 by the legend artist Michelangelo. Initially it was featured with Marcus Aurelius’s bronze statue. Now this square have Palazzo dei Senatori along with the two museums named Palazzo dei Conservatori and Palazzo Nuovo. These two museums have a large collection of famous statues and tourists specially visit this place to see these statues.

Rome Zoo, the Bioparco

This is among one of the oldest zoos of Europe which came into existence in 1911. It is a must visit place as your tour to Rome remains incomplete without paying a visit to this fascinating zoo. The biggest attraction of this zoo is the large variety of different animals like camels, lions, bears, giraffes, tigers and zebras. The zoo boasts of having 198 species of different animals including birds, reptiles, mammals etc. In this zoo, different signs are displayed showing the names of creatures in both English and Italian. This zoo provides a complete dose of entertainment through chilled drinking water, shady spots to take some rest, fountains and picnic benches. If you want to enjoy some good food, you will find a café by the zoo entrance as well as a restaurant that remains open during day times and also in evening.

These were some of the most popular attractions of Rome. Plan a tour to this great city and have a wonderful time.

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Karachi’s Foremost Attractions

Karachi is one of the major cities of Pakistan which is not only a traditional and cultural center but also a business hub. At the same time, it has a number of tourist’s attractions like waterfront, parks, museums, harbors and historical structures as well. For the past few years, tourism industry in Karachi has suffered a lot due to terrorism but still it is capable of attracting a number of people towards its wonderful tourist’s places. Some of its major attractions include:

Mohatta Palace Museum

This building was constructed between 1933 and 1935 and is named after its founder Shivratan, Chandratan, Mohatta. This palace was originally constructed to be used as a residence of Fatima Jinnah who was sister of Founder of Pakistan, Mohammad Ali Jinnah but at present it is being used as a museum which displays relics and things of ceramic art which have been collected over centuries. This museum also houses a number of memorabilia of British reign in Pakistan and is featured with the letters written by famous personalities of pre-partition period along with their pictures. Portraits of some freedom fighters are also displayed here along with the car used by Mr. Jinnah.

Mazar-e-Quaid

Mazar-e-Quaid is another popular and most visited tourists’ attractions of Karachi which is actually tomb of founding father of Pakistan Mohammad Ali Jinnah. It is located in the center of city and attracts tourists due to its wonderful and unique construction. It has been built with pure white marble and is featured with curved arches of Moorish origin. Within the tomb, there is a four-layered chandelier that is made of crystal and was rewarded by Chinese people to give a royal and refined look. A park encircles the tomb building featured with powerful lights which make the structure prominent in night. Mazar-e-Quaid also houses graves of Fatima Jinnah and first prime minister of Pakistan-Liaquat Ali Khan.

National Museum of Pakistan

National Museum of Pakistan was founded on April 17, 1950 and main motto of the museum was to study and preserve art and cultural heritage of this nation. The museum consists of 11 galleries and the most popular among these is Quran Gallery. Museum also possesses more than 300 transcripts of Quran among which 52 are holographs and are displayed in Quran Gallery. Here in this museum, tourists can also see sculptural work related to Gandhara Civilization, Indus Civilization and Islamic art old coins etc. In Ethnological Gallery, there are statues of cultural groups which are absolutely worth-seeing. Moreover, more than 58000 coins and 70000 books have been preserved in this museum.

Clifton Beach

Clifton Beach is a pleasant site to be visited as it features an amusement park, stalls, camel and horse riding facilities and several options for swimming. Small shops at the beach display handicrafts and gifts made of sea shells. Visitors especially come here at night to see the beautiful fountain that has been built on the sea. It has been made very beautifully by using white lights and it is considered to be the tallest fountain jetting out sea water. Amusement park in this area features a bowling alley and an aquarium and Oyster Island can also be viewed from Clifton Beach.

Kemari

Being the main coastal town, Kemari is a small but busy harbor of Karachi that provides opportunity of fishing and sightseeing boats and launches. Some must visit attractions in Kemari include a light house and the fort. While sailing along the sea coast, one can travel towards east to see Mangroves, waterfowl and fishing villages and going till Indus National Delta Park provides a chance to see water flowing in large quantity.

Aladdin Park

It is the largest kids’ theme park in the whole province which includes Play Land Hill Park, Sindbad DHA Park Fun Land, Karachi Zoo Samzu Park and The Great Fiesta Cozy Water Park.  Aladdin Park has a shopping center and a play ground. PIA Airlines has also set up a planetarium in Karachi which provides to see images of whole sky with professional telescopes. The Great Fiesta provides exciting and thrilling water slides for young and adults alike. It also includes an Artificial Beach, Lazy River and Hurricane Wave Pool for enjoyment of people.

These were some of the major tourists’ places of Karachi. Visit them and enjoy your holidays at a wonderful place.

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