7 world famous monolithic mountains

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Formed in prehistoric times due to volcanic eruptions and a series of tectonic changes, these giant rocks are now popular tourist attractions.

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Devil’s Tower: Located in northeastern Wyoming, the Devil’s Tower is America’s oldest national monument. This rock impresses with a grooved texture on the flat sides and top. According to Native American legend, the unique texture is created when a giant bear claws its claws down the rock. Visitors often walk on trails around the base of the Demon Tower, admire the majesty of the famous monolith and explore nature and wildlife in the surrounding area.
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Stone Mountain: Granite block is 244 m high compared to the surrounding surface, with a circumference of more than 8,000 m. Belonging to the state of Georgia (USA), this site has an engraved picture of about 1.2 ha wide. The mountain is also a popular tourist attraction, with a number of trails for visitors to hike to the top.
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Sigiriya: One of the most famous places in Sri Lanka, Sigiriya, is a granite rock jutting out among the dense forests in the center of the island nation. The sides of the rock are nearly vertical, and climbers have to climb a series of dangerous stairs to reach the top. This monolithic mountain was the fortress of a powerful king of Sri Lanka in the 5th century. After that, the military structure was converted into a Buddhist monastery.
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Uluru: As a landmark associated with Australian history, the giant Uluru sandstone rock is located in the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in the northern territory, with a peak of 348 m compared to the surrounding desert. This rock is known by two names: Uluru, the official title given by the indigenous people and Ayers Rock, named after the politician Sir Henry Ayers. The climbing activity here has long been a controversial issue as Uluru is considered sacred by the native Anangu people and they ask visitors not to set foot there.
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El Penon de Guatape: This Colombian monolith is located near the town of Guatape and is worshiped by the indigenous Tahamies. The first climb of El Penon took place in the 1950s. To make it easier to climb, hundreds of wooden steps were built to form large cracks on the El Penon. Thanks to this staircase, El Penon de Guatape rocky mountain becomes a tourist attraction.
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Zuma Rock: Higher than 700 meters, the Zuma rock in the countryside is about 45 minutes by car from the Nigerian capital Abuja. An image of a giant monolith is printed on the back of the 100 naira note. Local residents believe that the rock has spiritual powers. Visitors can climb here, but since there is no essential infrastructure on the rock, it is often necessary to have a guide and appropriate climbing equipment.
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Rock of Gibraltar: The monolithic limestone rock at the southwestern tip of Iberia is part of Gibraltar, the overseas territory of the United Kingdom. Visitors here can admire the sweeping scenery of Europe, the sea and the coast of Africa. The rock is also home to a herd of domesticated Barbary monkeys. The peak has a network of tunnels built by the British in the 18th century. In addition, the Rock of Gibralatr is also home to the Moorish castle from the 8th century with part of the structure used as a prison in the year. 2010.

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