Top 10 Natural Arches in the World
All around the world, arch monuments are among the most celebrated landmarks. These are beauty and perfection at their best, with great intricacy and symmetry, and mankind is proud of these architectural achievements. But, whatever man does, Nature has already done it - better and with greater finesse. That is why, when we lay our eyes upon the stunning natural arches in the world, the man-made ones look rather artificial, and even their perfection seems kind of ordinary. Here is a list of the Top 10 Most Beautiful Natural Arches in the World.

5. Durdle Door

Durdle Door The Durdle Door is an arch located in a privately owned land, projecting from Jurassic Coast of Dorset in England, and is attached to the mainland by a 390 foot isthmus. The natural limestone arch is open to public, and is accessible by foot. Despite the steep path with steps from Lulworth Cove, hikers often choose to do it anyway. The 140 million year old arch is a popular photography spot .

4. Azure Window

Azure Window The Azure Window is a limestone arch, located on the Gozo Island, which is a part of Malta. It was formed from the collapsing of two caves of limestone, as a result of sea erosion. In fact, even now, rock parts fall from under the arch. Experts believe that the condition of this arch is such that it is likely to collapse at any time within a few years. Currently, though, tourists like to swim around it.

3. Moon Hill

Moon Hill Located outside Yangshuo in China, the Moon Hill is a natural arch set atop a hill that is 750 feet high. The arch, itself, is an excellent view from far away. Travellers can reach it following a 20 minute climb, and then walk through the arch. Some also prefer to take a longer walk by climbing all the way to the top of the arch, from where it is possible to enjoy an excellent view of the surroundings.

2. Shipton's Arch

Shipton's Arch The Shipton's Arch is named after English mountaineer Eric Shipton who first discovered it in 1947. It is also called the Tushuk Tash, which means Hole in Heaven. It is located in China, northwest of Kashgar in the Xinjiang Province, and was familiar to locals only. Situated on a pile of rubble, this rocky arch, at a staggering height of 1,200 feet, is the tallest natural arch, and has a span of 212 feet.

1. Aloba Arch

Aloba Arch At a length of 250 feet, Aloba Arch in the landlocked country of Chad in Central Africa is the longest natural arch in the world. It is also the world's second tallest. It is one of the most unfrequented ones, owing to its remote location. It appears to have two stages. While the upper half is like a buttress at the end of a sandstone slab, the lowers section of softer stone was eroded by stream. These amazing natural arches in the world are formed in rocks, and there are many more all over the world, like China, France, Utah, etc. Some of them are on beaches, near the sea, while some are parts of cliffs or on cliffs. Some of them are attached to some other natural formation, while others stand isolated. They all offer a great view, and remind us what an excellent architect Nature is, having created some of the most spectacular phenomena, and given us a beautiful world to live in.


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