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World's Most Popular Man-Made Structures

Eiffel Tower - Paris, France

Eiffel Tower - Paris, France

Sometimes, all it takes is an iconic landmark to identify a location. We list down some of the world's most well-known man-made structures that makes a place worth traveling to.

Eiffel Tower
Constructed in 1889 as the entrance to the 1889 World's Fair, this wrought iron tower on the Champ de Mars in Paris, France was initially criticized by some of France's leading artists and intellectuals for its design. Today, it is a major symbol of France and one of the most recognisable structures in the world.

Great Wall of China

Great Wall of China

Great Wall of China
The Great Wall of China is a series of fortifications built along an east-to-west line across the historical northern borders of China to protect the Chinese states and empires against invasions. At 21,196.18 kilometers, it is dubbed as the longest wall and biggest ancient architecture ever built. Despite its size, the Great Wall of China cannot be seen from space with the naked eye, contradicting the popular belief.

Statue of Liberty - New York, USA

Statue of Liberty - New York, USA

Statue of Liberty
Towering over Liberty Island in New York Harbor in New York City is a  colossal neoclassical sculpture called Liberty Enlightening the World, or more popularly, the Statue of Liberty.  It was a gift to the United States from the people of France. Since its dedication on October 28, 1886, the staue has become an icon of freedom of the United States and a welcoming figure to immigrants arriving from abroad.

Taj Mahal - Agra, India

Taj Mahal - Agra, India

Taj Mahal
Built in Agra, India by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan as the final resting place of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal, the Taj Mahal is widely considered as one of the most beautiful buildings in the world. Taj Mahal is the finest example of Mughal architecture, a style that combines elements from Persian, Islamic and Indian architectural styles.

The Parthenon - Athens, Greece

The Parthenon - Athens, Greece

The Parthenon
Constructed in honor of the Greek goddess Athena, whom the people of Athens considered their protector, the Parthenon is the most important surviving building of Classical Greece and regarded as an enduring symbol of Ancient Greece, Athenian democracy and western civilization.

The Colosseum - Rome, Italy

The Colosseum - Rome, Italy

The Colosseum
Originally called the Flavian Amphitheatre, the Colosseum is an elliptical amphitheatre in the centre of the city of Rome, Italy. It is the largest structure of its kind ever built in the Roman Empire and considered one of the greatest works of Roman architecture and Roman engineering.

Christ the Redeemer - Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

Christ the Redeemer - Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

Christ the Redeemer
Cristo Redentor, more popularly known as Christ the Redeemer, is a 98-foot statue of Jesus Christ standing on a 26-foot pedestal with outstretched arms spanning 92 feet. Standing on the peak of Corcovado mountain in the Tijuca Forest National Park in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, it is considered the largest Art Deco statue and the 5th largest statue of Jesus in the world.

Leaning Tower Of Pisa - Italy

Leaning Tower Of Pisa - Italy

Leaning Tower Of Pisa
This iconic tilting tower is actually the freestanding bell tower of the Cathedral of Pisa in Italy. Construction of the 183.3-foot tower started in 1173 and was completed in 1372. The tower's tilt, which made it the iconic structure it is today, was caused by an inadequate foundation on ground too soft on one side to properly support the structure's weight. Several restoration efforts were made to correct the tilt over the decades. The tower leaned at an angle of 5.5 degrees before a recent restoration. Today, it now leans at about 3.99 degrees which means the top of the tower is displaced horizontally 3.9 metres (12 ft 10 in) from the centre.

La Sagrada Família - Catalonia, Spain

La Sagrada Família - Catalonia, Spain

La Sagrada Família
The Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família, the Sagrada Família for short, is a massive Roman Catholic church that has been under construction in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain since 1882 and is not expected to be complete until at least 2026. It was designed by Spanish architect Antoni Gaudí (1852–1926). A portion of the building's interior was openned for public worship and tours in September 2010. Some parts of the church, including the Crypt and the Nativity Facade, were declared UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Great Pyramids of Giza - Cairo, Egypt

Great Pyramids of Giza - Cairo, Egypt

Great Pyramids of Giza
The Great Pyramids of Giza is composed of three ancient pyramids built in an archaeological site on the Giza Plateau, on the outskirts of Cairo, Egypt. The Great Pyramids first hugged the limelight during Hellenistic times, when theey were listed by Antipater of Sidon as one of the Seven Wonders of the World. It is by far the oldest of the ancient Wonders and the only one still in existence.

St. Peter's Basilica - Vatican City

St. Peter's Basilica - Vatican City

St. Peter's Basilica
The Papal Basilica of Saint Peter, officially known in Italian as the Basilica Papale di San Pietro in Vaticano and commonly known as St. Peter's Basilica, is a Late Renaissance church located within the Vatican City. St. Peter's Basilica has the largest interior of any Christian church in the world, holding 60,000 people. It is regarded as one of the holiest Catholic sites.

Machu Picchu - Urubamba Valley in Peru

Machu Picchu - Urubamba Valley in Peru

Machu Picchu
Machu Picchu, which literally means"Old Mountain", is a pre-Columbian Inca site located 2,430 metres (7,970 ft) above sea level. It is situated on a mountain ridge above the Urubamba Valley in Peru, which is 80 kilometres (50 mi) northwest of Cuzco and through which the Urubamba River flows. Most archaeologists believe that Machu Picchu was built as an estate for the Inca emperor Pachacuti (1438–1472).

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