Do you have an abnormal impulse to travel and are planning for the next expedition to go on?
Here are a few of the iconic places and monuments that can be your next travel destination:
Eiffel Tower in France
Three-story metal skyscraper is located in the heart of Paris. It was created for the 1889 International Exhibition to honor the French Revolution’s 100th anniversary. Auguste Eiffel along with a team of specialists built the Eiffel Tower, which is 324 meters/1062 feet tall. One will have to mount 704 steps to the tower observation post on the second level, however there are also elevators in each wing up to the second storey. Since its inauguration, the tower has been frequented by more than 250 million individuals, with over 7 million guests entertained on the top platform in 2016.
Great Wall of China
The Great Wall of China is indeed one of the globe’s seven marvels. It stretches throughout China in portions over quite a great area. Since it is almost 21,196 km/13,171 miles in length, the wall is also known as the ‘Long Wall.’ Rocks, blocks, and mosaics, along with dirt and oak, were used to construct it. The wall was finished in 1644, although it took almost 2,000 years to construct. The wall has almost 20,000 guard posts along it, which were intended to safeguard the nation from barbarians and foes, as well as to make collecting tax for products trafficked over the Silk Road simpler. With over 10 million tourists every year, the wall is now China’s most major tourist attraction. However, the myth that one can see the aforementioned marvel is not true!
Kremlin in Russia
The Grand Kremlin Palace is a component of the Kremlin compound in Moscow, Russia’s capital city, and is nestled between Red Square and St Basil’s Cathedral. The Kremlin is a fortification erected along the Moskva River with encircling walls. ‘Kremlin’ is Russian meaning castle within a city. Within the boundaries of the 500-year-old Kremlin are four cathedrals and five castles, and also the wall with its 20 arches. Once upon a time, the Tzars lived in the Kremlin. It is now the home of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Because of its nine brightly coloured onion spires, the Cathedral of Vasily the Blessed, also known as Saint Basil’s Cathedral, is widely understood.
Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy
The Leaning Tower of Pisa is a popular tourist destination in Italy. The Pisa Cathedral’s independent bell tower’s construction took over two centuries to complete and was finalized in 1399. The tower’s initial height was 60 metres (196 feet), however due to its tilting, the bottom side is currently only around 56 metres (184 feet). Since the soil was weak, gritty, and fragile, the building produced several issues. The architects attempted to balance the leaning side with extra pillars on the opposite end during construction, but the tower, like several other structures in the world, still leans. The tower was reinforced in 2000 by placing firmer soil beneath it. Walking up approximately 251 steps to the roof terrace at the top of the tower is an incredible experience. To ‘hold’ the tower, take a picture of yourself from the grass adjacent to it.
Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt
The Great Pyramid of Giza, located near Cairo, is among the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World and the only one left standing. The pyramids are composed of concrete and brickwork and are located in Cairo, Egypt’s capital. The Egyptian pyramids were constructed at a period when only menial work was accessible and no mechanical scaffolding was accessible. The pyramids were built to hold the corpses of the ancient Egyptian pharaohs. The Sphinx, a renowned monument of a lion torso with a pharaoh’s skull, stands next to the Giza pyramids. The Giza pyramids are estimated to be about 4,500 years old and are one of the world’s biggest buildings. More information about the Pyramids may be found here.
Sydney Opera House in Australia
The Sydney Opera House, located in Australia’s largest city, is known for its shell-like or sail-like dome style. The opera structure was constructed by Danish architect Jrn Utzon and constructed between 1959 and 1973. More than one million ceiling tiles surround the roof. Sweden is where they were made. There are many concert rooms, a playhouse, and art galleries in the opera house. Every week, around 40 concerts are performed here. This Australian monument attracts almost 8 million tourists each year! Every evening, the roof is illuminated in a spectacular display.
Statue of Liberty in the USA
The Statue of Liberty stands 92 meters/305 feet tall, with a copper-skinned iron construction. Woman Liberty, as the statue is known, was created by Frederic Auguste Bartholdi, and Alexandre Gustave Eiffel, who also constructed the Eiffel Tower, created the huge metal skeleton of the lady. In 1884, the statue was erected and consecrated in France. The memorial was subsequently dismantled into 350 parts and delivered to New York in 214 cartons. On the occasion of the American Centennial in 1886, the French people presented the Statue of Liberty to the People of the United States. The blaze of the torch is 24k gold-plated, and the crown has seven beams to represent the seven continents. The monument is located on Liberty Island, which is located in the Hudson River and faces New York City. The 154 stairs from the base to the top of the monument provide magnificent scenery of the ‘Big Apple,’ as New York is affectionately referred to as.
Taj Mahal in India
The Taj Mahal, which translates to “crown of palaces” in Persian, is located on the banks of the Yamuna River in Agra, India. The ruler Shah Jahan ordered the construction of a mausoleum for his favourite wife, Mumtaz Mahal, in 1632. The Taj Mahal has a mosque and a hotel, and also the wife’s grave. White marble and the best materials were used to construct the Taj Mahal, which were collected from all around Asia. It has valuable and semi-precious gemstones adorning it. Many of the walls have Quranic verses painted on them. The Taj Mahal’s central dome is 35 metres (115 feet) high, while the edifices are each 40 metres (130 feet) tall. More than 20,000 labourers are claimed to have worked on the monument, with over 1,000 elephants assisting in the transportation of heavy materials. Every year, almost 8 million people visit the tomb.
Moai on Easter Island/Chile
The Moai are massive statues that may be seen on the Polynesian island of Rapa Nui. Easter Island is a Chilean island that is usually referred to as Easter Island. In the midst of the Pacific Ocean, more than 2,200 miles from Chile, lies Easter Island. Around 1250 and 1500, the inhabitants crafted more than 900 stone figurines. Tuff rock and compacted lava flows were used to create the majority of the stone sculptures with enormous heads. The figures carry an aggregate of 14 tonnes, which is equivalent to the weight of two elephants! The dimension of the sculptures, nevertheless, differs; there are some that are smaller and others that are much larger. The biggest stone statue weighs 82 tonnes and is 10 metres long (33 feet). They stand around 4m/13ft tall. The vast stone sculptures, according to the majority of the inhabitants, depict their forefathers. The Rapa Nui have about 900 gigantic monuments and 300 ceremonial platforms that are holy to them.
Machu Picchu in Paris
Machu Picchu, which translates as “Old Mountain” in Quechua, is a well-known Peruvian landmark. ‘The Lost City of the Incas’ is another name for it. The Lost Cities remains are situated in the highlands, at a height of almost 2,400 meters/8,000 feet above sea level. There are almost 200 distinct dwellings and constructions at this ruin site. The remains were never found by European colonialists and were finally discovered in 1911 after natives led an American archaeologist to the location. Although some consider Machu Picchu was established as a holy location, others assume it was originally an Inca emperor’s summer hideaway. It was constructed in the 14th century and formerly housed over 1,000 people. Since the city is located on a mountain crest and so faces the risk of slipping down the hill during the monsoon season, approximately 600 terraces and a well-planned sewage system were constructed all around it. The city is a stunning sight and a fine example of Inca engineering, as all of the city’s constructions were erected without the use of tyres.