Here is a selection of top ten iconic structures:
1. Taj Mahal, Agra, India
According to the Taj’s creator Emperor Shah Jahan, this mausoleum made “the sun and the moon shed tears from their eyes”.
It was built as a memorial to Jahan’s wife – is enough to move any visitor to tears.
2. Angkor Wat, Siem Reap, Cambodia
The largest religious monument on Earth, this temple was built in the 12th century as a Hindu temple.
It was later converted into a Buddhist temple.
3. Eiffel Tower, Paris, France
Named after its engineer Gustave Eiffel, it has become the symbol of Paris and a symbol of love.
4. Pyramids of Giza, Giza Plateau, Egypt
Standing for 4,500 years, the Pyramids of Giza is the oldest of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
Built as massive tombs on the orders of the pharaohs, it’s the most magnificent man-made structure on Earth.
5. Christ the Redeemer, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Located atop Corcovado’s Mount, this monument is one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.
The statue of Jesus watching over the city was built to stem the ‘tide of godlessness’ after World War I.
6. Notre-Dame Basilica, Montréal, Canada
This Gothic Revival basilica boasts stained glass depictions of Montreal’s religious history, gilded sculptures and carved wood.
7. Great Wall of China, Huairou, China
The Great Wall was constructed in the 7th century by Qin Shi Huang, China’s first emperor, to protect China’s states and empires against invasions.
It’s 21,196 kilometres long.
8. The Treasury, Petra, Jordan
This 2,000-year-old structure is best seen when the sun strikes it directly.
Carved out of sandstone as a tomb for the Nabataean King Aretas III, the Treasury’s name comes from the story of an Egyptian pharaoh who hid his treasure there.
9. The White House, Washington D.C, United States
Home to the President of the United States, the 132-room structure is regarded as a symbol of Western democracy.
10. St. Basil’s Cathedral, Moscow, Russia
Russia’s best-known structure was built in the 16th century to commemorate Tsar Ivan the Terrible’s victory over the Kazan Khanate.
Consisting of nine chapels, it’s a masterpiece of Russian architecture.
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Nov 18, 2018