Saturday, May 19, 2007

The wonders of the world

1. Statue of Liberty (USA)

The Statue of Liberty was given to the United States as a gift of friendship from the people of France. Originally known as ‘’Liberty Enlightening the world,’’ the statue was proposed by France to commemorate the Franco-American alliance during the America Revolution. Designed by French Sculptor Frederic Auguste Bartholdiv the 151 feet staue was the form of a woman with an uplifted arm holding a torch.

2. Leaning Town of Pisa (Italy)

The tower of Pisa is the bell tower of a Cathedral. Its construction began in the August of 1173 and for about 200 years, in full fidelity to the original project, whose architect is still uncertain. In the past it was widely believe that the inclination of the Tower was part of the project ever since it’s beginning, but we now know that it is not so. The tower was designed to be ‘’vertical’’ and started to incline during its construction.

3. The Great Pyramid (Egypt)

The Great Pyramid was built on the west bank of the Nile River at Giza during the 4th Dynasty ( about 2575 to about 2467 B.C ). The oldest of the 7 wonders, the pyramid is the only one remaining nearly intact today. The Great Pyramid is also known as the pyramid of King Khufu. Ten years were required to prepare the site and 100,000

labourers worked thereafter for 20 years to complete the pyramid, which contains the king’s tomb.

4. Great Wall Of China ( China)

The Great Wall of China, just like a gigantic dargon, winds up and down across deserts, grasslands, mountains, and plateaus stretching approximately 6,700 kms (4,163 miles) from east to west of China. With a history of more than 2000 years, some of the sections of the great wall are now in ruins or even entirely disappeared. However, it is still one of the most appealing attractions all around the world owing to its architectural grandeur and historical significance.

5. Eiffel Tower ( France )

The tower is 300 meters tall. not including the 24 meters televisions antenna on top, and weighs 10,100 tonnes. It was the world’s tallest structure for 40 years. According to the official website for the tower, the summit is reached by 1,665 steps and not, as popularly believed, by 1,792 steps ( the same as the year of the First French Republic ).

6. Taj Mahal ( India )

Taj Mahal stands on the bank of River Yamuna, which otherwise serves as a wide moat defending the Great Red Fort of Agra. It was built by the fifith Mughal emperor , Shah Jahan, in 1631 in memory of his second wife , Mumtaz Mahal, a Pesian princess. She died while accompany her husband in Burhanpur in a campaign to crush a rebellion after giving birth to their 14th child.

7. Empire State Building (USA)

The Empire State Building was the tallest building in the city before the construction of the WTC. Its construction was hurried to completion , in order to take the title of ‘’World’s tallest building’’ from the Chrysler Building. The building rise to 1,250 feet or 381m at the 102nd floor. A broadcasting tower added in the 1950s brings the total height to 1,455 feet or 443.5 m.

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