25 Spectacular Wonders of the World

Posted by on November 25, 2011

We humans tend to be argumentative creatures (just check the comments on 25 Popular Myths Debunked for a case in point) and it really is amazing that we manage to agree on anything at all. When we do, however, it’s incredible what the synergy of our efforts can accomplish. From the dusty ground of the Colosseum to the windy swept base of the Great Pyramid come with us on a tour of some of the most spectacular wonders of the world, and gather a new appreciation for the accomplishments of your fellow earthlings.


CN Tower – Canada


The CN Tower or Canadian National Tower is a communications and observation tower in Downtown Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Standing 553.33 metres (1,815.4 ft) tall, it is the world’s 5th tallest free-standing structure. It remains the tallest free-standing structure in the Western Hemisphere, a signature icon of Toronto’s skyline, and a symbol of Canada, attracting more than two million international visitors annually.


Empire State Building – United States


Another tall structure, the Empire State Building is a 102-story landmark skyscraper and American cultural icon in New York City, United States. It remained the world’s tallest building for almost 40 years, from its completion in 1931 to 1972, when the north tower of the World Trade Center was completed and took its place as the world tallest building.


Channel Tunnel – United Kingdom & France

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The Channel Tunnel also called the Euro Tunnel is a rail link under the English Channel between Cheriton near Folkestone, Kent, and Coquelles near Calais. The Channel Tunnel is 50 km (31 mi) long, out of which 39 km (24 mi) are underwater; it comprises two railway tunnels and a service tunnel. The tunnel is one of the greatest civil engineering projects of the 20th century and sees about 600 trains pass each direction every day.


Panama Canal – Panama


The Panama Canal is a major ship canal that traverses the Isthmus of Panama in Central America, connecting the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Construction of the canal was one of the largest and most difficult engineering projects ever undertaken. The 50 miles long (80 km) international waterway known as the Panama Canal allows ships to pass between the Atlantic Ocean and Pacific Ocean, saving about 8000 miles (12,875 km) from a journey around the southern tip of South America.


Eiffel Tower – France


The Eiffel Tower, or “La Dame de Fer” (the iron lady) is an iron lattice tower located on the Champ de Mars in Paris. The tower is the tallest building in Paris and the most-visited paid monument in the world. The tower stands 324 metres (1,063 ft) tall, and was built as the entrance arch to the 1889 World’s Fair.