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.


Harbour of Rio de Janeiro – Brazil


Rio de Janeiro Harbour is located on the south-western shore of Guanabara Bay, which is surrounded by the city of Rio along a strip of land between the Atlantic Ocean and the mountains: Sugar Loaf Mt, Corcovado Peak, and the hills of Tijuca. The geology of this amazing place is admired by people who said: “God made the world in six days and on the seventh, he concentrated on Rio”.


Leaning Tower of Pisa – Italy


The Leaning Tower of Pisa a.k.a Tower of Pisa is a free standing bell tower in the cathedral of the Italian city of Pisa. The top of the Leaning Tower can be reached by mounting the 294 steps which rise in the form of a spiral on the inner side of the tower walls. A popular tourist activity is to pose for photographs while pretending to “hold up” the leaning tower and preventing it from falling.


Mount Everest – Nepal


Mount Everest a.k.a Chomolungma (in Tibetan) is the world’s highest mountain, with a peak at 8,848 metres (29,029 ft) above sea level. It attracts many well-experienced mountaineers as well as novice climbers willing to hire professional guides.


Grand Canyon – United States


An awe-inspiring view, The Grand Canyon is a colourful, steep-sided gorge carved by the Colorado River in northern Arizona, United States. It is 277 miles (446 km) long, up to 18 miles (29 km) wide. Aside from casual sightseeing from the South Rim (averaging 7,000 feet [2,100 m] above sea level), rafting, hiking, running and helicopter tours are especially popular.


Statue of Liberty – United States


The Statue of Liberty is one of the most renowned symbols of American freedom. It is located on Liberty Island in the middle of the Hudson River in New York City Harbor. The statue, a gift to the United States from the people of France, is of a robed female figure representing Libertas, the Roman goddess of freedom, who bears a torch and a tabula ansata (a tablet evoking the law) upon which is inscribed the date of the American Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776. The statue is an icon of freedom and a widely recognized symbol of the United States.


Moai – Chile


If you’ve read our article on the 25 most remote places in the world then you know about the Moai. Created by the early Rapanui people between the years 1250 and 1500, they are monolithic human figures carved from rock on Easter Island, one of the most remote places in the world. Though Moai are whole-body statues, they are commonly referred to as “Easter Island heads”. It is also a popular World Heritage Site.


Hagia Sophia – Turkey


Hagia Sophia is an architectural beauty and an important monument both to the Byzantine and the Ottoman Empires. Once a church, later a mosque, and now a museum at the Turkish Republic, it has always been a symbol of its time. The city of Istanbul today carries the characteristics of these two different cultures and surely Hagia Sophia is a perfect synthesis where one can observe both Ottoman and Byzantium effects under one great dome.


Acropolis of Athens – Greece


The Acropolis is the one historical site you can’t miss. Although there are many other acropoleis in Greece, the significance of the Acropolis of Athens is such that it is commonly known as The Acropolis without qualification. The building on the top is known as Parthenon. Built in 438BC, it is temple dedicated to the Greek goddess Athena.


Roman Colosseum – Italy


The Roman Colosseum a.k.a the Flavian Amphitheatre is one of Rome’s most famous buildings and enduring monuments to the culture of the ancient Romans. The Colosseum was the Roman Empire’s primary stage for gladiatorial combat for nearly 4 centuries. It is one of Rome’s most popular tourist attractions and still has close connections with the Roman Catholic Church, as each Good Friday the Pope leads a torchlit “Way of the Cross” procession that starts in the area around the Colosseum.


Taj Mahal – India


The Taj Mahal is widely recognized as “the jewel of Muslim art in India” and one of the most universally admired masterpieces of world heritage. It was built by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his third wife, Mumtaz Mahal. Taj Mahal is the finest example of Mughal architecture, a style that combines elements from Persian, Turkish and Indian influences.