While there’s so much natural beauty in the world to see, there are also a great deal of magnificent structures that people have built during human history that should be viewed. These structures are generally considered to be tourist magnets for people all over the world.
Here are 7 of the world’s most popular man-made tourist attractions:
Eiffel Tower (Paris, France)
Despite the endless attractions of Paris, most tourists will initially flock to view the iconic Eiffel Tower, which is seen as the quintessential symbol of Paris. This wrought iron lattice tower was built as far back as 1889 and is located on the Champ de Mars. While it is a huge tourist attraction, a global cultural icon and one of the most recognisable structures in the world, opinion is divide on its aesthetic quality; some view it as an artistic and architectural masterpiece while others think it is an ugly and intrusive eyesore on Paris.
The Great Wall of China (China)
Built over 2,000 years ago, the Great Wall of China has attracted considerable interest since its inception and is still classified as the world’s longest wall. The wall stretches over 5, 500 miles, and it was built as a means of protecting Chinese borders. The development the wall came at a heavy price– it is believed that over 1 million persons died during its construction.
Statue of Liberty (NYC, USA)
All over the world, the Statue of Liberty is recognised as the universal symbol of democracy, freedom and hope. This imposing, robed female figure was designed to represent the Roman goddess of freedom, Libertas. While this attraction is firmly associates with New York City, it was actually given to the US as a gift of friendship from France, and was designed by Frédéric Bartholdi.
Taj Mahal (Agra, India)
This enchanting structure is considered to be one of the eight wonders of the world. Mughal emperor Shah Jahan built the Taj Mahal memory of his third wife, Mumtaz Mahal, and its architectural style combines Indian, Turkish and Persian architecture.
Roman Coliseum (Rome, Italy)
This famous and enduring building is an appropriately fitting tribute to the might and majesty of the culture of the ancient Roman era. Originally named the Flavian Amphitheatre, this venue saw people who were either prisoners of war, slaves or condemned criminals fight to the death. These people were mostly men and known as gladiators (there were a few women gladiators though). Wild animals also fought in the arena, and it is believed that over 9,000 wild animals were killed.
Pyramids of Giza (Cairo, Egypt)
Egypt is one of the earliest cradles of civilization and the Great Pyramid (Pyramids of Giza) is a historically apt reminder of the impact of the ancient Egyptian era. It is 146.5 metres long, and for over 3,800 years, it was the world’s tallest historical man-made structure. It is thought that the pyramid was built for fourth dynasty Egyptian pharaoh Khufu as a tomb, and that it was constructed over a 20 year period.
Big Ben (London, England)
Big Ben is the quintessential symbol of London and undoubtedly one of the most famous clock towers in the world. This clock tower has the distinction of being the third-tallest free-standing clock tower and holding the largest four-faced chiming clock in the world. Augustus Pugin was responsible for the design of Big Ben.
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