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Man-made Iconic Attractions

Eiffel Tower? Pyramids of Egypt? Which man-made icons are the best?
8 years ago, March 11th 2012 No: 1 Msg: #153018  
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I'm doing a Top 10 Best Man-Made Structures or "human marvels" in the world. Please let me know what iconic attraction you find best.
[Edited: 2012 Mar 11 06:45 - GBForce:232803 ]
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8 years ago, March 11th 2012 No: 2 Msg: #153021  
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An interesting question, here is what I have come up with in the order I came up with them:
1. The Great Wall of China, China
2. The Pyramids of Giza, Egypt
3. The Statue of Liberty, USA
4. St. Peter's Basilica, Italy
5. Sydney Opera House, Australia
6. Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany
7. Taj Mahal, India
8. Angkor Wat, Cambodia
9. St. Basil's Cathedral, Russia
10. Himeji Castle, Japan

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8 years ago, March 11th 2012 No: 3 Msg: #153022  
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Here some of attractions that could be in your list:

1. The Crystal Palace in London.
Was build in 1851 for the Great Exhibition and destroyed in1936.
2. Palace of Versailles In France.
3. Machu Picchu in Peru.

Machu Picchu photos

4. The Red Fort in India.

The Red Fort photos

5. Karnak temples in Egypt.

The list could be endless, so later I ll add some more.

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8 years ago, March 11th 2012 No: 4 Msg: #153024  
A very good question! I've limited my choices to those I have personally seen. Here they are listed in chronological order:

1. The Great Pyramids of Giza, Egypt
2. The Temple of Karnak, Luxor, Egypt
3. The Great Wall of China, China
4. Hagia Sophia, Istanbul, Turkey
5. Sainte-Chapelle, Paris, France
6. Nasrid Palace at the Alhambra, Granada, Spain
7. St Peter's Basilica, Vatican City
8. Taj Mahal, Agra, India
9. Palace of Versailles, France
10. Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi, UAE

An honourable mention should go to the Incheon Grand Bridge in South Korea.

[Edited: 2012 Mar 12 20:44 - The Travel Camel:11053 ]
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8 years ago, March 11th 2012 No: 5 Msg: #153042  
1. The leaning tower of Pisa
2. St Pauls Cathedral in Venice
3. Delta works in the Netherlands
4. Golden Gate Bridge
5. Camp Nou, in Barcelona
6. Kremlin
7. Colosseum
8. Canals: Suez, Panama, Amsterdam
9. Tower of London
10. Dolmens and fairy forts in Ireland
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8 years ago, March 12th 2012 No: 6 Msg: #153057  
Do we measure in terms of beauty, art or human achievement? If human achievement:
1. The Great Pyramids of Egypt (considering number of workers and number of years)
2. Burj Khalifa (Technically impossible)
3. La Sagrada Familia (hope to be alive to see completion)
4. Angkor Wat/Bayon (built on shaky foundations)
5. Taj Mahal (over 20 years to build with thousands of workers and artisans)
6. Karnak Temple (Consider the heat)
7. The Great Wall of China (over 8,000km long !)
8. The Potala Palace (one of the highest in the world)
9. A flag on the moon
10. Singapore (almost bang on the equator, a place where all I want to do is lie by the pool) Reply to this

8 years ago, March 12th 2012 No: 7 Msg: #153078  
In terms of human achievement I vote for:

1. The Pyramid of Giza, Egypt
2. Ancient city of Petra, Yemen
3. The Great Wall of China
4. Angkor Wat, Cambodia
5. Macchu Picchu, Peru
6. Taj Mahal, Agra, India
7. Potala Palace, Lhasa, Tibet
8. Complejo Maya El Mirador, Guatemala
9. La Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Spain
10. Alhambra, Granada, Spain

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8 years ago, March 12th 2012 No: 8 Msg: #153098  
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Thank you co-travel bloggers for your replies! Will take your insights into consideration. Appreciate it. Reply to this

8 years ago, March 12th 2012 No: 9 Msg: #153110  
1. The Pyramid of Giza, Egypt
2. The Great Wall of China
3. Macchu Picchu, Peru
4 .Ancient city of Petra, Yemen
5. The Colosseum, Italy
6. The Temple of Karnak, Egypt
7. Tikal, Guatemala
8. Angkor Wat, Cambodia
9. Alhambra, Spain
10.Newgrange & Brú na Bóinne, Ireland Reply to this

8 years ago, March 19th 2012 No: 10 Msg: #153464  
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I have to give one to Mt. Rushmore and Notra Dame in Paris. Reply to this

8 years ago, April 18th 2012 No: 11 Msg: #154937  
I would like to add a few that almost always are forgotten in these kind of lists:

Leshan Giant Buddha in China. It is 71 meters high and was carved out in the 8th century. The making of the statue took 70 years and all they had was very simple tools.

In several places in the world there are underground irrigation systems. These irrigation systems go under the common name Qanat. They never end up in lists like this simply because they are not visible from the ground, they are long tunnels, and they are not photogenic. In some places each one of these tunnels are more than 100 km long and they were dug by hand often 1000 years ago or more. The entire irrigation system of underground tunnels in Turpan, China is roughly 3000 km long. The tools they used were the simplest you can imagine everything was dug by hand of course. Examples of quanats I have visited are in Turpan, China, in Oman and in Nazca in Peru. I have a few photos:

A falaj in Oman:
A karez in Turpan:
Nazca, Peru Reply to this

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