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World's Greatest Landmarks

posted Aug 16, 2012, 1:25 AM by Simon Nguyen   [ updated Sep 20, 2012, 12:59 AM ]

Landmarks are major tourist attractions. Since most people have an appreciation for history, famous monuments offer them a chance to relive the glories and wonders of the past. Popular landmarks tend to be ones with historical and cultural significance; they are likely to have withstood the test of time. This article offers a list of the world's greatest landmarks.

The Eiffel Tower (Paris, France)

The Eiffel Tower is the most prominent of the modern structures. The tower is also the world's most popular landmark. According La Tour Eiffel, the famous tower has been visited by more than 200 million people since its inception. What has allowed the Eiffel to retain its popularity through the years is the fact it is an engineering and artistic wonder. The tower as a structure was ahead of its time and remains to this day a fine specimen of modern architecture. The Eiffel Tower is also an excellent exhibit of France's glorious past. The French were renowned for their arts and engineering; the tower perfectly showcases such qualities.

A famous writer once said, "If you don't know what the Eiffel Tower looks like, you probably have never left your house." Imagine taking a view of the great tower from a café nearby. It is undoubtedly breathtaking, especially during nighttime. As the Eiffel is an iconic structure, it has inspired numerous similar structures. The famous tower has also been featured in popular prints and media. The Eiffel is without question one of the world's most renowned landmarks.

The Great Wall of China

China is one of the world's most popular tourist destinations, and the Great Wall of China is the country's biggest tourist draw. In fact, it has become a goal of many people to traverse the massive wall from end to end. What make the famous landmark so fascinating are its scale and size. The Great Wall of China covers the country's entire Northern border. As the wall was built to protect China from its ferocious Northern neighbors (the Mongols, Jins, and Manchus to name a few), it had witnessed many bloody battles and grand invasions. The Great Wall is definitely one of historical value.

The construction of the Great Wall of China was probably the costliest engineering project in history. Thousands of people were involved in this project; many of them were believed to have died during the construction. The costs to build, repair and maintain the Great Wall were enormous. Unofficial estimates put the cost of construction in the hundreds of billion dollars in today's value. All in all, the popular attraction is without question the world's grandest landmark.

The Great Pyramid of Giza (Cairo, Egypt)

Tourism is one of the most important sectors of the Egyptian economy. The celebrated Giza Pyramid is the central piece of Egypt's tourism. Much like the Eiffel Tower and the Great Wall of China, the Great Pyramid is an architectural wonder. Even till this day, historians and archeologists are still not 100% sure as to how the pyramids were built. How did ancient Egyptians, with their primitive technologies, manage to construct such a complex structure like the pyramid? It is because of this unsolved puzzle that the Giza Pyramid is deemed a worthy landmark to visit.

The vast majority of visitors to Egypt are people who have an interest in world history and culture. New archeological discoveries near the Great Pyramid and elsewhere in Egypt occur frequently. To be part of history is always exciting for people who appreciate the value of history; visiting the Great Pyramid of Giza offers such unique opportunity. The famed monument is unquestionably one of the world's greatest landmarks.