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The most popular man-made wonders according to Day Zero Project community.
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1. The Eiffel Tower PARIS
The Eiffel Tower (nickname La dame de fer, the iron lady) is an 1889 iron lattice tower located on the Champ de Mars in Paris that has become both a global icon of France and one of the most recognizable structures in the world. The tallest building in Paris, it is the most-visited paid monument in the world; millions of people ascend it every year. Named for its designer, engineer Gustave Eiffel, the tower was built as the entrance arch to the 1889 World's Fair.
The Eiffel Tower was originally intended to be a temporary structure and faced initial public criticism, but it went on to become one of the most iconic landmarks in the world.
2. Musée du Louvre PARIS
The Musée du Louvre, or officially Grand Louvre — in English the Louvre Museum or simply the Louvre — is one of the the world's largest museums, the most visited art museum in the world and a historic monument. It is a central landmark of Paris and located on the Right Bank of the Seine in the 1st arrondissement (district). Nearly 35,000 objects from prehistory to the 19th century are exhibited over an area of 60,600 square metres (652,300 square feet).
The Louvre Museum in Paris is home to over 35,000 works of art, including the famous painting of Mona Lisa.
3. The Great Wall of China CHINA
The Great Wall of China, a symbol of ancient civilization and architectural wonder, stands as a testament to human ingenuity and perseverance. Spanning over 13,000 miles, this iconic structure offers visitors a chance to immerse themselves in history while marveling at its grandeur. From exploring the well-preserved sections near Beijing, such as Badaling and Mutianyu, to venturing off the beaten path to witness the wild beauty of Jiankou or Jinshanling, there are countless opportunities to hike, take breathtaking photographs, and gain a deeper understanding of China's rich cultural heritage.
The Great Wall of China is not a single continuous wall, but a series of walls and fortifications built over different dynasties.
4. Times Square NEW YORK
Times Square is a major commercial intersection in the borough of Manhattan in New York City, at the junction of Broadway and Seventh Avenue and stretching from West 42nd to West 47th Streets. The extended Times Square area, also called the Theatre District, consists of the blocks between Sixth and Eighth Avenues from east to west, and West 40th and West 53rd Streets from south to north, making up the western part of the commercial area of Midtown Manhattan.
Times Square is named after The New York Times, which moved its headquarters to the area in 1904.
5. The Statue of Liberty NEW YORK
The Statue of Liberty, an iconic symbol of freedom and hope, stands tall on Liberty Island in New York Harbor. This majestic statue, a gift from France to the United States, has become a must-visit destination for travelers from around the world. As you embark on this journey, you will have the opportunity to explore the rich history and significance behind Lady Liberty, marvel at her grandeur and craftsmanship, and soak in breathtaking panoramic views of the New York City skyline from her crown. Additionally, you can immerse yourself in the fascinating exhibits at the Statue of Liberty Museum, learn about the immigration experience at Ellis Island, and take a tranquil ferry ride to witness this awe-inspiring monument up close.
The Statue of Liberty was originally intended to be a lighthouse, but due to its location on a small island, it was deemed ineffective for that purpose.
6. The Pyramids at Giza EGYPT
The Great Pyramid of Giza (also called the Pyramid of Khufu and the Pyramid of Cheops) is the oldest and largest of the three pyramids in the Giza Necropolis bordering what is now El Giza, Egypt. It is the oldest of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, and the only one to remain largely intact. It is believed the pyramid was built as a tomb for fourth dynasty Egyptian Pharaoh Khufu (Cheops in Greek) and constructed over a 20-year period concluding around 2560 BC.
The Great Pyramid of Giza is the oldest of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World and is the only one still standing today.
7. Machu Picchu PERU
Machu Picchu – "Old Mountain", pronounced – is a pre-Columbian Inca site located 2,430 metres (7,970 ft) above sea level. It is situated on a mountain ridge above the Urubamba Valley in Peru, which is 80 kilometres (50 mi) northwest of Cuzco and through which the Urubamba River flows. Most archaeologists believe that Machu Picchu was built as an estate for the Inca emperor Pachacuti (1438–1472).
Machu Picchu was rediscovered in 1911 by American explorer Hiram Bingham, who initially mistook it for the "Lost City of the Incas."
8. Stonehenge ENGLAND
Stonehenge is a prehistoric monument located in the English county of Wiltshire, about 3.2 kilometres (2.0 mi) west of Amesbury and 13 kilometres (8.1 mi) north of Salisbury. One of the most famous sites in the world, Stonehenge is composed of earthworks surrounding a circular setting of large standing stones. It is at the centre of the most dense complex of Neolithic and Bronze Age monuments in England, including several hundred burial mounds.
Stonehenge is aligned with the solstices, allowing the sun to rise precisely above the Heel Stone on the summer solstice.
9. The Taj Mahal INDIA
The Taj Mahal is a mausoleum located in Agra, India. It is one of the most recognizable structures in the world. It was built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his third wife, Mumtaz Mahal. It is widely considered as one of the most beautiful buildings in the world and stands as a symbol of eternal love. Taj Mahal is the finest example of Mughal architecture, a style that combines elements from Persian, Islamic and Indian architectural styles.
You will not be alone! An estimated 7-8 million visitors each year make this India's top destination.
10. The London Eye ENGLAND
The London Eye is a giant Ferris wheel situated on the banks of the River Thames, in London, England. The entire structure is 135 metres (443 ft) tall and the wheel has a diameter of 120 metres (394 ft). It is the tallest Ferris wheel in Europe, and the most popular paid tourist attraction in the United Kingdom, visited by over 3.5 million people annually.
The London Eye is the tallest Ferris wheel in Europe, standing at a height of 443 feet (135 meters).
11. Empire State Building NEW YORK
Standing tall amidst the bustling streets of New York City, the Empire State Building is an iconic landmark that captivates the hearts of travelers from around the world. With its towering height and magnificent Art Deco architecture, this legendary structure offers an unparalleled opportunity to witness the city that never sleeps from a breathtaking vantage point. Ascending to the top of this architectural marvel unveils a mesmerizing panorama of the city's sprawling skyline, where visitors can soak in the mesmerizing views, snap memorable photographs, and even indulge in a delightful dining experience at the world-famous 86th-floor observatory. A visit to the Empire State Building promises an unforgettable adventure, filled with awe-inspiring sights and the chance to create lasting memories.
The Empire State Building was constructed in just 1 year and 45 days, which was considered a remarkable feat of engineering at the time.
12. Golden Gate Bridge SAN FRANCISCO
The iconic Golden Gate Bridge stands tall amidst the breathtaking beauty of San Francisco, inviting adventure enthusiasts to embark on a memorable journey by foot. Walking across this architectural marvel offers an unparalleled experience, allowing visitors to soak in the mesmerizing views of the city skyline, Alcatraz Island, and the vast expanse of the Pacific Ocean. As you traverse the bridge's 1.7-mile span, take a moment to appreciate its rich history and marvel at its engineering brilliance. Whether it's capturing stunning photographs, immersing yourself in the vibrant atmosphere, or simply enjoying the refreshing ocean breeze, a walk across the Golden Gate Bridge promises to be an unforgettable travel goal.
The Golden Gate Bridge is painted in a distinctive orange-red color called "international orange" to increase visibility in foggy conditions and has become an iconic symbol of San Francisco.
13. The Colosseum ITALY
The Colosseum, or the Coliseum, originally the Flavian Amphitheatre, is an elliptical amphitheatre in the centre of the city of Rome, Italy, the largest ever built in the Roman Empire. It is considered one of the greatest works of Roman architecture and Roman engineering.
The Colosseum in Italy is the largest amphitheater ever built and could hold up to 50,000 spectators.
14. Mount Rushmore SOUTH DAKOTA
Located in the heart of the Black Hills of South Dakota, Mount Rushmore stands as a symbol of American history and ingenuity. This iconic national monument, carved into the granite face of the mountain, showcases the faces of four esteemed presidents: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln. Beyond the awe-inspiring sight of these monumental sculptures, visitors can immerse themselves in the rich history of the United States at the visitor center, explore the nature trails that surround the area, or attend the evening lighting ceremony. A trip to Mount Rushmore promises a captivating blend of natural beauty, cultural significance, and patriotic pride.
Mount Rushmore was originally intended to feature the presidents from head to waist, but due to lack of funding, the project was scaled down to just the heads.
15. Petra JORDAN
Petra is a historic and archaeological city in the Jordanian governorate of Ma'an that is known for its rock cut architecture and water conduits system. Established sometime around the 6th century BC as the capital city of the Nabataeans, it is a symbol of Jordan as well as its most visited tourism attraction. It lies on the slope of Mount Hor in a basin among the mountains which form the eastern flank of Arabah (Wadi Araba), the large valley running from the Dead Sea to the Gulf of Aqaba.
Petra in Jordan is home to the iconic Treasury building, which was featured in the movie "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade."
16. The White House WASHINGTON, D.C.
The White House is the official residence and principal workplace of the President of the United States. Located at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW in Washington, D.C. , the house was designed by Irish-born James Hoban, and built between 1792 and 1800 of white-painted Aquia sandstone in the Neoclassical style. It has been the residence of every U.S. President since John Adams.
The White House has a secret underground tunnel system that connects it to various government buildings in Washington, D.C.
17. The Parthenon GREECE
The Parthenon is a temple in the Athenian Acropolis, Greece, dedicated to the Greek goddess Athena, whom the people of Athens considered their protector. Its construction began in 447 BCE and was completed in 438 BCE, although decorations of the Parthenon continued until 431 BCE. It is the most important surviving building of Classical Greece, generally considered to be the culmination of the development of the Doric order.
The Parthenon in Greece was originally painted in vibrant colors, including red, blue, and gold, which have faded over time.
18. Buckingham Palace LONDON
Buckingham Palace is the official London residence of the British monarch. Located in the City of Westminster, the palace is a setting for state occasions and royal hospitality. It has been a rallying point for the British people at times of national rejoicing and crisis. Originally known as Buckingham House, the building which forms the core of today's palace was a large townhouse built for the Duke of Buckingham in 1705 on a site which had been in private ownership for at least 150 years.
Buckingham Palace has its own post office, which handles thousands of letters and packages every day.
19. Sydney Opera House AUSTRALIA
The Sydney Opera House is a multi-venue performing arts centre in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. It was conceived and largely built by Danish architect Jørn Utzon, who, in 2003, received the Pritzker Prize, architecture's highest honour. The Pritzker Prize citation stated: "There is no doubt that the Sydney Opera House is his masterpiece".
The Sydney Opera House is one of the most famous and distinctive buildings in the world, with its unique sail-like design and being recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
20. Trevi Fountain (Fontana Di Trevi) ITALY
"In the maze of narrow, meandering streets, Rome hides a sparkling jewel held to be a triumphant example of Baroque finesse and the natural artistry of water- one of the world's most stunning fountains and a work of art in one. Trevi is not just a cold piece of marble. The play of light, shade and wind makes it move in a mesmerizing rhythm that the hypnotized public yields to subconsciously, and even if a tight agenda draws them away for a while, they go to all lengths to see the astounding spring once again."
Trevi Fountain was completed in 1762 and is fed by one of the oldest Roman aqueducts, the Aqua Virgo, which has been supplying water to Rome for over 2,000 years.
21. The Sistine Chapel VATICAN CITY
Sistine Chapel is the best-known chapel in the Apostolic Palace, the official residence of the Pope in Vatican City. It is famous for its architecture, evocative of Solomon's Temple of the Old Testament, and its decoration that has been frescoed throughout by the greatest Renaissance artists including Michelangelo, Raphael, Bernini, and Sandro Botticelli. Under the patronage of Pope Julius II, Michelangelo painted 12,000 square feet (1,100 m) of the chapel ceiling between 1508 and 1512.
The Sistine Chapel is famous for its stunning ceiling frescoes, including Michelangelo's iconic depiction of the Creation of Adam.
22. Angkor Wat CAMBODIA
Angkor Wat is a Hindu temple complex at Angkor, Cambodia, built for the king Suryavarman II in the early 12th century as his state temple and part of his capital city. As the best-preserved temple at the site, it is the only one to have remained a significant religious centre since its foundation — first Hindu, dedicated to the god Vishnu, then Buddhist. The temple is at the top of the high classical style of Khmer architecture.
Angkor Wat is believed to have been built as a Hindu temple, but later transformed into a Buddhist temple complex.
23. Disneyland Paris FRANCE
Disneyland Paris, originally Euro Disney Resort, is an entertainment resort in Marne-la-Vallée, a new town located 32 km east of the centre of Paris, and is the most visited theme park in all of Europe.
Disneyland Paris is the most visited theme park in Europe, attracting over 15 million visitors annually.
24. Tower of London ENGLAND
Her Majesty's Royal Palace and Fortress, more commonly known as the Tower of London, is a historic castle on the north bank of the River Thames in central London, England. It lies within the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, separated from the eastern edge of the City of London by the open space known as Tower Hill. It was founded towards the end of 1066 as part of the Norman Conquest of England.
The Tower of London is home to a group of ravens, and according to legend, if the ravens ever leave, the tower will crumble and the kingdom will fall.
25. The Palace of Versailles FRANCE
"The Palace of Versailles, was the de facto capital of the kingdom of France for over a century, from 1682 to 1789. On UNESCO’s World Heritage List, it is one of the most magnificent achievements of 18th century French art. It is a palace larg­e enough­ to house 6,000 courtiers, a palace fit for a king, and not just any king, but Louis XIV, the ‘Sun King,’ who reigned for 72 years and whose self-glorification knew no bounds."
The Palace of Versailles has over 700 rooms, 1,200 fireplaces, and 67 staircases, making it one of the most grand and extravagant palaces in the world.
26. Alcatraz SAN FRANCISCO
Alcatraz Island is an island located in the San Francisco Bay, 1.5 miles (2.4 km) offshore from San Francisco, California. Often referred to as The Rock, the small island early-on served as a lighthouse, a military fortification, a military prison, and a Federal Bureau of Prisons federal prison until 1963. Later, in 1972, Alcatraz became a national recreation area and received landmarking designations in 1976 and 1986.
Alcatraz, known as "The Rock," was the only federal prison in the United States to house notorious criminals such as Al Capone and Robert Stroud, the "Birdman of Alcatraz."
27. The Moai of Easter Island CHILE
Moai, or mo‘ai, are monolithic human figures carved from rock on the Polynesian island of Easter Island, Chile between the years 1250 and 1500. Nearly half are still at Rano Raraku, the main moai quarry, but hundreds were transported from there and set on stone platforms called ahu around the island's perimeter. Almost all moai have overly large heads three-fifths the size of their bodies. The moai are chiefly the living faces (aringa ora) of deified ancestors (aringa ora ata tepuna).
The Moai statues on Easter Island were carved out of a single quarry and transported across the island, with some weighing up to 75 tons.
28. The Lincoln Memorial WASHINGTON, D.C.
The Lincoln Memorial is an American memorial built to honor the 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln. It is located on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. and was dedicated on May 30, 1922. The architect was Henry Bacon, the sculptor of the main statue was Daniel Chester French, and the painter of the interior murals was Jules Guerin. It is one of several monuments built to honor an American president.
The Lincoln Memorial features a 19-foot-tall statue of Abraham Lincoln, which was carved out of 28 blocks of white Georgia marble.
29. Leaning Tower Of Pisa (La Torre Di Pisa) ITALY
"It's not an optical illusion, nor have the architects imagined it so crooked. No sooner had the tower reached the the third storey than the construction started sinking into the ground due to a poorly laif foundation and the leaning first became obvious. Today is keeps sinking at the regular rate of about 1mm a year, and even the weightiest of minds are not able to say with certainty what the future will bring for this Italian curiosity and an undisputable masterpiece of architecture."
The Leaning Tower of Pisa was not intentionally built to lean, but started leaning due to unstable soil and a weak foundation.
30. The London Eye LONDON
The London Eye, known for sponsorship reasons as the Coca-Cola London Eye, is a giant Ferris wheel on the South Bank of the River Thames in London. The structure is 443 feet tall and the wheel has a diameter of 394 feet.
The London Eye is the tallest Ferris wheel in Europe, standing at a height of 443 feet (135 meters).
31. St Peter's Basilica VATICAN CITY
The Papal Basilica of Saint Peter, officially known in Italian as the Basilica Papale di San Pietro in Vaticano and commonly known as St. Peter's Basilica, is a Late Renaissance church located within the Vatican City. St. Peter's Basilica has the largest interior of any Christian church in the world, holding 60,000 people. It is regarded as one of the holiest Catholic sites.
St. Peter's Basilica is the largest church in the world and is built on top of a burial site believed to be the tomb of Saint Peter, one of the twelve apostles of Jesus.
32. The Uffizi Gallery in Florence ITALY
The Uffizi Gallery, is one of the oldest and most famous art museums of the Western world. It is housed in the Palazzo degli Uffizi, a palazzo in Florence, Italy.
The Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy, houses one of the oldest and most renowned collections of art in the world, including masterpieces by Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, and Botticelli.
33. The Zen rock garden of Ryoanji JAPAN
Ryoan-ji is a Zen temple located in northwest Kyoto, Japan. It belongs to the Myoshin-ji school of the Rinzai branch of Zen Buddhism. The temple garden is considered to be one of the finest examples of a kare-sansui, a Japanese rock garden, or zen garden, in Japan.. The temple and gardens are listed as Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto, and as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Zen rock garden of Ryoanji is known for its unique arrangement of 15 rocks placed in such a way that no matter where you stand, you can only see 14 at a time.
34. Cliffs of Moher IRELAND
Situated on the western coast of Ireland, the Cliffs of Moher offer a breathtaking natural spectacle that captivates travelers from around the world. With their towering heights and rugged beauty, these majestic cliffs provide an unforgettable experience for those seeking to immerse themselves in Ireland's stunning landscapes. From walking along the cliff edge to witness the awe-inspiring views of the Atlantic Ocean crashing against the rocks, to exploring the visitor center and learning about the rich history and geology of the area, there is no shortage of activities to indulge in. Whether you're a nature enthusiast, a photography enthusiast, or simply in search of tranquility, a visit to the Cliffs of Moher promises an unforgettable adventure in the heart of the Emerald Isle.
The Cliffs of Moher are home to over 20 species of nesting birds, including puffins.
35. Notre Dame Cathedral FRANCE
Notre Dame de Paris, also known as Notre Dame Cathedral or simply Notre Dame, is a Gothic, Roman Catholic cathedral on the eastern half of the Île de la Cité in the fourth arrondissement of Paris, France. It is the cathedral of the Catholic Archdiocese of Paris: that is, it is the church that contains the cathedra (official chair) of the Archbishop of Paris, currently André Vingt-Trois. The cathedral treasury houses a reliquary with the purported Crown of Thorns.
The Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris took over 200 years to build and is considered one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture.
36. Ellis Island NEW YORK
Ellis Island, a historic landmark nestled in the heart of New York Harbor, invites travelers to embark on a captivating journey through America's immigration history. This iconic destination offers a multitude of experiences, from exploring the Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration, where the stories of millions of immigrants come to life, to wandering through the picturesque gardens and enjoying breathtaking views of the iconic Statue of Liberty. Delve into the past, uncover tales of hope and resilience, and immerse yourself in the rich cultural heritage that has shaped the American identity at Ellis Island.
Ellis Island processed over 12 million immigrants between 1892 and 1954, making it the busiest immigration inspection station in the United States.
37. The Anne Frank house NETHERLANDS
The Anne Frank House on Prinsengracht canal in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, is a museum dedicated to Jewish wartime diarist Anne Frank, who hid from Nazi persecution with her family and four other people in hidden rooms at the rear of the building. As well as the preservation of the hiding place — known in Dutch as the Achterhuis — and an exhibition on the life and times of Anne Frank, the museum acts as an exhibition space to highlight all forms of persecution and discrimination.
The Anne Frank House in Amsterdam, Netherlands, receives over 1 million visitors annually, making it one of the most visited museums in the world.
38. Christ the Redeemer BRAZIL
Christ the Redeemer is a statue of Jesus Christ in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; considered the largest Art Deco statue in the world and the 5th largest statue of Jesus in the world.
Christ the Redeemer statue is considered one of the New Seven Wonders of the World and stands atop the Corcovado mountain in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, with its outstretched arms symbolizing peace.
39. Arc de Triomphe FRANCE
The Arc de Triomphe (Arc de Triomphe de l'Étoile) is one of the most famous monuments in Paris. It stands in the centre of the Place Charles de Gaulle (originally named Place de l'Étoile), at the western end of the Champs-Élysées. There is a smaller arch, the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel, which stands west of the Louvre.
The Arc de Triomphe in Paris was commissioned by Napoleon Bonaparte after his victory at Austerlitz, but he never lived to see its completion.
40. The Brooklyn Bridge NEW YORK
The Brooklyn Bridge is one of the oldest suspension bridges in the United States. Completed in 1883, it connects the New York City boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn by spanning the East River. With a main span of 1,595.5 feet (486.3 m), it was the longest suspension bridge in the world from its opening until 1903, and the first steel-wire suspension bridge.
The Brooklyn Bridge was the first steel-wire suspension bridge ever constructed, and it was completed in 1883.
41. The Hollywood sign CALIFORNIA
The Hollywood Sign is a famous landmark in the Hollywood Hills area of Mount Lee, Santa Monica Mountains, in Los Angeles, California. The iconic sign spells out the name of the area in Convert/LoffAoffDbSmid and Convert/LoffAoffDbSmid white letters. It was created as an advertisement in 1923, but garnered increasing recognition after the sign was left up.
The Hollywood sign was originally created in 1923 as an advertisement for a real estate development called "Hollywoodland."
42. Fallingwater PENNSYLVANIA
Located in southwestern Pennsylvania, Fallingwater is a renowned architectural masterpiece designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. This iconic house, built over a waterfall, is a must-visit destination for architecture enthusiasts and nature lovers alike. Immerse yourself in the beauty of the surrounding forest as you explore the house's unique design, including cantilevered balconies and seamless integration with the natural environment. Discover the history behind this extraordinary structure through guided tours, marvel at its innovative features, and gain a deeper appreciation for Wright's genius. A visit to Fallingwater promises an unforgettable experience that combines art, nature, and the timeless allure of exceptional design.
Fallingwater, designed by renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright, is a stunning architectural masterpiece built over a waterfall, seamlessly integrating nature and man-made structures.
43. Dole Plantation Maze HAWAII
Immerse yourself in the enchanting world of the Dole Plantation's World's Largest Permanent Hedge Maze, an extraordinary travel destination that promises an unforgettable adventure. Nestled amidst the lush landscapes of Oahu, Hawaii, this captivating maze invites you to embark on a thrilling journey of exploration and discovery. Lose yourself in the intricate twists and turns of the maze, challenge your navigation skills, and revel in the joy of finding your way out. Alongside this exhilarating experience, the Dole Plantation offers an array of delightful activities, including train rides, garden tours, and pineapple tastings, making it a must-visit destination for nature enthusiasts and adventure seekers alike.
The Dole Plantation Maze in Hawaii is the world's largest maze, spanning over three acres and containing nearly two and a half miles of paths.
44. Hoover Dam NEVADA
Hoover Dam, once known as Boulder Dam, is a concrete arch-gravity dam in the Black Canyon of the Colorado River, on the border between the US states of Arizona and Nevada. It was constructed between 1931 and 1936, and was dedicated on September 30, 1935, by President Franklin Roosevelt. Its construction was the result of a massive effort involving thousands of workers, and cost over one hundred lives.
Hoover Dam was constructed during the Great Depression and was the largest concrete structure in the world at the time of its completion in 1936.
45. La Sagrada Família SPAIN
The Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família, often simply called the Sagrada Família, is a massive, privately-funded Roman Catholic church that has been under construction in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain since 1882 and is not expected to be complete until at least 2026. A portion of the building's interior is scheduled to open for public worship and tours by September 2010.
La Sagrada Família, a famous basilica in Barcelona, has been under construction for over 138 years and is still not completed.
46. Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria GERMANY
Neuschwanstein Castle was built upon the wishes of Ludwig II of Bavaria. It was meant to be a retreat for the king. It was also designed to pay homage to the works of Richard Wagner.
Neuschwanstein castle served as the inspiration for the iconic Sleeping Beauty castle in Disneyland.
47. Acropolis of Athens GREECE
The Acropolis of Athens or Citadel of Athens is the best known acropolis (Gr. akros, akron, edge, extremity + polis, city, pl. acropoleis) in the world. 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 Acropolis was formally proclaimed as the pre-eminent monument on the European Cultural Heritage list of monuments on 26 March 2007.
The Acropolis of Athens is home to the iconic Parthenon, a temple dedicated to the goddess Athena, which is considered one of the greatest architectural achievements in history.
48. The Fountains at Bellagio NEVADA
Bellagio is a luxury, AAA Five Diamond award winning hotel and casino located on the Las Vegas Strip in the Paradise area of unincorporated Clark County, Nevada, USA and a member of The Leading Hotels of the World. It is owned by MGM Resorts International and was built on the site of the demolished Dunes hotel and casino. The resort serves as the seat of the corporate headquarters for MGM Resorts International and is considered the main flagship resort of the gaming company.
The Fountains at Bellagio use over 1,200 nozzles to create a mesmerizing water show that can shoot water up to 460 feet in the air.
The Tikal National Park is one of the most extensive Maya archaeological sites in the world. It has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1979. There are several structures in the area, and many are still being unearthed. Some of the best known are the six buildings known as Temples I to VI. Other structures in the area include Temple 33, a funerary temple, and Structure 34. This is a pyramid with a three chambered shrine.
Tikal, one of the largest ancient Mayan cities, was once home to more than 100,000 people and is now a UNESCO World Heritage site.
50. The Forbidden City CHINA
The Forbidden City, located in the heart of Beijing, is a magnificent imperial palace that served as the residence of Chinese emperors for nearly 500 years. This UNESCO World Heritage site is a true architectural masterpiece, boasting over 900 buildings and 8,700 rooms. As you step through the grand gates, you'll be transported back in time to the Ming and Qing dynasties, marveling at the intricate details of the palaces, halls, and gardens. Don't miss the iconic Hall of Supreme Harmony, the largest wooden structure in China, or the stunning Imperial Garden. Immerse yourself in the rich history and cultural significance of this ancient palace, and be captivated by the opulence and grandeur that once housed the emperors of China.
The Forbidden City in China has 9,999 rooms, as the number 10,000 was believed to be reserved for the gods.