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Blog4passion has taken it upon itself to show you and equally provide details about the greatest tourist sites found in all the seven continents.
- GREAT WALL OF CHINA (CHINA) This imposing wall which was actually built for defense purposes during the Ming dynasty that lasted between 1368-1644. The Great Wall of China measures over 5500 miles long. The shear magnitude of the wall has never failed to confound people that have been opportuned to walk on it. Considering that this strong, durable and extensive belt of concrete slab was built in a time when there were no cranes or heavy earth moving equipments, and when much of the world was still a mass of endless jungles and awash with primitive aborigines.
All thanks goes to the then rulers; the successive Ming dynasty, and the millions of slaves that had to endure monumental suffering for their determination and perseverance that resulted in this legacy. The Great wall has survived natural disasters like earthquakes, landslides etc and looks good to remain standing till the end of time.
- NOTRE DAME CATHEDRAL (FRANCE) This grand Gothic styled Notre Dame Cathedral was opened in 1345 and stood the test of time, surviving several onslaughts by the Huguenots, Sansculottes and several other invaders throughout its chequered history. Situated right inside Paris, Notre Dame has continued to attract tourists in drooves.
- SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE (AUSTRALIA) Although the Sydney Opera House was recently built and can’t be compared with several other monuments in the list in terms of history and age but nevertheless, this beautiful icon has grown in influence to become not just the identity of Sydney but also the most recognizable symbol of Australia. A visit to Sydney cannot be complete without a stopover at the Opera House.
- THE PALACE OF VERSAILLES (FRANCE) This palace was built by king Louis XIV. It is a complex labrynth with chambers, hallways etc and is also recognized as a world heritage site by UNESCO.
- PYRAMIDS OF GIZA AND THE GREAT SPHINX (EGYPT) Nothing showcases the rich history of Egypt than the Great Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx. This country is known to have harboured one of the earliest known civilizations in the history of mankind. The Pyramids and the Sphinx were built over 4000 years ago during the rullership of kings Cheops, Kefren and Mykerinos.
The Sphinx (sculptured in the mold of a guard with the body of a lion) sits majestically along with the Pyramids on top a “sea” of sand dunes. The Pyramids served as the final resting place of the Pharoahs whose mummified bodies were preserved within its chambers.
- THE EIFFEL TOWER, PARIS (FRANCE) This iconic symbol of Paris and in extention France, came into existence in 1889 and was meant to be a temporary structure since it was purposely built by Gustave Eiffel’s company for the world’s fair of that year. After the event, it was almost dismantled in 1909 by city officials but when they recognized its value as a receptor for radio signals, they allowed it to remain. Today, Eiffel Tower attracts millions of tourists who throng to it in order to have a feel of this great monument.
- GRAND PALACE, BANGKOK (THAILAND) The Grand Palace is Thailands most important tourist attraction. It was built in 1783 and was meant to be the home of Thai kings. There are also sacred temples and courts within the expansive compound and the most revered of them all is the Wat Phra Kaew.
- THE TAJ MAHAL, (INDIA) The Taj Mahal is one of India’s most cherished assets. It was erected during the 17th century rule of a powerful Moghul Emperor who built the Mausoleum as a gift for Mumtaz Mahal, his wife. Millions of people from all over the Indian subcontinent and indeed globally have continued to throng to the Taj Mahal on a yearly basis.
- ST PETER’S BASILICA, VATICAN CITY (ITALY) Millions of Roman Catholic faithfuls globally rever the St Peter’s Basilica are statues, art works, paintings and extensive columns and steps. s ome of the greatest artists to ever walk the face of the earth, in the likes of Michelangelo, Brunelleschi, Raphael etc all have their legacies preserved at the Basilica.
- VICTORIA FALLS (ZIMBABWE) This amazing waterfall has continued to wow those that are opportuned to visit it. The height of the fall is about 108M (355F) and is classified as the largest in the world in terms of total width. Victoria falls was classified by CNN as one of the seven natural wonders of the world.
- ANGKOR WAT (CAMBODIA) The world’s largest religious monument was built during the 20th century on a massive site measuring over 162 hectares. Angkor Wat is so massive that anybody who experiences its majestic grace on the outskirts of Siem Reap is left wondering how a supposed primitive tribesmen set of people during the 12th century was able to achieve such feat. In modern times, the people of Cambodia are so proud of Angkor Wat that they had to emblazon it on the national flag.
- CHRIST THE REDEEMER, RIO DE JANEIRO (BRAZIL) Christ The Redeemer is a statue of Jesus Christ constructed between 1922 and 1931 in the Corcovado mountain within the Tijuca Forest National Park, just on the outskirts of Rio de Janiero. Polish-French sculptor Paul Landowski, Brazilian engineer Heitor Da Silva, French engineer Albert Caquot and Romanian artist Gheoghe Leonida all contributed in the construction of this 30M (98FT) tall statue of Christ The Redeemer. Today, Christ The Redeemer has become Brazils most recognized identity and the pride of Rio de Janeiro.
- COLOSSEUM, ROME (ITALY) The Colosseum is a massive Amphitheathre that was built during the hay days of the Roman Empire between 72 AD and 80 AD. This thrilling theathre is situated within the city of Rome and is a great legacy of the Roman Empire. The Colosseum is believed to have contained between 50,000 and 80,000 crowd of spectators that usually thronged it so they could watch gladiatorial fights and executions organized by the state. Although part of the Colosseum have been damaged from effects of earthquakes and scavengers over the years, much of its remains can still be seen standing majestically in Rome.
- MACHU PICCHU (PERU) Machu Picchu is actually a complex comprising over 150 buildings that included houses and temples. It is believed to have been built during the time of the Inca Empire around the 15th and 16th centuries. Also of note is the fact that this breathtaking Inca city was built right atop the ranges of the Andes mountains in Peru. This ancient city of Inca civilization was largely unknown to the outside world until it was discovered by Hiram Bingham, an American archaeologist in 1911.
- SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK (KENYA) The Serengeti National park is a massive area of grasslands and jungle deep within Kenya and on its border with Tanzania. Aside its rich collection of flora and fauna, what makes Serenget very unique is the annual great wild beast migration that occurs within it. The spectacle of tens of thousands of wild beast struggling all at once to cross over a crocodile infested river is indeed a mesmerizing thrill that can’t be experienced anywhere else.
- BURJ KHALIFA, DUBAI (UNITED ARAB EMIRATES) The worlds tallest building has become a testimonial to Dubai’s growing affluence and influence. The Burj Khalifa has an observatory deck on its 124th level that affords tourists a panoramic view of the city. The modern day Tower of Babel is Dubai’s most popular tourist attraction and attracted a whopping 1.87 million people in 2013, in other words, an average of 156,000 people visited Burj Khalifa on a monthly basis during that year! While the observatory is located at about a little above its half way point, the height of the entire building is a mind boggling 828 meters above the ground!
- STATUE OF LIBERTY (UNITED STATES OF AMERICA) This symbolic icon of New York city was actually made in Paris by a French sculptor named Bartholdi who collaborated with Gustave Eiffel (the same man whose company built the Eiffel Tower in Paris). It was inaugurated in 1886 as a gift from France to the United States to mark its Cetenary of American independence.
- TOWER OF LONDON (ENGLAND) This intimidating fortress was built over 1000 years ago as a maximum security prison.
- BRITISH MUSEUM, LONDON (ENGLAND)The British Museum houses a vast collection of art and artefacts from different parts of the world.
- TIMES SQUARE, NEW YORK (UNITED STATES OF AMERICA) Times Square is a business district with an amazing gliteratti of colorful lights from highrise buildings, billboards etc. It is a very busy area in the heart of New York.
We acknowledge the fact that there are thousands of tourist attractions allover the world, and this makes it difficult for people to really select sites that will be the most suitable for their holiday.
Blog4passion now took it upon itself to do the "dirty work" of sieving the wheat from the chaff and present to you the prime spots in all the seven continents.