The world is full of beautiful and incredible sights, both natural and man-made. Here’s a list of 8 attractions, structures, and places to see before you die.
The Great Pyramid of Giza is the only surviving member of the original “Seven Wonders of the World” list, compiled by Herodotus in the fifth century BCE. Its survival alone is impressive, but the grandeur of the structure and the other pyramids surrounding it is especially mind-blowing when you consider the minimal technology that would have been available around 2560 BCE, when the Great Pyramid is thought to have been built.
Straddling the Canadian-American border, the Falls actually consists of three waterfalls. With a vertical drop of over 50 metres, Niagara Falls has the highest flow rate of any waterfall in the world. Check out the falls from either side, or follow the bold tradition of riding a barrel over the plunge (not recommended)!
Built to protect China from invaders, the fortifications were initially composed of several smaller walls thatwere later linked. The Great Wall now stretches over 21,000 kilometres, including all of its branches.
Machu Picchu was constructed in the fifteenth century as a private estate for the Incan emperor. It is located on a mountain ridgeline above the Sacred Valley in what is now Peru, at an altitude of 2,430 metres above sea level. As the Spanish conquistadors never found the structures, they have remained intact while other Incan sites were modified or destroyed.
The people of ancient Jordan designed an advanced water-storage system to create an oasis in the desert at Petra and carved beautifully refined dwellings out of the sandstone bedrock. The city is naturally protected by the forbidding landscape. The uniqueness of this site makes it one of our top places to see before you die.
Built as the great Greek Orthodox basilica of Constantinople (now Istanbul) in 537, the Hagia Sophia was briefly a Roman Catholic cathedral under the Latin Empire in the thirteenth century and later a Muslim mosque for five centuries. Now a secular museum, the historic building has beautiful architecture and ancient art covering the interior, including mosaics and marble carvings.
The prize of ancient Roman architecture, the Colosseum was completed in year 80 and could hold between 50,000 and 80,000 spectators. Romans gathered there to watch gladiatorial combat, reenactments of famous battles, staged exotic animal hunts, and other spectacles.
At 446 kilometres in length, 29 kilometres wide, and 1,800 metres deep, the Grand Canyon is a powerful testament to the powers of erosion. Carved by the Colorado River, the canyon walls reveal nearly 2 billion years of geological history in well-preserved stone layers.
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