Several landmarks exist in the world, but chances are, we haven’t been to most of them. In fact, we might have heard about them or seen pictures of them, but nothing more. We might not have any idea that others even existed. However, photographs are meant to tell us the story, and they say, pictures are worth a thousand words.
Photographs change the perception we have about several things. As a result of it is the right angle, lighting and focus can definitively change the outcome of the picture, and it puts you in focus of that the photographer wants to present. Take a look at these photographs:
1. The Great Pyramid of Giza, Cairo, Egypt
Being the biggest among the three pyramids located just outside Cairo, it is also the oldest of the 7 wonders of the world. This pyramid is located at the northern part of Giza Plateau and is made with 2.5 million blocks of limestone and its base spans over 13 acres. The interesting thing about it is, with the technology available at the time, engineers were baffled at this marvel of construction. All that is mean to say, we wouldn’t have been able to build it. Its architecture uniqueness has stood the test of time since its construction in 2600 BC.
2. Stonehenge, Wiltshire, England
This is a circle of upright stones in southern England and it’s believed it was built almost 5000 years ago. The reason behind its existence has been the subject of debate for the longest time, while unclear, speculations has been made. Some people say it was a temple of some kind, and others believe it was a form of ancient technology to calculate and predict solar and lunar eclipses. The Scottish name infers ‘gallows’, but a lot is yet to be made clear about it.
3. Taj Mahal, Agra, India
This majestic piece of art was built during the reign of Emperor Shan Jahan, it was meant house the remains of his wife. Built between 1631 and 1648, using white marble and it’s located right at the bank of Yamuna River, the building is considered to be the greatest architectural work done by the entire Indo-Islamic culture. Each day, thousands of people from all over the world heads there just to see it.
4. The Brandenburg Gate, Berlin, Germany
This magnificent gate has served as both a sign of Germany’s division and its unification. It is one of the most visited landmarks in Germany. The gate’s design was inspired by the story of Acropolis in Athens. It was rebuilt later on, and now acts one of the national symbols of Germany.
5. Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Spain
This is a giant basilica that was constructed in 1882, believe it or not, it is still not yet complete as of now. Antonio Gaudi was the man behind its construction, and during the construction, he made sure that everything was executed exactly according to his plan with no room for errors and changes. Despite its incomplete state, the church is still a very major attraction.
6. Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada & New York, United States
Over 4 million liters of water pour on this fall per second, 60 meters down to Niagara River. It is the backdrop to many dare-devil stunts, romantic proposals, and honeymoons. It is the largest waterfall by volume in the United States. The striking thing about Niagara Falls is its location. Many attractions of this scale are normally located in more secluded areas, but Niagara Falls is located in the state of New York and overlaps the border between United States and Canada. While accessible from both side, the common consensus is the Canadian side has better scenery, if you don’t like to take my words for it, see for yourself.
7. The Acropolis, Athens, Greece
The word Acropolis means ‘High City’ in Greek. During the second half of 5th Century BC, Greece faced major victories in war, and they conquered nearby cities. At that time, Athenian Statesman decided to turn a rocky hill to a monument, through the help of Pheidias the sculptor, and that is how the Acropolis of Athens came into being. It is located near Athens, and has several architecturally significant buildings.
8. Mount Rushmore, South Dakota, United States
In the southeastern part of Mount Rushmore is this site with gigantic carved sculptures of Presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln. This work started in 1927 and was completed in 1941. Initially, the carvings were supposed to include from the waist to the head, but due to insufficient funding, the work grinded to a halt after the heads were complete. The memorial spans 1000 acres.
9. The Forbidden City, Beijing, China
This is one of the better-preserved regal palace in China, and the largest ancient uptown structure in the world. Situated at the very heart of Beijing, it has provided residence to 24 Emperors of the Ming and Qing Dynasties. Its construction started in 1406 and ended in 1420. It has a 10 meter high wall around it to seal off it’s territories from the commons.
10. Hollywood, California, United States
Hollywood is known all over the world for its thriving entertainment industry. The unique thing about it is the lettered sign on top of the mountain.
11. Santorini, Greece
A volcanic activity back in 1400 BC led to the formation of a steep-edged crater that is a very spectacular sight from this island’s cliff tops. The Island is a leading tourist destination, and this is particularly backed up by the fact that it is located in Greece, a country of very many attractions. It has amazing sandy beaches, besides the whitewashed buildings and the blue waters.
12. Mona Lisa, Paris, France
Musée du Louvre is a well-known museum in France and all over the world because it houses the famous Mona Lisa painting by Leonardo Da Vinci. Taking a closer look at it will reveal the intriguing work of Da Vinci, and will definitely help you understand why it is so famous.
13. Central Park, New York, United States
Located in Manhattan, New York, the park occupies about 840 acres and was the first landscaped park in USA, it is so long that they built a pathway midway through the park to allow cars to go through the park. The terrain and vegetation there is widely varied. There is also an ice-skating rink, and a zoo, besides hundreds of monuments scattered throughout the park.
14. Arc de Triomphe, Paris, France
It was built between 1806 and 1836 in honor of those who fought for France during the Napoleonic and French Revolutionary wars. Engraved at the side is a list of all the generals who fought in these wars.
15. The Little Mermaid, Copenhagen, Denmark
This sculpture made of bronze is inevitably the most beautiful attraction in Denmark. It was unveiled in 2013 and was a gift by Carl Jacobsen to the City of Copenhagen. The sculpture was inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale, “The Little Mermaid”.