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Eiffel Tower

MMS016
1 Sheet
Located on the Champ de Mars in Paris, the Eiffel Tower has become a global icon of France and one of the most recognizable structures in the world. Named after its designer, engineer Gustave Eiffel, the tower was built as the entrance arch to the 1889 World’s Fair and stands at 1,063 feet tall. It was the tallest man-made structure in the world until the Chrysler Building was built in 1930.

Burj al Arab

MMS017
1 Sheet
The Burj Al Arab (Tower of the Arabs) is a 5-star luxury hotel located on an artificial island in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. At 1,053 feet, it is the fourth tallest hotel in the world. The unique shape is designed to mimic the sail of a ship.

Neuschwanstein Castle

MMS018
3 Sheets
The Neuschwanstein Castle is located in Bavaria near the town of Fussen and was Walt Disney’s inspiration to create the Magic Kingdom. Neuschwanstein literally means “New Swan Stone” which is a reference to “the Swan Knight”; one of the characters in an opera by the composer Richard Wagner. King Ludwig II began construction of the castle in 1869. Today his fairy tale castle stands as the most visited castle in Germany welcoming more than 1,300,000 tourists per year.

Big Ben Tower

MMS019
1 Sheet
Big Ben is the nickname for the great bell of the clock at the north end of the Palace of Westminster in London though today the name also refers to the clock and the clock tower. The bell weighs almost 14 tons and each clock face is 23 feet in diameter. It became fully operational on September 7th, 1859 and is today one of the most prominent symbols of London standing at 316 feet high. The clock requires winding three times per week and pennies are periodically added or removed from the clock of pendulum to maintain its accuracy.

Burj Khalifa

MMS020
2 Sheets
The Burj Khalifa is located in Dubai and is currently the tallest structure in the world at 2,723ft. Construction began on September 21st 2004 and it officially opened on January 4th 2010.

London Tower Bridge

MMS022
2 Sheets
London Bridge refers to several bridges that have spanned the River Thames between the City of London and Southwark, in central London. The current crossing, which opened to traffic in 1973, is a box girder bridge constructed from concrete and steel. It replaced a 19th-century stone-arched bridge, which in turn superseded a 600-year-old medieval structure. This was preceded by a succession of timber bridges; the first was built by the Roman founders of London.

Arc de Triomphe

MMS023
2 Sheets
Arc de Triomphe was inspired by Napoleon who after his Austerlitz victory on December 2nd 1805 said to his soldiers, "You will return home through archs of triumph". The monument, located in Paris, stands 50 meters high by 45 meters wide by 22 meters deep

Brandenburg Gate

MMS025
2 Sheets
The Brandenburg Gate is the only remaining gate through which Berlin was once entered. It was commissioned by King William II of Prussia as a sign of peace. The design is based upon the gateway to the Acropolis in Athens. Atop the gate is the Quadriga, a chariot drawn by four horses driven by Victoria, the Roman goddess of victory.

Auckland Sky Tower

MMS029
1 Sheet
This iconic structure located in Auckland City, New Zealand is an observation and telecommunications tower and is also part of the SKYCITY Auckland casino complex. Standing at a height of 328 meters (1,076 feet) it is the tallest free-standing structure in the Southern Hemisphere and attracts over 500,000 visitors per year.

Tower of Pisa

MMS046
1 Sheet
The Leaning Tower of Pisa, known worldwide for its unintended tilt to one side, is the freestanding bell tower of the cathedral in the Italian city of Pisa. Work on the ground floor of the white marble campanile began on August 8, 1173.

Sydney Opera House

MMS053
3 Sheets
The Sydney Opera House is a multi-venue performing arts center in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. The Opera House design is the creation of Danish Architect, Jorn Utzon who took a particular interest in the works of American architect Frank Lloyd Wright.

Himeji Castle

MMS055
3 Sheets
Is also known as the White Heron Castle because of the way that its soaring white stucco walls resemble a graceful heron taking flight. The original fortress was built in 1346 and the castle in its current form was completed 1610. The castle is full of defensive features however it has never been attacked in its 400 year history. In 1993 it was designated a World Heritage Site.