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Is a three story Zen Buddhist temple located in Kyoto Japan, known as the Temple of the Golden Pavilion. The top two floors are completely covered in gold leaf. It is Japan's best known temple and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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.
Is a temple located on the Athenian Acropolis in Greece and dedicated to the maiden goddess Athena whom the people of Athens considered their patron deity. Construction began in 447 BC when the Athenian Empire was at the height of its power and was completed in 438 BC. The Parthenon is the most recognizable enduring symbol of ancient Greece, Athenian democracy and western civilization.
This concrete communications and observation tower in downtown Toronto, Canada stands at 1,815 feet (553 m). When it was completed in 1976 it was the world’s tallest free-standing structure. The CN Tower is a symbol of Canadian achievement and in 1995 it was declared one of the modern Seven Wonders of the World by the American Society of Civil Engineers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.