Most famous places in the world, World’s Fair centerpiece
Gustave Eiffel, a French civil engineer, is usually credited with designing the tower that bears his name. However, it was actually two lesser-known men, Maurice Koechlin and Emile Nouguier, who came up with the original drawings for the monument.
The Eiffel Tower’s historic rivets: a true collector’s item to offer!
To commemorate its 130th anniversary, the Eiffel Tower created an exceptional object, a rivet made of iron from the Eiffel Tower.
Treat yourself to 285 grams of the Eiffel Tower! In a limited edition of 600, the historic rivets from the Eiffel Tower are an incomparable gift idea for all of the Iron Lady’s admirers. Presented in a pretty wooden display case, numbered and accompanied by its certificate of authenticity, the new collector’s item carries all the symbolic importance of the architectural masterpiece that is the Eiffel Tower. The rivet symbolizes the genius of the monument’s assembly and is clearly one its key features
The Great Wall of China — All You Want to Know
Who Built the Great Wall and Why
The “Long Wall” has a long history — more than 2,300 years. It was built in different areas by different states/dynasties to protect different territorial borders.
Who Built the Great Wall, and When
It’s often said that the First Emperor of Qin built the Great Wall. Actually he was not the first to build it. See below:
About the 7th century BCE the state of Chu started to construct a permanent defensive system. Known as the “Square Wall,” this fortification was situated in the northern part of the kingdom’s capital province. From the 6th to the 4th century other states followed Chu’s example. In the southern part of the Qi state an extensive perimeter wall was gradually created using existing river dikes, newly constructed bulwarks, and areas of impassable mountain terrain. The Qi wall was made mainly of earth and stone and terminated at the shores of the Yellow Sea.
The Moscow Kremlin
The Moscow Kremlin is a fortified complex in the center of the city made up of more than 15 buildings, 20 towers, and more than 1.5 miles of walls that are up to 21 feet thick. It’s the official residence of President Vladimir Putin, although he doesn’t actually live there.
While there are actually many kremlins throughout Russia, Moscow’s is, by far, the most famous.
On a recent trip to Russia, I paid $10.50 for a ticket to visit a section of the Kremlin. Here’s what it looks like inside
Mobile application “Moscow Kremlin Museums. Armoury Chamber”
The Moscow Kremlin Museums in collaboration with KAMIS Museum Systems Ltd. and Multimedia Solutions Lab Ltd., with the support of Gazprom Export LLC, have produced a multimedia application for mobile devices – “Moscow Kremlin Museums. Armoury Chamber”. It provides the latest news about the events of the Kremlin Museums and full information on the Armoury Chamber, i.e. museum map with wayfinding features, audio guide, information about its halls and exhibits, games and quests.
Sydney Opera House.
Great stairway, family of forms in spherical section roofs, pure curving shapes that across the harbor in great heroic harmony.
Sydney Opera House Commentary
“The construction of the beautiful freestanding, sculptural tripartite Opera House was one of the longest contractual sagas of the century. Sadly, architect Jorn Utzon became the scapegoat of a scandalous political affair and in 1966 withdrew from his project. Sitting on Bennelong Point, virtually in the Harbour and overlooked by the great Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Opera House is completely exposed, as three-dimensional as the orange segments its forms are based on. It is all roofs with an imposing base. These were made possible by Ove Arup. Originally the winner of an international open competition in 1957, it was a scheme that broke most of the rules. It was finally completed in August 1973 by other hands under the direction of Peter Hall.”
“Suddenly Australia was on the world map. We didn’t just eat pies … surf and drink beer — we had culture too.”
The tour explores the stages, dressing rooms, orchestra pits and rehearsal rooms, offering insights into all the operations critical to bringing the performances to life.
“From the audience’s perspective, it’s all glamorous with the makeup and costume and props. But from the performance perspective, there’s machinery, cables, and motors — it’s highly mechanical backstage.”
Pyramid of Giza.
Completed c2560 BC, the Great Pyramid stands at 147 metres tall and took over 20 years to build.
The Pyramids of Giza
With the red pyramid, Sneferu set the standard for all true pyramids to come. He included aboveground burial chambers, a mortuary temple, and a causeway leading down to a valley temple. This was the model followed by his son, Khufu, wh built the first and largest pyramid at Giza. The Giza pyramids were erected on a rocky plateau on the west bank of the Nile in northern Egypt and were connected, by covered causeways, to mortuary temples in the valley below the plateau. These temples had landing stages which were linked to the Nile by a canal. In ancient times they were included among the Seven Wonders of the World.
This meant it was the tallest man-made structure in the world for about 3,800 years.
It was finally outdone by Lincoln Cathedral in the 1300s.
Most visitors will make a beeline straight to the four most famous sights; the Great Pyramid of Khufu, the Pyramid of Khafre, the Pyramid of Menkaure and the Sphinx. But for those who want to explore further, the desert plateau surrounding the pyramids is littered with tombs, temple ruins and smaller satellite pyramids
Leaning Tower of Pisa.
Leaning Tower of Pisa General Info:
Leaning-Tower of Pisa and Cathedral
Leaning-Tower of Pisa and Cathedral
The Tower of Pisa is located next to the Cathedral of Pisa, in Piazza dei Miracoli (Square of miracles) in the city of Pisa, Italy.
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The building of the leaning Tower of Pisa, and especially its completion, represents the last element in the compliment of the ceremonial complex of monuments that enrich the Piazza dei Miracoli (Square of miracles).
Despite having been discovered by the French Antarctic Expedition, a particularly hefty rock dome in the seventh continent’s Geologie Archipelago is named for Italy’s prized tower. The 27-meter-long formation, first documented on Rostand Island in 1951, goes by the nickname of “Tour de Pise” thanks to its resemblance to the building
A legend tied to the Tower of Pisa concerns the astronomer Galileo who, to demonstrate his law regarding falling weights, climbed to the top and is supposed to have dropped objects of differing materials to verify the truth of his theories.