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The Statue Of Jesus Christ in Rio Christ the Redeemer is a statue of Jesus Christ in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. The statue stands 38 metres (120 ft) tall weighs 700 short tons(635 tonnes), and is located at the peak of the 700 metres (2,300 ft) Corcovado mountain in the Tijuca Forest National Park overlooking the city. It is the tallest of its kind in the world. It is made of reinforced concrete and soapstone. A symbol of Christianity, the statue has become an icon of Rio and Brazil.
The idea for erecting a large statue atop Corcovado was first suggested in the mid 1850s, when Catholic priest Pedro Maria Boss requested financing from Princess Isabel to build a large religious monument. Princess Isabel did not think much of the idea and it was completely dismissed in 1889, when Brazil became a Republic.The second proposal for a large landmark statue on the mountain was made in 1921 by the Catholic Circle of Rio.The group organised an event called Semana do Monumento ("Monument Week") to attract donations and collect signatures to support the building of the statue.The designs considered for the "Statue of the Christ" included a representation of the Christian cross, a statue of Jesus with a globe in his hands, and a pedestal symbolizing the world. The statue of Christ the Redeemer with open arms was chosen. Construction took nine years, from 1922 to 1931. The monument was opened on the 12th of October.
Red Square is a large open square in the center of Moscow. It is located in front of the Kremlin's western wall. The square is fenced in the State Historical Museum building, the GUM building, and St. Basil Cathedral. For many centuries Red Square has served as the place for important historical events. Red Square
Red Square was founded at the end of the 15th century when Ivan III ordered to demolish wooden constructions around the Kremlin walls to prevent the tsar's residence from a fire. On the site of wooden constructions by the Kremlin's western wall a trade square started to form. Originally, it was called Torgovaya Square (Trade Square), then it got the name of Trinity Square, as the Trinity Church was located in the southern side of the square. The square obtained its modern name in the 17th century.
There are no more famous ancient sites within Egypt, or for that matter elsewhere in the world, than the Great Pyramids at GIza. They are, without question, the icon most associated with the Egypt. They have been both the main destination for tourists, and a source of imaginative thought to the world for over three thousand years. However, there are actually over 100 pyramids in Egypt, many of which are relatively unknown to anyone who is not an ancient Egypt enthusiast. They are grouped around and near the City of Cairo, just south of the Nile Delta. The Great Pyramids
While pyramids were, for the most part, tombs for the Pharaohs of Egypt one must nevertheless question the reason that Egyptian rulers chose this particular shape, and for that matter, why they built them so large. Today, we believe that they chose the shape because it is thought to symbolize the primeval mound from which the Egyptians believed life emerged. This also connected the pyramid to Re, the Sun God, who rose from the primeval mound to create life.
Stonehenge Stonehenge is the most famous prehistoric monument in Britain. It is located in the middle of Salisbury Plain, to the northwest of Southampton. Even now, nearly 4000 years after it was built, large numbers of tourists come to see it, especially on June 21 when the sun rises immediately over the Hell Stone of the circle and casts its shadow on the Altar Stone in the middle. But what does it all mean, and who were the people who built it?
Today people wonder how these vast stones were transported so far and erected. Some people believe that they were transported by sledge, and were erected by using a lever and piled up timber. The lintel stones (horizontal ones) were raised and put into position over the two vertical stones. So we see that ancient people were very clever, and could construct huge monuments though they did not have machines. But what was Stonehenge used for? Over the years many theories have appeared and people continue to present their versions.
The Great Wall of China is a series of stone and earthen fortifications in China, built, rebuilt, and maintained between the 5th century BC and the 16th century to protect the northern borders of the Chinese Empire during the rule of successive dynasties. Several walls, referred to as the Great Wall of China, were built since the 5th century BC. The most famous is the wall built between 220 BC and 200 BC by the first Emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang; little of it remains; it was much farther north than the current wall, which was built during the Ming Dynasty. The Great Wall of China
The Great Wall is the world's longest human-made structure, stretching over approximately 6,400 km (4,000 miles) from Shanhaiguan in the east to Lop Nur in the west, along an arc that roughly delineates the southern edge of Inner Mongolia, but stretches to over 6,700 km (4,160 miles) in total. It is also the largest human-made structure ever built in terms of surface area and mass. At its peak the Ming Wall was guarded by more than one million men. It has been estimated that somewhere in the range of 2 to 3 million Chinese died as part of the centuries-long project of building the wall.
The Louvre Museum located in Paris, a historic monument, and a national museum of France. It is a central landmark, located on the Right Bank of the Seine in the 1st arrondissement (neighbourhood). Nearly 35,000 objects from the 6th millennium BC to the 19th century AD are exhibited over an area of 60,600 square metres. The museum was opened on the 10th of August, 1793 with an exhibition of 537 paintings. The Louvre Museum
The Louvre Museum contains more than 380,000 objects and displays 35,000 works of art in eight curatorial departments with more than 60,600 square metres dedicated to the permanent collection.The Louvre exhibits sculptures, objets d'art, paintings, drawings, and archaeological finds.It is the world's most visited museum, averaging 15,000 visitors per day, 65 percent of whom are foreigners.
The name “Colosseum” originated from Italian word “colosso” that means “colossal”, “enormous”. The length of Coliseum is 188 m., width 156 m., height 57 m. Lower rows in Coliseum belonged to the Emperor, senators, judges, and other noble men. Some seats of the most important persons had been named after them. Seats in upper rows were taken mostly by women. Last rows were usually intended for slaves that operated 36 elevators. Colosseum
This amphitheatre was built about 2000 years ago. Roman citizens enjoyed games in this "circus" , how it was called. The amphitheatre could host 50,000 spectators for one show. The most popular games in Coliseum included: chariot races, Gladiators fights, staged hunt of wild animals, dramas, that reproduced famous mythological tales, and other performances.
The Statue of Liberty, one of the most famous sculptures in the USA and the world, often called the «symbol of New York and the USA», «a symbol of freedom and democracy», «Lady Liberty». This is a present of French citizens to the centennial of the American Revolution. The Statue of Liberty is situated on Liberty Island, about 3 km southwest of the southern tip of Manhattan, one of the New York area. The Statue of Liberty
The goddess of liberty holds the torch in his right hand and a plate on the left. The seven rays on the crown of the statue symbolizing the seven seas and seven continents. The statue was built from thin sheets of copper, made in wooden forms. Formed sheets were then mounted on a steel frame. Typically, the statue is open to visitors, usually arriving on a ferry. Of the crown, which can climb stairs, opens a wide view of the New York harbor. The museum, located in a pedestal (and accessible by lift), exhibition of the history of the statue is located.
The Sydney Opera House is an expressionist modern design, with a series of large precast concrete 'shells', each taken from a hemisphere of the same radius, forming the roofs of the structure, set on a monumental podium. The building covers 1.8 hectares of land, and is 183 metres long and about 120 metres wide at its widest point. It is supported on 588 concrete piers sunk up to 25 metres below sea level. Its power supply is equivalent for a town of 25,000 people. The power is distributed by 645 kilometres of electrical cable. The Opera House was formally opened by Elizabeth II, Queen of Australia, on 20 October 1973, which a large crowd attended. The opening was televised and included fireworks and a performance of Beethoven's Symphony No. 9. The Sydney Opera House
Big Ben is the nickname for the great bell of the clock at the north-eastern end of the Palace of Westminster in London. The nickname is often also used to refer to the clock and the clock tower. This is the world's largest, four-faced, chiming clock and the third largest, free-standing clock tower in the world.It celebrates its 150th birthday in 2009, during which celebratory events are planned. Big Ben
The tower was raised as a part of Charles Barry's design for a new palace, after the old Palace of Westminster was destroyed by fire on the night of 22 October 1834. The tower is 96.3 metres high. The clock faces are large enough to have once allowed the Clock Tower to be the largest four-faced clock in the world. The face of the Great Clock of Westminster. The hour hand is 2.7 metres long and the minute hand is 4.3 metres long.
The Eiffel Tower The Eiffel Tower is an iron tower built on the Champ de Mars beside the Seine River in Paris. The tower has become a global icon of France and is one of the most recognizable structures in the world. Named after its designer, engineer Gustave Eiffel, the Eiffel Tower is the tallest building in Paris.More than 200,000,000 people have visited the tower since its construction in 1889, including 6,719,200 in 2006,making it the most visited paid monument in the world.Including the 24 m antenna, the structure is 324 m high, which is equivalent to about 81 levels in a conventional building. When the tower was completed in 1889 it was the world's tallest tower. The tower is now the fifth-tallest structure in France and the tallest structure in Paris.
The Grand Canyon is a steep-sided gorge carved by the Colorado River in the United States state of Arizona. It is largely contained within the Grand Canyon National Park — one of the first national parks in the United States. President Theodore Roosevelt was a major proponent of preservation of the Grand Canyon area, and visited on numerous occasions to hunt and enjoy the scenery. Longstanding scientific consensus has been that the canyon was created by the Colorado River over a six million year period. The canyon is 277 miles (446 km) long, ranges in width from 4 to 18 miles (6.4 to 29 km) and attains a depth of over a mile (1.83 km). The Grand Canyon
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