But this is not the only criteria on which landmarks are chosen, natural phenomena in physical structures such as rock mountain formations, gushing waterfalls or any other creation that is beyond the imagination of human mind.
Mentioned below is the list of top ten most famous awe-inspiring landmarks in the world.
|Portals into Past - Petra in Jordan|
Great Pyramid of Giza
|Man made or the visitor from outer space built them? The debate goes on|
Eiffel Tower, Paris
|One of the most iconic landmarks of the world, the Eiffel Tower|
The Eiffel Tower was constructed as the entrance arch for the World Exhibition in 1889 and since then has become the most-visited paid monument in the world.
Novelist Guy de Maupassant - who claimed to hate the tower - supposedly ate lunch in the Tower's restaurant every day. When asked why, he answered that it was the one place in Paris where one could not see the structure. Today, the Tower is widely considered to be a striking piece of structural art.
Statue of Liberty, USA
|Statue of Liberty|
The UNESCO "Statement of Significance" describes the statue as a "masterpiece of the human spirit" that "endures as a highly potent symbol—inspiring contemplation, debate and protest—of ideals such as liberty, peace, human rights, abolition of slavery, democracy and opportunity."
One immigrant who arrived from Greece famously said, "I saw the Statue of Liberty. And I said to myself, "Lady, you're such a beautiful! You opened your arms and you get all the foreigners here. Give me a chance to prove that I am worth it, to do something, to be someone in America." And always that statue was on my mind."
|A Noble Ruin - Nostalgia of a grand empire|
With a capacity of holding a crowd up to 50,000 spectators, this giant elliptical stadium was meant for public entertainment events such as gladiatorial contests, mock sea battles, animal hunts, and Mythological dramas.
Acropolis of Athena, Greece
|Parthenon - Acropolis of Athena|
Settled on a limestone hill, Acropolis comprises of a magnificent temple dedicated to the Goddess Athena- Parthenon, a monumental marble gateway-Propylaea, Erechtheum-a temple known for its intricate architectural detailing and the temple of Athena Nike- a goddess who brought so many victories to the town.
Great Wall, China
|Is it really visible from space? Well the answer is no|
The wall has contributed a lot in the development of China’s history and played a vital role in promoting tourism in China. From a far distance it looks like a giant dragon curving its path from east to west.
Opera House, Australia
|Opera House, Sydney, Australia|
Renowned as one of the most impressive structure as the twentieth century, the path-breaking structure was constructed by a Danish architect Jorn Utzon after winning an international design in 1957.
This world class performing arts center is owned and managed by Sydney Opera House trust and is one of the major and unrivalled tourist attraction in Australia.
|Moai Statue in Easter Island|
This island holds visitors attraction due to 15 moai ahu statues that represents a very impressive and creative accomplishment. Easter Island is indisputably one of the most fascinating places on earth and also rated as one of the top 10 places to visit in the world before you die.
Taj Mahal, Agra
|"A teardrop on the cheek of time"|
One of the most iconic structures in the world, Taj Mahal is an exquisite white marble monument inlaid with semi-precious stones set on the red-sandstone platform. Firm believers in true love gather in front of this majestic monument from all across the globe.
Bejeweled with several precious stones and calligraphic inscriptions on large pishtaq adds to the exquisiteness of this imposing structure.
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Contributed by Nikhil Chandra