Tourist Attractions : Famous Landmarks

There are so many wonders in the world that simply take your breath away when you look at them. In addition to the natural wonders of the world, there are some man made wonders as well which captivate our hearts the moment we lay our eyes on them.

These man made marvels have been built by excellent craftsmen over the centuries and stand to this day, speaking volumes about their exceptionally talented creators. Here are some of those landmarks from around the world that truly deserve to be highlighted for all to see.

Stonehenge: Situated in the English countryside, the Stonehenge was built somewhere in 2500 B.C. and is one of the most awe inspiring works of architecture to this day.

The site contains several large pieces of rocks piled haphazardly over one another and it is really intriguing to note that the same was accomplished without the help of any kind of machinery or tools.

The site has sparked several controversies about its builders for many years and one theory actually pointed out to aliens using the site as an ancient burial ground.

Another theory announced the site as a place of worship and spiritual healing. Yet another bizarre theory claimed the site to be a pathway to the realm of the after life (due to the large number of burial mounds in the area).

Newgrange: Located in Ireland, Newgrange happens to be one of the oldest and significantly prehistoric sites in the entire country. The landmark is said to date back to 3100 BC and consists of a 60 meter long passage that leads to a tomb.

The tomb is designed like a cross and has several stone basins which house cremated remains of humans. Several mysterious facts surround the site.

Accordingly, the landmark was built entirely of earth, wood, clay and stone and has remained surprisingly water proof to this day. The tomb is positioned to meet the sun’s rays on winter solstice, the shortest day of the year. More interesting is the fact that there are no records that point out for whom the tomb was built for in the first place.

The Great Sphinx of Giza: We have all heard about sphinxes in stories and ancient Egyptian folklore. A sphinx is said to be a mythical creature that has the head of a human and the body of a lion.

Sphinxes were said to be guardian angels and massive stone strucutres of sphinxes can be found all over Egypt. The Great Sphinx of Giza is located in Egypt as well and is one huge rock carving about 240 feet long, 20 feet wide and 66 feet tall. The structure stands right next to the pyramid of the pharaoh Khafra and many believe that the sphinx guards the pyramid and its belongings.

The Yonaguni Monument: Located in Japan, the Yonaguni Monument is a subject of hot discussion even today. This is due to the fact that the entire monument is located under water near the Ryuku Islands. The site was discovered in 1987 and lies at a depth of about 40 meters below the surface of the sea.

The monument consists of several pieces of rocks arranged systematically to form platforms, steps and pillars.The more intriguing formations include a triangular rock which has been nicknamed as the turtle, a human face etched on a rock, and a massive wall. To this day, scientists have not been able to determine whether the site is a naturally formed one or man made.

The Easter Island at Moai: Known for the huge monolithic statues that cover the entire island, the Easter Island sits in the Pacific Ocean and is an iconic landmark for locals and visitors alike. The reason? The island is covered with huge statues of human faces, all of which are carved out of monolithic rocks.

These statues date back to almost 1500 AD and were built by the islanders to honor their ancestors. Made out of volcanic rock, the Maoi usually have the same facial features which include an over sized head, an intriguing nose and a hard to decipher facial expression. The stautes are said to weigh 70 tons each and are at least 30 feet tall.

Goseck Circle: Located in Germany, the Goseck Circle was considered to be an ancient solar observatory. However, speculations about the site being an ancient ritual ground rose after human skeletal bones were found at the site.

The landmark dates back to the days when solar cult was ferverently practised all over the county and many feel that the site was used for the same purpose with the inclusion of human sacrifices. However, that is a theory that is yet to be proven.

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