Friday, April 9, 2010

Fascinating Monuments of World

Bestowed with immense love of Mother Nature, our world is a fantastic place to live and travel. Every nook and corner of our world is embellished with numerous natural and artificial treasures of flawless beauty.

Apart from the natural charms, our world is dotted with numerous architectural masterpieces of unmatched beauty. Most of these monuments still stands tall and encompasses various interesting tales within themselves, which are yet to be revealed. From time immemorial, these monuments of world beckons thousands of globetrotters from far flung areas. Some of the fascinating monuments of our world are as follows :

Giza Pyramid and Great Sphinx near Cairo, Egypt: Giza Pyramid and Great Sphinx near Cairo is one of the fascinating monuments of our world. Situated on a plateau on the outskirts of Cairo, this ancient Egyptian complex is a world famous archaeological site consists several large and small edifices such as the Pyramid of Khufu (known also as the Cheops Pyramid or the Great Pyramid). This is the only remaining monument of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Other edifices within the complex are Pyramid of Khafre (or Chephren) and the Pyramid of Menkaure (or Mykerinos) and some smaller edifices, known as "queens" pyramids. To the east side of the complex, there lies the Great Sphinx.
Stonehenge, Wiltshire County, U.K: Situated 13 km north of Salisbury in the English county of Wiltshire, Stonehenge is a Neolithic monument. Built around 2, 500 B.C, Stonehenge is one of the famous prehistoric sites in world. There are various interesting theories related to these stone structures, which are yet to be proved. Located within a sanctuary, these stone structures are arranged in circles of menhirs. According to some people, the Stonehenge might have served as center of healing or a burial ground or a place of worship or an area having astronomical significance. All these theories related to this place are yet to be explored. All these stones weigh nearly up to 50 tons.

Great Wall Of China,China: The Great Wall Of China is a series of stone and earthen fortifications, built between 6th century B.C to 16th century, by various rulers of successive Chinese dynasties. To protect the northern border of the Chinese Empire from the attacks of the Xiongnu, a confederation of nomadic tribes. These barbaric tribes used to live on the steppes north of China. Great Wall of China, is an amazing landmark and represents China on a global platform.

Acropolis of Athens, Athens, Greece: Another outstanding monument of our world is Acropolis of Athens. Located in the centre of the Athens city, Acropolis of Athens, are symbol of classical spirit and civilization. These are flat-topped rock with a complex of ruins of yesteryears monuments. These monuments are built of Greek cult and dedicated primarily to its patron, the Goddess Athena. Most of the monuments which are available on the site now were rebuilt during the Golden Age of Athens (460-430 B.C), after the Persian Wars under the leadership of Pericles.

Taj Mahal, Agra, India: Famous as the “epitome of eternal love”, Taj Mahal is one of the seven wonders of Modern World. This monument of white marble is a mausoleum, constructed by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal, after her death. Thanks to its architectural zenith, this monument is counted among one of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of our world. Serves as the centre of attraction of India's tourism industry, Taj Mahal is located on the banks of Yamuna river in Agra city of Uttar Pradesh.

Great Living Chola Temples, Tamil Nadu, India: Titled as World Heritage Site in 1987, Great Living Chola Temples of Thanjavur in Tamil Nadu are one of the remarkable monuments of our world. Belongs to 11th and 12th century, the entire temple complex comprises of three temples namely Brihadiswara temple, Temple of Gangaikondacholisvaram and the Airavatesvara temple at Darasuram. These three temples are perfect testimony of Chola dynasty in Southern India. All these temples very well showcases the architectural zenith of erstwhile craftsmen and mainly built of blocks granite and bricks.

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