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The Ten Wonders of the World are buildings that are considered to be ten of the most marvelous and greatest buildings built by humans on planet Earth. It was inspired from the Ancient Seven Wonders of the World, who have been rebuilt, but the originals were lost, with the exception of the Great Pyramids of Giza.
The Taj and Kala MahalThe Taj and Kala Mahal are two mausolea in Agra, India. They were built in the 17th century AD for Mumtaz Mahal and Shah Jahan. The Taj Mahal was built to entomb Shah Jahan's beloved wife and the Kala Mahal was built to be Shah Jahan's own grave. The two mausolea are generally considered to be to of the most beautiful buildings in the world and a symbol of eternal and true love.
The Great Wall of ChinaThe Great Wall of China is the largest human-made structure ever built on Earth. It is the longest wall in the world, though to contrary rumor it is not visible from the moon. It was first built by Qin Shi Huang, first emperor of China and later expanded and reconstructured by various Chinese dynasties. Its purpose was to protect China from barbarian peoples. It is one of China's largest tourist attractions.
The Khmer Imperial Palace and Angkor Wat
The Khmer Imperial Palace is one the largest most eleborate palaces in the world, its covered are largely covered in gold, like Angkor Wat once was. It is almost 100 meters high and is rivaled by no other structure in the world by its amount of gold. Angkor Wat is the largest religious building in the world, built by Emperor Suryavarman II. Located in the Khmer capital Angkor, it is the holiest, most sacred place in the Khmer Empire and is regarded as the center of the world according to the Khmer. Angkor Wat is opened to the public and tourist, but they are not allowed to enter the building without covering all parts of the body and they may also not enter the Inner Sanctum.
The Weiyang PalaceThe Weiyang Palace is the Imperial Residence of China in the summer and is the largest palace ever built on Earth, dwarfing both the Forbidden City and the Palace of Versailles. It is located in the summer capital of China, Chang'an It was constructed by Empress Wu Zetian in the 7th century AD. It includes an enormous Buddha Statue and an 150 meter tall pagoda. It is a major tourist attraction in the winter when it is opened to the public.
The Grand Alexandrion
The Grand Alexandrion is a large mausoleum built by Alexander the Great to entomb his body. It is a national monument and a shrine for Alexander where the Roman Emperors and other visitors pay respect to the great conqueror. It was modeled after the Temple of Artemis, which was later destroyed, but has been rebuilt by now. It is adorned in gems, silver, gold, ivory and chryselephantine. A statue of Alexander himself stands behind his tomb.
The Great Pyramids
The Great Pyramids of Giza are three pyramids built by the ancient Pharaohs of Egypt, Khufu, Khafre en Menkaure. The largest of them, the Pyramid of Khufu was the tallest building in the world for more than 2000 years. They are also the only remaing wonder of the Ancient World, however they others have been rebuilt. They were previously covered in limestone and their top was covered in gold. The Great Sphinx is also included in the complex. The Egyptian self-proclaimed Pharaoh Ramesses XII ordered them to be restored to their original appearance.
The Potala PalaceThe Potala Palace is a large palace in the Tibetan Empire. It is the Imperial residence of the Emperor, the Imperial Family and the Dalai Lama. The Palace was built by Emperor Songtsen Gampo and later expanded by Lobsang Gyatso, the sixth Dalai Lama. The Palace is more than 100 meters high and is located on Mount Potala, in the Tibetan capital Lhasa. It is the most visited tourist attraction in the Tibetan Empire.
The Eiffel Tower
The Eiffel Tower is an iron lattice tower in Paris, France. It was built in 1889 as the entrance arch to the 1889 World's Fair. It was not designed by Gustave Eiffel, but by Stephen Sauvestre. It is the tallest structure in Paris and was the tallest building in the world from 1889 to 1931 with a height of 324 meters. It is regarded as a symbol of both Paris and France and is the most visited paid monument in the world.
Sydney Opera HouseThe Sydney Opera House is a multi-venue performing arts centre "opera house" in Sydney, Australia. It was designed by Danish architect Jørn Utzon. It is remarkable because many people think it is shaped like sails. Millions of people visit it each year, making it the most popular tourist attraction in Australia. Its height is 67 meter. It was opened in 1973 and became the most modern UNESCO heritage site in 2007.
Qasr al-Khalifa, literally in English "Golden Gate Palace" is the palace of the Abbasid Caliph and his family. It is the largest and most eleborate palace ever built in the Arab world and one of the largest in the world. It is located in the Arabian capital of Baghdad.