Iconic Landmarks Around the World and What It Took to Build Them

What iconic landmarks around the world have you had the chance to visit? The Eiffel Tower, the Pyramids of Giza, or maybe even the Great Wall of China? Looking at them, have you ever stopped for a moment and wondered, “What did it take to build them? How much time, resources, sweat, and tears were put into these amazing masterpieces?” That’s exactly what we’re going to explore today. As exciting as it is to visit them, it will be even more exciting once you also know more about their historical backgrounds.

The Great Wall of China

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Did you know that the Great Wall of China is actually a network of defenses across northern China rather than a single wall? It was an essential component of China’s military strategy and was constructed to keep the country safe from attack. The wall had been built for centuries, with additions made by several dynasties, starting in the 7th century BC.

Millions (yes, millions) of workers, including soldiers, peasants, and convicts, worked to build the wall. It was constructed with wood, stone, and brick; in certain places, compacted earth was also used. Just imagine how much meticulous planning, exact engineering, and extraordinary organizational abilities it took to build this wall. And hundreds of years later, it still serves as evidence of the tenacity of ancient Chinese culture.

The Pyramids of Giza

The most well-known and conserved pyramids in the world are the Giza Pyramids in Egypt. They are a monument to the highly developed architectural and technical abilities of the ancient Egyptians and were constructed as tombs for the pharaohs of the Old Kingdom. It is estimated that these pyramids, notably the Great Pyramid of Khufu, were built about 4,500 years ago.

Limestone blocks from adjacent quarries were transported and used to build them. The pyramids’ exact alignment with the stars and their use of large stone blocks demonstrate the highly developed building methods of the era. It was so developed, that people to this day believe that it could have been aliens who actually built them. And honestly, considering the amount of labor and workmanship it took to build them, we too believe that the civilization that built them was way ahead of its time.

The Eiffel Tower

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A legendary symbol of Paris, France, the Eiffel Tower is an amazing piece of engineering. When the tower—designed by Gustave Eiffel—was built for the 1889 Exposition Universelle (World’s Fair), the general public’s early reactions to it were divided. More than 18,000 separate iron parts were used in the tower’s construction. All these parts were prefabricated and put together on location.

To guarantee the tower’s stability and structural integrity, careful planning and technical calculations were needed during the design process. To get over technical obstacles, Gustave Eiffel and his colleagues used cutting-edge methods including wind tunnel testing, but also hydraulic jacks. Today, the Eiffel Tower is a well-known monument and a living example of what contemporary engineering is capable of.

Kanita is a wanderlust-fueled traveler with an inclination for unraveling the mysteries of history, the paranormal, and the bizarre world of medicine. As a true crime buff, Kanita's nights are often spent delving into the depths of chilling mysteries. Yet, it's not just the paranormal that captivates her—her background in medicine fuels a fascination with the weird and wonderful world of medical oddities, from twisted historical practices to the myths and legends that shroud the field. From exploring haunted locales to uncovering the strange and morbid tales of medical history, Kanita is your guide to the unconventional, the unexplained, and the downright eerie.

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