Monday, October 17, 2011

Unique and Intriguing Modern and Ancient Structures in the World

These iconic landmarks are popular tourist destinations in the world. These structures are either unique or intriguing. Keep that mouse scrolling…

Rock Garden – India

The Rock Garden is well known for its sculptures made from recycled ceramic. This sculpture garden is located in Chandigarh, India hence it is also called Rock Garden of Chandigarh. Also known as Nek Chand's Rock Garden after its founder Nek Chand, the garden spread over an area of 160,000 m². All the structures are completely built of industrial & home waste and thrown-away items.

Terra Cotta Army – China

The Terracotta Army or the "Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses", is a collection of terracotta sculptures depicting the armies of Shi Huangdi, the First Emperor of China and the builder of the Great Wall of China. Theses thousands of figures are more than 2,000 years old and were discovered in 1974.

These statues are located near the Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor. The figures vary in height 1.83–1.95 meters and were arranged according to their roles, with the tallest being the generals. It is estimated that are 8,000 soldiers, 130 chariots with 520 horses and 150 cavalry horses in the site.

Moai – Easter Island, Chile

There are 887 Moai statues in the Easter Island. These intriguing figures were created by early Rapanui people that inhabited the island. The island is part of Chile and is located in the southeastern Pacific Ocean. The place is declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Stonehenge – United Kingdom

Stonehenge is a prehistoric monument located in the English county of Wiltshire, about 3.2 km west of Amesbury and 13 km north of Salisbury. One of the most famous sites in the world, Stonehenge is composed of earthworks surrounding a circular setting of large standing stones.

This iconic stone monument is believed to have been erected around 4500 years ago. It is situated at the center of the densest complex of Neolithic and Bronze Age monuments in England, including several hundred burial mounds.

Plain of Jars – Laos

The Plain of Jars is a megalithic archaeological landscape located in Laos in Southeast Asia. These thousands of jars are scattered in the landscape of the Xieng Khouang plateau Xieng Khouang, Lao People’s Democratic Republic.

Prambanan Temple Complex – Indonesia

Prambanan Temple Complex was built in the 9th century. This Hindu temple compound is located in Central Java, Indonesia.

This UNESCO World Heritage Site is the largest Hindu temple in Indonesia, and is one of the largest Hindu temples in Southeast Asia.

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