Structures and other landmarks made by human beings.

Abu Simbel

These twin temples were carved out of the mountainside during the reign of Pharaoh Ramesses II in the 13th century BC. Their relocation in the 1960's was necessary to avoid their being submerged during the creation of Lake

Anker Clock aka Ankeruhr

Vienna, Austria
The clock was built between 1911 and 1917 by the painter and sculptor Franz von Matsch. It is a of Art Nouveau design. It forms a bridge between the two parts of the Anker Insurance Company's

Arc de Triomphe

Paris, Île-de-France Region, France
The design is by Jean Chalgrin (1739–1811), in the Neoclassical version of ancient Roman architecture. Major academic sculptors of France are represented in the sculpture of the Arc de

Arch of Triumph

Pyongyang, North Korea
The monument is made of 25,500 blocks of finely-dressed white granite, each representing a day of the life of President Kim Il-sung up to his 70th

Arlington National Cemetery

Arlington, Virginia, United States of America
The cemetery was established on the grounds of Arlington House, formerly the estate of the family of Robert E. Lee's wife Mary Anna Custis Lee, a descendant of Martha

Atlantic City Boardwalk

Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States of America
At a combined length of approximately 5.75 miles (9.25 kilometers), the Atlantic City / Ventnor boardwalk is currently the longest boardwalk in the world. Strolling the boardwalk will take you past famous hotels, casinos and

Azadi Tower

Tehran, Tehran Province, Iran
Built in 1971 in commemoration of the 2,500th anniversary of the Persian Empire, this "Gateway into Iran" was named the Shahyad Tower (meaning "Remembrance of the Shahs") but dubbed Azadi (Freedom) after the Iranian Revolution of

Beni Hammad Fort

M'Sila Province, Algeria
The fortress was built in 1007 by Hammad ibn Buluggin, the son of Buluggin ibn Ziri, the founder of

Bourbon Street (Rue Bourbon)

New Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America
When New Orleans was founded in 1718, it was originally centered around the French Quarter. The city has since expanded, but "The Quarter" remains the cultural hub with Bourbon Street as one of its main

Brandenburg Gate (Brandenburger Tor)

Berlin, Germany
The only remaining gate of a series through which one formerly entered Berlin, the gate is the monumental entry to Unter den Linden, the renowned boulevard of linden trees which formerly led directly to the city palace of the Prussian

Brooklyn Bridge

New York, New York, United States of America
The Brooklyn Bridge stretches 5,989 feet (1825 m) over the East River connecting the New York City boroughs of Manhattan and

Burj Khalifa

Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Burj Khalifa is a super tall skyscraper in the Business Bay district of Dubai, and is the tallest man-made structure ever built at 829.8 m (2,722 ft). It was designed to be the centerpiece of a large-scale, mixed-use


Sarande District, Albania
Buthrotum is an archeological site which was an ancient Greek and later Roman city. The city was abandoned during the Middle Ages after a major earthquake flooded most of the city. Today, it is part of the Butrint National

Canada's Wonderland

Vaughan, Ontario, Canada
In 1972, the Taft Broadcasting Company first proposed building the theme park. Construction of Canada's Wonderland began on 13 June 1979 and continued on to early


Cayo District, Belize
The Mayan people build many structures at Caracol, including temples, plazas, and homes. Caana ("sky-palace") is the largest building at Caracol. It remains one of the largest man-made structures in

Casbah of Algiers

Algiers, Algeria
The Casbah is the citadel (a fortress that protects a town) of Algiers and the neighborhoods clustered around it. The Casbah played a central role during the Algerian struggle for independence (1954-1962).top

Cathedral of Notre Dame de Paris

Paris, Île-de-France Region, France
Some say Notre Dame is possibly the most famous of cathedrals. The Roman Catholic cathedral is famous for its architecture, the historical events that took place there, and as the setting for the story "The Hunchback of Notre Dame."top

Centre Block

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Built in the Gothic Revival style, the present Centre Block is the second version of the building, after the first was destroyed by fire in 1916. Work on the interior continued through the 1970s. top


Paris, Île-de-France Region, France
The Avenue des Champs-Élysées is arguably one of the world's most famous streets. It is home to cinemas, cafés, luxury specialty shops and clipped horse-chestnut trees. The name is French for Elysian Fields, the place of the blessed dead in Greek mytholotop

Chehel Sotoun

Isfahan, Isfahan Province, Iran
Chehel Sotoun is a pavilion built by Shah Abbas II, the Shah of Iran from 1642 to 1666, to be used for his entertainment and receptions. In this palace, Shah Abbas II and his successors would receive dignitaries and

Chichen Itza

Yucatan, Mexico
Chichen Itza is a large pre-Columbian archaeological site built by the Maya civilization. The site exhibits a multitude of architectural styles, some reminiscent of styles seen in central Mexico to the Puuc style found among the Puuc Maya of the northerntop

Christ the Redeemer

Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
The tallest of its kind in the world, the statue stands 38 metres (120 ft) tall weighs 635 tons. It is made of reinforced concrete and soapstone. It was sculpted by Paul Landowski, a French monument sculptor of Polish

Chrysler Building

New York, New York, United States of America
Standing at 1,047 feet high (319 m), the Chrysler Building was briefly the world's tallest building before it was surpassed by the Empire State Building in 1931. It is still the world's tallest brick


Rome, Lazio, Italy
Originally capable of seating around 50,000 spectators, the Colosseum was used for gladiatorial contests and public spectacles. Other public spectacles were held there, such as mock sea battles, animal hunts, executions, re-enactments of famous battles, atop


Copán Department, Honduras
Copán is a Mayan ruin with major ceremonial structures and royal monuments with figures and language. The city contains a plaza, an Acropolis, a ballcourt, temples, and other structures built by the


Setif Province, Algeria
Djemila is a mountain village where some of the best preserved Berbero-Roman ruins in North Africa are found. Under the name of Cuicul, the city was built during the first century A.D. as a military garrison. top

East Block

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Designed by Thomas Stent and Augustus Laver, the East Block is an asymmetrical structure built in the Victorian High Gothic

Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh, Lothian, EH1 2NG, Scotland
Edinburgh Castle is a castle fortress which dominates the sky-line of the city of Edinburgh, Scotland, from its position atop the volcanic Castle Rock. Human habitation of the site is dated back as far as the 9th century

Eiffel Tower

Paris, Île-de-France Region, 75007, France
Named after its designer, engineer Gustave Eiffel, the Eiffel Tower is the tallest building in Paris. Including the 24 m (79 ft) antenna, the structure is 325 m (1,063 ft)

Empire State Building

New York, New York, United States of America
It stood as the world's tallest building for more than forty years, from its completion in 1931 until the construction of the World Trade Center North Tower in

Fortaleza de San Fernando de Omoa

Omoa, Cortés Department, Honduras
There are actually two forts in Omoa. The earlier Real fort was started in 1752, and remodeled in 1759. Next to the Real fort, the fort of San Fernando de Omoa was constructed from 1756 through

Gateway Arch (St. Louis Arch)

St. Louis, Missouri, United States of America
Officially named the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, the arch was built to commemorate the Louisiana Purchase and St. Louis' role as the "gateway" to the western frontier of the early United

Gateway of India

Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
The Gateway of India was built to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary to Bombay in December 1911 and was opened in December of 1924. The Gateway is a basalt arch 26 meters (85 feet)

Golden Gate Bridge

San Francisco, California, United States of America
The Golden Gate Bridge is a suspension bridge spanning the Golden Gate, the opening into the San Francisco Bay from the Pacific

Great Pyramid of Giza (Khufu, Cheops)

Giza, Egypt
This is the oldest and largest of the three pyramids in the Giza Necropolis and is the only remaining member of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. The Great Pyramid was the tallest man-made structure in the world for over 3,800

Great Sphinx of Giza

Giza, Egypt
The largest monolith statue in the world, it stands 73.5 metres (241 ft) long, 6 m (20 ft) wide, and 20 m (65 ft) high. Commonly believed to have been built by ancient Egyptians in the 3rd millennium BC, it is the earliest known monumental

Great Wall of China

The Great Wall stretches over approximately 6,400 km (4,000 miles) from Shanhaiguan in the east to Lop Nur in the west. Some portions north of Beijing and near tourist centers have been preserved, but in many locations the Wall is in

Hassan II Mosque

Casablanca, Greater Casablanca, Morocco
Designed by the French architect Michel Pinseau and built by Bouygues, the mosque is the second largest in the world. Its minaret is the world's tallest at 210 meters (689 ft).top

Hollywood Sign

Los Angeles, California, United States of America
The sign originally read "HOLLYWOODLAND," and its purpose was to advertise a new housing development in the hills above the Hollywood district of Los Angeles in

Horezu Monastery

Horezu, Wallachia, Romania
The Monastery of Horezu was founded in 1690 by Prince Constantin Brâncoveanu. It is known for its architectural purity and balance, the richness of its sculpted detail, its treatment of religious compositions, its votive portraits, and its painted decorattop

Imam Reza Shrine

Mashhad, Razavi Khorasan, Iran
In the 9th century a dome was built on the grave of Imam Reza. The sanctuary has been renovated many times over hundreds of years and new buildings continuously added to the site. top

Independence Hall

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19106, United States of America
Originally the home of the Pennsylvania Assembly and Supreme Court during the Colonial Era, the building was called the Pennsylvania State House. The Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution were adopted and signed

Jefferson Memorial

Washington, District of Columbia, United States of America
The Jefferson Memorial was officially dedicated on April 13, 1943 — the 200th anniversary of Jefferson's

Kennedy Space Center

Florida, United States of America
The John F. Kennedy Space Center (KSC) is the NASA space vehicle launch facility (spaceport). The site is near Cape Canaveral, Florida. It is 34 mi long and around 6 mi wide, covering 219 square

Kim Il-sung Square

Pyongyang, North Korea
Kimm Il-sung Square is the 30th largest square in the world, having an area of about 75,000 square meters (807,293 square feet) which can accommodate a rally of 100,000 people. top

Kumsusan Palace of the Sun

Pyongyang, North Korea
The palace was built in 1976 as the Kumsusan Assembly Hall, and served as Kim Il-sung's official residence. On 16 February 2012, the 70th diamond anniversary of the birth of Kim Jong-il, the building was formally renamed the Kumsusan Palace of the

Lazienki Palace

Warsaw, Masovian Voivodeship, Poland
The marble building was constructed before 1683. Finished in 1689, it was intended to serve as a bathhouse, habitable pavilion and a garden grotto. Stanisław August Poniatowski decided to convert it into private quarters around

Leaning Tower of Pisa

Pisa, Tuscany, Italy
Work on the ground floor of the bell tower began on August 14, 1173. The tower began to sink almost immediately due to a small foundation set in weak, unstable

Liberty Bell

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America
The Liberty Bell rang out for important events during the Revolutionary War and America's Federal period, but did not acquire its famous name until the 1830's, when it became a symbol for the abolitionist

Lincoln Memorial

Washington, District of Columbia, United States of America
The Lincoln Memorial replicates the form of a Greek Doric temple and contains a large seated sculpture of Abraham Lincoln and inscriptions of two well-known speeches by

Martyrs' Memorial

El Madania, Algiers, Algeria
It took nine months for construction workers to to build the Martyrs' Memorial. It is made of concrete and was built on the site of an ancient military

Milad Tower

Tehran, Tehran Province, Iran
The Milad Tower was first proposed as part of the "Shahestan Pahlavi" project, in Tehran's Abbas Abad district. The tower has been designed by Dr. M.R. Hafezi and was built by Boland Payeh

Minaret of Jam

Shahrak District, Ghōr Province, Afghanistan
The Minaret of Jam is a 62-metre high minaret that was built in the 1190s entirely of baked-bricks. It is famous for its intricate brick, stucco and glazed tile decoration, geometric patterns, and verses from the Qur'

Monument to Enrico Martinez

Mexico City, Mexico Distrito Federal, Mexico
In 1607, Enrico Martinez was given the difficult task of draining the valley surrounding Mexico City to prevent flooding. The job was not successful, but was the beginning of the end for the lakes that made up the old Aztec

National Constitution Center

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19106, United States of America
Ralph Appelbaum Associates designed the Center's visitor experiences and exhibition hall. The total square footage of public space is 160,000 square feet, including galleries. The Center contains 75,785 square feet of exhibit

National Library of Mali

Bamako, Mali
The National Library was created by the Institut Français d’Afrique Noire, an arm of the French colonial government, in 1944. Following Mali's 1960 independence, this library became the Government Library; it would later be renamed again as the National Ltop

National Palace

Mexico City, Mexico Distrito Federal, Mexico
The site and much of the building material of the current building were called Moctezuma II's "New Houses". Claimed by Hernán Cortés in 1521,the palace was

Palace and Gardens of Schönbrunn

Vienna, Austria
Around 1642, Eleonora Gonzaga (widow of Ferdinand II) added a palace to the Katterburg mansion which had already existed on the property, which served as a hunting grounds for the Emperor's

Palace of Westminster (Houses of Parliament)

London, Greater London, SW1A 2PW, England
This is where the two Houses of the Parliament of the United Kingdom (the House of Lords and the House of Commons) meet. It is also famous for its bell tower which is the home of Big

Parliament Hill

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
The original primeval forest of beech and hemlock was cleared prior to the groundbreaking on 20 December 1859 for the construction of the Parliamentary


Athens, Greece
The Parthenon is a temple of the Greek goddess Athena, built in the 5th century BC. It is the most important surviving building of Classical Greece. Its decorative sculptures are considered one of the high points of Greek

Persepolis (Takht-e Jamshid or Parseh)

Fars, Iran
The ceremonial capital of the Persian Empire during the Achaemenid dynasty (558 - 330 BCE), the buildings at Persepolis include three general groupings: military quarters, the treasury, and the reception halls and occasional houses for the

Philae Temple

Red Sea Governorate, Egypt
This is an Ancient Egyptian temple complex in southern Egypt that originally stood on the island of Philae in the Nile. It was moved to the island of Agilkai by UNESCO in the 1970s to protect the temple and monuments from flood

Plaza Murillo

La Paz, La Paz Department, Bolivia
The Plaza Murillo was designed in 1558 as part of the rectilinear grid of La Paz by Juan Gutiérrez Paniagua. The Plaza was originally named the Plaza Mayor (Main Plaza) after its construction, but was renamed on February 3,

Potala Palace

Lhasa, Tibet Autonomous Region, China
The Potala Palace was the chief residence of the Dalai Lama until the 14th Dalai Lama fled to Dharamsala, India after an invasion and failed uprising in 1959. Today the Potala Palace has been converted into a museum by the

Roman Temples at Baalbek

Baalbek, Lebanon
Baalbeck, with its colossal structures, is one of the finest examples of Imperial Roman architecture at its height. Known as Heliopolis, the city was one of the largest sanctuaries in the

Royal Mausoleum of Mauretania

Tipaza Province, Algeria
The monument is entirely built from stone. Its main structure is in a circular form with a square base topped by a cone or a pyramid. The square base measures 60 to 60.9 meters square or 200 to 209 foot. The height of the monument was originally about 40 meters or 130 feet in height. top

Rungnado May Day Stadium

Pyongyang, North Korea
The May Day Stadium was built for sporting events and other celebrations and opened on May 1, 1989. The scalloped roof of the stadium features 16 arches arranged in a ring, and it is said to resemble a magnolia

Saint Basil's Cathedral

Moscow, Central Federal District, Russia
It's actual name is the Cathedral of Intercession of the Virgin on the Moat, but it is also called the Cathedral of Saint Basil the Blessed, as part of it was built above the grave of St.

Site of the Buddhas of Bamiyan

Bamyan Province, Afghanistan
The main bodies of the Buddhas were carved directly from the sandstone cliffs, but details were modeled in mud mixed with straw, coated with

St. Margaret's Church

London, Greater London, SW1A 2PW, England
Dedicated to Margaret of Antioch and originally founded in the 12th century by Benedictine monks, St. Margaret's was rebuilt from 1486 to 1523. It became the parish of the Palace of Westminster (Parliament) in


Salisbury Plain, Wiltshire, England
Stonehenge is composed of earthworks surrounding a circular setting of large standing stones and sits at the centre of the densest complex of Neolithic and Bronze Age monuments in

Sydney Harbour Bridge

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
The bridge is a steel arch bridge across Sydney Harbour that carries rail, vehicular, and pedestrian traffic between the Sydney central business district (CBD) and the North Shore. Because of its arch-based design, it was often called "The Coathanger."top

Taipei 101

Taipei, Taiwan
Taipei 101 was the world's tallest building from 2004 until 2010 when it was surpassed by Burj Khalifa in Dubai. The building contains 101 floors above ground and 5 floors underground. Its postmodern style combines Asian and international

Taj Mahal

Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India
Built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal, the Taj Mahal is actually an integrated complex of structures, not just the white domed marble mausoleum that most people

Tajbeg Palace (Queen's Palace)

Kabul, Kabul Province, Afghanistan
Built to house the royal family, Tajbeg Palace is one of the most impressive landmarks of European influence in Afghanistan. It was an attempt to establish a new seat of government and modernize Afghanistantop

The Louvre Museum

Paris, Île-de-France Region, France
The Louvre or Louvre Museum is one of the world's largest museums and a historic monument. The museum is housed in the Louvre Palace, originally built as a fortress in the late 12th century under Philip

Three Dikgosi Monument

Gaborone, Gaborone District, Botswana
The monument features 5.4 meter (18 feet) tall bronze statues of three dikgosi, or chiefs, who played important roles in Botswana's independence. Dedicated in September of 2005, the monument is the most visited tourist destination in


Petén Department, Guatemala
Tikal is one of the largest archaeological sites and urban centers of the pre-Columbian Maya civilization. The site is part of Guatemala's Tikal National Park and in 1979 it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage

Tomb of Askia

Gao, Gao Region, Mali
Askia Mohammed was the first Askia emperor and greatly expanded the Songhaii Empire. Legend says that when he returned from a pilgrimage to Mecca in 1495, he brought back with him the materials to make his tomb; all of the mud and wood come from

Tower of London

London, Greater London, EC3N 4AB, England
A historic castle, was founded towards the end of 1066 as part of the Norman Conquest of England. The Tower has served variously as an armoury, a treasury, a menagerie, the home of the Royal Mint, a public records office, and the home of the Crown Jewelstop

Tower of the Juche Idea

Pyongyang, North Korea
The 170 meter (560 ft) tower is a four sided tapering 150 meter (490 ft) spire (the tallest in granite) dressed in white stone with seventy dividers and capped with a 20 meter (66 ft) high, 45 ton, illuminated metal

Ujazdów Castle

Warsaw, Masovian Voivodeship, Poland
The castle was built by Tylman of Gameren, a notable 17th-century architect and engineer. Parts of two former castles that were built on the site became part of the new

Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Washington, District of Columbia, United States of America
The Memorial Wall, designed by Maya Lin, is made up of two gabbro walls 246 feet 9 inches (75 m) long. Stone for the wall came from Bangalore, India. The walls are sunk into the ground, with the earth behind

Warner Bros. Movie World

Oxenford, Queensland, Australia
Warner Bros. Movie World (more commonly referred to as Movie World) is a popular movie related theme park. The park contains various movie-themed rides and attractions ranging from motion simulators to roller coasters and slow river


Kraków, Lesser Poland Voivodeship, Poland
The Wawel Hill has archaeological remains indicating settlement from the 4th century. Parts of the cathedral and other buildings date back to the 10th

West Block

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Designed by Thomas Stent and Augustus Laver, construction on the West Block started in late 1859. As Parliamentary staff increased, more space was added to the building in 1878 and in

Westminster Abbey

London, Greater London, SW1A 2PW, England
Westminster Abbey is the traditional place of coronation and burial site for English and later British monarchs. It briefly held the status of a cathedral from 1546-1556, and is currently a Royal Peculiar directly under the jurisdiction of the

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