hey’re not necessarily the biggest. They don’t have to be the oldest, or the tallest, or even the most expensive. But they’re memorable. They’re beautiful. They’re unique.
When you travel there are man-made structures, buildings, statues and monuments, that like the most stunning landscapes – will stick with you for the rest of your life. These are mine.
1.Taj Mahal, India
It’s easy to be dismissive of the Taj because it’s such a cliché – it’s been photographed and visited and talked about so many millions of times before. But then you see it with your own eyes, and you understand what the fuss is about. A monument to love that easily lives up to its billing.
2.Hoover Dam, USA
To fly over the Hoover Dam is to understand in one dizzying snapshot the power humans have to alter their world. And this was built in the 1930s? It’s a 220-metre concrete wall spanning the Black Canyon in Arizona, and it’s a sight you won’t readily forget.
3.La Sagrada Familia, Spain
Just when you think you can’t face another cathedral, that you’ve seen all the vaulted arches and flying buttresses a casual observer can handle, along comes La Sagrada Familia and changes everything. Antoni Gaudi’s still unfinished masterpiece is like nothing you’ve ever seen before, eccentric and daring and strange, and yet ultimately probably the most beautiful building in the world.
4.Burj Khalifa, UAE
It’s not so much the view from the bottom that you’ll remember, although the world’s tallest building does look great from afar. The crazy thing is the way the world looks from the 124th floor of the Burj Khalifa – it’s like a kids’ toy, a plastic model replica of the real world, something that seems too far away, too abstract, to even be real.
5.Rock-hewn churches of Lalibela, Ethiopia
These don’t get the same recognition as similar edifices carved from stone in Petra, Jordan, but this network of 11 churches, each hewn from living rock in the highlands of Ethiopia, is equally impressive. Just getting there to see them is an adventure you won’t forget; walking through the cool, dark churches is another thing entirely.
6.Machu Picchu, Peru
Machu Picchu would be memorable if it was just sitting on a plain somewhere at sea level. But the fact these Incan ruins are perched high up in the snow-capped Andes, clinging to a mountain-top surrounded by steep drops and soaring peaks, makes them even more memorable. Another one that lives up to the hype.
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