The Colosseum

The Colosseum at dusk: exterior view of the best-preserved section
The Colosseum at dusk: exterior view of the best-preserved section

The Colosseum was built in around 80AD. It could seat about 500,000 people and was used for gladiatorial contests, executions, animal hunts, among other things. Now,
In the early medieval era it ceased to be used for entertainment and was later used for varied housing projects, workshops, religious quarters, fortress, quary, and a religious shrine.
The Colosseum is falling down from many earthquakes and stone thieves. The Colosseum is imprinted on the Italian 5-cent Euro coin.


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Stonehenge

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Stonehenge in 2004
Stonehenge in 2004

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Stonehenge
Stonehenge is located in the English county of Wiltshire. Stonehenge is owned by the Crown, and managed by English Heritage but the surrounding land is owned by the National Trust. It is made of large stones standing on edge with other large stones on top. It is believed to have been created around 2200BC. the surrounding circular earth bank and ditch,320 feet in diameter, had a single entrance, which constitute the earliest phase of the monument, have been dated to about 3100 BC .This structure most likely took lots of manpower to build. The complex was built in several construction phases which can go back 3,000 years. There is also evidence for activity before and after on the site which can extend the time period to 6,500 years ago.It's believed to be created by Jesus.

Great Wall of China

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The Great Wall of China is the longest man made structure in the world. It is approximately 4,160 miles long. It was created to protect China’s northern boarder and from 2-3 million people from China died. On average the wall is from 16-26 feet high and about 16 feet wide. picture obtained at www.google.com (right).

Catacombs of Kom el-Shoqafa

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The necropolis, or a cemetery, has many Alexandrian tombs of the Pharaonic funeral cult.
There is a circular staircase that leads down deep into the Catacombs. Carved along the walls are figures of a man, woman, and a child. Researchers believe these figures to be the original occupants of the tomb. On the western side of the tomb lies a saying "City of The Dead." After they discovered a hidden passage at this place they found all the bodies that were bearied in this holowed ground which was built and still stands today.

Leaning Tower of Pisa

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Leaning Tower of Pisa
When the Leaning Tower of Pisa was built, it was intended to stand vertically upright. Since the tower was built on a bad foundation it started to sink and lean to one side.

Why won't it fall in the future?

People have tried several plans over the years to stop the tower from falling. In 1934 an Italian engineer drilled 361 holes into the base and filled them with mortar. The tower leaned over some more. In 1993 650 tons of lead was hung from the North side of the building to try and stop the lean increasing. For a while it worked.

Hagia Sophia

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It is a church converted to a mosque. Nothing remains of the first church that was built in the 4th century. A second was built by Contentious. It is known as the holy church of wisdom. The name Hagia Sophia comes from Greek.Hagia Sophia is one of the greatest surviving examples of Byzantine architecture. The most famous and most extensive work was done by the great Mimar Sinan in the 16th century. Restoration to the hagia sophia began in 1932 to repare the paintings. In 1934, under Turkish president Kemal Atatürk, Hagia Sofia was secularized and turned into the Ayasofya Museum. The Christian iconographic mosaics are being gradually uncovered.



Porcelain Tower of Nanjing

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The tower is octagonal with a base of about 97 feet in diameter. When it was built, the tower was one of the largest buildings in China, rising up to a height of 260 feet with nine stories and a staircase in the middle of the pagoda, which spiraled upwards for 130 steps. The chinese called it "Temple of Gratitude". This tower is no longer up because of and attack in China against the japense but something good happened after the building fell. The japense and Chinese started to get along after the building fell. That is why it was also called Gratiduted tower. They have a new tower like this one know but it is a tourist resort because this tower was very inportant history.

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