Ancient architecture is said to be the world’s greatest preservation. Not only do they leave us enchanted with their beauty, but also give us a glimpse into the era in which they were built. And we cannot ignore that in the present day it is quite difficult to make such structures with the same power and intriguing details. While many of you may be aware of the greatest wonders of the world, there are some unique facts that you may not know.
The Chinese wall
The largest wall in the world is more than 20,000 kilometers long. Construction of the wall began in the 3rd century BC and was built continuously until the 17th century AD by various Chinese empires for defense purposes. The wall extends from eastern Shanhaiguan in Hebei Province to Jiayuguan in Gansu Province in the west. In modern times, if the wall is built today, it might cost more than $350 billion.
Taj Mahal is an autobiography of Shahjahan’s wife Mumtaz Mahal. We all know the story behind the white sang-e-marar monument. But did you know that the outer pillars around the dorm are not straight but tilted outwards? Yes, it has been done to prevent the central structure from being damaged in the event of a natural disaster. It took about 300 years to build the enchanting monument. If built today, it could cost up to $110 million.
Christ the redeemer
The statue of Jesus Christ stands in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The 30 meter high statue is a symbol of Christianity in the country. It stands high on Corvovado Mountain in Tijuca National Park. The Art Deco statue of Jesus was designed by Heitor da Silva Costa, Carlos Oswald and Paul Landowski and is covered with approximately six million tiles.
Great Pyramid of Giza
The Egyptian pyramids are one of the most popular attractions in the country. The Great Pyramid of Giza would hold the title of the largest man-made structure in nearly 4,000 years. If we look at the architectural marvel and find its cost in the present day, the limestone and construction costs will be over a billion dollars.
The Panama Canal is one of the largest canals in the world. Completed in 1913, with an extension in 2016, the canal stretches 51 miles and connects the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. It could cost up to $9 billion if the thought is built in 2022.
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