Weird Iconic Landmarks
Countries all over the world have their own iconic landmarks, visited by thousands of tourists. Many famous landmarks are really amazing and have breathtaking scenery. These are landmarks that every tourists would love to visit. Some of these iconic landmarks have weird architectural designs.
1) Statue of Liberty
The statue of Liberty , New York City, USA, was built in 1924 a National Monument and icon statue that symbolizes Freedom and Democracy.
The World Trade Center (WTC), was destroyed on September 11, 2001 by terrorist attack. The WTC or Twin Towers of the World Center, had a 7 complex building located in lower Manhattan, New York City.
2) Stonehenge, England
Stonehenge, one of the most famous ancient monuments found in Wiltshire County in United Kingdom. Stonehenge is considered a sacred place since it served as a burial ground in ancient times, when they found ashes from a ritual of cremation. Many people believed this ceremonial place is related to supernatural world, and rituals of Orders of Ancient Druids was performed here in August 1905.
3) Acropolis of Athens , Athens, Greece
The ancient Acropolis of Athens in Greece symbolizes the Ancient Greek World and Hellenic classical period of civilization.
4) Colosseum, Rome, Italy
The Colosseum serves as iconic symbol of Rome, an ancient Flavian Amphitheater, where the ancient Roman empire used as Arena for Gladiators.
The Leaning Tower of Pisa, Italy
The Leaning Bell Tower of Pisa, now a famous landmark and tourists destination in Italy. The cathedral in Italian city’s bell tower, leaned at 399 degrees because of the poor foundation when built in 1173. Located behind the Piazza del Duomo or Cathedral Square, the 3rd oldest building in Pisa, Italy.
5) Eiffel Tower, Paris
The Eiffel Tower found in Paris became the prominent global iconic symbol of Paris and France, an iron lattice built in 1889. (Wilkipedia).
Bastille Day is a national French holiday celebrated annually, on July 14th.
6) Great Sphinx of Giza, Egypt
The Great Sphinx of Giza, a statue lying, but head up, with human head and lion’s body, located in Giza and west bank of Cairo in Egypt.
The great Pyramid of Giza, also called Pyramid of Khufu and Pyramid of Cheops, the largest and oldest among the three pyramids in Necropolis of Giza and the border of El Giza, Egypt. Thousand of tourists gather here everyday at the iconic symbol of Egypt, The Sphinx and the Pyramids of Giza.
7) Taj Mahal, India
The Taj Mahal in Agra, India an ancient structural built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, in memory of Mumtaz Mahal, the emperor’s third wife. This famous mausoleum is a symbolic landmark of India.
Christ The Redeemer, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
This famous iconic statue of Jesus Christ and landmark of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. They call it the Christo Redentor or Christ the Redeemer, and symbol of Christianity in Brazil.
9) Burj Al Arab, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
The famous Burj Al Arab in Dubai (UAE), maybe one of the most expensive hotel in the world, per room rate is $1000 per night. The weird shape of this hotel resembles a sailing ship. This is the second tallest man made building. The tallest building also found in Dubai, The Rose Tower building. Burj Al Arab Hotel in Dubai is one of the iconic symbol of Dubai in UAE.
The Burj Khalifa, Dubai
Formerly called the Burj of Dubai, but changed to Burj of Kalipha, also found in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, famous landmark because of it’s weird design.
The Rose Tower, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
The Rose Tower building the most hand-made tallest building in Dubai. The Burj Al Arab, comes at second tallest building.
10) Ryug Yong Hotel, North Korea
The Ryugyong Hotel located in Pyongyang, North Korea, became controversial. It would be a beautiful landmark in Pyongyang, North Korea.
11) Taipei 101, Taipeh, Taiwan
The Taipei 101 or also called Taipei Financial Center, located in Xinyi District in Taipei, is a skycraper landmark of Taiwan. It was rank officially the tallest building in the world from 2004, until the Burj of Kalipha of Dubai opened in 2010.
12) Macau Sky Tower , Macau, China
This famous tower of Macau was inspired by the rich businessman Stanley Ho Hung-Sun, during his visit in Auckland Sky Tower and gave him the idea to build the tower in Macau. The Macau Sky Tower became famous when AJ Hackett and popular artist Edison Chen, broke two World Guinness Record at the Macau Sky Tower on December 17,2006. The ‘Highest Bungee Jumping from a Building’. The tower was officially opened on December 19, 2001. The Macau Sky Tower is 1,109 feet in height from the ground level, located at the former Portuguese colony of Macau, and now under the Special Administration Region (SAR) of the People’s Republic of China.
Ruins of St Paul, Macau
The Ruins of St Paul Church or Ruinas de Sao Paulo, was the former cathedral of St Paul, built in 17th century, dedicated to St Paul, the Apostle, built from 1582 to 1602. It is Macau’s famous landmark and was officially listed by UNESCO World Heritage Site Historic Centre of Macau.
13) Great Wall of China, Near Beijing, China
This amazing, unique landmark that symbolizes China, the most celebrated symbol of China, and famous tourists spot. This also symbolizes cruelty and futility, of the first emperor’s military and political ambitions.
14) Potala Palace, Lhasa, Tibet
The Potala Palace, Lhasa, Tibet located in Lhasa Autonomous Region, China at the peak of ‘Marpo Ri’, the “Red Hill”, is the symbol of ‘sacred land’, a Tibetan treasure of history, religion, arts and cultures. Named after Mount Potala, the home of Avalokitesvara or Chenresig, the former resident of Dalai Lama unti the 14th Dalai Lama migrate to Dharamsala, India. The Chinese government converted the Potala Palace into a museum.
15) Angkor Wat, Cambodia
Angkor Wat Temple, the historical landmark of Cambodia, built for King Suryavarman ll as his state temple and capital city of Cambodia (Kampuchea before). The Angkor Wat is also called “Preah Pisnulok”.
16) Petronas Twin Tower, Kuala Lumpur Malaysia
The famous landmark of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia is the Petronas Twin Tower. The Pinnacles added the height of the tallest building in Asia. Otherwise called, Menara Berkembar Petronas. Was recognized as the tallest building in 1998 to 2004, but was surpass by the tallest building in Taipeh, the Taipeh 101, but Petronas remain the tallest twin building in the world.
This imaginary creature of half lion and half fish, the famous landmark in Singapore the Merlion or ‘Singa-Laut’ also used as mascot of Singapore. “Mer” means, combination of fish and lion, comes from ancient fishing village, named “Temasek”, meaning ‘sea town’ derived from the Java. “Singapura” which means ‘Lion City” or “Kota Singa”.
The Esplanade Theater and mall, also one popular landmark in Singapore. The design was weird and unique, and attracts more visitors. The design was resembled like the tropical fruit of Durian. Singaporeans call it “The Big Durian”.
18) Shwedagon Pagoda, Burma
Shwedagon Pagoda or the Golden Pagoda, the most sacred Buddhist pagoda for Burmese people. The ‘Golden Pagoda’ is located in Yangon. Relics of the four Buddha’s of ancient times was enshrined in this pagoda that makes it so sacred for the Buddhists. Kakusandha’ staff, the filter of water of Konagamana, piece of robe of Kassapa and 8 strands of hairs of the most historical Buddha, Gautama.
19) Sydney Opera House, Sydney, Australia
The Sydney Opera House located in Sydney,
New South Wales, Australia an entertainment and art center, and famous landmark of Sydney, Australia and was recognized by the UNESCO World Heritage Site on June 28, 2007. It is located in Bennelong Point in Sydney Harbour near the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
20) The Bradenburg Gate
Bradenburg Gate, was the former city gate that symbolizes the unity of Berlin and Germany. It is now the famous tourists spot and landmark in Europe.