Saturday, 14 May 2011

The Wonder Candidates: The Americas (plus some others)


80. Statue of Liberty, USA: Symbol of freedom in the form of a giant copper lady.

81. Empire State Building, USA: Iconic Art Deco skyscraper and emblem of New York.

82. CN Tower, Canada: Somewhat tall communications and observation tower.

83. Mount Rushmore, USA: Four giant faces carved into a granite mountain.

84. Gateway Arch, USA: Elegant stainless-steel arch.

85. Disney World, USA: A childhood Wonder.

86. Hoover Dam, USA: Large dam on the Colorado River, now with a big bridge over it.

87. Golden Gate Bridge: Gigantic but graceful suspension bridge.

88. Teotihuacan, Mexico: Enormous ruined city best known for the Pyramid of the Sun and the Pyramid of the Moon.

89. Palenque, Mexico: Ruined Mayan city in the jungle.

90. Chichen Itza, Mexico: The most famous of the ruined Mayan cities.

91. Tikal, Guatemala: Another series of Mayan ruins, in the jungle.

92. Machu Picchu, Peru: Remote mountain-top retreat from the Incan civilisation.

93: Nazca Lines, Peru: A huge series of 1500-year-old drawings in the desert only visible from the sky and by a civilisation surely never able to view them.

94. The Moai of Easter Island, Chile: Numerous monolithic stone heads on one of the most remote islands in the world.

95. Christ the Redeemer, Brazil: Iconic statue of Christ overlooking the city of Rio de Janeiro.

96. Timbuktu, Mali: Legendarily remote Saharan trading town.

97. Djenne Mosque, Mali: Largest mud building in the world, which I'm sure is better than it sounds.

98. Church of Saint George, Ethiopia: The best of a number of ancient churches carved into the rock.

99. Burj Al Arab, UAE: Iconic sail-style hotel.

100. Burj Khalifa, UAE: The tallest man-made structure in the world.

101. Ak Orda Presidential Palace, Kazakhstan: Modern-classic palace in new Kazakh capital.

102. Registan, Uzbekistan: Imposing square in ancient city centre.


  1. Wow, this is going to be a great trip! I have been to Rushmore -- very nice, very forest-y. Not too far away is another granite-type statue of an indian...I have heard mixed reviews (and when I went to go see Rushmore, my plans did not have time to see the indian statue). But, if you're there, it's something you may consider.

  2. Yes, I know the one you're talking about - it's also carved from the mountain? - the name escapes me for the moment. It's unfinished, I believe, and the original designer (now dead) actually helped out on Mount Rushmore. It's quite controversial with native Indians.

    I didn't know it was nearby Mount Rushmore, so I'll definitely check it out when there.


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