Great ARCHITECTURAL Achievements from Around The World

Across the world and through the ages man has created some of the most amazing and inspiring artwork through architectural achievements.  These monolithic creations have changed the world and broadened the general consensus of what is achievable by man. This collection is dedicated to these beautiful works of art that many people have forgotten to appreciate in our modern times.

This humongous wall stretches across China from East to West. This wall is approximately 13,170 miles long. While the original purpose of the wall was to hold off invading countries, it now stands as a marvel of what man can accomplish.
This 1,454 ft tower stands above New York City and draws over 3.5 million tourists to it's location every year! In this piece you can see the construction workers building this gargantuan building. Looking down from the worker's perspective you can see the city in scale to the size of the tower and it immediately makes you appreciate the accomplishment of making such a large landmark.
The Sydney Opera House is one of the greatest architectural achievement that almost didn't happen. The original designer and lead architect of the project, John Utzon, first had to compete against 232 entrants for design ideas. After winning, John worked on the project from 1959 until 1966, when he resigned from his position due to lack of funding from a newly changed government. John was later brought on as a consultant for later work on the building in the 1990's. In this painting you can see a competitive rower, looking exhausted as he moves past the Sydney Opera House. Perhaps this competitor is meant to be John Utzon, competing to make his dream come true.
The Leaning Tower of Pisa is world renowned for it's odd angle and miraculous weight distribution. The original architect in 1173 did not intend for the tower to form this angle, alas the architect did not account for a major section of dense clay beneath the build site. While the building originally held its proper form for 5 years after its completion; it slowly began to tilt. Over the next few centuries the tower leaned more and more and to this day the tower still stands. Over the past century multiple crews have done work to ensure that the tower will lean but never topple. In the picture you will notice the drastic angle of the building. This is truly an achievement by man to create and maintain such a great piece of history.
The Eiffel Tower is one of the world's biggest tourist attractions. Built in 1889, the design called for more that 18,000 pieces of puddle iron. At the time of it's creation, the Eiffel Tower stood as the tallest recorded building in the world. This piece of art is a testament to man's creativity and competence in achieving the improbable. Much like the Empire State Building, in this picture you can see the tower in scale with the people below and view this majestic work as titan amongst mankind.
While standing as a testament to Russian ingenuity, the Kremlin has since its creation become a visual representation of what worldwide cooperation can achieve. Built in the early 1300s the Kremlin needed updated work within a century. The limestone built areas of the site were beginning to crack and break. To reconstruct and strengthen this Russian fortress multiple contractors from Eastern Europe were brought on to create mostly what we see today as the Kremlin. Though the purposes of the areas within the Kremlin have changed over the centuries, it is impossible to recognize the sheer greatness that was created by men from all over the world working together.
The Colosseum in the city of Rome is one of the world's most well known landmarks. Underneath the 6 acre amphitheater there is an area known as the Hypogeum which consisted of an underground tunnel system and 32 animal pens. Inside the amphitheater there are 36 trap doors which provided a means for special effects. Although tied to the old gladiatorial system of Rome, one cannot disagree that this is one of the greatest architectural achievements of man kind.
President Grover Cleveland accepted this gift to the United States of America in 1886. The statue is 305 feet tall from torch to ground. This statue was inspired by the relationship built between the French and the United States during the Revolutionary War. The French built the statue and the Americans built the pedestal on which the statue stands. This piece of beauty and majesty shows that mutual respect amongst man can create great and wonderful things.
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