5 Most Iconic Monuments of USA

United States of America is one of the best tourist destinations in the world because it has something for everyone. With its 51 states it’s quite hard to choose on where to go first because there’s just so much to choose from. Dotted all over the American territory are iconic monuments that are world-famous and are worthy of a visit. It’s hard to choose just 5 but here’s our take for the 5 most iconic monuments of USA.

STATUE OF LIBERTY, NEW YORK

Topping the list is no other than Lady Liberty holding up her right hand carrying the world’s most famous torch. It was a gift of France to the US but has long been a symbol of freedom and hope for a better life. This 93 meter statue serves as a beacon for the immigrants from the east, because this is the first one they see before reaching port.

WASHINGTON MONUMENT, WASHINGTON D.C.

The proud 555-feet tall obelisk monument is the most prominent structure in Washington D.C. and was constructed in honor of the United States’ first president, George Washington. Considered and mandated by law to be the tallest edifice in the capital city, you can visit the top of the Washington Monument to see a bird’s eye-view of up to 30 miles.

MOUNT RUSHMORE, SOUTH DAKOTA

George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln are forever a part of the Black Hills of South Dakota because their monumental faces are carved from the white rocks of Mount Rushmore. The looming mugs of the 4 presidents are a much celebrated icon of the US and is drawing millions of tourists annually.

GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE, CALIFORNIA

It may not be a monument but it is no doubt one of the most iconic structures in the US; it’s now as popular as the Statue of Liberty, thanks to the popular basketball team that carries the logo of the Golden Gate Bridge. This red orange suspension bridge was completed in 1937 and is a symbol of American innovation.

9/11 MEMORIAL, NEW YORK

Who could ever forget September 11? Not a single soul in the US or in the world that time didn’t get their hearts broken because of that major tragedy. It is the worst date in America’s recent history where 3000 civilians lost their lives. Today two deep pools were carved and parapets surround it with names of all the victims of the 9/11 tragedy as a bittersweet tribute.

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The New 7 Wonders of the World

The New 7 Wonders of the World was such a hit that over 100 million voters participated in the poll, and last July 7, 2007, the winners were hailed. The contest drew different reactions from the crowd but no one could deny that the newly chosen 7 wonders of the world are indeed a marvelous wonder.

GREAT WALL OF CHINA, CHINA

The very length of this great wall is what makes it a wonderment, a staggering 21,196.18 km of wall made by human hands started around 700 BC. Spanning across 15 regions in China, it boosts tourism for these places because it attracts millions of tourists yearly. What’s amazing is that these massive collection of walls is held together by processed glutinous rice flour.

PETRA, JORDAN

A lot of people are really amused by history and that is why Petra is drawing thousands of people each day. Petra, meaning “rocks”, is a valuable structure carved in the rose-red colored sandstone hills of Jordan as early as 312 BC. The most famous and remarkably preserved façade is The Treasury with a towering height of 40 meters.

THE ROMANITALY COLOSSEUM,

In the heart of ancient Rome, stands the most important structure made by Emperor Vespasian. In the height of slavery, this massive amphitheater was built by human hands out of stones and concrete. It is so massive that it can seat up to 50,000 spectators in any ancient sports event, mostly brutal and barbaric games by gladiators.

CHICHEN ITZA, MEXICO

Mayans are well-known for their legendary engineering and Chichen Itza in Yucatan Mexico is one of the proofs of it. The name Chichen Itza means “at the mouth of the well of Itza”, with 2 large natural sinkholes nearby that provided them with ample amount of water the whole year. El Castillo is the most noticeable pyramid among others with four wide staircases on each side of it and a 20 feet high temple on top.

MACHI PICCHU, PERU

The Incas, same as Mayans, are very influential during the ancient times and the best known treasure of Incan empire is Machu Picchu in Peru. It is said that they have not used any wheel or animal in building this sacred structures which is as mind-boggling as it is fascinating. They have mastered ashlar or the art of shaping stones to fit perfectly together, and their craftsmanship is so precise that you can’t even fit a knife blade in between the stones,

TAJ MAHAL, INDIA

Aside from the fact that is one of the most elaborately designed buildings in the world, Taj Mahal of India is also debated to be the most romantic one since Emperor Shah Jahan commanded the creation of this temple in honor of his beloved wife. Extravagant symmetry is observed in almost all part of the mausoleum except the actual grave since by Muslim law, graves should not reflect vanity so decorations are prohibited.

CHRIST THE REDEEMER, BRAZIL

Perhaps the most recently constructed wonder among all that’s on the list. This iconic monument of Christ standing atop of a mountain with arms wide open is simply the most famous structure in all of Rio de Janiero and has been a great symbol of Christianity in the country.

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