We all are blessed with many manmade wonders which please us to exist. But, there are some facts that you may not aware of about such wonders. Here is the list of 10 facts of manmade wonders of the world that will make you surprised.

1. The Leaning Tower of Pisa

Do you know that” The Leaning Tower of Pisa” is although weak and standing on the soft soil, remain on the earth after four strong earthquakes? It is known as the leaning Tower of Pisa because it is a little tilted. Although the plan was to make it vertical, due to the soft soil and unstable foundation, it gets tilted. It as constructed in the year 1173 and a more surprising thing is that it was attacked four times by the earthquake since then. But the tower still survives. The reason behind this is that the soft soil under the tower doesn’t get affected by the earthquake effect. Hence the tower also not gets affected.

2. Do you know that you can’t take pictures of the Eiffel Tower when its light is on?

Eiffel Tower is a tower made up of iron situated in Paris, France. It is named after an engineer who designed it, Gustave Eiffel. If you are planning to visit EiffelTower, make sure that you don’t take pictures of it when its lights are switched on. Although you can take the pictures of it in the daylight, no one will say you anything. But you can’t take its picture at the when its lights are switched on. This is because there is a law in it is strictly banned to take the picture of it as it is an issue of copyright violation as the lights on the tower are artistic work. Anyone who wants to do so has to take permission from the Société d’Exploitation de la Tour Eiffel (SETE), who manages the tower.

3. The Great Wall of China is disappearing

The GreatWall of China is a huge wall made at the northern border of China to protect the territory from the outsiders. It was a 6300 km wall when it was built at the time of the Ming Dynasty and you will be surprised to know that it has been started to disappear. Almost 30% of the wall has been disappeared due to adverse climatic conditions. Some other factors are to responsible for its disappearing, that is many local people also stole bricks from there to build their own house and many times some harm are done by tourist activities too. Due to all these reasons, today the length of the wall is about 4338 km.

4. Machu Picchu’s buildings are made up of without using mortar.

Do you know, buildings in Machu Picchu city are made up without mortar? Mortar is a paste that helps to bind the building blocks like bricks, stone, etc. strongly. They also help to cover up the extra gap between the bricks or stone. But you will be surprised to know that the buildings in Machu Picchu are made up of without the use of mortar. The city is situated at a height of 2430 m above sea level.  The stones are cut in such a way that they can fix each other and bind strongly. Looking at the creativity and technique of the engineers' Incas city was termed as the Seven Wonders of the World in the year 2007. 

5. Chichen Itza was privately owned until 2010

You all know that Chichen Itza is one of the Seven Wonders of the World due to its unique architecture. It is a city located in the start of Mexico. You will be a wonder to know that the land on which Chichen Itza is was privately owned until 29 March 2010 by Barbachanos. This land was purchased in the year 1994 from Edwards, the American archaeologist. Although the constitution of the country claimed that the archaeological monuments belong to the nation, but it was being privately owned for 500 years. It is the largest city of Maya cities and is one of the most visited tourist spots. About 2.6 million tourists visit in the year2017.

6. Do you know that “The Great Pyramid” remained the tallest artificial structure of the world for 4,000 years?

Yeah, indeed, The Great Pyramid, (one of the oldest Seven Wonders of the world) was the tallest artificial structure in the world for 4000 years (2560 BCto 1311 AD), with a height of 146.7 meters. But after the construction of Lincoln Cathedral, the height of 147 meters in 1311AD, it becomes the tallest building for 238 years. Nowadays, Burj Khalifa in Dubai is the world's tallest man-made construction with a height of 829.8-meters.

7. The Colosseum of Rome was once used as a cemetery.

The Colosseum is an oval shape amphitheatre, situated in the centre of the Rome city, Italy. It is a famous tourist place and the largest amphitheatre where it can have 50,000 to 80,000 people at a time. Earlier in the medieval era, Colosseum was used for entertainment. In the late 6th century the amphitheatre of this building was converted into a cemetery and some of its parts were rented to tenants for a shop. These days this place is also used for the Roman Catholic ceremonies.

8. A massive monument is found deep inside the earth in Petra.

Petra is a city situated in Southern Jordan from 9000 BCE. There were many civilizations inhabited in Petra. This is because many different monuments were found buried inside the earth. Recently the archaeologist has found massive monument buried under the earth which dated almost 2,150 years. The size of this monument is 184 ft. by 161 ft. It was buried deep inside the sand; even it becomes hard to find its structure.

9. It took about 1,500 years to complete Stonehenge.

Stonehenge is a monument in England. It can be defined as a ring of standing stones of a height of 13 feet and a width of 7 feet. The weight of each stone is about 25 tons. It is made up of two kinds of stone, smaller bluestones, and large sarsen stones. The original construction year is not known but the archaeologist believes it to be constructed in the year between 3000 and 2000 BCE. Another fact that archaeologist believes from the dating record is that it takes almost 1,500 years to construct it.

10. Do you know that it is still talk of the town how does the Hanging Gardens of Babylon exist?

Hanging Gardens of Babylon is said to be a garden containing varieties of trees, plants, shrubs, etc. which is situated in the city of Babylon. But there is not any proof of the existence of the hanging garden in the ancient literature. And it is hard to believe how irrigation does do in the hanging garden. Many scholars believe it to be just fiction. But the reality is yet to be disclosed.

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