Where On Google Earth Can You Find These Monuments?
Google Earth (earth.google.com) is one of my favorite sites on the internet. From this web site, you can travel across the globe at just the click of a mouse and a few keystrokes. Once we all get passed the need to type in our address to see our house, it’s off to see sites around the globe. Today, I’ve listed five man-made monuments that you may never see in your life. However, you can see them from up top with Google Earth! I’ve chosen places within the United States and around the world. In past versions of this blog, we’ve seen such interesting sites as Stonehenge, The St. Louis Arch, and The Hollywood Sign. I’ve searched the globe to find these monuments for you to look at. Here they are:
The Sphinx: Giza, Egypt
A sphinx is a mythological creature that is depicted as a recumbent feline with a human head. tands on the Giza Plateau on the west bank of the Nile in Giza, near modern-day Cairo, Egypt. It is the largest monolith statue in the world, standing 241 ft long, 20 ft wide, and 66.34 ft high. It is the oldest known monumental sculpture, and is commonly believed to have been built by ancient Egyptians of the Old Kingdom in the reign of the Pharaoh Khafra about 4500 years ago. Due to water erosion on the sides of the Sphinx, some scholars have hypothesized that the monument might be much older – as in 6000 years or more!
Statue of Liberty: New York City, New York
The Statue of Liberty has welcomed visitors and immigrants into the United States for over 100 years. Officially, it’s name is Liberty Enlightening the World, and it was a gift from France to the United States for the Centennial. The statue is sheathed in pure copper, hung on a framework of steel (which was originally puddled iron) with the exception of the flame of the torch, which is coated in gold leaf (originally made of copper and later altered to hold glass panes). It stands atop a rectangular stonework pedestal with a foundation in the shape of an irregular eleven-pointed star. The statue is 151 ft tall, but with the pedestal and foundation, it is 305 ft tall. At first, it was originally used as a lighthouse into New York Harbor. You can no longer climb up into her extended arm that holds the torch, but millions of visitors still visit her every year.
The Pyramid At Chichen Itza: Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico
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This large pre-Columbian archaeological site was built by the Maya civilization and is located in the northern center of the Yucatán Peninsula, in the Yucatán state, present-day Mexico. The pyramid is the focal point of a larger Mayan ruin which contains hundreds of buildings and columns. Chichen Itza was a center of pilgrimage for the ancient Maya for over 1,000 years. Many tourists visit Chichen Itza as a day trip, especially from Cancun, which is more than 100 miles away. This archaeological site is also an hour and a half away from Merida, the capital of Yucatan. The Mayan communities near Chichen Itza have developed many wonderful sites for travelers to rejoice in the Maya Cultural heritage. The Chichen Itza pyramid, also known as El Castillo, is thought to relate to the Mayan calendar. Each of the four faces incorporates a broad, steep staircase consisting of 91 steps that ascends to the top platform. Counting the top platform as a step g ives it a total of 365 steps: 1 step for each day of the year. It stands a total of 79 feet tall.
Christ The Redeemer: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
At 130 feet tall, this statue is considered to be the largest Art Deco piece of art ever constructed. It is located at the peak of the 2,300 ft Corcovado mountain in the Tijuca Forest National Park overlooking Rio de Janeiro. The idea for erecting a large statue atop Corcovado was first suggested in the mid-1850s, when Catholic priest Pedro Maria Boss requested financing from Princess Isabel to build a large religious monument. Princess Isabel did not think much of the idea and it was completely dismissed in 1889, when Brazil became a republic with laws mandating the separation of church and state. The second proposal for a landmark statue on the mountain was made in 1921 by the Catholic Circle of Rio. This time the statue was green lighted for construction and funds were raised to build it. In 2007, this statue was considered one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in a list compiled by the Swiss-based The New Open World Corporation.
Eiffel Tower: Paris, France
This iron tower was constructed in 1889 in Paris is located on the Champ de Mars in Paris that has become both a global icon of France and one of the most recognizable structures in the world. The Eiffel Tower, which is the tallest building in Paris, is the single most visited paid monument in the world; millions of people ascend it every year. It was named after its designer, engineer Gustave Eiffel, the tower was built as the entrance arch for the 1889 World’s Fair. The tower stands 1,063 ft tall, about the same height as an 81-story building. It was the tallest man-made structure in the world from its completion until the Chrysler Building in New York City was built in 1930. The tower has three levels for visitors. Tickets can be purchased to ascend by stairs or elevator to the first and second levels. The walk to the first level is over 300 steps, as is the walk from the first to the second level. The third and highest level is accessible only by elevator.