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Of all the world's famous landmarks, which have you seen up close & personal & which were you in awe of?

Asked by ucme (45991points) April 4th, 2010
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dalepetrie's avatar

I’ve seen:

Golden Gate Bridge – the thing about this one that really made me think…it was 75 years old last time I saw it, while a bridge where I live had just collapsed after about 40 years…the technology that went into that bridge is awe inspiring considering how long ago it was built.

Grand Canyon – essentially a big hole, but the scope is rather intimidating up close.

Leaning Tower of Pisa – words can’t describe seeing this up close, you feel like you’re living inside a painting.

The Colosseum – again, makes you wonder how so long ago they figured out how to make something for the ages, while these days you buy something and it breaks the 3rd time you use it.

Big Ben – A giant clock, cool and all, but kinda boring

Mount Rushmore – a really long, curvy drive, followed by a long hike, but still pretty neat to see in real life.

St. Paul’s Cathedral – just thinking about all of the historical figures buried right under the ground you’re walking on kind of boggles the mind.

Westminster Abbey – you’re surrounded by history, it’s astounding.

Niagra Falls – Really two falls, an American and a Canadian falls…breathtaking, and my favorite part, there’s an actual border between the US and Canada that you can straddle.

Four corners – interesting to stand in 4 states at once.

Hoover Dam – much better when the river isn’t dried up.

Trevi Fountain – very cool architecture

Spanish Steps – people who look like they stepped out of a fashion magazine congregate here at all hours

I know I’ve seen many others, but that’s all I have time for right now.

bestlifepossible's avatar

Highlights -

America – Niagara Falls, Statue of Liberty, Sears Tower (when it was the Sears Tower!), and Mount Rushmore

England – Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, Stonehenge – that was amazing – how did those stones GET there?

Italy – Trevi Fountain, St Paul’s Cathedral and the Vatican, The Colosseum – it is so huge you need to BE there to feel it.

France – Sacre Coeur, the Louvre, Notre Dame, Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel Tower – my favorite place in the world – so tall and so unique – got to go up the elevator to the 3rd floor to see all of Paris :)

ZEPHYRA's avatar

Pyramid of the Pharaoh Cheops.
The Parthenon in Athens
Various sights in South Africa, though not world famous they were of great interest.

Captain_Fantasy's avatar

The Golden Gate bridge is pretty special.
I’m afraid that new landmarks on this sort of scale aren’t going to be seen in the US for some time. The only thing our children can look forward to in this regard is a really tall office building. It’ll probably be called “the Google Tower” or the “iPlex”.

Lightlyseared's avatar

Stonehenge. I mean wow.

DarkScribe's avatar

My favourite – and I have seen a great many – is the Great Barrier Reef. I have spent several years there on and off and it never gets boring. Of course you need to have access to a yacht and diving gear to really appreciate it.

semblance's avatar

In Europe I have been to:

Greece – the Parthenon, the Agora, the Temple of Hephaestus, Delphi, and a lot of other sites.

Crete – the Temple of Minos and Diktion cave

Spain – the cathedral in Seville, the Alhambra, and a number of other places.

USA – Washington DC – White House, Capitol Hill, etc. and most of the western national parks like the Grand Canyone, Yosemite, etc.

All of these places and things were impressive, but honestly, I don’t think I was in “awe” of any of them. I reserve “awe” for special moments of spirituality and communion with nature which may come right outside my door. Old stones, in an of themselves, don’t do it for me.

rebbel's avatar

Parthenon (and the Agora, lying downhill the Akropolis) – Staring in to history. Left me in awe.

Eiffel Tower – Big. Metally.

Pythagoras’ Cave – Just a cave.

deni's avatar

i thought the hoover dam would be boring. i was wrong. it is amazing. it is so fuckin big! interesting hoover dam fact!: the dam is as thick at it’s base as it is tall! like 600-some feet? unreal. it’s like an optical illusion looking down off it.

the grand canyon boggles my mind too. especially when you realize that at one point it was flat, and over SOO MANY YEARS THAT MY MIND CANT EVEN COMPREHEND, a river carved it out. holy. shit.

Dr_Dredd's avatar

The Grand Canyon stands out in my mind. It was breathtaking (and not just because it was 110 degrees!).

downtide's avatar

Stonehenge
Big Ben/Houses of Parliament
Niagara Falls
Statue of Liberty
Empire State Building
CN Tower (Toronto)

The mose awe-inspiring for me, Niagara Falls wins hands down. It was literally breathtaking.

wilma's avatar

Niagara Falls, Statue of Liberty, The Grand Canyon, Hoover dam, Denali, Mackinaw bridge, Sears Tower, Empire state building, Kilauea, Tulume Mexico, CN tower Toronto.
For me Denali, Niagara Falls and Kilauea were the best!

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