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SEVEN WONDERS

Eiffel Tower

Taj Mahal
Babylon
Tower Of Pisa
Pyramids
Empire Building
Great Wall
 

 

THAILAND

Thai Festival
Island
Beach
Thai Temples
Night Life
Gem&Jewelry
 
 

TAMILNADU

Ooty
Kodaikanal
Sirkali
Chidambaram
Mayiladuthurai
Coimbatore
Trichy
Madurai
 

 

 
 

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Eiffel Tower (London) :The Eiffel Tower was built for the International Exhibition of    Paris of 1889 commemorating the centenary of the   French Revolution. The Prince of Wales, later King Edward VII of England, opened the tower. Of the 700 proposals submitted in a design competition, Gustave Eiffel's was unanimously chosen.  At 300 metres (320.75m including antenna), and 7000 tons,    it was the world's tallest building until 1930.

Notes:The tower has three platforms. A restaurant (extremely expensive; reservations absolutely necessary), the Jules Verne is on the second platform. The top platform has a bar, souvenir shop, and the (recently restored) office of Gustave Eiffel. 

300 steel workers, and 2 years (1887-1889) to construct it. 40 tons of paint, 2.5 million rivets, 1652 steps to the top. 

Taj Mahal (India):            Location : Agra, India
Famous As: 7th Wonder  world
Built By:  Shahjahan         Memory Of: Mumtaz Mahal
State: Uttar Pradesh, India.

Sheer poetry in marble. Majesty and magnificence, unrivalled. Love redefined. The Taj Mahal, the one and only one of its kind across the world.The monumental labour of love of a great ruler for his beloved queen. The ultimate realisation of Emperor Shahjahan's dream.

 One of the wonders of the world.  An immense mausoleum of white marble, built in Agra between 1631 and 1648 by order of the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his favourite wife, the Taj Mahal is the jewel of Muslim art in India and one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world's heritage.

 Garden of Babylon: The ancient  city of Babylon, under King Nebuchadnezzar II, must have been a wonder to the traveler's eyes. "In addition to its size," wrote Herodotus, a historian in    450 BC, "Babylon surpasses in splendor any city in the known world." Herodotus claimed the outer walls were 56 miles in length, 80 feet thick and 320 feet high. Wide enough,    he said, to allow a four-horse chariot to turn.

The inner walls were "not so thick as the first, but hardly less strong." Inside the walls were fortresses and temples containing immense statues of solid gold. Rising above  the city was the famous Tower of Babel, a temple to    the god Marduk, that seemed to reach to the heavens.

 Tower of Pisa(Italy):The angle of inclination of the white marbled leaning tower at Pisa, Italy, which started to tilt shortly after building began 800 years ago, has imperceptibly moved back about 40cm during delicate engineering works carried out in 2000-2001.  The tower is built on sandy soil, and there is water not far below ground. Engineers discovered that by gradually excavating earth from under the foundations, the tilt could be corrected without resorting to dismantling the famous landmark, which once seemed the only way to prevent it collapsing. 
    Among the more curious solutions offered to save the tower was one plan to drill 10,000 holes to reduce the weight of the building, and a Chinese project to build a replica of the leaning tower next to it - leaning in the opposite direction in order to prop it up!
    In December 2001, the Tower of Pisa re-opened to visitors. It was closed in 1990, because it was in danger of falling over. After work to shore up its foundations   was completed, tourists were once again able to climb the  284 steps to the top of the 800 year-old tower. Engineers say that the $25 million re-construction will ensure that the Tower lasts at least another 200 years.

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