Monument is a place built to honor or to remember an important person or a notable event in history. Monuments are of great significance in the history of any country. If you are a history lover and travel frequently, then this article is a must read for you. Here is our take on some of the best monuments of the world along with their brief description to entice you enough to go there. This article will also help to develop some interest in history and will teach you a lot of things, so let’s began:
Taj Mahal, India
Taj Mahal is a famous monument located in Agra, India. The construction of the great Taj Mahal was completed in 1643, but it took about ten years to make it completely practical. The monument was built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan for his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal as a symbol of Love. The cost incurred at that time on construction of Taj Mahal was around 32 million rupees. The Taj Mahal covers an area of about 17 hectares and the height of the Mahal is about 73 m. The Mahal first used to be the house of Shah Jahan and his wife, then after the death of his wife he converted the house into the tomb of his spouse. The white marble used in the construction of the tomb is very shiny and classy. According to an estimate about 7 to 8 million people visit this monument per year.
Christ The King, Portugal
It is a catholic monument dedicated to Jesus Christ. The statue was inaugurated on 17 May 1959. The main idea behind the statue was to express gratitude and gratefulness to the residents of Portugal, as they feared World War II. The statue is 25 m long and 25 m wide. Also, the statue is believed to supervise the city of Lisbon, in Almada, Portugal. The arms of Christ the king, are also pointing towards the city of Lisbon.
Great Wall of China, China
We don’t think that there exists someone who is not aware of the Great Wall of China. This great wall was not built at one time or by a single ruler. It was built and reconstructed many times between the 7th and 8th century. The first one to build this wall was First Emperor Qin. The main aim of the wall was to protect the country from enemies, particularly the Mongolians. The wall is approximately 21,196 km long and is believed to be visible from the moon.
The Great Pyramid, Giza
The Great Pyramid of Gaza is one of the oldest monuments of the world. It was constructed in 2580 BC. The height of the pyramid is about 146.7 m, and the volume of the pyramid is estimated to be 2,583,283 cubic meters. The pyramid is the last wonder of the ancient world and is on the list of Seven Wonders of the World, probably because of its construction. The huge size and perfect proportions of the pyramid has been a subject of debate for decades.
The Monument to Nicholas I, Russia
The bronze statue of Nicholas 1 is located on the St Isaac’s Square in Russia. It was created by one of the most famous French sculptors, the efficiency of whom can be seen easily in the detailing of the statue. It was revealed to the public on 7th July 1859. It is a pretty big statue with a length of six meters. The monument intends to specify and reflect the power of Russian ruler.
Statue of liberty, New York
This statue was gifted from the people of France to the residents of New York in 1886. The copper statue is 46 meters tall. The statue was restored and maintained multiple times. According to an estimate, around 3.2 million people visit it in a single year. The Statue of Liberty was built in order to honor the everlasting friendship between the people of France and the US. The monument depicts a woman holding a torch in her right hand which is raised towards the sky. The statue is also known as the ”statue of liberty enlightening the world”.
Lincoln Memorial, Washington
This monument is an extremely well known monument in America. This statue intends to remember the 16th president of the US, Abraham Lincoln. The monument was built somewhere between 1914 and 1922. The Lincoln memorial is a public place that is open 24 hours and attracts about 7 million people annually. The statue basically includes a Greek temple and a large sculpture of Abraham Lincoln, inspired from his two very famous speeches.
Memorial to the murdered Jews of Europe, Germany
This monument is also known as the holocaust museum. The museum was made to pay tribute to the Jewish victims of holocaust, i.e. the World War II genocide. The monument is made on an area of 19,000 square meters and consists of about 2711 slabs made of concrete. The construction of this great monument was started in April 2003 and was completed in December 2004. Till date thousands of people visit it every day to pay tribute to the unsung heroes of history.
Monument to the unknown hero, Serbia
This monument is a memorial to the victims of World War I. The monument was built in Serbia on the place where the unknown soldier of World War I was buried. It was built somewhere between 1934 and 1938. The structure of the memorial is the same as the tomb of other soldiers. Till date dozens of people visit the monument to pay tribute to the unidentified soldier. Many such tombs of unknown heroes are found in many other nations too.
Arc de Triomphe, France
This monument is located in Paris, the heart of France, and is the most famous monument of France. It was built to pay tribute to the people who died in the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars. The monument is also made on the tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The height of the monument is around 50 meters and was inaugurated in 1836.