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Archive for May, 2008

New York City: Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty

When talking about New York and the places that you should not miss seeing when you visit this world renowned city; Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty should be on the top of the list. These two famous spots are synonymous to each other because the only way to reach the Statue of Liberty is by passing through Ellis Island.

Standing 150 feet tall and weighting 225 tons, the Statue of Liberty is a representation of the good relationship of the United States and France on July 4, 1884. Each year, every 4th of July is celebrated as the freedom and Independence Day of America. The Statue of Liberty has since then become the character symbol of New York.

Things to Do When Visiting the Statue of Liberty

On the 10th floor observatory of the statue visitors will have fun going over the exhibits on display. Another interesting feature that sightseers can take pleasure from is the copper-clad steel skeleton of the statue, which is viewable through a glass ceiling that is also present in the 10th floor. Guests can stroll and wander in the walkway of the statue either led by a ranger or just walk around by themselves. Read the rest of this entry »

The Moai Statues Of Easter Island

Posted in Sculptures & Monuments, Worldwide Travel Destinations  by admin on May 7th, 2008

About Easter Island

Easter Island is well-known for the massive stone monoliths surrounding the shoreline of this triangle of volcanic rock in the South Pacific. This giant stone structure is known as the “Moai Statues”.

Easter Island is a place that is very far from other communities. This is the reason why the island is referred to as one of the most remote places in the world. Pioneer settlers referred to the island as “Te Pito O Te Henua”, meaning “Navel of the World”. It was Easter Day of the year 1722 when Admiral Roggeveen arrived at the island. It was him who named the island “Easter Island”. Eastern Island is also known to many as “Rapa Nui” and “Isla de Pascua”.

As of the moment, visiting Easter Island will provide you the chance to see of the most distinct places in the world. It is a perfect illustration of a very captivating and intriguing but lost civilization and culture. A visit to the island will give you the opportunity to see a wonderful landscape showcasing volcanic craters, beaches with brilliant blue waters, and most importantly archaeological spots. Read the rest of this entry »

India: Taj Mahal

Posted in Sculptures & Monuments, Worldwide Travel Destinations  by admin on May 5th, 2008

Distinguished as one of the “Eight Wonders of the World”, Taj Mahal is considered as the most picturesque monument developed by the Muslim rulers of India, known as the Mughals. This exquisite creation is made purely of white marble. During a full moon, viewers will appreciate the glowing and shimmering appearance of this marble monument located in Agra, India.

History relates that Taj Mahal was built by Emperor Shan Jahan in loving memory of his wife named Queen Mumtaz Mahal. For the love of his wife, the Emperor had the Taj Mahal built to serve as the home of the grave of his dear wife. The burial chamber of Queen Mumtaz Mahal is held on the lower chamber of the mausoleum. When the Emperor died, his grave was also kept in the same mausoleum.

It has been a common practice in accordance with the tradition of the Mughals to change the name of the important ladies of the royal family. This is done during marriage or during some remarkable events in their lives; this name would be their public name that the crowd will be acquainted with. The real name of the Queen was Arjumand Banu, which was later changed to Mumtaz Mahal. Emperor Shan Jahan’s real name was Shahab-ud-din. Prior to being known as Emperor Shan Jahan in 1628; he was known as Prince Khurram. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Great Pyramid of Giza

Posted in Sculptures & Monuments, Worldwide Travel Destinations  by admin on May 3rd, 2008

The Great Pyramid of Giza is one of the oldest and the sole remnant of the “Seven Ancient Wonders of the World”. It is located at the northern edge of the Giza plateau.

It was first assumed that all of the three Great Pyramids belong on the top list of Wonders; however it was known that only the Great Pyramid of Khufus (Cheops) fit in the top list. It was built during the 2560 BC by Egyptian Pharaoh Khufu of the Fourth Dynasty. The Pharaoh had it built to serve as his tomb when he dies.

According to common assessment, it took 20 years for the pyramid to be completed. Many theories have been reflected on as to how the blocks of stone were put in place to form the tomb because there is no documented evidence showing the manner it was built. One theory implicates the construction of a straight or spiral access ramp that elevates as the construction progresses. This facilitates easy displacement of the blocks as they are pushed in their proper place. Another theory states the use of long levers with a short angled foot. Read the rest of this entry »