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Old 11-05-2007, 08:07 AM   #1
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Sightseeing - Most impressive monuments youve seen

ive been around the world, well about 12% of it

here is my list of most impressive monuments

10 trevi fountain - roma

9 the pantheon - roma

8 remnants of the berlin wall, berlin

7 the hagia sofia, istanbul

6 la sargarda familia - barcelona

5 abu simbel temple, egypt

4 the great pyramid of giza + the sphinx - giza, egypt

3 the pyramid of saqqara, egypt

2 the flavian amphitheatre - roma

and the most impressive monument ive seen so far is:

al-Khazneh, aka the Treasury, Petra, Jordan

most disappointing/ overrated monuments

Stonehenge - to quote what the metro said morning 'its just a pile of stones'
Big Ben - its a rusty old clock tower
Westminster Abbey
the eiffel tower - its just a rusty old tower
brandenburg gate - berlin - its nothing more than just a gate

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Sydney harbour bridge is just

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Petra looks beautiful. I am itching for a trip, but unfortunately it is not happening any time soon. Hopefully next summer once school is over for the year.

Let's see. Off your list, I have seen:

All the Roma stuff, Remnants of Berlin Wall, Sagrada Familia, Great Pyramid of Giza and the Sphinx, Big Ben, Eiffel Tower...

Let's see. Other stuff I have pics of handy...

Casa Rosada in Argentina I got sick as hell that night

Opera House in Paris

Not amonument per se, but beautiful nonetheless: Cliffs of Moher

Macchu Picchu

Montezuma Castle Natiomal Monument

Chichen Itza and Tulum
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Yosemite National Park (the most beautiful park in the world, IMO)

Stonehenge (I think it is AMAZING)

Edinburgh Castle & the Royal Mile -Scotland

Stirling Castle -Scotland

Conwy Castle -Wales

Westminster Abbey, Tower Bridge, Big Ben, Trafalgar Sq, Parliament, Windsor-London

Bath-England (Amazing minds those Romans had to build like that!)
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Timbuktu and the Sahara Desert Actually, there are some really cool mud-adobe mosques in Timbuktu so those count as structures, right?

Prambanan - largest Hindu temple in Indonesia

Borobudur in Indonesia

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Re: Sightseeing - Most impressive monuments youve seen

Originally posted by CrashedCarDriver
ive been around the world, well about 12% of it

here is my list of most impressive monuments

10 trevi fountain - roma

9 the pantheon - roma

8 remnants of the berlin wall, berlin

7 the hagia sofia, istanbul

6 la sargarda familia - barcelona

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Those are all great but the pic of you @ the Opera House is fantastic! I love the black & white instead of color.

(By the way, nice to see you around again. )

Unfortunately, the most impressive monument that I've personally seen to date is one that I don't have photos of. It was an abandoned monastery in the hills above Cartegena, Colombia - peaceful and serene during the day & then breathtaking at night, looking out over the city. I hope to 'add' to my monument collection next summer - Mr. Blu & I want to go to England & visit my brother, then FINALLY! do some traveling in Ireland.
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In no particular order:

1. The Sphinx and Pyramids, Egypt

Look at the tiny figure at the very basement for scale:

2. Alhambra complex, Granada, Spain

3. Mezquita cathedral/mosque, Cordoba, Spain

4. Roman Aqueduct, Segovia, Spain

5. Westminster Abbey, London

6. For the pure WTF value, Bone Church in Kutna Hora, Czech Republic

7. St Isaac's Cathedral, St Petersburg, Russia
8. The Kremlin and Red Square, Moscow, Russia
9. Nikko shrine complex, Japan
10. Sydney Opera House, Australia
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That Bone Cathedral certainly elicits a WTF response!!!

From your list: Alhambra and the Acueducto in Segovia and Westminster.

And BluRmGrl I have been around, mostly lurking!
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For me it was walking along the Great Wall of China, the Hong Kong Harbour (absolutely stunning!), the Big Buddha, also in Hong Kong, and the Golden Palace in Bangkok.

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baths at bath
the tower of london
the eiffel tower
sydney opera house
the big banana @ coffs harbour!!1
suvarnabhumi airport for being such an eyesore
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Originally posted by Saracene
5. Westminster Abbey, London

Been there!

I'm confused now, though. I took a picture of this exact doorway in August, and told everyone it was Westminster Abbey. We never went in, though, cos we were trying to see all of London in a day.
Then, someone told me that was actually St Mary's church, which is right next door to Westminster Abbey. But we were walking around the city with a guy who knew London, so hopefully he knew that it was Westminster... help??

For myself, on my very limited six-week trip to the UK and the US, my top picks are probably Stonehenge (I loved it!), and Kilauea in Hawaii. And everything else in between...

Tintagel castle, Cornwall:

A window inside St. Giles cathedral, Edinburgh:

Kilauea crater (maybe not technically a monument) :

Don't have my pics of Edinburgh Castle or London online yet.

All your photos are amazing... there are so many incredible places in the world.
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Prob. great wall of China, and the glaciers near Calafate, Argentina + Ushuaia, southernmost city in the world. Not exactly a monument, but took my breath away even more than the pyramids.

I am dying to go to Petra though!

ETA: The glaciers are my avatar (David Gray's Life in Slow Motion)

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