Archive for the 'Landmarks' Category

Brandenburg Gate

Filed under: Germany, Landmarks

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The Brandenburg Gate is one of the main symbols of Berlin, Germany. It is the only remaining gate through which one could enter Berlin while the Berlin Wall was standing. In 1987, Ronald Reagan made his famous speech which he directed to Soviet General Secretary Gorbachev.

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Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre

Filed under: Landmarks, United Kingdom

The original Globe Theater opened in London in 1599 and was destroyed by fire in 1613.  It was rebuilt in 1614 and closed in 1642.

The new theater was built in 1997 and is about 200 yards from the location of the original.  It is the first building in London allowed to have a thatched roof since the Great Fire of London in 1666.

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Clock Tower (Big Ben)

Filed under: Landmarks, United Kingdom

The Clock Tower, which is widely known as Big Ben, is located at the Northeastern end of the Houses of Parliament in London.  It has become a worldwide symbol for London and the United Kingdom.

The hour hand on each clock face is 9 feet long and the minute hand is 14 feet long.

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Hoover Dam

Filed under: Landmarks, Nevada, Structures

The Hoover Dam is located on Colorado River on the border between Arizona and Nevada.  It is named after former U.S. President Herbert Hoover.  The reservoir that is created by the dame is Lake Mead.  The Hoover Dam was designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1985.  U.S. Route 93 runs on the top of the dam.  On one side of the dam it is the Pacific Time Zone and on the other it is the Mountain Time Zone.

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Trevi Fountain

Filed under: Italy, Landmarks

The Trevi Fountain is the largest of the Baroque fountains in the city of Rome, Italy.  Construction on the fountain started in 1732 and was completed by 1762.  It was refurbished in 1998.

Legend has it that throwing three coins over one’s left shoulder into the Trevi Fountain leads to luck.  Over 3,000 Euros are thrown in the fountain each day and is collected at night.

There is a smaller replica of the fountain located outside the Forum Shops at Caesar’s Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Space Needle

Filed under: Attractions, Landmarks, Washington

The Space Needle is a tower located in Seattle, Washington.   It was built for the 1962 World’s Fair.  The Space Needle contains an observation deck which is located 520 feet above the ground and the SkyCity Restaurant at 500 feet.

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