Grafted stone by stone, cemented by plain gravel and earth over successive dynasties and generations of common laborers is the Great Wall of China. The topographical expanse over the northern borders of the Chinese empire formed a series of mountains, and this very wall was constructed at the ‘rim’ of height so as to maintain the highest possible altitude wherever it exists. This is the reason why the rays of the sun from the horizon leave the wall gleaming from both sides at opposite times of the day, Tourist congestion is excessive, with the wall walked over by around 9 to 10 million visitors each year. With its length stretching to 21,000 kilometers while being visible from space, it would be wise of you to get a window seat so as to get an aerial view of any of its sections aboard your Beijing flights.
China’s emperors didn’t stop there to lead their dynasties produce everlasting elements of art; they went paranoid with their fears of imagination to give them solid form and shape. The very same emperor Qin proceeded to build an entire army consisting of Terracotta warriors with horses, armed with weapons. These warriors were discovered after pits were unearthed by farmers, and the second most amazing discovery about them was made after all of them were excavated. Each of them was distinctly different, a fact easily recognized by each of the 3.6 million visitors at an annual basis.
As if the exploits of the reigning Chinese weren’t enough, the least of what one can say is that they occurred during their lifetime. But when one shifts focus to the Egyptian Pharaohs, they did what all they had in their might to make it possible that their memoirs not be left buried beneath the sands, but rather stand gleaming in the boiling African sun for the modern world to see today as the 7th wonder of the ancient world. Yes, it’s the pyramids one would perceive whenever Egypt clicks into one’s mind, and a staggering 4 million count of visitors drag through the desert heat annually to view these triangular wonders. Constructed from millions of blocks, these pyramids took time surpassing lifetimes of the pharaohs for whom they were built. The sole purpose was to keep their status consistent as gods of their empire and successive generations of their people. Layer upon layer of stone blocks make a pyramid so great in sheer height that each side seems to be a ‘stairway to heaven’.
But no matter how many landmarks do come forward, there remains one empire in the passage of history which did come up as exemplary to shine upon the world. Rome was the capital and the origin of that empire, and the established government did leave the city sprawling with its architectural potential and influence among which two landmarks survive today. The forum, or “Foro Romano” consists of foundation bases, traces as well as entire arches and pillars of what composed the establishment’s headquarters where the ruling elite took office.
However, cinematography has surfaced the Coliseum as a more popular building, thanks to movies like Gladiator. Its capacity to seat 50,000 spectators is marvel of those times viewed by 7 million visitors annually.