10 of Most Beautiful Man-Made Marvels

Everywhere in the world, one can find structures that are truly all-time marvels of architecture. These are means of human expression and at times these constructions can depict man’s genius and intelligence. The following remarkable 10 awe inspiring structures are filled with meanings and symbols not just for those that built them, but also for entire generations. Built in different parts of the world and through different ages, these amazing works are a powerful note of a great architectural prowess.

1. Crystal Palace, Madrid, Spain

The Palacio de Cristal or Crystal Palace is a large glass building in Madrid, Spain. It is located in the Retiro Park on the Paseo Duque de Fernán Nuñez. The palace was built in 1887 to keep exotic plants from the Philippines. It is made of glass and steel. Later in 1924 plastic and rubber were added to it.


2. Sleeping Goddess at the Lost Gardens of Heligan, England

The Lost Gardens of Heligan near Mevagissey in Cornwall, are one of the most popular botanical gardens in the UK. The style of the gardens is typical of the nineteenth century Gardenesque style, with areas of different character and in different design styles.


3. Roman Pool at Hearst Castle,California

The Roman Pool at Hearst Castle is a tiled indoor pool decorated with eight statues of Roman gods, goddesses and heroes. The pool appears to be styled after an ancient Roman bath such as the Baths of Caracalla in Rome c. 211-17 CE.


4. Largest carpet of flowers in the world,Brussels, Belgium

A giant floral carpet at Brussels’ Grand Place uses over 700,000 flowers to complete the African fabric design. 300 flowers are needed per square meter while the whole creation is spread over 2000 square meter.


5. Strahov Library, Prague

The library in the Strahov Monastery in Prague played an important role in Czech history. There are about 200 000 old prints, mostly from the period between the 16 th and the 18 th century, around 3000 manuscripts and 1500 first prints. One of the most precious items is the Strahov Evangeliary from the 9 th century, with Romanesque and Gothic decoration.


6. Hobbit House, New Zealand

Discover the real Middle-earth on the most picturesque private farmland near Matamata in the North Island of New Zealand, where you can visit the Hobbiton Movie Set from The Lord of the Rings film trilogy in a fascinating two-hour guided tour.The set has been completely rebuilt and will remain as it was seen in The Lord of the Rings film trilogy.


7. Underwater Statue of Jesus, Malta

The famous Maltese underwater statue of Jesus Christ was made famous Maltese sculptor Alfred Camilleri Cauchi.  Work on the design and manufacture of underwater statue of Jesus Christ were evaluated in 1000 and paid for the Maltese lira Maltese divers committee headed by Raniero Borg.  The Committee authorized the divers Alfred Camilleri Cauchi to perform this work in honor of visiting Malta in 1990 for the first time Pope John Paul II.  Statue of Jesus Christ was made and originally sunk in 1990 in Malta, near the islands of St. Paul (St. Paul’s Islands).


8. Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany

Neuschwanstein Castle is a 19th-century Romanesque Revival palace on a rugged hill above the village of Hohenschwangau near Füssen in southwest Bavaria, Germany. The palace has appeared prominently in several movies and was the inspiration for Disneyland’s Sleeping Beauty Castle and later, similar structures.


9. Ice Castles in Silverthorne, Colorado

The Ice Castles in Silverthorne are man-made ice formations created by Utah’s Brent Christensen. Brett’s fascination with ice began with an ice rink that he made for his children. One thing led to another, and he ended up building an ice castle in his front yard that became quite the roadside attraction.


10. Leshan Giant Buddha, China

The Leshan Giant Buddha was built during the Tang Dynasty (618–907AD). It is carved out of a cliff face that lies at the confluence of the Minjiang, Dadu and Qingyi rivers in the southern part of Sichuan province in China, near the city of Leshan. The stone sculpture faces Mount Emei, with the rivers flowing below his feet. It is the largest stone Buddha in the world and it is by far the tallest pre-modern statue in the world.


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