Monthly Archives: August 2012

Leaning Tower of Pisa

The Leaning Tower of Pisa is a free-standing bell tower of the Cathedral of Pisa. The tower is well known for its tilted to one side position. So why the tower leans? The tower was built unsuitable for the ground; it is only 6 ft above sea level and it’s built on a riverbed. While the underground layer is made up of clay and sand, over time, the weight of the tower tend to compressed the soil. That’s why the tower has sunk more in some places than the others. For more information visit it’s website at http://www.towerofpisa.info/

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La Grande Arche

La Grande Arche, also know as La Grande Arche de la Defense, is a monument building in the district of La Defense, France. In 1982, French president Mitterrand launched a national design competition; and the winners of the competition are Danish architect Spreckelsen and Danish engineer Reitzel. The construction started in 1985 and ended in 1989.

Karlskirche

Known as Karlskirche in German, the St. Charles’s Church is a church located in Karlsplatz, Austria. When the black plague swept through Vienna in 1713, Emperor Charles VI promised that he would build a church dedicated to his name sake if the plague left the city. Indeed the emperor’s prayer was answered and the construction of the church began in 1715. For more information, visit their website at http://www.karlskirche.at/

Chengyang Bridge

Located in Chengyang Village, China, the Chengyang Bridge is listed as one of the three famous ancient bridges in China. The bridge is built in 1912 and is also known as the Chengyang Wind and Rain Bridge. The bridge is built across the Linxi River and its story-like wooden constructions are supported by stone contignation.

Himeji Castle

Himeji Castle is a famous Japanese castle located in Himeji, Japan. The castle is comprise of 83 buildings with advanced defending system from the feudal period. The castle started its construction around 1331 and finished in 1609. What so amazing about this castle is that it has never experience any severe damage from war or any destruction, which is very rare for a castle of this age.