From the Great Wall to the Eiffel Tower, How Well Do You Know the World's Famous Landmarks?

By: John Miller

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Earth is brimming with magnificent landmarks both natural and manmade. Every continent has notable places -- how much do you really know about our most memorable landmarks?

In which city would you find the Empire State Building?

The Empire State Building (in New York City) is 102 stories of pure iconic landmark. It's been climbed by giant movie gorillas and used as a scenic viewpoint for millions of visitors since it was completed in 1931.

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One World Trade Center is the tallest building in America. Its height (in feet) symbolizes which important event in America's past?

The One World Trade Center is 1,776 feet tall, an intentional design factor that represents the year the Declaration of Independence was signed. It's also the tallest building in the country.

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Where would you find an iconic statue called Christ the Redeemer?

In Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, a huge statue of Jesus called Christ the Redeemer overlooks the sprawling city. It is nearly 100 feet high and was constructed between 1922 and 1931.

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What's the name of a huge old gladiator arena in Rome?

The Colosseum is a massive old gladiator arena in Rome. It was built in AD 70 and possibly seated up to 80,000 spectators, which is more than some modern NFL stadiums.

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Kilimanjaro is a famous _____ in Tanzania.

Mount Kilimanjaro is an enormous dormant volcano in Tanzania. From base to peak, it rises more than 16,000 feet high. It was first summited in 1889 by two climbers of European origins.

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Which famous landmark is the tallest structure in Paris, France?

The Eiffel Tower was built as part of a celebration to recognize the French Revolution. Completed in 1889, it is more than 1,000 feet tall, the tallest structure in all of Paris.

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What's special about Mount Fuji, an iconic landmark in Japan?

Mount Fuji is Japan's tallest mountain and loaded with spiritual and religious importance in this island country. It's also an active volcano that's right down the road from Tokyo.

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The Statue of Liberty wasn't built by Americans. It was a gift from _____.

From ground level to torch tip, the Statue of Liberty is more than 300 feet tall. It dedicated in 1886, a gift from the people of France as a celebration of American independence from the British.

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Which structure was built as a defensive measure to protect against invaders?

The Great Wall of China is more than 13,000 miles long -- the United States, by comparison, is just 2,680 miles wide. It was built to keep enemies of the Chinese at bay, combining natural defenses such as hills and valleys with human-built structures.

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What is the tallest human-made structure on the entire planet?

Since 2008, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai has been regarded as the tallest building on Earth. It is 2,722 feet tall and cost around $1.5 billion and took 5 years to construct.

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Where would you find a famous landmark called Stonehenge?

Stonehenge is probably the most recognized prehistoric monument on Earth. For centuries, people have puzzled over the significance of the stones, which are placed in a circle pattern, but no one really knows the story behind these famous rocks.

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What's the name of a massive white mausoleum in India?

The Taj Mahal is an enormous white mausoleum built in India in the mid-1600s. About 20,000 artisans applied their skills to the site, which draws as many as 8 million visitors annually.

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What sort of structure is Big Ben, a famous landmark in London?

Big Ben is a world-famous clock tower in London. The 315-foot tower was completed in 1859 and is located at the north end of the Palace of Westminster.

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Roughly how many pyramids make up the famous series of structures in the Egyptian desert?

There are more than 100 pyramids comprising the famous desert structures in Egypt. The Great Pyramid of Giza is the largest -- it stretches more than 480 feet into the sky.

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What's the name of the most famous bridge in San Francisco?

In 1937, San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge opened, and since then it's been one of the most photographed and famous bridges in the world. Until 1964, the 4,200-foot long bridge was the longest suspension bridge on Earth.

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What's the purpose of Australia's most famous building?

With its swooping lines and harbor location, the Sydney Opera House is easily Australia's most recognizable landmark. It is 213 feet tall and was completed in 1973.

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Beijing National Stadium is one of the largest steel structures in the world, and it was built for the 2008 Summer Olympics. It's also called the ______.

Beijing National Stadium is a gigantic stadium that looks a lot like a Bird's Nest, which is another name for the structure. It cost more than $420 million to build.

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Notre Dame Cathedral is a very significant religious site for people who adhere to which religion?

Notre-Dame de Paris, or simply Notre Dame Cathedral, is one of the best-known churches in the world and an important building for those of the Catholic faith. It is adorned with famous gargoyles and a 226-foot tower with a commanding view of Paris.

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Which of the following landmarks is often called a "lost city"?

Machu Picchu is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Peru. It's an Incan citadel that was abandoned during the 15th century when the Spanish Conquest roiled the continent.

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The Alhambra is a fortress and palace in which area?

Located in Spain, The Alhambra ("The Red One") is a sprawling structure that's listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It began as a fortress in 889, went into disrepair and then was rebuilt as a palace in the 13th century.

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Angkor Wat is the largest ____ in the world.

Angkor Wat is the largest religious monument in the world. It was built in the 12th century to honor a Hindu god and was later "converted" into an icon of the Buddhist faith. It features huge walls and a large moat that protects it from people and the ravages of nature.

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What is the Sagrada Família in Barcelona, Spain?

The Sagrada Família is a gorgeous -- and unfinished -- church in Barcelona. An architect named Antoni Gaudi spent more than four decades of his life designing the impressive Gothic cathedral. Some officials hope to have the structure completed by 2026, which would be the 100th anniversary of Gaudi's death.

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The ultra-colorful Saint Basil's Cathedral is located where?

Saint Basil's Cathedral is located in Red Square in Moscow, Russia. Consecrated in 1561, its design is supposed to symbolize the flames of a bonfire flickering into the sky.

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The Sears Tower is the second-tallest building in which country?

The Willis Tower (still commonly called the Sears Tower) is located in Chicago. The 110-story building is the second-tallest in the United States. When it was completed in 1973, however, it was the tallest building on the planet, and for 25 years it held onto that title.

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What is the famous London Eye?

The London Eye is a huge Ferris wheel located on the Thames River. The entire structure is more than 440 feet tall, and when it opened in 2000 it was the tallest Ferris wheel in the world.

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What sort of facility is located on Alcatraz Island, near San Francisco?

Alcatraz Island is a famous island is just over a mile offshore from San Francisco and is home to an old lighthouse, fort and an abandoned prison. It's now managed by the National Park Service and is open for tours.

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True or false: Did the builders of the Leaning Tower of Pisa intend for the structure to lean?

The Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy was completed in the 14th century after two centuries of construction efforts. The lean, of course, wasn't intentional -- it was caused because the soil was too soft to support the structure.

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What is the Matterhorn?

The Matterhorn is a 14,692-foot tall peak in the Alps between Switzerland and Italy. Hundreds of climbers have died on its slopes, making it one of the most dangerous mountains in the world.

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Where would you find the tallest twin skyscrapers in the entire world?

Malaysia is home the Petronas Towers, the tallest twin structures on Earth. The towers were completed in 1996 and are nearly 1,500 feet tall.

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What's the name of a massive sandstone feature in the Northern Territory in central Australia?

Uluru is a huge sandstone rock formation in Australia, a dome that interrupts an otherwise flat landscape. It stands more than 1,100 feet high and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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