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Leaning Tower of Pisa

Leaning Tower of Pisa

Leaning Tower of Pisa

Bonnano Pisano, an Italian engineer, began to work on a bell tower for the cathedral in Pisa in 1174. Today the tower has become a famous tourist attraction and one of the most famous structures in the world. It became famous because of a mistake.
Three stories were built and the tower began to lean. The soil was soft and the thick foundation was not strong enough to support its weight. Construction was stopped for almost a hundred years and in 1275 it began again. The tower was finally finished in the 14th century, but each year it leans 1.25 millimeters.
In 1934, the Italian government pumped concrete under the base to try to correct the leaning, but the leaning increased.
The great astronomer, mathematician and physicist Galileo was born in Pisa. He made some of his experiments concerning the speed of falling objects from the Leaning Tower of Pisa.
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Bridges in London

Tower Bridge

Tower Bridge


Bridges are very important for London. The first bridge was built in Roman times and most of the others were built in the last three hundred years. They all are interesting for the history.

Tower Bridge
Tower Bridge is one of the most famous symbols of London. It was opened in 1894 and was named after the Tower of London. It is the only Thames bridge which can be raised. Nowadays it’s only raised 4 to 5 times a week.
Tower Bridge is 244 meters long and towers on the bridge are 65 meters high.
Tower Bridge is especially beautiful at night when it is illuminated and is reflected in the Thames.
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Seven Wonders of the World

Seven Wonders of the World

Seven Wonders of the World


Here you’ll find seven wonders of the ancient and new world. I believe everybody knows that Seven Wonders of the Ancient world are The Great Pyramid of Giza, The Colossus of Rhodes, The Hanging Gardens of Babylon, The Lighthouse of Alexandria, The Mausoleum at Halicarnassus, The Statue of Zeus at Olympia, The Temple of Artemis at Ephesus.
The Great Wall of China, India’s Taj Mahal, the Colosseum of Rome, Jordan’s ancient rock city of Petra, the hilltop city of Machu Picchu in Peru, Mexico’s Chichen Itza and Brazil’s Statue of Christ the Redeemer became Seven Wonders of the New world. And I’ll tell about Seven Natural Wonders of the World.
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Chernobyl – then and now

Chernobyl – then and now. Picture by Roman Gumanyuk

Chernobyl – then and now. Picture by Roman Gumanyuk

The Chernobyl nuclear power plant exploded on April 26, 1986, releasing large amounts of radioactivity into the environment. The amount of radioactive material that went into the atmosphere was equivalent to 10 Hiroshima bombs. It is the most severe catastrophe throughout the entire world history of the atomic energy use.
The disaster occurred as a result of an experiment on how long safety equipment would function during shutdown at the fourth reactor unit.
The power station is located 9 mi (14.5 km) northwest of the town of Chernobyl, with a population of 12,500, and less than 2 mi (3.2 km) from the town of Pripyat, which contains 45,000 inhabitants.
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Mysterious Stonehenge

Mysterious Stonehenge

Mysterious Stonehenge

The group of huge, rough-cut stones is surrounded by mystery and redolent with romance. Riddle of the Ages is called Stonehenge — place of the “hanging stones”. It is situated on the Salisbury Plain in Wiltshire, a county in southwestern England. It is the most famous and probably the most remarkable of all prehistoric monuments in the country.
At the hour of dawn, when the sun rises majestically over the ancient stones, it is very beautiful.
Stonehenge always captured the imagination of writers and thinkers. Archaeologists and astronomers have disputed and argued violently among themselves as to its origin, its age and its purpose and use through the dark centuries. But many questions remain unanswered.
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Aztecs – American Indian people

Aztecs - American Indian people

Aztecs – American Indian people

Aztecs were American Indian people who ruled a mighty empire on the territory of modern Mexico during the 1400s and early 1500s. The Aztec Empire spread over 80,000 square miles (207,000 square kilometers).
Montezuma II was the last great Aztec emperor and ruled over 5 to 6 million people.
The capital city of the Aztec was Tenochtitlan. It was built on land that today is part of Mexico City. They conquered neighboring peoples to build up their empire. According to Aztec legend, the site of their capital city was chosen around the year 1325, when one of their holy men saw fulfilled the prophecy of their principal god, Huitzilopochtli: an eagle perched on a cactus, in some versions devouring a snake. The site was a small outcropping of rocks on the western edge of the southern part of Lake Texcoco. On this site the Aztecs began building their capital city, an island linked to the mainland by causeways, which they called Tenochtitlan (Place of the Cactus Fruit).
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Solomon Guggenheim Museum

Solomon Guggenheim Museum

Solomon Guggenheim Museum

Guggenheim Museum is home to one of the world’s top collections of modern art. This strangely- shaped house is one of the most famous buildings in New York.
Solomon R. Guggenheim, a rich American businessman, was fond of art. When he retired from business he began collecting art seriously. His friend Hilla Rebay, a German baroness and artist, helped him to buy pictures for his collection.
Solomon’s favorite artist was Russian painter Wassily Kandinsky, who became the first ‘abstract’ artist in the world. Kandinsky believed colors and forms could express and inspire. Guggenheim was so fascinated by Kandinsky’s works that he bought more than 150 pictures by the Russian artist. He also collected pictures by other Modernist artists – Marc Chagall, Pablo Picasso, Amedeo Modigliani, Paul Klee.
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