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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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Mysterious Pyramids

Mysterious Pyramids

Mysterious Pyramids


People throughout the world have built pyramids at different times. The word ‘pyramid’ comes from the Greek word pyramis which means ‘a wheat cake’. The Greeks thought that the pyramids looked like cakes.
The most famous pyramids were built in ancient Egypt more than 4,500 years ago. The pyramids of Mexico, Central America, and South America are also well known.

The Americas
Many ancient peoples of Mexico and Central and South America built pyramids. They usually used dirt and stone.
The Maya built a famous pyramid called the Castillo in what is now southeastern Mexico. The people of the ancient city of Teotihuacan, in central Mexico, built the Pyramid of the Sun and the Pyramid of the Moon.
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Roman baths in Bath

Roman baths in Bath

Roman baths in Bath

According to legend, the city of Bath was founded by Bladud, the eldest son of the Celtic King Lud, who lived around 800 BC. In Greece, where Bladud studied, he contracted leprosy. When he returned home, he didn’t want other people to catch the disease, so he left the royal palace and became a swineherd. Soon his pigs contracted leprosy too.
One day, when Bladud was driving his pigs through the Avon Valley, he saw a spring. Suddenly his pigs ran to the spring and started rolling in the mud around it. The mud and the spring water were warm. Then Bladud saw something very strange – where the mud was washed off by the spring water the pigs no longer had marks on the skin. Bladud bathed in the hot muddy water of the spring and was cured of his illness. He could return to his father’s court.
When Biadud became king, he built a temple by the spring and founded a city around it.
When the Romans arrived in Britain, they made great use of the natural hot springs.
Luxurious spa center was built. It had five healing hot baths, swimming pools and cold rooms. The most luxurious of them was the Great Bath (now rebuilt as the King’s Bath), surrounded by statues of the gods.
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