Wonders of the World part 2
Posted by Dan | Sep 12th, 2021 - 8:13pm
We have already taken a look at 10 amazing places in our original World Wonders quiz, so now it is time to look at 10 more! This time, it is not just about where they are (although that will come up...) but additional facts about these wondrous locations. Once again we aren't limited to just the traditional list of '7 wonders of the world' (there are 10 questions after all), but instead, we are looking at all wonders including natural, modern and those places often dubbed the 8th wonder of the world.
This prehistoric monument is one of the first English landmarks that comes to mind when people think of ancient wonders - Stonehenge is a mystical place made up of a ring of sarsen standing stones with a smaller ring of stones within. It is hard to imagine what this incredibly old location has seen throughout its long history, but if you wish to experience Stonehenge where in England would you need to go?
Perhaps the most iconic image of Rome, or perhaps Italy as a whole, is the Colosseum. This oval amphitheatre is the largest amphitheatre ever built and was used to host gladiatorial shows and other demonstrations; events held at the Colosseum were immensely popular and the building would see continuous use for demonstrations until at least the 6th Century. But in what year was the Colosseum completed?
A natural wonder of the world that is as dramatic as it is beautiful, Ha Long Bay is a UNESCO World Heritage site situated in the Gulf of Tonkin, northwest of the South China Sea. The name translates to 'Descending Dragon' and the area is recognisable for its towering karsts (towering rocks formed by the dissolution of soluble rocks, but these are perhaps some of the most impressive examples), multiple islands and floating villages that make for a patchwork of hidden gems amongst the sparkling waters. In order to experience the bay in all of its glory, where would you need to travel?
The Amazon Rainforest, or "The lungs of the earth" as it is sometimes known, is one of the most sprawling and ecologically significant places in the world. Covering most of the Amazon River basin, this moist broadleaf rainforest is home to an estimated 390 billion individual trees and a myriad of diverse animals from tiny insects like bullet ants to sizeable mammals like the South American Jaguar. It's a wonderful place full of potentially undiscovered mysteries, but in which country is the majority, approximately 60%, of the Amazon Rainforest?
A group of three staggering waterfalls in the Niagara Gorge come together to form the wonder that is Niagara Falls. Some 3,160 tons of water flow over the falls every second, draining water from Lake Erie and producing a substantial amount of hydroelectric power in the process. These massive horseshoe falls forms the border between Canada and the United States - but in which two of their respective states are the falls?
A city carved in sandstone, Petra is an ancient settlement in the Arabah valley. The images are unmistakable, a beautiful set of red-orange buildings, temples and tombs - intricate and ornate in their design with perhaps the most iconic being the Al-Khazneh tomb believed to be the mausoleum of the Nabataean king Aretas IV. In which country can you find Petra?
We may have called The Colosseum one of the most iconic images for Italy, but if anything can complete it is the Leaning Tower of Pisa. This unmistakably beautiful structure of marble could have been a global attraction in its own regard without the tilt, but an error in construction allowing the soft soil below to give way to the weight of the tower forever immortalised it as the leaning tower. Its lean is its most awe-inspiring feature and prior to stabilisation work between 1993 and 2001, it reached its greatest angle of tilt, how many degrees was the tower tilting at this point?
A symbol of freedom and reaching the new world, the Statue of Liberty is a 151 feet tall green icon of New York that sits on a dedicated island of the same name. Originating in France as a gift to the United States, the statue would be dedicated on the 29th October 1886 and is unquestionably a perfect Symbol of the USA, instantly recognisable with her torch in one hand and scroll (or Tabula Ansata) in the other. But the statue wasn't always the green shade we know today, what colour would best describe the statue when it was first constructed in the late 1800s?
The newest structure on this quiz, by a good margin, is our final location: The Sydney Opera House. This iconic part of the Sydney skyline is a contender for one of the 20th Centuries most distinctive and recognisable buildings. The precast concrete panels, or 'shells', that form its roof give the building a sensational presence with their chevron pattern complimenting the huge glass sides. The building is simply an icon of Australia, but in what year did it open?
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