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Eiffel Tower was the tallest structure in the world for 41 years before being surpassed by the Chrysler Building in New York. The French have a nickname for the tower: La Dame de Fer, which means "the Iron Lady." 1.bp.blogspot.com
The Clock Tower is also known as Big Ben Tower, the origin of that name remains uncertain. The clock’s time is adjusted every year with an old British penny. If the clock is fast, a penny is added to the pendulum, and if the clock is slow, one is removed. www.8thingstodo.com
Originally, only the royal family was allowed to pass under the central arch of the Brandenburg Gate. The statue on the top of the gate represents Victoria, the Roman goddess of victory, in a chariot driven by four horses, which is called a quadriga. germany-tib09.net
The Colosseum was used for gladiatorial contests and public spectacles such as animal hunts, executions, dramas, etc. It is estimated that the games played in the Colosseum for hundreds of years have taken the lives of about 500,000 people and over a million wild animals. i.telegraph.co.uk
The Leaning Tower in Pisa is famous simply because it leans. Pisa got its name from a Greek word meaning "marshy land." There are several other towers in Pisa that also lean, but not as noticably. 4.bp.blogspot.com
Kremlin means ‘fortress’ in Russian. Room 7 of the Armoury contains the thrones of Peter the Great and his half brother Ivan V, along with a secret compartment where their sister could conceal herself and whisper advice to the brothers regarding matters of the state. cdn2.hubspot.net
Construction of La Sagrada Familia began in 1882 and is expected to be completed in 2041. Its chief architect Gaudí died tragically in a tram accident. His death was mourned throughout the city, and he is now buried in the Sagrada Familia crypt. cdn.enjoyourholiday.com
Parthenon was sacred to two aspects of the Greek goddess Athena, Athena Polios ("of the city") and Athena Parthenos ("young maiden"). The "on" ending means "place of", so "Parthenon" means "Place of the Parthenos". Many treasures would have been displayed in the building, but the glory of the Parthenon was the gigantic statue of Athena designed by Phidias and made out of chryselephantine (elephant ivory) and gold. employees.oneonta.edu
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