When for 40 000 pounds. The Empire State
When we think about wonders of the world we
think about the Great Wall of China or The Roman Colosseum. What we forget is
that wonders were not made only in the past. Nowadays we have our own wonders
which are called the wonders of the modern world. Every year a new innovative
and spectacular construction is completed which makes it a bit difficult to
select the most amazing ones among them.
The Channel Tunnel
The Chanel Tunnel, or The Chunnel as
called by some, was first opened in 1994. This tunnel connects Coquilles in
France with Folkstone in the United Kingdom. The Chunnel consists of three
tunnels from which two vary trains and the other is used as a service tunnel.
Since it passes through the English Channel 24 of its 31.35 miles are located
under water. More than 400 trains pass through this tunnel each day connecting
two countries and two different cultures.
The construction of this wonder took six years and 80 percent more than
expected. 11 boring machines were used to dig the tunnel which weighted more
than the Eiffel Tower and each of them was as long as two football pitches. One
of them still remains buried under the Chunnel while another was sold on eBay
for 40 000 pounds.
The Empire State Building
Standing at 1250 feet tall The Empire
State Building was the tallest building in the world when it first opened on 1st
May 1931. Since then this building has become an icon of New York City and a
pride for all the Americans. On a clear day from the top of the building five
states can be seen: New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and
Massachusetts. Today it is seen as a symbol of human success in achieving what
seems impossible and unreachable.
With its 103 stories the Empire State
Building took only one year and 45 days to build. The total height of the
building reaches 1450 feet including the height of the antennae. Due to the
static electricity at the top of the building you can see sparks sometimes when
you are at the top of the building. This Building has been featured in many
movies due to its impressive architectural style.
The Golden Gate Bridge
The golden Gate Bridge was the bridge
with the longest span in the world at the time it was completed in 1937. With
its 1.7 miles the bridge connects the city of San Francisco with Marin County.
More than 41 million trips pass through the bridge each year, a fact that
emphasizes its importance. Due to its
unique style and impressive sights The Golden Gate Bridge is one of the most
photographed building in the world.
Before the construction of the Golden Gate Bridge the only way of
transportation across San Francisco Bay was by ferry. The two main suspension
cables which hold the bridge together use a combined 80 000 miles of wire,
equivalent of going around the world in a single line three times. 12 300 tons
of weight were removed from the bridge when the roadway was replaced in the
1980s. This bridge is truly a remarkable feat of modern engineering .