Places of Interest
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26 – PLACES OF INTEREST The United Kingdom Stonehenge -Stonehenge is a prehistoric World Heritage Site two miles (3.2km) north of Salisbury in Wiltshire, England. It is made of ahenge, with standing stones in circles. There are also several passage tombs nearby.No one knows who built Stonehenge or why they built it. During the summer solstice, the sunrise lines up with some of the stones in a particular way. This suggests that the arrangement of stones may work as a calendar. In Egypt and South America, similar ancient buildings can be found. They also show the time of the solstice. between 2640 and 2480 BC. Oxford -Oxford is a city in England on the River Thames. It is a very old city, and some of its buildings were built before the 12th century. It is famous for its university, Oxford University, which is the oldest university in the English-speaking world. Almost 165,000 people live in Oxford. Two rivers run through the city, the Cherwell and the Thames. These two rivers meet south of the city centre. Besides its university, there is a number of buildings famous for their architecture (the style in which they were built), like the Radcliffe Camera. There are also lots of museums and other places to visit for tourists Stratford-upon-Avon -a town in England. It is famous as the birthplace of William Shakespeare. Edinburgh - the capital city and second largest city in Scotland. Edinburgh lies on the east coast, where the River Forth flows into the sea. The central part is Edinburgh Castle, at the top of a steep hill. The castle has a military display every year, called a tattoo, where soldiers show their skills at marching and competitions, and there are brass bands and bands of bagpipes. Loch Ness -a loch in the Scottish Highlands. Loch Ness is 36 kilometres long and only 1.5 kilometres wide. It is the second largest Scottish loch by surface area at 56.4 km2.In popular legend, it is the home of the "Loch Ness Monster", a myth which was promoted by a faked photograph. The United States New York The Empire State Building is a skyscraper in New York City, United States. It is 381 meters (1,250 feet) tall and has 102 floors. For forty-one years it was the tallest building in the world. It is named after the popular nickname for New York, The Empire State. It was completed in 1931 and is one of the most famous landmarks in the US. It has been the tallest building in New York City since the September 11, 2001 attacks, though it is expected to be surpassed again in 2013 when the new World Trade Center is completed. The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) is a modern art museum in New York, New York, United States, on 53rd Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues. It has been called the most important museum of modern art in the world. Some of the artists featured at the museum include Jackson Pollack, Vincent van Gogh, Andy Warhol, and Robert Indiana. Washington, D.C. was planned before it was built. Pierre L'Enfant drew a plan for the city that said where all the streets, parks, and important buildings would be. Unlike most U.S. cities, D.C. has many roundabouts or traffic circles. The city was supposed to have long and wide avenues, and many open spaces for monuments and parks. The National Mall, a large park that connected the US Capitol to the Washington Monument, was one of the most important parts of L'Enfant's plan. Mount Rushmore is a famous mountain and memorial near Keystone, South Dakota in the United States. It has the heads of four of America's presidents carved on it: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln.The Mount Rushmore Memorial is a part of the United States Presidential Memorial, which covers 1,278.45 acres (5.17 km2) and is 5,725 feet (1,745 m) above sea level. The Grand Canyon is a famous canyon in Arizona, formed by the Colorado River. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and a National Park of the United States. It is also one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. The Grand Canyon is 277 miles (446 km) long, up to 18 miles (29 km) wide and is over a mile (1.83 km) (6000 feet) deep in places. Nearly two billion years of the Earth's geological history have been exposed as the Colorado River and its tributaries cut their channels through layer after layer of rock while the Colorado Plateau was uplifted by tectonic action. Australia and New Zealand Uluru, also calledAyers Rock, is a name given to a huge rock near Alice Springs in the Australian Outback. This is a holy place for Australian aborigines. It is in the Western Desert, in the middle of Australia. It was listed as a World Heritage site in 1987 because of its geology.In 1997 it was again listed as a World Heritage site, this time because of its importance to the Anangu people.It was the second place in the world to be listed as culturally significant, and it is one of the few places in the world to have two listings. The Sydney Opera House is a building on the shores of Sydney Harbour, in Sydney, Australia. It is shaped like the sails of a boat. Many concerts and events take place there. It is a famous tourist attraction. The Sydney Opera House is out in the ocean. It is like a peninsula. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Ireland Dublin Castle - Perhaps the main tourist attraction in Dublin and one of its landmarks is Dublin Castle, which is beautifully situated in the heart of old town and today is headquarters of the Irish Government. The first building at the site of today's palace was built as a Norman citadel at the time of King John in 1204. Today, the appearance of Dublin Castle has remained the same as it was designed in the 18th century. The palace is a remarkable piece of medieval architecture combining several styles in construction. It also houses the Chester Beatty Library - which is both a library and art museum that are worth visiting. Canada Niagara Falls - It's one of those unfortunate 'luck of the draw' things I'm afraid to say, because the majority of the Falls