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Old March 14th, 2011, 05:51 PM   #341
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Statue of Liberty is overrated
being overrated is a non-issue... being famous is..., and i think the statue of liberty does not fall short of being one!
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Old March 14th, 2011, 07:39 PM   #342
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Pyramid, Egypt
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Stonehenge, UK
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Old March 14th, 2011, 07:49 PM   #343
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But those are the classical/historical landmarks.....what about new/modern landmarks?
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Old March 14th, 2011, 08:47 PM   #344
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1. Eiffel Tower
2. Pyramids of Giza
3. Statue of Liberty
4. Great Wall of China
5. Leaning Tower of Pisa

@ Petronas Towers or London Eye. Yeah, they're famous, no doubt about that. But they don't come even close to the worldwide fame the historic landmarks gathered over the centuries. Ask some random person on the street (wo isn't into architecture or skyscrapers) about Petronas Towers or even Burj Khalifa and he will just shrug his shoulders. And most people on earth are like that. Uninterested, ignorant or they lack the education. But they somewhere have surely seen the absolutely iconic shape of the Eiffel Tower or the Pyramids.
yeah its a matter of time..but i think we can divide to two category which is old landmark and new...perhaps i think the older is more stronger,
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Old March 14th, 2011, 09:06 PM   #345
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actually, the Empire State or Sydney Opera or even the Eiffel Tower are pretty new.
I doubt, that Petronas Towers or Burj Khalifa or all the other skyscrapers will EVER get to that fame. Why? Because they are all just one super tall after the other. They will be overtrumped by even higher supertalls faster than you can even memorize their name.
Famous landmarks became famous, because they were the first of their kind or because they played a big role in history. Like this:

Brandenburg Gate:

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It's actually kinda small and underwhelming in reality, but at least every European knows it.
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Old March 15th, 2011, 02:20 AM   #346
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actually, the Empire State or Sydney Opera or even the Eiffel Tower are pretty new.
I doubt, that Petronas Towers or Burj Khalifa or all the other skyscrapers will EVER get to that fame. Why? Because they are all just one super tall after the other. They will be overtrumped by even higher supertalls faster than you can even memorize their name.
agree, that's the case of most supertalls like i pointed out previously. of course there are some exceptions like the empire state building...


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Famous landmarks became famous, because they were the first of their kind or because they played a big role in history. Like this:

Brandenburg Gate:

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It's actually kinda small and underwhelming in reality, but at least every European knows it.
at least every european knows it... but still not enough to be considered one of the WORLD'S most famous landmarks! try looking at it beyond the realms of europe... that would be the same story as the petronas, with all due respect my friend!
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Old March 15th, 2011, 10:42 AM   #347
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double post, sorry!
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Old March 15th, 2011, 10:45 AM   #348
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agree, that's the case of most supertalls like i pointed out previously. of course there are some exceptions like the empire state building...




at least every european knows it... but still not enough to be considered one of the WORLD'S most famous landmarks! try looking at it beyond the realms of europe... that would be the same story as the petronas, with all due respect my friend!
Oh, I didn't claim Brandenburg Gate was one of the most famous. I know it isn't. It's just a good example of structures that got famous due to history and not because it was somehow impressiv or unique. It was hardly mentioned here and and I know that most don't even know it's name, even though they might have seen it somewhere.
It recently became quite popular in those apocalyptic Hollywood flicks and starred recently in the movie "Unkown".
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Old March 15th, 2011, 10:19 PM   #349
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Old world - the pyramids
New world - the Eiffel tower.
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Old March 15th, 2011, 10:20 PM   #350
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Old world - the pyramids
New world - the Eiffel tower.
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Old March 16th, 2011, 02:27 AM   #351
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agree!

though i have a feeling that the statue of liberty can be equally or even more famous than the eiffel tower!
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But you do realise that both are made by French right?
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Old March 16th, 2011, 06:37 AM   #353
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tradition-
i think it hold title for most iconic iron/metal structure=eiffel tower,
most iconic ancient structure=pyramid,
most iconic religous building=tajmahal
modern-
most iconic stadium=beijing bird nest,
most iconic skyscrape=petronas twin tower,
most iconic building architecture=sydney opera house
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Old March 16th, 2011, 07:54 AM   #354
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But you do realise that both are made by French right?
actually i didn't... (though, of course, i know the french made them both) but i'm actually looking at it "face value" rather than analyzing details...


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tradition-
i think it hold title for most iconic iron/metal structure=eiffel tower, agree!since you filtered the criteria bringing down to nothing less than the eiffel tower
most iconic ancient structure=pyramid, agree!
most iconic religous building=tajmahal agree! but i don't know if burial ground is considered religious... maybe??

modern-
most iconic stadium=beijing bird nest, i don't know, but could be!
most iconic skyscrape=petronas twin tower, i think the empire state building owns this title
most iconic building architecture=sydney opera house could be!


this is a rather intriguing set... but it's good to see things in other person's perspective for comparison!

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Old March 16th, 2011, 08:16 PM   #355
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The Taj Mahal isn't a religious building.

You're also massively wrong about most iconic stadium being the Bird's Nest in Beijing. Architecturally, it is stunning. But I could draw you a list of 100 (or more) stadia I'd rather visit than the Bird's Nest. Stadia aren't about architecture, they're about the fans, the history and the atmosphere enveloped inside it as a result.

Certain stadia also hold more sway worldwide because of what they mean, or the sport they relate to - The Nou Camp, the Bernabeu, the San Siro, Anfield, Old Trafford, (old) Wembley to name just a few European football based ones. And that's just one sport, and one continent, and not exhaustive.

You're also wrong about most iconic skyscraper, though I like the Petronas Towers A LOT.
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You're right, it's not about being tall, but Petronas were only famous at one point in time for being tall... Just as the Burj Khalifa is today... and Taipei 101 was a few years ago...

What's the Taipei 101 today? About the same thing Petronas Towers are... iconic to a city and country, but not to the world. They are by no means on the same level as the Eiffel Tower, Sydney Opera House, Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty, Hollywood Sign, Christ the Redeemer, etc. etc.

Now no one is saying that it isn't iconic to Malaysia or Kuala Lumpur... it is, but that doesn't automatically make it an icon to the world? They're certainly not the most recognisable structure.

Do you get what I'm trying to say, or am I wasting my time... again?


edit: above pretty much said what I was trying to say.
I think Eiffel Tower, Sydney Opera House, Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty, Hollywood Sign, Christ the Redeemer etc are the world famous oldies, but Petronas Towers are still growing in fame because its very recognisable.
And I can tell u that all over d world lots of people recognise this building as a landmark of Malaysia. That means its iconic and famous. just my 2C
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Old March 21st, 2011, 03:03 PM   #357
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The Taj Mahal isn't a religious building.

You're also massively wrong about most iconic stadium being the Bird's Nest in Beijing. Architecturally, it is stunning. But I could draw you a list of 100 (or more) stadia I'd rather visit than the Bird's Nest. Stadia aren't about architecture, they're about the fans, the history and the atmosphere enveloped inside it as a result.

Certain stadia also hold more sway worldwide because of what they mean, or the sport they relate to - The Nou Camp, the Bernabeu, the San Siro, Anfield, Old Trafford, (old) Wembley to name just a few European football based ones. And that's just one sport, and one continent, and not exhaustive.

You're also wrong about most iconic skyscraper, though I like the Petronas Towers A LOT.




http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taj_Mahal


The Taj Mahal is indeed religious.

Hindi: ताज महल

Visitation: More than 3 million (in 2003)

UNESCO World Heritage Site

Type: Cultural

Criteria: i

Designated: 1983 (7th session)

Reference #: 252

State Party: India



Located in western Uttar Pradesh, India

The Taj Mahal ( /ˈtɑːdʒ məˈhɑːl/;[1] Hindi: ताज महल, from Persian/Urdu: تاج محل "crown of buildings", pronounced [ˈt̪aːdʒ mɛˈɦɛl]; also "the Taj"[2]) is a mausoleum located in Agra, India.

It is one of the most recognizable structures in the world.

It was built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his third wife, Mumtaz Mahal. It is widely considered as one of the most beautiful buildings in the world and stands as a symbol of eternal love.

Taj Mahal is the finest example of Mughal architecture, a style that combines elements from Persian, Islamic and Indian architectural styles.

In 1983, the Taj Mahal became a UNESCO World Heritage Site. While the white domed marble mausoleum is the most familiar component of the Taj Mahal, it is actually an integrated complex of structures. The construction began around 1632 and was completed around 1653, employing thousands of artisans and craftsmen.[5] The construction of the Taj Mahal was entrusted to a board of architects under imperial supervision, including Abd ul-Karim Ma'mur Khan, Makramat Khan, and Ustad Ahmad Lahauri.[6][7] Lahauri[8] is generally considered to be the principal designer.[9]


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agree!

though i have a feeling that the statue of liberty can be equally or even more famous than the eiffel tower!
not at all.
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1. Eiffel Tower
2. Pyramids of Giza
3. Empire State Building
4. Taj Mahal
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