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Old March 23rd, 2011, 05:36 PM   #361
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Old March 23rd, 2011, 07:59 PM   #362
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In India Lotus temple is more popular than Taj Mahal



Since its inauguration to public worship in December 1986, the Bahá'í House of Worship in Delhi has, as of late 2002, attracted more than 50 million visitors, making it one of the most visited buildings in the world.[10] Its numbers of visitors during those years surpassed those of the Eiffel Tower and the Taj Mahal. On Hindu holy days, it has drawn as many as 150,000 people; it welcomes four million visitors each year (about 13,000 every day or 9 every minute).
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Old March 23rd, 2011, 08:03 PM   #363
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another Landmark that gets more visitors than Taj Mahal is(3.6 mil / year)
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Old March 24th, 2011, 03:07 AM   #364
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Lotus Temple looks nice... it really does look like lotus flower... the but its number of tourist visits alone does not give justice to replace taj mahal as india's most famous landmark...
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Old March 24th, 2011, 06:43 AM   #365
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Yes, the Taj is special architecturally in ways
that can't be readily apparent. For instance, the four towering minarets are set off verticle,
out of plumb, to save the amazing dome in case of an earthquake,
by falling out away from the structure. But the main reason to put these
towers off verticle was to make up for the distortion of natural perspective.
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If you look closely, the towers "lean" away
from the dome to appear to the observer on the ground that they are "truly" vertical.
If they were actually plumb, they would appear to lean inwards.
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Old March 24th, 2011, 06:44 AM   #366
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Probably Statue of Liberty.
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Old March 24th, 2011, 11:30 AM   #367
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1. Angkor Wat Temple, Cambodia
2. Eiffel Tower
3. Great Wall of China
4. Pyramid
5. Big Ben
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Old March 24th, 2011, 11:47 AM   #368
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Big Ben, London
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Westminster Palace by davizoom, on Flickr
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Old March 24th, 2011, 01:19 PM   #369
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however nice, the above photos does not change the order of world's most famous landmarks IMO:
1. Pyramids of Giza
2. Statue of Liberty
3. Eiffel Tower
4. Great Wall of China
5. Empire State Building

but if we consider "natural" landmarks, i think Mt. Fuji can easily be at 4th or 5th place...
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Old March 25th, 2011, 07:37 PM   #370
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A more realistic order by combining number ofs votes for 7 wonders and annual visit...
1.Eiffel Tower(Most visited)
2.Taj Mahal(highest votes for 7 wonders competition + it represents a country of 1.2 bil solely)
3.Tianemann Square
4.Time Square
5.Big Ben
6.Pyramids of Giza
7.Ginza Square
8.Jesus Statue of Rio
9.Great Wall of China
10.Angkor Wat Temple

But in recent times some unusual places have seen extraordinary visits and popularity..
Dharavi Slums,Pudong,Ground Zero to name a few.
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Old March 26th, 2011, 08:23 AM   #371
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The Taj Mahal gets under 4 million visitors a year? That surprises me.
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Old March 26th, 2011, 12:31 PM   #372
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The Taj Mahal gets under 4 million visitors a year? That surprises me.
people visiting Taj Mahal are regulated by authorities and are allowed only during a short period of day before sunsets and after 11am.
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Old March 26th, 2011, 08:07 PM   #373
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True. I've been there myself. Still surprised me it was so few. I was expecting in excess of 5 or 6 million, at least.
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Old March 28th, 2011, 01:37 PM   #374
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i think the most famous is

1. PYRAMIDS OF GIZA

followed closely by

2. eiffel tower
3. statue of liberty

i don't think the number of visits alone could dictate that. if you're gonna ask me, i'd rather go somewhere else than in the deserts of egypt just to see the pyramids, but it doesn't disprove the fact that the pyramids is well known by almost everyone in this planet irregardless of who's visited it, who's not...
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Old March 30th, 2011, 12:40 AM   #375
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Great Wall of China should be pretty high, it's right up there in the mindset with more people in that country alone than in the West (likewise with the Taj Mahal in India, and Meccah mosque to 1.6 billion Muslims, who pray to it 5x a day).

In terms of visitors 2004 alone saw 41.8 million tourists visit the Wall, while points around Beijing often get between 4-10 million a year.
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Old March 30th, 2011, 01:58 AM   #376
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yeah, we almost forgot about the kaaba in mecca... unfortunately, i have no idea how it looks like...
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Old March 30th, 2011, 01:05 PM   #377
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1. Eiffel Tower
2. Statue of Liberty
3. Saint Basil's Cathedral
4. Taj Mahal
5. Big Ben
6. Jesus Statue of Rio
7. Sydney Opera House
8. Brandenburg Gate
9. Golden Gate Bridge
10. Colosseum
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Saint Basil's Cathedral

Brandenburg Gate

never heard of them!
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Old April 7th, 2011, 01:38 PM   #380
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Saint Basil's Cathedral
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Brandenburg Gate

never heard of them!
Brandeburg Gate


Never heard of them ? are you sure ?
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