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Wonders and Marvels of the World
Transcript of Wonders and Marvels of the World
Pyramids of Giza
This magnificent canal was completed in 1914, took 35 years to build and 5,600 workers died from disease and accident during construction. The canal is actually a series of lakes and lochs that stretches 48 miles and takes between 20 and 30 hours to navigate. Now, the average toll is $54,000 and although it seems expensive, it made passage from the Atlantic to the Pacific accessible to the world. Not only was it much safer, but it cut the time to complete the trip in half. As of 2007, a third system is under construction. It should be completed by 2015 for an estimated cost of 5.25 billion dollars.
This dry-stone settlement was used by Incas in the 1400's, prior to Spanish colonization. Because of it's remote location, it was undiscovered by the modern world until 1914. Today, it represents one of the most intact settlements of ancient cultures known throughout the world.
Built in the early part of the 12th Century, Angkor Wat is the largest Hindu Temple and the largest religious complex in the world. The King Suryavarman II built "Temple City" to honor the god Vishnu of the Hindu tradition.
Archeologist believe Stonehenge was constructed 5,000 years ago, but other evidence found in the surrounding area points to this site being used much earlier. The stones themselves rest in a very complex and dense field of burial mounds. It is thought that ancient people used this place as a special place of healing.
The Pyramids of Giza have a complex and mysterious history. The Egyptians used them as much as 5,000 years ago. The three large pyramids are just part of a comprehensive structure that has countless connections to the Earth and it's position in the galaxy.
This huge amphitheater that seats 50,000 was built from 72 AD to 80 AD for the Emperors Vespasian and Titus. The Roman Empire used it for gladiatorial contests, public speeches and even mock sea battles.
There are 887 statues called "moai" on this Polynesian island. For hundreds of years the Rapanui people made a life for themselves on this very remote island that is now part of Chile. Scientists have discovered the source material for each of the statues, but are still baffled by how these ancient people made and moved these giant heads and bodies to all corners of the island.
The Great Wall of China
This system of walls, trenches and natural barriers gave China roughly 13,000 miles of border protection to the north. With the Ming Wall alone providing around 4,000 miles. They felt the wall was necessary to keep out incursions from the nomadic tribes of Mongolia. Large parts of the wall were constructed during the last 200 years before the modern era (200 BCE.) It is one of the only man made structures that can be seen from space.
Vishnu (Narayana as Supreme God) grants liberation from the cycle of deaths and births to his devotees or the worthy ones who deserve salvation from material world.
Here we are in the great state of Oregon. Our journey begins in Sisters, because this is where I call home. Now let's go explore a few wonders of the world.