Originally, the walls – in this top 10 list – were intended to protect the inhabitants of a city or country from enemies. Nowadays, the walls, or what about it, attract people. Tourists would like to go for a walk.
10. Vietnam Veterans Memorial – United States
In 1982 all Americans clenched the tube. After that, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial was revealed. As you can deduce from the name, this monument is intended as a tribute to the fallen American soldiers.There are about 58,000 names engraved in the wall. Vietnam Veterans Memorial – designed by architect Maya Lin – consists of three parts: a wall, a statue and a special monument for the female veterans.What ever forgotten is that many nurses were sent to Vietnam. This monument is located in Washington DC near the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial.
9. Wall of Sacsayhuamán – Peru
photo: Papmondmond & Colegota / wikicommons
When the Spaniards arrived in the Peruvian city of Cuzco, they did not believe the locals were able to build such a wall. That was the work of evil spirits! Sacsayhuamán – as this site is called – is the epitome of architectural precision. The builders were perfectly connected to the bricks. A tool for achieving this is to make the sides of underlying stones not exactly in the middle of the above-mentioned bricks. Why did they go like this? To protect their forts and cities from earthquakes. They were regularly found in this part of Peru.
8. Chewing gum wall – Seatlle
In an alley in Seattle you will find the “Market Theater Gum Wall” a wall full of chewing gum. In some places 4.5m high! The wall can be found at the Market Theater and the tradition of chewing gum on the wall slices began in 1993. Fans of “Unexpected Productions” an improvisation group that performs in the theater began to coin the coins on the wall with chewing gum. Twice tried to clean the wall, but then they left it. A scene of the movie Love Happens with Jennifer Aniston is recorded for the wall. By the end of 2015, the entire wall was necessarily cleaned because the bricks were damaged. but since then many chewing gums have been picked up again.
7. Walls of Babylon – Iraq
Babylon was the capital of the Babylonian region. At this location we now find the Iraqi capital, Baghdad. Back to the period in which Babylon developed into a major trading center. About 1800 BC, Sumu-abum, the leader of the Semitic tribe of the Amorites, built a wall around the city. Eventually, his successor succeeded in completing the construction. A century later, the then leader picked up the benefits of Babylon’s walls: he managed to optimize the strategic position of the city.
6. Wall of Ston – Croatia
Have you ever heard of the European Chinese Wall? This term refers to the wall of Ston. This wall, complete with 40 guard towers, was built in the 15th century. Six main roads were built on the inside of the wall. And around them were houses built again. Anno 2016 is about 5.5 kilometers from this wall.The remains form a connection between Ston and Mali Ston. Many of the materials, which were in the original wall, were taken by the Austrians. They used it for the construction of schools.
5. Hadrian’s Wall – United Kingdom
In the period 117 to 138, Emperor Hadrian ruled over the Roman Empire. When he visited the present United Kingdom – and saw that his empire had to be better protected against invasion of enemy tribes – he went on to build a 117 kilometer long wall. For this, a combination of stones and garments was used. At fixed distances, forts were built: 14 large and 80 small forts. In total, construction took about six years. The wall of Hadrian served until the end of the fourth century. Fortunately, a large piece of the middle part has been preserved. This is a beautiful hiking trail.
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4. Israeli West Bank Barrier
The Israeli West Bank Barrier or Israeli Wall is a construction built in 2002 by Israel, largely built by nearly 10 meters high concrete walls, towers and control gates / checkpoints, roads, fences, barbed wire and gaps, ranging from 620-760 km long within the Green line (the 1949 ceasefire border with Jordan) on the West Bank in Palestine, sometimes crossed by Palestinian villages and communities and increasingly deepening the Palestinian country. The name of the barrier is itself the subject of discussion. Israel, its international sympathizers and other advocates of barrier construction, use the term separation gate and security gate to indicate the barrier. Palestinians, international and other opponents of barrier construction (especially EU countries, South American countries, Asian countries, African countries and countries in the Middle East) speak of an “apartheid wall”. In the media the term “Israeli wall or partition wall” is also used. (source: wikipedia)
3. West Wall – Israel
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Also the West Wall – Western Wall or Clay Wall – was built in the era of Christ. This wall was part of the Jewish Temple, which was located on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. When the Romans conquered this area about the year 70, they completely destroyed the temple. Only a part of the West Wall has been preserved. Despite the political and religious threat in this area, many people visit this wall. They are praying. And put a note between the walls of the West Wall.
2. Berlin Wall – Germany
photo: Neptune / wikicommons
Although the threat was already in the air – residents of the former GDR who wanted to live in the west were bothered – the construction of the Berlin Wall came as a surprise. In the night of August 12, 1961, Walter Ulbricht commissioned the construction of this wall. A few weeks later there was a heavily guarded concrete wall around the western part of Berlin . This construction was 45.1 kilometers long.In seven places there were transit points. Despite the strict controls, many people ventured to the other side. With this, 138 people were killed. In 1989, the fall of the Berlin Wall was announced: two years later the wall was broken down as well.
1. Chinese Wall – China
photo: Nicolas Perrault III / wikicommons
As long as the Chinese empire is concerned, residents have put a lot of energy into defense work. Of which the Chinese Wall is the most famous example. The current wall – over 6,000 kilometers in length – was built in the period 1368 to 1644. That was at the time of the Ming dynasty. By the way, the construction is longer than the mentioned number of kilometers: if you add the natural boundaries, such as mountains, hills and rivers, you will reach a total length of 8,850 kilometers.
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