Since time immemorial, walls have been erected as a means of protection from nature’s onslaught, enemies, or dangerous animals, or just simply to mark the borders. But over time, these walls has found new use; some have become memorials while others remain as beautiful pieces of art.
Here are our 10 most famous walls of the world
10. Berlin Walls
It is an awesome wall in Germany, which is a modern construction built in 1961, during the peak of the cold war. It was built by East Germany in the middle of Berlin in order to stop the East Berliners from coming to the west of the city. It worked perfectly well as about 5000 people tried to escape and it was impossible, leading to several deaths. When the Soviets fell in 1989, the wall was brought down and the remains are now covered with colorful graffiti art.
9. The Great Wall of China
This is the largest man made barrier which has a staggering length of 5500.3m. It was constructed and reconstructed between the 5th and the 16th century BC to protect Chinese Empire borders from the tribes of the north. The current wall was built in the Ming Dynasty as a series of fortifications.
8. The Western Wall
Located in the Old City of Jerusalem, Israel, The Western wall is sometimes referred to as the Wailing Wall. Half of this wall was built around 19 BC during the end of the Second Temple period. The remaining half was added from the 7th century. It is considered a holy Jewish religious site in Judaism, which is regarded as the remnant of the Holy Temple. It is the furthest one can go when accessing the Foundation stone, which is regarded as the holiest spot for Jews.
7. Walls of Troy
You will get these walls in the north west of Turkey. It was built in the 13th century BC, making themamong the oldest walls available in the modern world. The walls were initially built to protect the legendary Troy during the Trojan War. They have withstood 10 years of siege of the city. It is currently a place of historical importance, attracting tourists, thus making them to be among the famous walls in the world.
6. Hadrian’s Wall
Located in England between England and Scotland, the Hadrian walls were constructed by the Romans in order to prevent the Scotland tribes from entering Britania, their colony. It was built in the early 2nd century AD and stretches from North Sea to the Irish Sea, with a stretch of 73 miles across the north of England. It is the longest wall present in Europe, attracting a lot of tourists.
5. Walls of Ston
Located on the Peljesac Peninsula, Southern Croatia, Walls of Ston are 3.5 miles long, linking the town of Mali Ston and Ston. It was built as a line of defense for the city of Dubrovnik, to protect its salt pans which were important to the wealth of the city. Built in the 15th century, it is Europe’s 2nd longest wall and very famous in the world.
4. Walls of Babylon
The Babylon walls date back to the 575 BC. They are in the modern Iraq. Babylon was the city state of the ancient Mesopotamia, which is about 85km south of Baghdad. The city was surrounded by the Walls of Babylon, which once included the Ishtar Gate. The gate plus the walls was constructed using blue glazed tiles and had rows which were alternating of dragons and bas relief. Saddam Hussein did wall restoration and new construction on the ruins.
3. Great Zimbabwe Walls
As the capital city Zimbabwe, the Great Zimbabwe walls included an edifice known as the Great Enclosure. The ruins are surrounded by the Great Zimbabwe walls, whichhas an extension that is about 820 feet and goes as high as 36 feet.In the south of the Sahara Desert, the Great Zimbabwe walls are the largest structure and one of the world’s most famous walls in the world.
It is a walled complex, located in Cusco. It is one of the UNESCO World Heritage site, which is built of stone walls that are largely polished. The Cusco is laid in the shape of a puma, the hills of Sacsayhuaman represent the head shaped, and the zigzagging walls of Sacsayhuaman represent the teeth. They are three parallel walls which are enormous. The boulders of the walls are tightly protected within the ruins that even a paper can’t pass through.
1. Diyarbakir Walls
They are found around Diyarbakir, which is one of the largest cities in the southeast of Turkey. The walls form a 3.4 mile circle. They have 4 gates, and 82 watchtowers all built in antiquity and restored in 349 BC. It is the world’s second largest wall that have an intact Roman touch.
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