The natural world really is beautiful. But there are also quite a few man-made things that are, for lack of a better way to describe it, truly awesome.

Here are 7 of those fantastic places.

1. Fort Bourtange, The Netherlands

Fort Bourtange

Fort Bourtange is a star fort in the village of Bourtange, Groningen, Netherlands, originally built to control the only road between Germany and the city of Groningen. It was restored in 1960 and is now a museum.

2. The Palm, Dubai

The Palm
Source: Trey Ratcliff, Stuck in Customs

The Palm is an artificial island in Dubai, built in the shape of a palm tree. When it is completed, it will add 520 kilometers of beachfront to the city.

3. Barcelona


When seen from above, Barcelona is like a piece of graph paper made of bricks and streets.

4. Malé, capital of the Maldives


Malé is the capital of the Maldives, Maldives actually meaning “the islands of Malé”. It is home to over 100,000 people.

5. Venice, Italy


Regarded as one of the world’s most beautiful cities, Venice is also one of the most visited, with tens of thousands of tourists visiting the city every day.

6. The Great Wall of China

The Great Wall of China

Photo by Severin Stadler


Built to protect China from the invasion of various groups from Eurasia. An archaeological survey found that the entire wall with all of its branches measure out to be 21,196 km.

7. Central Park, New York

Central Park New York

Central Park is the most visited urban park in the United States as well as one of the most filmed locations in the world. It has a lake called “The Lake” and a smaller pond called “The Pond”.

8. Bastei bridge, near Dresden, Germany


The Bastei has been a tourist attraction for over 200 years, with the stone bridge in the picture replacing  an earlier wooden one in 1851.

What are your favorite and most beautiful man-made places in the world?

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