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Frozen Ceramic Protection – Terracotta Army – Xi’an, China


Photo of the Day – Frozen Ceramic Protection – Terracotta Army – Xi’an, China

The army of thousands stands motionless, waiting an eternity to protect the great emperor Qin Shi Huang in the afterlife.

Frozen Ceramic Protection - Terracotta Army - Xian, China

Terracotta Army Closeup – Xi’an, China


Photo of the Day – Terracotta Army Closeup – Xi’an, China

So many of the Top 100 Places around the world were built at a much different time than the one we live in today. The tremendous scope, cost, and mainly the obscurity of these projects would prevent them from ever being realized anymore. In the past, autocratic government power and prevalent slavery enabled their construction.

One of the strangest places that comes to mind is China’s First Emperor’s Mausoleum, more commonly known as the Terracotta Army, located in Xi’an, China. Basically the Emperor had a crazy idea to bury himself with a life size terracotta (ceramic clay) army to protect him in the afterlife. The idea is strange on its own, but the scale of his ambitions is mind boggling. Although the full archaeological site has not been excavated, researchers believe there are over 8,000 soldiers, 130 chariots with 520 horses and 150 cavalry horses. LIFE SIZE! It is believed that there were around 700,000 people working on the project at its peak.

Could you imagine 700,000 people working today on something so unproductive and obscure? Maybe the Emperor is really fooling all of us. I certainly find him guilty of wasting a tremendous amount of his national resources on such a silly project, but perhaps he knew that one day his creation would become one of the most popular tourist attractions on the planet.

What is the most amazing man made place you have ever visited that could not possibly be built today?

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