Planning to go on a trip soon? Why not change things up by visiting the modern engineering marvels of the world instead of visiting cliché tourist destinations?
The triumphs of modern engineering not only provide a solid foundation that helps simplify the day-to-day lives of today’s citizens, but they also double as incredible tourism destinations that are definitely worth seeing.
If you’re the type of person who knows how to appreciate unique, astonishing structures and you also happen to love travelling around the world a lot, here are five of the planet’s modern engineering marvels that you should see before you move on to the afterlife.
The Large Hadron Collider is a colossal underground scientific structure that is considered as one of modern technology’s greatest marvels. Interestingly, it is also the world’s largest and highest-energy particle accelerator. Spanning a total length of 17 miles and situated more than 500 feet under the ground, this wondrous scientific instrument played a vital role in several modern-day breakthroughs, including the development of cancer treatments and the birth of the World Wide Web. Today, it is continuously being utilised by scientists to further revolutionise our understanding of the world within atoms, which will help pave the way for more incredible scientific discoveries.
Known as the tallest cable-stayed road bridge in the world, the Millau Viaduct soars at 1,125 feet and features fascinating silhouette lines that tower over the structure. Its columns have varying heights that range from 75 meters to 235 meters, and its sections span 350 meters each. This marvel in the field of modern structural engineering, which was impressively completed in three years, was built to help reduce traffic on the Paris to Barcelona route every summer, and offers spectacular views of the nearby roads and villages. And despite being a massively tall structure that spans a sizeable length, it only makes a minimal amount of intervention in the landscape where it stands.
The Hoover Dam is an extraordinary engineering feat that is located around 30 miles from Las Vegas aka Sin City – and is specifically located in Black Canyon, an area between Arizona and Nevada. Ever since the Hoover Dam was completed in 1936, the Colorado River became a reliable source of renewable energy and water for three American states, and the dam itself became a must-visit sightseeing spot in the country. This concrete gravity-arch dam, which stands at 726 feet and has a total length of 1,244 feet, was declared by the American Society of Civil Engineers as one of America’s Seven Modern Civil Engineering Wonders.
Dubai’s Palm Islands is the world’s largest set of man-made islands. The project, which began in 2001, has not yet been fully completed as of writing, but there’s no denying the sheer level of ingenuity needed to turn an ambitious project such as this into a massive success. Today, only two islands – the Palm Jebel Ali and the Palm Jumeirah – have already been completed. The third and final island, which also happens to be the largest of the three, is currently under construction. The islands are formed using a process called ‘rainbowing’, which involves the use of sand dredging ships to fill the seabed with tons of sand, and also includes spraying sand above the surface of the islands. Upon completion of the project, anything from shopping malls to luxury hotels are expected to populate the islands.
The Three Gorges Dam in China is not just another dam that makes an appearance in this list, but it is also an engineering marvel that broke two records – the world’s largest concrete structure and the world’s biggest hydro-power plant. The Three Gorges Dam is one of China’s biggest and most ambitious construction projects since the Great Wall. Its length spans approximately 7,661 feet, and its height is around 600 feet tall. Ever since it opened for commercial operation in 2008, the Three Gorges Dam managed to produce enough electricity for the area, provide flood storage space, and increase shipping capacity.