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25 greatest engineering achievements of mankind - PHOTOS

06 July 2013 [09:25] - TODAY.AZ
Recent months have seen a fair number of impressive construction plans announced, from Norway's intention to create the world's first shipping tunnel to Maldives' plans for a space age underwater hotel to Dubai's plans for the world's biggest shopping mall.

How do these announcements stack up against what's already out there?

We've compiled 25 of what we think are some of the most impressive engineering/construction achievements to date, taking into consideration the era in which they were built and the knowledge and materials that were available to designers.

Many were inspired by the human impulse to travel, and those that weren't can be enjoyed by travelers today.

Engineering can, of course, also include electronics and other micro-feats -- arguably computers and smartphones are among the most successful, popular and influential pieces of engineering ever created -- but we're interested here in big, bold and brave.

Click through the gallery to see our selection, then let us know if you have additions in the comments section.

Getting there

The Palm, Dubai, UAE

Aqueduct of Segovia, Segovia, Spain

Great Wall of China, China

Taj Mahal, Agra, India

Trans-Siberian Railway, Russia

Burj Khalifa, Dubai, UAE

Akashi Kaiky Bridge, Akashi Strait, Japan

White Pass and Yukon Route Railroad, Canada

Tokyo Sky Tree, Tokyo

International Space Station

Teotihuacan, Mexico

Panama Canal, Panama

Taipei 101, Taipei, Taiwan

Grand Canyon Skywalk, Arizona

Shanghai World Financial Center, Shanghai

Millau Viaduct, Millau, France

London Underground, London

Kansai Airport, Osaka, Japan

Hoover Dam, Arizona/Nevada

Great Pyramid of Giza, Egypt

Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco

Eiffel Tower, Paris

Confederation Bridge, Prince Edward Island, Canada

Colosseum, Rome

CN Tower, Toronto, Canada


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