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2.9 With the help of the school librarian, identify and describe well-known sites, events, or landwards in at least three different countries from which students' families come and explain why they are important. (H, G, C)


Multimedia.pngClick here for the world's most famous landmarks. Includes pictures and locations.

Examples of famous locations:

Europe

Italy

  • The Colosseum
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    The Colleseum
    • Located in Rome, Italy
    • 50,000 person amphitheater
    • Opened in AD 80
    • Mainly used for gladiator shows
    • Partially destroyed by fires and earthquakes
    • Mostly made up of arches
    • Has 3 levels
    • Spectators were separated by class
    • The spectators were packed together very tightly
    • The Colosseum is a symbol of the Roman architecture and gives an example of ancient Roman culture
    • For more info, click here
Multimedia.pngClick here for a 360 look of the Colosseum
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Arch entrance to Olympic Stadium

Multimedia.pngClick here for an interactive look at the Colosseum

Greece

  • Olympia
    • Site of the first Olympic games in 776 BC
    • Continued there for about 12 centuries until pagan traditions were banned
    • The games were linked to a celebration of Zeus
    • The site was a religious area that had temples and shrines as well as athletic fields
    • Its main temples were for Zeus and Hera
    • The games were supposed to show off the strength and power of young people while also promoting good relations among Greek cities
    • Importance of religion and athleticism in Greek society
    • For more info, click here or here.
Multimedia.pngFor a virtual tour, click here.
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The Great Wall of China

Click here for more information on the archaeological site of Olympia

Asia

China

  • Great Wall of China
    • Most of the wall was constructed between the 14th and 17th centuries
    • Different emperors ordered for various additions
    • Created to prevent invasions of China
    • The people who built the wall were mainly criminals and soliders
    • Many people actually died while making the wall, around 400,000
    • More than 3,000 miles long
    • Has guard towers spread throughout the wall
    • Certain sections today are falling apart, others have been cut through for roads
    • For more information, click here.
Multimedia.pngClick here for a 360 look at the Great Wall.
Multimedia.pngClick here for a link to a website that contains a virtual walk on the Great Wall.
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Cenotaph and Peace Museum in Hiroshima

Japan

  • Hiroshima
    • August 6, 1945 the US dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan
    • Destroyed 90% of the city
    • Killed 80,000 people instantly, more died later from radiation
    • Dropped at 8:15am
    • Japan surrendered at noon on August 15, 1945
    • Most of Hiroshima was rebuilt after the war, except one section
    • This remains as a reminder of the effects of war and the atomic bomb
    • There is now a museum dedicated to peace, including a peace park and memorial
    • For more information, click here.
Multimedia.pngClick here for photos that include Hiroshima before and after the war.

Africa
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Church located in Aksum

Ethiopia

  • Aksum
    • Also known as Axum
    • Kingdom in Ethiopia
    • Home to many elite
    • Had natural resources, such as gold and ivory
    • Was a connection between the Roman Empire and India
    • Had a high literacy rate, made its own coins, and created unique architecture
    • Was rumored that the Ark of the Convent was being held in Aksum
    • One of its obelisks was looted by Benito Mussolini and not returned to Ethiopia until 2005
    • For more information, click here.
Multimedia.pngClick here for a youtube video on the Kingdom of Aksum

Ghana

  • Independence Square
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    Independence Arch, Ghana
    • Celebrates the independence of Ghana
    • Every year on Ghana's Independence Day, March 6th, a Ghana holds a large festival in Independence Square
    • 2nd largest city square in the world
    • Contains Black Star Gate, Independence Arch, and a Liberation Day Monument
    • For more information, click here.

Multimedia.pngClick here for a photo album of Independence Square