Don´t miss up to 7-metre-high miniatures of world-famous constructions in ZOOKONTAKT Tatralandia. Have a picture taken under the Eiffel Tower, take a look at Burj al Arab of Dubai, feast your eyes on precise details of the Statue of Liberty.
The Atomium monument was designed by engineer André Waterkeyn on the occasion of the Expo 58 world fair in Brussels.
The metal construction representing an iron crystal molecule magnified 165 billion times consists of nine spheres that stand for atoms. The atoms are fixed on the tips of a cube, one atom is in the middle. Individual spheres are connected by tunnels that symbolise the invisible power between the atoms. The whole structure is placed on three double pillars with staircases.
Elizabeth Tower or more popularly known as Big Ben is a tower at the north-eastern end of the Palace of Westminster, the seat of the British parliament.
One of the best known sights in London is named after the bell located inside, colloquially referred to as Big Ben. The clock tower was designed by architect Sir Charles Barry when the original Palace of Westminister was being renewed.
The Tower of the Arabs (in English) is a luxury hotel in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.
It is located on an artificial island 280 metres from the Jumeirah beach and is connected with the dry land by a private road. The foundations go 40-45 metres deep into the sea. 70 000 cubic metres of concrete and 9 000 tonnes of steel were used to build the hotel, 10 000 m² of gold leaf decorate the interior.
The Eiffel Tower was originally not accepted by the Parisians because they perceived it as a stain on the city design. But today, the tower is one of the most beautiful examples of world architecture.
The metal construction built on Champ de Mars near the Seine is the highest construction in Paris and one of the best known symbols in the world. It was built between 1887 and 1889 on the occasion of the French Revolution for the World Exposition.
3 000 metalworkers fixed 18 038 pre-arranged iron pieces by using 2.5 million rivets in the course of 26 months. The tower has three platforms - 57 metres, 115 metres and 274 metres above the ground (on the top).
The twin skyscrapers designed by Argentinian architect César Pelli were sponsored by the Petronas petroleum company, which they are named after.
The towers are linked by a 58.82-metre long and 5-metre wide double decker skybridge between the 41st and 42nd floor 170 metres above the ground. The bridge serves as an emergency exit as well as an outlook spot. It is not fixed and enables both towers to move 30 centimetres in all directions when the wind is blowing.
The towers are equipped with double-deck lifts. The lower lift deck takes passengers to even-numbered floors, the upper deck to odd-numbered floors.
STATUE OF LIBERTY
The statue symbolises the friendship and help that France offered to American settlers. It has been located on an island close to New York since 1886.
The right hand of the statue holding a torch is 12.8 metres long, the index finger is 2.4 metres long. Broken shackles of tyranny lie at the statue´s feet. The left hand carries a tabula symbolising the declaration of independence. The crown stands for freedom and its seven spikes represent seven rays that radiate over seven seas and six continents.
The statue became the symbol of America and was put on the list of the UNESCO World Heritage in 1984.
SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE
The opera building has an original shell structure, which serves the artistic purpose mainly. The atypical form was chosen to emphasise the difference between the opera house and the rest of the monotonous square or rectangular formed architecture on the peninsula.
The Sydney Opera House has five main halls, an exhibition hall, a recording studio and restaurants. The opera hall has 1 507 seats in total, the concert hall has 2 679 seats.
The Opera House became one of the typical signs of Australia, well-known all around the world.
LEANING TOWER OF PISA
The construction of the bell tower began under the supervision of main architect Bonnano Pisano in 1174. When the third floor was built about 11 metres above the ground, the ring foundations leaned 15 cm to the side.
Pisano tried to balance the incline on the fourth floor but he didn´t succeed. Afraid that the construction might fall, he decided not to continue. In 1234, architect Giovanni di Simone had three more floors built to follow Pisano´s work and the basic cylinder-formed tower was finished. Due to soft ground which could not properly support the weight, the tower inclination worsened over the time and reached 4.5 metres in the late 20th century. That is why there are two height figures – 55.22 metres on the northern side and 54.52 metres on the southern side.
The skyscraper with 101 floors in Taipei, Taiwan is the third tallest building in the world. There are 101 floors above ground and 5 basement levels. The building is located close to an active tectonic fault and in a region rich in typhoons and tropical storms.
Taiwanese architect C.P. Wang was inspired by a typical local plant – bamboo. It doesn´t seem to be very strong at first sight but it is very flexible. The inspiration is reflected on the outside form of the building which resembles a giant stalk. Unique technical solutions make the Taipei 101 skyscraper one of the main symbols of modern world architecture.
Only a few kilometres to the east of Rotterdam, near Dordrecht, there is a famous group of 19 windmills, a very popular tourist attraction.
They were built around 1740 and are still working. Due to the number, their size and well-preserved state, they were put on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1997.
TV TOWER ON KAMZÍK
The television tower is located in the forest park of Bratislava, in the Little Carpathians, in an area known as Koliba. It is the highest building in Bratislava and one of the landmarks of the Slovak capital city.
The foundation stone was laid in 1967 and the construction process was finished in 1975.
The Kamzík hill is 438.4 metres above sea level and visible from great distance, which boosts the signal propagation. When coming to Bratislava from any direction, the tower is the first thing one notices. Its slim silhouette is obvious. Today, the tower still propagates TV signal and serves the public.