Modern Wonders of the World

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  • Published on:  Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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    We live on a beautiful planet. Today our natural landscapes also boast manmade wonders, icons of engineering and architecture. So what are the world's modern wonders? We've compiled our top seven, from the tallest building on Earth, to the longest underwater tunnel, from aviation's greatest airliner, to engineering's greatest work of art. These are our modern wonders!

    The great engineering achievements of the modern world are more than purely functional. The visionaries who dreamed up their imposing shapes used art and science to create structures of dramatic beauty. Our bridges, dams, and skyscrapers, dominate our landscapes, as the pyramids dominated those of ancient Egypt. They're testaments to the creative genius of humankind. In this film we tunnel under, climb up, jump off, and fly with, the greatest marvels the modern world has to offer.

    2002 documentary for the Travel Channel, including the following subjects :

    Brooklyn Bridge

    The Brooklyn Bridge is a bridge in New York City and is one of the oldest suspension bridges in the United States. Completed in 1883, it connects the boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn by spanning the East River. It has a main span of 486.3 metres and was the first steel-wire suspension bridge constructed.

    Petronas Towers

    The Petronas Towers, also known as the Petronas Twin Towers are twin skyscrapers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. According to the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat official definition and ranking, they were the tallest buildings in the world from 1998 to 2004. The buildings are a landmark of Kuala Lumpur, along with nearby Kuala Lumpur Tower.


    Aérospatiale-BAC Concorde is a retired turbojet-powered supersonic passenger airliner or supersonic transport. Concorde was jointly developed and produced by Aérospatiale and the British Aircraft Corporation under an Anglo-French treaty. First flown in 1969, Concorde entered service in 1976 and continued commercial flights for 27 years.

    Eiffel Tower

    The Eiffel Tower is an iron lattice tower located on the Champ de Mars in Paris. It was named after the engineer Gustave Eiffel, whose company designed and built the tower. Erected in 1889, it was initially criticised by some of France's leading artists and intellectuals for its design, but has become both a global cultural icon of France and one of the most recognizable structures in the world.

    Hoover Dam

    Hoover Dam, once known as Boulder Dam, is a concrete arch-gravity dam in the Black Canyon of the Colorado River, on the border between the U.S. states of Arizona and Nevada. It was constructed between 1931 and 1936 during the Great Depression and was dedicated on September 30, 1935, by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

    Panama Canal

    The Panama Canal is a 77.1 kilometre ship canal in Panama that connects the Atlantic Ocean (via the Caribbean Sea) to the Pacific Ocean. The canal cuts across the Isthmus of Panama and is a key conduit for international maritime trade. There are locks at each end to lift ships up to Gatun Lake, an artificial lake created to reduce the amount of excavation work required for the canal, 26 metres above sea level.

    Channel Tunnel

    The Channel Tunnel is a 50.5 kilometre rail tunnel linking Folkestone, Kent, in the United Kingdom, with Coquelles, Pas-de-Calais, near Calais in northern France, beneath the English Channel at the Strait of Dover. At 37.9 kilometres the tunnel has the longest undersea portion of any tunnel in the world.


  • lilmacc 19
    lilmacc 19  11 hours ago

    That Concorde is one sexy azz mf machine!

  • Jim Byers
    Jim Byers  2 days ago

    So much for the Concorde.....

  • Swithin Barclay
    Swithin Barclay  4 days ago +2

    As of this writing, this "doc" is almost 20 years old. Concorde doesn't fly anymore; if he's still alive, the featured Hoover/Boulder Dam construction worker is far over 100 years old; and, throughout the Arabian sub-continent, skyscrapers verge upon a HALF-MILE in height, where the weather's radically different than on the ground. Most men in the military and law enforcement communities (the Brooklyn Bridge segment) now shave down to their scalps, whilst many of their sister officers, in the same communities, rarely let their hair grow past their ear lobes or touching their collars--shorter than The Beatles in 1964; they only let it grow, when they're on deep undercover assignments. Yet, this was a most astonishing documentary. I can't help but believe that the Eiffel Tower, must still remain a touchstone, for any person or entity, who wants to build a skyscraper to this day. And in the Panama Canal: having to constantly use lots of high-explosives, to keep it dredged, so that deep-draught ships don't drag keels. I'm not sure that many of today's people, truly appreciate, much less understand these accomplishments.

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  • lemony Buffalo
    lemony Buffalo  5 days ago +2

    Petronas towers are the tallest buildings of the world...

    Burj khalifa: Hold my beer

    Jeddah tower: Hold my six pack

    Space elevator: Hold my cooler

  • Mike Sia
    Mike Sia  7 days ago

    loved the ganzo airplane hehehe

  • no way
    no way  7 days ago +1

    Cleaning the spires seems a bit unnecessary

  • kloppskalli
    kloppskalli  7 days ago

    bullshit, Roebling wasnt killed while surveying the site - the idiot had his foot in the way of a boat, then refused to have his wound treated properly and died of tetanus 2 weeks later.

  • Lukas Draven
    Lukas Draven  14 days ago +1


  • Rico Flores
    Rico Flores  14 days ago

    Even me the one only me chosen one begotten son of the light .I am impressed .build me one higher and put a human skull with bull horns on top of it cause Satan was born April 21 1974 again on earth .me I told tbem to build it to the circumference of the building

  • Shari Klein
    Shari Klein  14 days ago

    Not the worlds greatest city. Most hubris? In the running. Greatest will always be ירושלים

  • H D Dunbar
    H D Dunbar  14 days ago

    Excellent video--thanks for your hard work. The narration is tops....

  • joe moreira
    joe moreira  14 days ago

    I hate to do the stickler but this is how it feels to jump off the Petronas Tower I could understand look like but how you going to make me feel what I feel is like a jump off the tower stupid phrase I guess I'm bored

  • My best friend was a Chick Girl

    And now the empire is collapsing

  • Shalala in the sunshine

    Still fantastic last time I went there!

  • paul mont
    paul mont  21 days ago +1

    as all things US they think its the best and the most unique. Check out the first suspended bridge - and still in use- Brunnel's Bristol Suspended bridge

  • AstronomyToday
    AstronomyToday  a months ago +1

    1:23:13 That man's mustache is magnificent.

  • Haaansie
    Haaansie  a months ago

    well i disagree with this list