LOMBARD STREET (San Francisco, USA)
This famous street in San Francisco, California is known to be the most-challenging street of all. Lombard Street owns the record as the street with the most switchbacks in a single block. With eight steep and sharp turns, Lombard Street literally looks like a giant dizzy snake lying on the road. Known also as “the world’s most-crooked street,” Lombard Street was constructed that way to lessen the natural grade of the hill which was too steep for vehicles.
KING FAHD’S FOUNTAIN (Jeddah, Saudi Arabia)
Being the world’s tallest fountain is enough to merit King Fahd’s Fountain as an urban wonder. This fountain shoots water in an incredible 1023-ft (312m) height which is greater than the height of the Eifel Tower. King Fahd’s Fountain shoots an amount of 625 liters of water in one second at the speed of 233 miles per hour. Because of its seemingly unreachable height, the waters of the King Fahd’s Fountain can be sighted even if the spectator is miles and miles apart.
PARLIAMENT STREET (Exeter, England)
This street in England is over a hundred years old today, but what makes it as an urban wonder is not its age but its unbelievable narrow size. Usually, a street is where a vehicle can conveniently pass, but that will never happen in the Parliament Street, as the street measures just 25 inches inches wide which is just enough for a relatively medium-built person to pass.
DWARF EMPIRE (Kumning, China)
This is a village-cum-amusement park manned with little people who are dressed in fairy tale-like costumes and live in small castles. It is actually a village dedicated to the little people who cannot find a decent job, and instead of wandering in the streets, they are placed in the Dwarf Empire. Little people from all over China can come to the Dwarf Empire to live and actually get paid in return of the entertainment they give the visitors. The private owner of Dwarf Empire aims to help more little people and aspires to build an empire of over a thousand members in the future.
DAMANHUR TEMPLE OR TEMPLE OF HUMANKIND (Northern Alps of Italy)
The underground of the modest homes of Italy’s northern Alps is where a massive, intricately-decorated temple is found. Dedicated to Damanhur devotees, the temple is described as a place for eco-society, art and faith. The Damanhur Temple, whose official name is The Temples of Humankind, was secretly constructed in the 1970s. Adorned with impressive murals and vividly-colored stain glass, the temple was once seized by the Italian government due to illegalities. After sometime, it was returned to Oberto Airaudi, the builder and founder of Damanhur and the temple has been serving as the congregation’s place of worship.