Some of longest structures mankind is responsible for building are truly inspiring. We are not talking measurements in their thousands, we are talking about hundreds of thousands. Here is the list of top 10 longest walls in the world.
Top 10 Longest Walls in The World
10. Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial Wall, USA
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial is U.S. national memorial in Washington, D.C. The wall pays tribute to the brave members of the U.S. Armed Forces who fought in the Vietnam War and were killed or missing in action. This memorial wall was designed by Maya Lin constructed with two black granite engraved with 58,256 names of each soldier. It is the tenth longest wall of the world with the length of 150.4 m(493.5 ft).
9. The Great Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe
Great Zimbabwe is a ruined city in Zimbabwe. Great Zimbabwe was the onetime capital of the Kingdom of Zimbabwe, but today this former mega-city lies in ruins. The construction of this wall started 11th century up to 15th century, believed to be built by early Lemba. Those ruins are, however, surrounded by towering walls, which stand as a formidable reminder of the might of this once great empire. It is the ninth longest wall of the world with the length of 244 m (800 ft).
8. Western Wall/ Wailing Wall, Jerusalem
Located in Jerusalem, the Western Wall, also known as the Wailing Wall is a famous Jewish religious site. It was built by Herod the Great in 19BC, this ancient limestone barricade once formed part of an important Jewish temple, which was reduced to rubble by the Neo-Babylonian Empire in 586BC. It is the eighth longest wall of the world with the length of 488 m(1,601 ft).
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7. Sacsayhuaman, Peru
Sacsayhuaman is located in the northern outskirts of Cusco, Peru, which was once the capital of the Inca Empire. Like many Inca constructions, the complex is made of large polished dry stone walls, with boulders carefully cut to fit together tightly without mortar. It is the seventh longest wall of the world with the length of 600 m(1,969 ft).
6. Walls Of Troy, Turkey
The Walls of Troy in northwestern Turkey, built in the 13th century BC are one of the oldest walls that still stand today. Supposedly the site of the Trojan War, one of the most important events in Greek Mythology, the legendary city of Troy was made famous in Homer’s epic poem, the Iliad. This wall withstood the famous 10-year siege of Troy. It is the sixth longest wall of the world with the length of 1,200 m(3,937 ft).
5. The Walls Of Ston, Croatia
The Walls of Ston, a series of walls, are located in the Peljesac peninsula, southern Croatia. Built in the 15th century, these walls connected two cities. It is the second longest wall in Europe – after Hadrian’s – this ancient fortification was constructed to protect Dubrovnik and its nearby salt pans, which were the driving force behind the city’s economy. It is the fifth longest wall of the world with the length of 5,500 m(18,044 ft).
4. Ancient Walls of Babylon, Iraq
The Walls of Babylon, dating back to 575 BC, are in modern Iraq. Babylon was a major city in ancient Mesopotamia, situated about 85 km south of Baghdad was surrounded by these walls. It was famously protected from invading armies by its eponymous walls, which were long considered to be impenetrable. It is the fourth longest wall of the world with the length of 65,000 m(213,255 ft).
3. Hadrian’s Wall, UK
The longest wall in Europe, this wall was built by the Romans to protect their colony Britannia from the tribes in Scotland. It was named after Roman Emperor Hadrian. There is a national path that follows the whole length of the wall. It is named as UNESCO’S world heritage site. It is the third longest wall of the world with the length of 117,482 m(385,440 ft).
2. Berlin Wall, Germany
The wall is located in Germany. This wall was constructed during the cold war in Berlin 1961 when the war was at its peak in Germany. It was destroyed but during the Soviet Union, was reconstructed back in 1989. It was built in the middle of Berlin by East Germany in order to stop East Berliners to escape to the west. Today it is one of the biggest tourists attractions. It is the second longest wall of the world with the length of 154,500 m(506,890 ft).
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1. The Great Wall of China, China
It is one of the seven wonders of the world, being built 2300 years ago to protect China in the Northern part from the attacks of nomadic tribes of north. It is one of the largest building-construction projects ever undertaken. The Great Wall is one of the most recognized structures in the world, it is the largest man-made barrier ever built, and it’s without a doubt one of the most amazing engineering achievements. It was constructed under the China Emperor, Qin Shi Huang stretching 8,851.8 kilometres. It is the longest wall of the world with the length of 21,196,000 m(69,540,682 ft).