Real name: La Tour Eiffel (“The Eifell Tower” - from now on, if the real name is just a local version of the english one I will not write anything).
More: The tower was much criticised by the public when it was built, with many calling it ugly.
Real name: 長城 (meaning “The long wall of 10,000 Li” – a chinese unit of distance)
Completed: Not officialy finished
Location: From Shanhaiguan in the east, to Lop Lake in the west, along an arc that roughly delineates the southern edge of Inner Mongólia.
More: It is NOT visible from the moon.
Real name: Torre pendente di Pisa
Completed: Around 1350.
Location: Pisa (...)
More: The tower began to sink after construction had progressed to the second floor in 1178. This was due to a mere three-metre foundation, set in weak, unstable subsoil. The design was flawed from the beginning, but it still there.
Real name: Clock Tower (there's controversy about it).
Completed: 1870 (reconstruction).
More: Big Ben isn’t the name of the tower, but the nickname for the great bell inside the clock tower at the north end of the Palace of Westminster.
Real name: Temple of Kukulkan or El Castillo (means “The castle”).
Completed: Sometime between the 9th and the 12th centuries AD.
Location: Chichen Itza
More: It served as a temple to the god Kukulkan, the Yucatec Maya Feathered Serpent deity.
Real name: Pallas-Athene-Brunnen (“Pallas-Athene” is just another name for Athene and “Brunnen” is german for “Fountain”)
Completed: 1898 to 1902
More: It's in front of the Parliament of Austria and it was designed by Baron Hansen as well, the architect responsible for the entire Parliament building.
Real name: Sydney Opera House (big surprise, huh?)
More: It is one of the 20th century's most distinctive buildings and one of the most famous performing arts centres in the world, a symbol for not only a city, but a whole country and continent.
Real name: Pyramid of Khufu
Completed: 2560 BC (Egyptologists believe...).
Location: Giza Necropolis
More: The Great Pyramid of Giza was the tallest man-made structure in the world for over 3,800 years, the longest period of time ever held for such a record. It is the oldest of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, and the only one to remain largely intact too.
Real name: ताज महल(from Persian/Urdu: تاج محل, "crown of buildings").
Completed: Around 1653.
More: It’s a mausoleum (Yeah, a tomb. Shocking isn't it?) and it was built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his third wife, Mumtaz Mahal.
Real name: Собор Покрова пресвятой Богородицы, что на Рву (“Cathedral of the Protection of Most Holy Theotokos on the Moat”).
More: It’s design cannot be fould on any other building in the entire millennium of Byzantine tradition from the fifth to fifteenth century. It’s unique.
Real name: Brandenburger Tor
More: It suffered considerable damage in World War II, the Brandenburg Gate was fully restored from 2000 to 2002 by the Stiftung Denkmalschutz Berlin (Berlin Monument Conservation Foundation).
Real name: 姫路城
More: Himeji Castle is associated with a number of feudal Japanese folklore stories. The ghost story of The Dish Mansion at Banchō was centered around Okiku's Well, one of the wells at Himeji Castle that remains to this day. According to the legend, Okiku was falsely accused of losing dishes that were valuable family treasures, and then killed and thrown into the well. Her ghost remained to haunt the well at night, counting dishes in a despondent tone.
Real name: 창덕궁 (it means “Palace of Prospering Virtue”)
More: It is one of the "Five Grand Palaces" built by the kings of the Joseon Dynasty (Changdeokgung, Changgyeonggung, Deoksugung, Gyeongbokgung and Gyeonghuigung).
Real name: Basílica i Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família (Basilica and Expiatory Church of the Holy Family).
Completed: It’s under construction, actually. One projection anticipates construction completion around 2026.
More: It's designed by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí (1852–1926), and it's for more than a hundred years under construction (since 1882).
Real name: برج العرب (“Tower of the Arabs”)
More: It’s a hotel. The architect Tom Wright said "The client wanted a building that would become an iconic or symbolic statement for Dubai; this is very similar to Sydney with its Opera House, London with Big Ben, or Paris with the Eiffel Tower. It needed to be a building that would become synonymous with the name of the country."
This is my first list. I tried to pick the most iconic building of a bunch of countries and present it with some information about it. Unfortunatelly, when I was making the list I figured out I needed some "items", and I had to pick some actors just to complete the work. That's the reason I chose one girl from each and every country. Hope you enjoy!
PS: Every girl matched the country, except the UAE one. That's because I could not find a girl from the UAE.