Most Awe-Inspiring Places on Earth — Terra Cotta Warriors

                While some travel sights in the world evoke emotion, others truly inspire awe. These are the grandest places on the planet and often leave visitors speechless. They are difficult to describe because words seem inadequate. In this series, I will explore those sights that I have found to be the most awe-inspiring. I’m sure everyone has their own personal list of these sights, but these are “my very best.”

            The Tomb of Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of the Qin Dynasty, is an archaeological wonder unsurpassed in its detail and scale. Discovered in 1974, this huge underground chamber, now organized into Pits, contains over 8,000 soldiers, over 500 horses, as well as chariots and other specialized structures. Many of the soldiers are Infantrymen, deployed in rows.           

Rows of Infantrymen

          There are also Archers (an example shown here from the Xi’an Museum)                    


          In other sections of the tomb are a headquarters group                   


         When archaeologists opened the tomb they found the roof collapsed and parts of bodies strewn around.                 

Unrestored Area

        Workers meticulously assembled the pieces, a process which still continues.                   

Restoration Area

         The numbers of soldiers and their positions are impressive.                   

A Phalanx of Soldiers


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