Alabama February 18, 2016
10 Of The Most Amazing Man-Made Wonders In Alabama
Alabama is home to many incredible natural wonders, some of which can be seen
here. Besides natural wonders, Alabama is also filled with an abundance of man-made wonders. Listed below are 10 amazing man-made wonders in Alabama that everyone should check out.
1. Ave Maria Grotto - Cullman
Best known as "Jerusalem in Miniature," Ave Maria Grotto is a beautifully landscaped, four-acre park that provides a garden setting for 125 miniature reproductions of famous historic buildings and shrines. (1600 St. Bernard Dr. SE)
2. Lake Martin
At 44,000 acres, Lake Martin is one of the largest man-made lakes in the U.S. It's located in Tallapoosa, Elmore and Coosa counties.
3. Saturn V - Huntsville
The Saturn V is the largest production model of the Saturn family of rockets, and it was designed at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville. There are two Saturn V rockets at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville. The SA-500D is on horizontal display in the Davidson Center for Space Exploration, and the vertical display, a replica built in 1999, is located in an adjacent area. The Saturn V was the first rocket to put humans on the moon. (One Tranquility Base)
4. Cochrane--Africatown Bridge - Mobile
The Cochrane–Africatown Bridge is a cable-stayed bridge carrying US 90/US 98 Truck across the Mobile River from the mainland to Blakeley Island. The primary reason for it being built was to provide a bridge alternative to the two highway tunnels underneath the Mobile River. The Cochrane–Africatown Bridge has been in use since 1991, which was the same year its construction was completed.
5. Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament - Hanceville
The Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament is a prominent Roman Catholic Latin Rite shrine that's known for its stunning interior, solemn atmosphere and 7.5 foot monstrance. (3222 County Rd. 548)
6. Bellingrath Gardens and Home - Theodore
Bellingrath Gardens and Home, located along the Fowl River, encompasses approximately 900 acres. Sixty-five of those 900 acres offers year-round blooms with continuous color. (12401 Bellingrath Gardens Rd.)
7. Boll Weevil Monument - Enterprise
The Boll Weevil Monument, which was erected in 1919, is the world's first monument built to honor an agricultural pest. It was built for its profound influence on the area's agriculture and economy. (Main St.)
8. Rosenbaum House - Florence
The Rosenbaum House was designed by famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright, and it's the only Wright building in Alabama. It's also one of only 26 pre-World War II Usonian houses. (601 Riverview Dr.)
9. Vulcan - Birmingham
At 56 feet tall, Vulcan is the world's largest cast iron statue. Reflecting its roots in the iron and steel industry, Vulcan is the city symbol of Birmingham. (1701 Valley View Dr.)
10. Bamahenge - Elberta
Bamahenge, a full-scale reproduction of England's Stonehenge, stands in the piney woods near Barber Marina. It was built by Mark Cline and measures 21 feet tall and 104 feet across. It's also perfectly aligned with the summer solstice. (Barber Pkwy)
Can you think of any other man-made wonders that should be a part of this list? If so, share them with us in the comments below!