Temple recognized as 'wonder of the world'

The Salt Lake Temple is one of the wonders of the world, according to the editors of Rand McNally.

"A wonder is something that arouses astonishment and awe," say the editors in Rand McNally's Wonders of the World: A Guide to the Masterworks of Civilization.The book, published in 1991, looks at 100 man-made wonders, from earliest farming settlements of Jericho to the latest engineering accomplishments in South America and Japan.

The Salt Lake Temple is included among the world's wonders. The two-page entry describes briefly the construction of the temple, the history and plan of Salt Lake City, and discusses other points of interest on Temple Square.

"The fact that work started on the heavy task of building the Temple within six years of the first Mormons reaching the empty site of the future Salt Lake City says much for the settlers' industry and resourcefulness and for Brigham Young's genius for leadership," says the book.

Other entries in "Wonders" include Stonehenge, the Parthenon, the Kremlin, Versailles, the Eiffel Tower, the Great Wall of China, the Great Pyramids and Machu Picchu. The modern world is represented by such places as Monticello, the Statue of Liberty, Mt. Rushmore, the Empire State Building, Toronto's CN Tower, and the Gateway Arch.

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