World's Best Echoes

An echo is a reflection of sound. It comes back to the listener after the initial sound was made. Certain conditions must exist for the eerie phenomenon of an echo to take place. The sound must travel the right distance and it must be able to bounce back. To do that the sound must hit a smooth flat surface and all other sounds must be absorbed. Snow is a great absorber. Have you ever noticed how quiet it is after snowfall? Finally there must be an amplification of the sound caused by the bouncing off of other smooth surfaces. There are places around the world where conditions are perfect for echoes. Here are some of the best.

 

Three Sisters - Australia -

The Three Sisters is a rock formation formed by erosion in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales, Australia. It is the perfect backdrop for both scenery and echo lovers. Because the Three Sisters is made up of soft sandstone, erosion continues to change its nature but the sounds from nearby Echo Point remain spectacular. Legend has it that the Three Sisters were formed when three sisters from one tribe fell in love with three brothers from a forbidden tribe and were turned to stone by an elder to protect them. He was killed and there was no one to turn them back.

three sisters

El Castillo, Chichen Itza, Mexico -

The Kukulkan Pyramid is one of the most visited Mayan sites in Mexico and one of the seven New Wonders of the World. When you stand at the bottom of the stairs and clap your hands, a distorted echo sounding like a chirping bird immediately follows. It is not known if the pyramid was deliberately constructed to create this sound or not. The sound of the handclap reflects off the tread of the stairs causing the distortion. The temple was originally built as a temple for the Mayan feathered snake god, Kukulkan. It is an amazing example of architecture and cultural history.

http://www.chichenitza.com/

 

St. Paul's Cathedral - London

The Whispering Gallery in St. Paul's Cathedral in London, England is as awesome as the structure it is in. High up in the central dome of the city's iconic building the acoustics are such that a mere whisper will echo around the room. The sound moves from one side of the gallery to the other without losing clarity. To reach the Whispering Gallery, visitors must climb a spiral staircase of 259 steps. The dome was designed by Christopher Wren and completed in 1710.

http://www.stpauls.co.uk/

 

Bell Caves - Israel -

Though most cavenous spaces create echoes and reverberant sound, the acoustic effects at Bell Caves in Beit Guvrin, Israel are unusual and unique. Because the cave's chambers are connected by a network of passageways, sounds travel eerily and distinctly from one chamber to the other. The walls in the Bell Caves are over sixty feet tall and are made up of beige limestone. These bell-shaped caves were once quarries that date back to the 4th century BC.

Bell Caves

 

Greenwich Foot Tunnel - London -

It's hard to resist the urge to whoop and shout when you are in a tunnel. The Greenwich Foot Tunnel beneath the Thames River in London is the perfect place to do just that. The hard tiled surfaces and length of the tunnel causes sound to bounce back and forth for a very long time before it fades. Echoes are cool enough but long echoes are awesome. Familiar sounds can also become distorted here. It's a great place for a soundscape experience.

http://www.greenwich-guide.org.uk/tunnel.htm

 

Gol Gumbaz Mausoleum - Bijapur, India -

This 17th century mausoleum is not only an impressive ediface but offers the echo lover a very different sound experience. It boasts the second largest dome in the world. But its whispering gallery is second to none in clarity. What is truly unique is the repeating quality of echoes in this building. Sound continues to bounce around the dome causing it to buzz by your ear three or four times a second. If you are lucky enough to get there when there are minimal crowds, the repeating echo may come back up to ten times before it disappears.

http://archnet.org/library/sites/one-site.jsp?site_id=7616

 

Triple Echo Stones - Beijing, China -

Due to ingenious design and the right conditions, three stone plates on the road connecting the Imperial Heavenly Vault and the Gate in Beijing offer a different echo encounter. Clap your hands while standing on the first stone and you'll hear one echo. Clap your hands on the second and you'll hear two. Clapping your hands on the third will offer three echoes. The Temple of Heaven where the road is located in southeastern Beijing is actually a complex of Taoist buildings. It was considered a place of worship and the layout was built with symbolic indications.

http://arts.cultural-china.com/en/85A196A739.html

 

Grand Canyon - U.S.A

What better backdrop to hear an echo than the spectacular Grand Canyon in Arizona. Millions of years of erosion have carved majestic rock walls some over a mile high. It is an ideal place to hear echoes since the canyon is up to 18 miles wide in some areas and is quiet. Sound will bounce from rock wall to rock wall. This amazing geological formation is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World and remains impressive.

http://www.travelwest.net/parks/grandcanyon/

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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

You consistently create some of the most fascinating and diverse Hubs of anyone! I always look forward to your next one.

Voted up and very awesome!


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suziecat7 5 years ago from Asheville, NC Author

Thanks, Will. I appreciate your kind words.


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Docmo 5 years ago from UK

First you fascinated with the silhouettes and now echoes. I envy your ability to create such wonderfully informative and creative hubs, suziecat. Long may you hub.voted up!


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suziecat7 5 years ago from Asheville, NC Author

Thank you, Docmo. Your Hubs are good too.


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mindyjgirl 5 years ago from Cottage Grove, Oregon

:) I want to go to the Grand Canyon so bad! I liked the echo info.


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msresearch 5 years ago from The Space Coast of Florida

Over the years I have "caught" some really nice echos, but have always thought of them as interesting and unusual natural phenomenons. Never really thought about the things needed for creating an echo. Thanks!


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GarnetBird 5 years ago from Northern California

Very unique and interesting Hub--esp. liked the Israel locale. Good job!


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lorlie6 5 years ago from Bishop, Ca

I've never even thought of echoes this way, suzie!

Loved the reading and videos.


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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida

These are fascinating sites for echoes, suziecat, thanks for sharing them. Wouldn't it be fun to go on an Echo Tour visiting all these places in one trip? That would BE a trip


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Very interesting hub enjoyed reading about echoes.


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vietnamvet68 5 years ago from New York State

this is a very interesting hub about echoes. Very enjoyable reading. This reminds me of walking on the shores of Seneca Lake in NY where one can hear the echo of drums across the lake Known as the Seneca Drums. no one has ever figured out where the sound comes from.

Thanks for sharing

God Bless


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M Zvyagintsev 5 years ago from Auckland, New Zealand

I'm jealous of your creativity Suzie. Truly unique piece of work!


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crystolite 5 years ago from Houston TX

I never knew that echoes is this great


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ubalildon 5 years ago

i'd like to make echoes myself


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dallas93444 5 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

Hello, hello....

Enjoyed. Good information.

Flag up!


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jerrycorinadam 5 years ago from United State

These echoes are unbelievable. The whispering gallery at St. Paul's Cathedral is truly amazing.


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akirchner 5 years ago from Central Oregon

Awesome subject - love echoes as they are another form of music in my humble opinion!


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suziecat7 5 years ago from Asheville, NC Author

Oh - you are all so nice for stopping by and taking the time to comment. Thank you so much.


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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

Wow.... this was beautiful. Thanks for taking me a great tour through this hub. Very well written. You have doing a good job here. I wish I could visit at one of these places. I hope so...amen. Vote up. God bless you...

Love and peace,


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CMerritt 5 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

I really, eally, ally lly, LIKE, like ike this this Hub Hub Hub!!

Seriously, Always a pleasure to read your hubs.

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Glenn Stok 5 years ago from Long Island, NY

Interesting research you've done for this hub. I found it to be a relaxing change of pace reading it. I needed a diversion. Now I need to come back and watch the videos. Voted up.


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suziecat7 5 years ago from Asheville, NC Author

Pras - So happy you enjoyed it - hugs to you!!


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suziecat7 5 years ago from Asheville, NC Author

CMerritt - Thanks.


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webgain 5 years ago from Delhi, India

looking nice one.


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Coffee_writer 5 years ago

Wonderful hub and a great way to connect such geographically diverse places. Now that's thinking out of the box!


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suziecat7 5 years ago from Asheville, NC Author

Glenn - So happy you could stop by. Thank you so much.


Charlinex 5 years ago

Your hub reminds me of the echo I heard in Chichen Itza, Mexico. I vaguely remember the echo I might have heard in the Temple of Heaven in Bejing. I also visited Sedona, Grand Canyon in Arizona, but I didn't know about the echo there. Thanks for sharing, I must check them out in the future. By the way, there is Provincial Park in Ontario, Canada, the name is Bon Echo. Go figure, it is also a good place for echo, in the middle of the lake, I think.


sreekumar sukumaran 5 years ago

Marvelous! I appreciate. You really worked hard and created a wonderful Hub.


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Fiddleman 5 years ago from Zirconia, North Carolina

Interesting hub. As a young boy when I sometimes stayed at my grandparents, I would sometimes sit on an old granite rock formation that had been blasted during the days of the WPA camps and the building of the CCC road across Pinnacle Mountain. In the distance was Ann Mountain and I could yell and hear my echo.It always was an amazement to me.


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suziecat7 5 years ago from Asheville, NC Author

Coffee - Thank you for your kind words.


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rallyre 5 years ago from San Diego, California

Nice spin on great places to visit! Caught my attention. I just replaced carpet with wood and let me tell you, I have a loud echo in my home now (with kids)!


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suziecat7 5 years ago from Asheville, NC Author

Charlinex - I need to check out Bon Echo. Thanks for taking the time to comment.


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OpeningDoors2U 5 years ago from saratoga springs, new york

I really liked this hub - the unusual topic caught my attention and the material did not disappoint. Have you visited any of these locations and tried out the echo? I've been to the Grand Canyon but did not. Great job. I'm going to follow you.


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bryanps 5 years ago from Australia

Hey Suzie,

have you been to all these places before? I think I might wanna start with The Three Sisters, Australia since I'm closer there :)


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Dolores Monet 5 years ago from East Coast, United States

Hi, Susie - how cool was this one! I am now listening to the man play the digeree doo. I know I did not spell that right. I love those things - the sound is incredible and that circular breathing is an amazing skill. Such a hauntingly beautiful sound.


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suziecat7 5 years ago from Asheville, NC Author

OpeningDoors - I have been to the Grand Canyon but none of these other places. Thanks so much for reading.


rorshak sobchak 5 years ago

Great hub suziecat I enjoyed reading it as well as the pictures. Keep up the great work.

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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia

Great pics and well written Suzie. Very intersting topic to choose from, quite brilliant. Would have never thought about this before. Very unique. Voted up


Charlinex 4 years ago

By the way, I have published a new hub about Bon Echo Provincial Park in Ontario, with many photos. Take a look if you like. I am not sure if I am allowed to link, but if you look at my port, the lattest hub is the one. :)


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vander8 4 years ago

Hi suzie, Im here again. :) This is interesting. Nice photo. Thanks suzie. I am a great fan!


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suziecat7 4 years ago from Asheville, NC Author

Thank you all for your kind words. It's appreciated.

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