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The Seven Wonders of the World

The Seven Wonders of the World

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From ancient tombs to iconic skyscrapers, our planet has incredible engineering, art, and architectural feats that have stood the test of time. These structures are known for their extraordinary design, engineering, and cultural significance. 

Undoubtedly, the Seven Wonders of the World are testaments to the imagination and capability of human beings. This list is a collection of remarkable structures that people throughout history have admired. They were created in different parts of the world and at different times. Some of these marvels are still standing today, while others have succumbed to the ravages of time. The world’s list of seven wonders has evolved, with different wonders included at different times. 

The notion of the “Seven Wonders of the World” dates back to ancient times, when Greek academics established a list of their era’s most impressive artificial structures. In recent years, the index has changed to include more modern wonders. It shows how far technology and design have come. In this article, we’ll be looking at the current list of the New Seven Wonders of the World and exploring the history and significance of each one. 

These places and structures are regarded as the “new Seven Wonders of the World,” contemporary additions to the original Seven Wonders outlined by Philo of Byzantium in 250 B.C., which included Babylon’s hanging gardens and Giza’s pyramids. (Of the seven ancient structures, only the pyramids survive.) 

The Great Wall of China 

The Great Wall of China symbolizes ancient Chinese inventiveness, resolve, and tenacity. The Great Wall, stretching over 13,000 miles through China’s rugged terrain, symbolizes power, togetherness, and perseverance that draws tourists worldwide. 

During the Warring States era in the 7th century B.C., Chinese rulers built the Great Wall to defend against invading tribes. The Ming Dynasty built the modern Great Wall (1368–1644). The Chinese government used brick, tamped soil, and other resources with millions of workers and troops to build the wall. 

Despite declining military value, the Great Wall is one of China’s most famous cultural relics. In 1987, UNESCO recognized the Great Wall as a World Heritage Site for its cultural and historical significance. 

The Great Wall represents Chinese culture, history, and identity. It is featured throughout Chinese art, literature, and popular culture, making it a must-see for travelers. 

 

Petra City 

Petra City is one of the world’s greatest marvels. This Jordanian desert settlement is around 2000 years old. The Nabataeans’ skill and creativity are evident in Petra’s rock-cut structures. 

Around 100 square miles of rough terrain include hundreds of elaborate buildings and monuments. Each building’s beautiful carvings and inscriptions recount the narrative of Petra’s growth and fall. 

Petra’s size and beauty amaze tourists. The city’s high cliffs and ornate sculptures are stunning. Several of the city’s buildings are in good shape, offering a fascinating look into ancient life. 

Petra City is a tribute to Nabataean ingenuity and human civilization’s strength and beauty. Petra is an unforgettable experience for fortunate visitors. 

Front of Al-Khazneh Treasury temple carved in stone wall – main attraction in Lost city of Petra.

Colosseum 

Rome’s Flavian Amphitheatre, the Colosseum, is stunning. The Colosseum built approximately 2,000 years ago, is one of the most iconic and spectacular Roman structures. Its stunning architecture and historical importance have made this theater a tourist destination. 

The Colosseum was built by Emperor Vespasian and his son Titus using Jewish war funds between 72 and 80 A.D.

The Romans used the Colosseum to conduct gladiatorial competitions, animal hunts, and mock naval warfare. These festivals showcased Roman power and riches. 

Rome’s Colosseum is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a major tourist destination. The Colosseum attracts millions of tourists yearly to see its stunning architecture and learn its fascinating history. The Colosseum is an 189-meter-long, 156-meter-wide, and 50-meter-high elliptical amphitheater. It held 80,000 spectators. 

Colosseum in Rome, Italy

Chichén Itzá 

A world-renowned archaeological site, Chichén Itzá, is in the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico. It is a popular tourist destination for people all over the globe. This ancient city was the center of the Mayan civilization and has stood the test of time, surviving for over a thousand years. 

Chichén Itzá has significant cultural and historical importance, especially for the Mayan civilization, and its history dates back to the Late Classic period (600–900 CE). The Toltecs conquered the city in the 10th century C.E., which led to a merging of the two cultures. The resulting town uniquely blended Mayan and Toltec architecture and culture. It wasn’t until the 19th century that archaeologists discovered the ruins of the abandoned city in the 15th century C.E. 

Chichén Itzá is known for its impressive architecture, showcasing the Mayan people’s engineering skills and creativity. The Kukulcan Temple, or El Castillo, is the most recognizable structure in Chichén Itzá. This pyramid-shaped building stands 79 feet tall and has four staircases with 91 steps each, for 364 degrees. The top platform adds up to 365, representing the number of days a year. 

Aerial view of ancient Mayan city Chichen Itza

Machu Picchu 

Machu Picchu, located in the Andes Mountains in Peru, is one of the most breathtaking ancient cities in the world. The Inca civilization constructed it in the 15th century, and 1983, UNESCO designated it a World Heritage Site. There are millions of visitors each year to this wonder of the world. 

Attracting visitors from around the world, Machu Picchu has become a must-see destination for travelers seeking adventure, history, and culture. 

American explorer Hiram Bingham found the city in 1911. Then, archaeologists, historians, and visitors studied it. The location now draws archaeologists and historians. 

Machu Picchu is noteworthy for its location, construction, and history. Built atop a 7,000-foot mountain crest, Machu Picchu is surrounded by cliffs and mountains. Stone buildings and terraces for agricultural and water control are magnificent technical feats. 

Machu Picchu, Aguas Calientes, Peru – Most recent archaeologists believe that Machu Picchu was constructed as an estate for the Inca emperor Pachacuti (1438–1472). Often referred to as the “Lost City of the Incas”, it is the most familiar icon of Inca civilization. The Incas built the estate around 1450 but abandoned it a century later, at the time of the Spanish conquest.

Taj Mahal 

The Taj Mahal is, without a doubt, one of the world’s most renowned and recognizable monuments. The Mughal emperor Shah Jahan built a white marble monument in Agra, India, in honor of his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal. The Taj Mahal is one of the most significant architectural accomplishments of the Mughal Empire, and it is a tribute to the beauty and majesty of Mughal architecture. 

The Taj Mahal’s construction started in 1632 and took over 20 years. Elephants from Rajasthan brought white marble to Agra to use in building construction. The complex comprises a central tomb with four minarets, a mosque, and a guesthouse. The exquisite carvings and inlaid marble decorations attest to the Mughal era’s superb craftsmanship. 

The Taj Mahal is one of the world’s seven wonders and has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is not just a work of art in architecture but also a symbol of love and dedication. Millions of people admire the Taj Mahal’s magnificence every year and pay homage to the love story that inspired its construction. 

Taj Mahal in morning light. Located in Agra, India.

Christ the Redeemer 

Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, is a global icon and one of the world’s wonders. The monument overlooks the city with arms spread, symbolizing faith and beauty to residents and visitors. 

In the mid-19th century, Catholic priest Pedro Maria Boss presented Christ the Redeemer. The notion took form in the early 20th century. In 1921, Brazilians raised money to erect the monument, and by 1926, construction had begun. 

Heitor da Silva Costa and French artist Paul Landowski created the statue. After nine years, it was a 98-foot Christ atop a pedestal that added 26 feet to its height. Since its inauguration on October 12, 1931, the monument has symbolized Brazil. 

The reinforced concrete and soapstone give the monument its distinctive texture and color that glows against the night sky. Visitors can see Rio de Janeiro, its mountains, and beaches from Corcovado Mountain. 

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – June 6th, 2013: Aerial view from a helicopter of the city of Rio de Janeiro with the Corcovado mountain and the statue of Christ the Redeemer with Sugarloaf mountain in the background.

By visiting the new wonders of the world , the historical greatness of humankind can be felt and enjoyed. 

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