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Seven Wonders of the World

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Seven Wonders of the World

World is full of wonders but these 7 wonders you can not ignore.

  • Taj Mahal, in India
  • Petra, in Jordan
  • The Machu Picchu, in Peru
  • The Great Wall of China, in China
  • The Colosseum, in Italy
  • The Christ the Redeemer, in Brazil
  • The Chichen Itza, in Mexico

1. Taj Mahal

Number-1

This mausoleum complex in Agra, India, is regarded as one of the world’s most iconic monuments and is perhaps the finest example of Mughal architecture. It was built by Emperor Shah Jahan (reigned 1628–58) to honor his wife Mumtaz Maḥal (“Chosen One of the Palace”), who died in 1631 giving birth to their 14th child. It took about 22 years and 20,000 workers to construct the complex, which includes an immense garden with a reflecting pool. The mausoleum is made of white marble that features semiprecious stones in geometric and floral patterns. Its majestic central dome is surrounded by four smaller domes. According to some reports, Shah Jahan wished to have his own mausoleum made out of black marble.

2. Petra

Number-2

The ancient city of Petra, Jordan, is located in a remote valley, nestled among sandstone mountains and cliffs. It was purported to be one of the places where Moses struck a rock and water gushed forth. Later the Nabataeans, an Arab tribe, made it their capital, and during this time it flourished, becoming an important trade center, especially for spices. Noted carvers, the Nabataeans chiseled dwellings, temples, and tombs into the sandstone, which changed color with the shifting sun. The beautiful sandstone walls of Petra became famous after they were featured in the 1989 film, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. According to the Petra Development and Tourism Region Authority (PDTRA), Petra welcomed over one million visitors in 2019.

3. Machu Picchu

Number-3

Machu Picchu is a lost treasure of the 15th century, a rare citadel discovered high in the Andes mountains above the Peruvian Sacred Valley. Astonishingly, it is one of the only pre-Columbian ruins found nearly intact, featuring evidence of former plazas, temples, agricultural terraces and homes. Archaeologists believe the citadel was built as an estate for the Inca emperor Pachacuti in around 1450 in polished drystone walls. The Incas abandoned the site a century later and it remained hidden for millennia, before being brought to public attention by American historian Hiram Bingham in 1911. Because of this remarkable preservation, it is recognized today as one of the seven wonders.

4. Great Wall of China

Number-4

A visit to the Great Wall of China is usually on top of the bucket list of people who want to uncover the new seven wonders. But why? Well, first of all, because it’s one of the most famous structures in the world, acknowledged it as the largest man-made structure on Earth. Built in the early 7th century B.C. the Wall took over 2,500 years to be completed, and its construction spanned over more than 10 Chinese dynasties, which is a very long time. Over 4000 miles and almost a thousand years in the making, the Great Wall is pretty damn great to be perfectly honest. You can access the Great Wall via a day trip from Beijing, where the Chinese have done everything in their power to trivialize the whole thing by building a toboggan track down the thing!

5. Colosseum

Number-5

Rome’s, if not Italy’s, most enduring icon is undoubtedly its Colosseum. Built between A.D. 70 and 80 A.D., it was in use for some 500 years. The elliptical structure sat nearly 50,000 spectators, who gathered to watch the gladiatorial events as well as other public spectacles, including battle reenactments, animal hunts and executions. Earthquakes and stone-robbers have left the Colosseum in a state of ruin, but portions of the structure remain open to tourists, and its design still influences the construction of modern-day amphitheaters, some 2,000 years later.

6. Christ the Redeemer

Number-6

The colossal Christ the Redeemer statue looks over Rio de Janeiro from the summit of Mount Corcovado, a privileged location in Rio. Considered Rio de Janeiro’s most famous landmark, the statue sits in the National Park of Tijuca, towering 2,310 feet above the city. The statue is 98 feet tall and its arms span 92 feet wide from fingertip to fingertip.

The construction of this gigantic statue took place in April 1922, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and it was completed in 1931, and its design was crafted by many different designers and engineers, such as the Polish-French sculptor Paul Landowski and the engineers Heitor da Silva Costa and Albert Caquot.

7. The Chichen Itza

Number-7

In the Yucatan peninsula of Mexico lies one of the greatest archaeological sites of the Mayan civilization, Chichen Itza. The vast site was constructed in around 400 AD and features some incredible sculptures and display which help us to better understand the Mayan culture. The centerpiece of the site is ‘El Castillo’ a near-perfectly preserved pyramid that was used to worship the sun gods and features ornate serpent sculptures on its four sides. This once-major powerhouse of the Mayan people was way ahead of its time in terms of construction and this can be seen when you visit the incredible site. So what are the seven wonders of the world? Well, Chichen Itza is number 7.

The other 13 finalists, chronologically were:

1. Stonehenge

Location: Amesbury, United Kingdom

2. Acropolis of Athens

Location: Athens, Greece

3. Hagia Sophia

Location: Istanbul, Turkey

4. Angkor Wat

Location: Angkor, Cambodia

5. Moai Statues

Location: Easter Island, Chile

6. Timbuktu

Location: Timbuktu, Mali

7. Alhambra

Location: Granada, Spain

8. Kremlin and Red Square

Location: Moscow, Russia

9. Kiyomizu-dera

Location: Kyoto, Japan

10.Neuschwanstein

Location: Füssen, Germany

11. Statue of Liberty

Location: New York City, United States

12. Eiffel Tower

Location: Paris, France

13. Sydney Opera House

Location: Sydney, Australia

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