You may be familiar with the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, but have you explored the New Seven Wonders of the world (often stylized as New7Wonders of the World)? The New Seven Wonders of the world were established in 2007 after 100 million people voted on their locations. The list was developed in order to give a balanced representation of global heritage, and also to include a set of monuments still in existence today.
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The New Seven Wonders of the World List
1. Great Wall of China (China)
The Great Wall of China is a magnificent sight and that’s not just because it is the longest wall in the world. The wall traverses a scenic view of the countryside and mountains.
Appropriately, the name in Chinese translates to “long wall”. The wall is located in Northern China and it stretches 21,196 km in length. It was erected over 2,300 years ago.
The Great Wall is actually made up of many lengths of walls put together. The walls were erected by dynasties and played a protective role for their borders. Although it has stood the test of time so far, erosion is responsible for a loss of 30% of the wall.
2. Christ the Redeemer Statue (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
In Rio de Janeiro, you can find the Christ the Redeemer statue. The statue was erected in 1931 and is just under 100 feet tall, with arms stretching nearly as wide. The materials used to construct the statue were concrete and soapstone. It is the biggest art deco-style sculpture in the world.
3. Machu Picchu (Peru)
Machu Picchu is perched between Andean peaks with gleaming granite stretching as far as the eye can see.
Hiram Bingam, a professor at Yale, was credited for the discovery of Machu Picchu, which before his encounter had not been common knowledge in the West. It was thought that an “elite Inca group” of women settled at Machu Picchu. This insight emerged because a few dozen skeletons were found in 1912 and the majority of them were female. There were also male skeletons revealed and further investigation highlights that Machu Picchu was a destination for “royal retreat.” No one knows the exact reason why Machu Picchu was abandoned but some scholars speculate that there wasn’t a sufficient water supply.
4. Chichen Itza (Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico)
Mayan culture is cerebral and versatile. This is showcased through the glorious ruins of Chichen Itza. The city is located in the South-East Yucatan state of Mexico. The name translates to “mouths wells.” This is because it possessed the key source of water in an arid environment. There are wells at Chichen Itza which were formed by sinkholes in limestone formations.
During the 10th century, there was an invasion in Chichen Itza. It is thought that those invaders may have been the “Itza” that complete the name. Whoever invaded built many significant buildings, like the pyramid and the castle.
5. Colosseum (Rome, Italy)
Rome’s Colosseum is a continual icon of Rome, and Italy at large. The Colosseum was built between 70 and 72 CE. The Colosseum is unique in its architecture and has influenced the design of amphitheaters ever since. This massive architectural accomplishment fits 50,000 viewers. There were also spectacles of “entertainment” held at the Colosseum, which features battles between men and animals, amongst other things.
6. Taj Mahal (Agra, India)
Built between 1632 and 1648, the Taj Mahal is a mausoleum complex in Agra, northern India. The Yamuna River winds alongside the breath-taking structure. Its exterior is marked by compelling decorative elements. Mughal was an emperor who was in power from 1628-58. He built the structure for his wife who had passed away while in childbirth.
7. Petra (Jordan)
Petra is located in the middle of an Arab kingdom. It is said that the city is a site where Moses, leader of the Israelites, “struck a rock and water gushed forth.” The coloring of the valley is awe-inspiring. There are red cliffs, with tones of purple and light yellow. Consequently, a scholar by the name of John William Burgon called the territory “a rose-red city, half as old as Time.”
Honorary Status – Great Pyramid of Giza (Egypt)
The Great Pyramid of Giza, Egypt is the oldest, and interestingly, only surviving, of the original Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. The New7Wonders Foundation, which is based in Zurich, Switzerland, granted the monument honorary status in their list of New7Wonders.
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