The Seven Wonders of the world – If there one thing you should have in your travel bucket list is to visit the seven wonders of the world. The seven wonders of the world strategically picked from a collection of different entries. First of all, the new seven wonders of the world as it is now known as is one of the most popular tourist attractions around the world. These are tourist destinations you should visit in your lifetime. Need a reason to travel? See pictures and locations of the Seven Wonders
The History of the Seven Wonders of the World
Firstly, The journey for the seven wonders of the world is not a new phenomenon it started since It was first compiled in the 2nd Century BCE, unfortunately, all of the old seven wonders of the world except one is currently in existence which is the Great Pyramid at Gaza, Egypt. Since the world is evolving and new innovations are coming up every day, I guess its time for a change. In the year 2000, a Swiss non-profit Foundation launched a campaign to determine the New Seven Wonders of the world since the original seven do not exist anymore.
The launch for choosing the new seven wonder of the world was launched by A Canadian-Swiss Bernard and organized by the New7Wonders Foundation in Zurich Switzerland which got over 100 million votes from across the world in a span of seven years and the result announced in 2007. This was out of the 200 existing monuments around the world. This led to the naming of the New seven wonders of the world. The list came with some excitement and some little surprises in some quarters.
The Ancient Seven Wonders of The World
Before the new seven wonders of the world was the old seven wonders of the world was in existence for a long time until most of these sites became non existent. Therefore, here is the list of the old Seven wonders of the world
The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World were:
• the Great Pyramid at Giza, Egypt
• the Hanging Gardens of Babylon
• the Statue of Zeus at Olympia, Greece
• the Temple of Artemis at Ephesus
• the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus
• the Colossus of Rhodes
• the Lighthouse of Alexandria, Egypt
New Seven Wonders of the World
Since the naming of the new Seven Wonders of the World. These places have witnessed a Here is the list for the New Seven Wonders of the World, their history, location and where you can find them which spreads across four different continents
The Great wall of China
One of the most iconic and oldest seven wonders of the world is the great wall of China. The great wall of China is definitely one of the greatest and largest constructions of all time. The construction started in the 7th Century around 700 BC. the reason why it was originally built is to protect the Cities of China from invasion. It measures over 13,000 miles with over ten Million visits yearly making this great wall in China one of the most popular and visited tourist destination in the world.
It has become the Chinese National symbol and it is definitely a sight to behold in terms of its size, design, structure, architecture and beauty.
Location: Beijing, China
Cristo Redentor Christ The Redeemer, Brazil
Christ the Redeemer Statue is one of newest of all the seven wonders of the world. It was built in Rio de Janeiro in 1931 AD, it is the Statue of Jesus Christ standing with his two hands stretched out on the top of Mount Corcovado. It is about 125 feet (38 metres) tall and overlooking the city of Rio.
This is the largest Art Deco sculpture in the World, Christ the Redeemer is made of reinforced concrete and over six million tiles
Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Machu Picchu, Peru
This is one of the most impressive structures and layouts of old dated as far back as the 15th Century during the reigns of the Incan Empire and it sits majestically at 7,000 feet above sea level. It was a well-planned city which historians claims were a Royal estate and a Citadel, the reason why it was abandoned is unknown.
This city which witnessed over 1.2 million visitors yearly
There are several options to get into this ancient city of Machu Picchu, you can either reach its peak using the train from Cusco to the Town Aguas Calientes where you can either hike which will take between 4 to 6 days to complete depending on your pace or you could take a bus directly to the entrance which will take some few hours.
Chichen Itza, Mexico
The Chichen Itza is located in Mexico
The structure is built around 600 AD it stands at 79 feet (24 metres) features 365 steps which represent the number of days in the solar calendar year. This suggest the city’s astronomical knowledge and abilities.
One of the uniqueness of this monument is its shadow as the sun sets, it cast the shape of a feathered snake descending the central staircase.
It stands at 79 feet (24 metres) tall built around 600 AD the Chichen Itza means the Mouth of the well of the Itza.
Location: Itza, Mexico
The City of Petra
Petra is an iconic old ancient city built around 300 BC. Petra which simply means rock is located between the dead sea and the red sea and far from the city.
It was a forgotten city until it was discovered by a Swiss explorer in 1812. Petra is popular for its red rock carvings which historians said was created by its inhabitants the Nabateans.
To see this magnificent old structure, you will need to walk through the rubble of narrow canyon known as the Siq. Walking through this narrow passage is also one of the site’s attraction and behold after the long walk you is one of the greatest sites which tell a rich cultural history of the ancient world.
Colosseum Rome, Italy
The Colosseum is one of the oldest ruins of the Roman empire. It was built in the first century in what historians referred to as a masterpiece in engineering measuring a 620 by 513 feet and capable of holding over 50,000 spectators. The Colosseum was an amphitheatre where the majority of gladiator events, sports competitions, animal hunts and execution took place here. It features some of the greatest gladiators events and competitions. Over 500,000 people died in the Colosseum.
Location: Rome, Italy
Date: A.D 70 to A.D 80
Taj Mahal, India
Bult in 1632 – 1648
Taj Mahal is one of the greatest architectural achievements by the time it was built and till now it’s still a beauty to behold. It spans across a huge expanse of land it was built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan a mausoleum in memory of his wife, Mumtaz in Agra India who died in labour.
It is a tourist centre that attracts over eight million tourists yearly, developed and commissioned by Shah Jahan in 1631.
Lastly, The Seven Wonders of the world is definitely a beauty to behold, from the majestic Taj Mahal to the monumental Wall of China down to the ruins of Petra and the architectural brilliance of Colosseum to the sacred Chichen Itza, iconic Machu Picchu, the standing wonders of symbolic Christ the Redeemer. These sites will definitely make you speechless and take your breath away.
These are must-see sites you should set your eyes on once in your lifetime. While you are hiking, climbing, walking or enjoying the beautiful views of these historic sites, do not forget to take pictures. These sites have significantly attracted tourist from all over the world.
Above all, the Seven Wonders of The World is carefully chosen based on public opinion and a voting system from over 100 million votes. We wish you an exciting and amazing journey as you tour the Seven Wonders of the World.