What are the new Seven Wonders of the World?
So you’re wondering what are the seven wonders of the world, right? You’ve probably heard the term mentioned before, but can you name them? Possibly not. The list has changed a lot since its inception during the Hellenic era and since 2007 we have a new set of modern day wonders of man-made construction. And I’m fortunate enough to have been to all of them, so check out what they are, where they are and you can start planning on how you guys can make it to them all too.
One of the Ancient Seven Wonders of the World (more on them here) still remains, the Great Pyramid of Giza and whilst not included in the updated list, it was given an honorary candidacy. Let’s take a look then at where in the world you will have to go to witness the modern-day Seven Wonders of the World.
One of the 7 Man Made Wonders of the World right here in all its glory. The Taj Mahal, Agra, India….
So, What are the Seven Wonders of the world?
7) Chichen Itza, Yucatan, Mexico
You can read about all about getting to Chichen Itza from Cancun, about Ik Kil Cenote and a side trip to Merida in my blog post here.
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 which was used to worship to 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!
6) Christ the Redeemer, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil:
Read about HOW to visit the Christ the Redeemer statue from my time in Rio de Janeiro here!
The glorious Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro is an iconic mark of human construction and design. The statue depicts Jesus Christ with arms outspread and sits on top of the Corcovado mountain looking over the entire city. The statue was built by Brazilian engineer Heitor da Silva Costa and designed by French sculptor Paul Landowski between 1922 and 1931. The statue stands at a dizzying 98 feet and the arms outstretched measure 92 feet. This impressive statue has become an iconic symbol of Brazil. So what are the seven wonders of the world? Well, Christ the Redeemer is number 6!
5) The Colosseum, Rome, Italy:
Check out how to skip the queue and have the best Colosseum experience learned from my time there!
The biggest amphitheater ever built is the Colosseum in Italy’s capital Rome. During the days of the Roman Empire, this theater would be used to for public displays and gladiator contests where up to 80,000 people would pack themselves into the Colosseum to come and watch. Throughout the years the Colosseum has seen a great deal of damage and it is no longer functional and around 25% of it has been destroyed. In spite of the damage, the giant theater is still an impressive site and attracts millions of tourists each year. So what are the seven wonders of the world? Well, the Colosseum is number 5!
4) Great Wall of China, Everywhere!, China:
I visited the Great Wall of China from Beijing, check out how in my blog post here
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! Venture further west and you can see some of the untouched Great Wall, perhaps not so well kept, but much more genuine. So what are the seven wonders of the world? Well, the Great Wall of China is number 4!
3) Machu Pichu, Cuzco, Peru:
It can be complicated working out just how to get to Machu Picchu, train/inca trail/bus, check out my blog post how to do it here!
In the Peru’s Cusco Valley lies the ancient Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, an impressive display of human engineering which was built during the 15th Century under the rule of emperor Pachacuti. The city lies in a dramatic setting above the Sacred Valley, surrounded by green and rocky mountains. Some of the city has been reconstructed by professional historians to give an impression to tourists of how the city once looked but much of it is still the same dry-stone that was put there by the Incas. The city is intricate and offers archaeologists a near-perfect insight into the Inca world. So what are the seven wonders of the world? Well, Machu Picchu is number 3!
2) Petra, Wadi Musa, Jordan:
If you want to see how to get Petra ALL to yourself, like me in the pic below, read my blog post here!
Petra is one of the 7 new wonders of the world and it’s easy to see why. The actual site is huge and intricately designed, the Arab Nabataeans were masters when it came to carving and the city features great halls and passageways, tombs, statues, homes and centers for religious practices. It can, though, to be difficult to work out just how to visit Petra in Jordan as there are so many options available. I personally did it independently and would hugely recommend that to any and everyone. Working on your own timetable is perfect! So what are the seven wonders of the world? Well, Petra is number 6!
1) Taj Mahal, Agra, India:
Check out the best places to take photos of the Taj Mahal, the restaurants with the best views of Taj Mahal and everything else you need to know before you visit the Taj in my blog post here!
The Taj was built as a mausoleum where the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan was to bury his wife Mumtaz Mahal. The construction of the Taj Mahal began in 1632 and was not completed until 1653 and the Emperor was due to build a mirror image in black marble for his own mausoleum but after nearly bankrupting his people the first time round, he gave that one a miss. Good shout Shah. So what are the seven wonders of the world? Well, the Taj Mahal is number 1!
8) Honourable mention: Great Pyramids, Giza, Egypt:
The Great Pyramid is the only remaining original 7 Wonder of the Ancient World! As a compromise, the Great Pyramid is considered to be the “Honorary Candidate” after the 7 modern wonders of the world and having been there last year I’m gutted that they got the boot, so I’ve sort of included them here!
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