Thinking about your next place to visit? Why not try visiting one of the seven wonders of the world? Let this short guide tell you why you should.
Various lists of the Wonders of the World have been compiled from ancient times to the present day to catalogue the world’s most spectacular natural wonders and structures. However, the Seven Wonders of the World has actually been a historical listing of seven sites made by the historian Herodotus and the scholar Callimachus of Cyrene at the Museum of Alexandria. The classic seven wonders were:
- Great Pyramid of Giza
- Hanging Gardens of Babylon
- Statue of Zeus at Olympia
- Temple of Artemis at Ephesus
- Mausoleum at Halicarnassus
- Colossus of Rhodes
- Lighthouse of Alexandria
Since then, many have developed lists of the “modern” Seven Wonders of the World. On July 7, 2007 (7-7-07), the Swiss corporation New7Wonders Foundation announced a “new” set of the Seven Wonders of the World based on online voting from around the world.
Chichen Itza can be found in Mexico and it was the last Mayan temple and it is probably the greatest one of all. It is known to have served as the political and economic center of the Mayan civilization.
Christ Redeemer in Brazil is a statue of Jesus that stands some 38 meters tall, atop the Corcovado mountain overlooking Rio de Janeiro. It was designed by Brazilian Heitor da Silva Costa and created by French sculptor Paul Landowski.
The Great Wall of China was built to prevent invasion of Mongol tribes into China. It is the largest man-made monument ever and it also visible from space!
Machu Picchu in Peru lies halfway up the Andes Plateau, deep in the Amazon jungle and above the Urubamba River. It was built in the 15th century by the Incan Emperor Pachacútec
Petra, Jordan can be found on the edge of the Arabian Desert. It was the capital of the Nabataean empire of King Aretas IV (9 B.C. to 40 A.D.).
The Roman Colosseum found in Rome, Italy is an amphitheater that was built to give favors to successful legionnaires and to celebrate the glory of the Roman Empire.
The Taj Mahal in Agra, India was built using white marble. It was constructed in the era of Shah Jahan, the fifth Muslim Mogul emperor, to honor the memory of his beloved late wife.
So, have you decided which wonder to visit? Why not visit all?