The New Seven Wonders of the World

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In this world of ours, we live to explore and experience. In our everyday lives, we come across things that are regular and things that are simply wonderful.

Speaking of wonderful, do you know about the Seven wonders of the world? I bet you must have heard about it somewhere, somehow.

The Seven Wonders of the world or the New Seven Wonders of the world as it is rightly put represents global heritage. More than 100 million persons voted in 2007 to declare the New Seven Wonders of the world.

Well, they call it New Seven Wonders, I call it the seven awesomeness of the world and here they are?

Great Wall of China (China)

The Great Wall of China is a monumental structure that was built between the 5th century and 16th century. It is man-made’s longest structure as it is a succession of many walls that spans about 4000 miles. The Great Wall of China is a stone-and-earth structure built to fortify the Chinese Empire against invading Mongols.

Christ the Redeemer Statue (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)

The 130-foot reinforced concrete-and-soapstone statue upon the Corcovado Mountain has been looming over Brazilians since 1931. Designed by Heitor da Silva Costa, the statue was built in a manner that shows Christ extending his arms to bless Brazilians and the world 🙂

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In modern culture, it symbolizes Rio and Brazil and it cost about $250,000 to build. Most of the money came from donors.

Machu Picchu (Peru)

Initially unknown except by locals until 1911, Machu Picchu is an Incan city of glittering granite and sandwiched between two Andean peaks. Machu Picchu was built at the peak of the Incan Empire in the mid-1400s, it was later abandoned by the Incas. Archaeologist Hiram Bingham discovered the Machu Picchu. Visitors mostly visit by train from nearby Cusco.

Chichen Itza (Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico)

In the awesome ruins of Chichen Itza, one can still see the genius and adaptability of the Mayans. The city was once powerful as it acted as the political and economic hub of the Mayan civilization. It was a trading centre that flourished between approximately AD 800 to 1200. El Caracol is the most familiar ruin in the site, it was a sophisticated astronomical observatory.

The Roman Colosseum (Rome)

The elliptical structure is considered as the most enduring structure in the history of Rome. Built between 70 AD and 80 AD, the Colosseum was in use for about 500 years and it has a capacity of nearly 50,000 spectators who gather to watch spectacles like gladiators fight, battle reenactments, executions and animal hunts. The Colosseum is in a state of ruin as Earthquake and stone robbers have done away with parts of the structure, but it remains a tourist centre. The construction of modern-day amphitheatres is influenced by the design of the Colosseum.

Taj Mahal (Agra, India)

The magnificent white marble building represents architectural styles that include Persian, Islamic, Indian and Turkish. The Taj Mahal has a linear reflecting pool, sunken flower beds and a formal garden of raised pathways.

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The Taj Mahal was built between 1632 and 1648 for the wife of Mughal Shah Jahan and in today’s India, it is considered the most perfect specimen of Islamic art.

Petra (Jordan)

Petra was likely built between 9 BC and 40 AD and was recognized as a World Heritage Site in 1985. It existed as the capital of the Nabataean Empire of King Aretas IV. The people of Petra proved to be quite ingenious when it comes to water technology as seen in their building of intricate tunnels and water chambers, which led to the creation of a pseudo-oasis.

The site is famous not just for his water technology but for a number of marvellous structures carved into stones, the El-Deir monastery and a 4000 capacity amphitheatre.

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Originally posted on 30/07/2020 @ 8:42 AM

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