The world is full of wonders. May it just be the little things in life or just life itself. However, there are genuinely extraordinary buildings that mankind created that stand out for centuries and keep leaving its visitors stunned. This blog is dedicated to familiarizing you with the newest list of the seven new world wonders based on a private initiative that started in 2000 and was organized by the „New7Wonders Foundation“ based in Zurich. 7 years and about 100 million votes later, the following winners were announced:
1. Great Wall of China, China
What is referred to as the Great Wall of China is rather is series of individual fortifications that were joined together over centuries. All these several walls combined add up to a total of an amazing 21,196 kilometers! The main part of the wall was built about 650 years ago during the Ming Dynasty. Its purpose was mainly for defense. Today it is a major tourist attraction.
2. Petra (Nabataeans as Raqmu), Jordan
“One of the most precious cultural properties of man’s cultural heritage“
is how UNESCO described the Rose City. Considering it may have been carved in the stone as early as in the 4th century BC you really start to wonder what advanced technical knowledge the people must have had access to. Jordan’s most visited cultural sight remained unknown to the western world until 1812.
3. Colosseum, Italy
The Colosseum located in the city centre of Rome was built between 70-80 AD to entertain the Romain people. The amphitheatre is largest of its kind ever built and it could hold up to 80.0000 up to spectators. Imagine that.
4. Machu Picchu, Peru
Located in the Cusco Region, Peru, this ancient Inca city lays well hidden on a mountaintop about 2.430 meters above
sea level. Despite being part of the Unesco World Heritage Site, its exact purpose remains unknown. Today it is a major tourist attraction. However, if you want to visit, make sure to book your tickets in advance. You can check the available options here.
5. Taj Mahal, India
This ivory-white marble mausoleum was built between in the seventh century over a time frame of 21 years by emperor Shah Jahan as a tomb to his favourite wife. The complex includes mosque and guest house and attracts about 7-8 million visitors every year.
6. Christ Redeemer, Brazil
Being constructed between 1922 and 1931 by a French and Brazilian, this impressive statue measures 30 meters in height and arms stretching 28 meters wide. The Brazilian ministry for tourism promoted heavily for Brazilians to vote for its most remarkable sight overlooking the city of Rio de Janeiro.
7. Chichen Itza, Mexico
The Chicken Itza is one of the largest ancient city built by the Maya people and apparently one of the most diverse which may explain the different architectural styles which are combined there. Built over centuries, it remains on of Mexico’s most visited tourist attractions today.
Great Pyramid of Giza (honorary status)
Not being included in the official list but holding an honorary status, the Great Pyramid of Giza was built in 2560 BC and is the oldest of all three pyramids in El Giza, Egypt. It is also among the UNESCO’s World heritages and considered as well one of the „ancient world wonders“. The approximate building time ranges from 10-20 years. The peak rises at an impressive 147 meters into the sky. After all these years, the pyramid still remains largely intact. A true wonder.
Of course, this list is highly subjective and its data collection cannot hold up to scientific standards which is why the United Nations acknowledged the list but also distanced themselves. One way or the other, having a title or not, we can all agree these sights are definitely worth to check out.