In 2007, over 100 million people voted to declare the New Seven Wonders of the World.
This new list of seven winners is just as is impressive as the previous ones. The new seven wonders of the world are listed below in no particular order:
Christ The Redeemer Statue (Rio de Janeiro)
An Art Deco-style statue of Jesus located in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, Christ the Redeemer Statue sits on the Corcovado mountain 2300 feet above the ground. The statue is a magnificent sight to behold, weighing 635 metric tons and standing at 98 feet tall. The idea for the statue sprung up when a group of Brazilians feared a “tide of godlessness”. They proposed an idea for a monument of christ that will serve as a symbol of Christianity in Brazil and thus the statue was eventually designed by Heitor da Silva Costa, Carlos Oswald, and Paul Landowski. Christ the Redeemer is recognised worldwide as an icon for Rio and Brazil.
The Great Wall of China (China)
The Great Wall of China is a succession of multiple walls built between the 5th century B.C. and the 16th century to fortify the borders of the Chinese Empire against invading Mongols. An archaeological survey found the wall to be 21,196 km (13,171 mi) in length, making it the world’s longest manmade structure.
Machu Picchu (Peru)
Machu Picchu is an Incan City built mainly of sparkling granite in the 15th century. The site is thought by scholars to have been originally built as a royal estate for its rulers. During the Spanish conquest, Machu Picchu was abandoned by its inhabitants and remained hidden from civilization until it was rediscovered in the 1600s. It gained recognition for its unique landscape which is surrounded by mountains and can only be reached by foot, train or helicopter.
The Roman Colosseum (Rome)
In the heart of Rome is the largest amphitheatre ever built, once accommodating 50,000 spectators who gathered to witness public executions, animal hunts, gladiator fights and more. The Colosseum was built by the emperor Vespasian and his successor and heir, Titus between A.D. 70 and A.D. 80. Although earthquakes, thieves and robbers have left the Colosseum in ruins, it is still one of the most popular tourist attractions in the world, boasting 7.4 million visitors in 2018.
An ancient city, located in Jordan, Petra is believed to have been established in 9,000 BC as a trade centre for Nomadic Arabs who used it as a central location. It withstood invasions multiple times from outside forces due to its unique location in the mountains until it was eventually conquered by the Roman Empire. Currently Jordan’s most visited tourist attraction, Petra has earned its fame for features like its 4000-seat amphitheatre and El-Deir monastery.
Taj Mahal (India)
An elaborate Maloseum, Taj Mahal was built by the Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan, in the mid-1600s. The emperor built this enormous complex to bury himself and his favourite wife when he died. Regarded as the most brilliant structure of Muslim art, the Taj Mahal contains a mosque, living areas, and gardens that cover about 42 acres.
Chichen Itza (Yucatan Peninsula Mexico)
This powerful city and splendid beauty of what remains of Chichen Itza was built by the Mayan people around 750 BC. It was the political and commercial hub of the Mayan civilisation were clothes, slaves, honey, and salt were sold. The most notable attraction of Chichen Itza is the Temple of Kulkulkan which stands at 75 feet and is named after the serpent god whom the Maya worship.
Now this is the question for today. What is your favorite wonder?