What are the current Seven Wonders of the World?

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More than 100 million people around the world have voted to decide which of man's great achievements will constitute the list of the New Seven wonders Of the World.  Most of them are voted for their favorite one though it is not recognized as a wonder. The announcement was made on july 2007 in Lisbon, Portugal. Only one of the original Seven Wonders is still in existence is the Great Pyramids of Egypt. Here are the new 7 according to the votes that have been received:

  1. The Great Wall of China
  2. Petra (in Jordan)
  3. The statue of Christ the Redeemer (in Brazil)
  4. Machu Pichu (Peru)
  5. The Chichen Itza pyramid (Mexico)
  6. The Colosseum in Rome
  7. The Taj Mahal (India)

 

What are the Seven Wonders of the ancient World?

Not all people  agreed with the Seven Wonders list, especially when Egypt still exists. Egypt is the only Seven Wonders of The Ancient world that  is still in existence. The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World consisted of

  • The Hanging Gardens of Babylon,
  • The statue of Zeus at Olympia,
  • The Temple of Artemis at Ephesus,
  • The Mausoleum Halicarnassus,
  • The Colossus of Rhodes,
  • The Pharohs Lighthouse of Alexandria, and
  • The Great Pyramids of Giza, Egypt while still holding it's position on the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, but  didn't actually get selected in the new seven wonders of the world, it was granted a  honorary status.

What are the seven wonders of the modern world?

  • The Great Wall of China: It runs east to West through China covering a sprawling 4,163 feet. The construction was started between 221-206 BC. It took ten years to erect the Great Wall and work continues to the current day. This is world's longest man-made structure; it built to protect Chinese dynasties from invasion.
  • Petra, Jordan:  This ancient city built around the Valley of Moses, the capital of the Arab kingdom of the Nabateans is famous for water tunnels and stone structures.
  • Christ the Redeemer, Brazil: 125-foot high and 2329 feet above sea level, statue of Christ the Redeemer with outstretched arms; sits on Mount Corcovado overlooking Rio de Janeiro. An iconic figures of Roman Catholics the world wide.
  • Machu Picchu in Peru: It is located high in the Andes mountains at an altitude of 1950 ft. The city covers about 5 square miles. IT was discovered on July 23, 1911 by the American explorer Hiram Bingham. The famous Machu Pichu was built by the Incan empire in the 15th century in the Andes Mountains.
  •  The Pyramid at Chichen Itza : It was constructed sometime before 900 AD and is located in Mexico City. It is a sacred site of the Mayans built according to the solar calendar.
  • Italy's Roman Colosseum: It was started by the emperor Falvian, was inaugurated by Titus 80 A.D and completed by the emperor Domitian. Designed to hold up to 50,000 people, the Colosseum dates from 80 A.D. O. It was the site of gladiator duels and the feeding of Christians to the lions.
  • The Indian TajMahal: Taj Mahal is another wonder of the world that has a very romantic story to its history. Mughal emperor Shah Jahan built the Taj Mahal as a shrine to his beloved and favorite wife Mumtaz Mahal. Taj Mahal was built in the 17th century, architecture combines Indian, Persian, and Islamic styles. There is a lot of confusion on the architect who built this as the story goes that Shah Jahan didn't want  him to build such a beautiful place anywhere else so the architect's hands were cut off. AS to how much this part is true no one knows but these things did happen in the ancient times.

     

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