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The Seven Wonders of the World

by Laura M
The Treasury (Al-Khazneh in Petra, Jordan

As the ancient world wonders were compiled in the 2nd century BCE and only won standing today (the Pyramids of Giza), a global initiative was launched by the New 7 Wonders Foundation in 2001 to identify and celebrate the most remarkable natural and human-made structures on Earth. After a global poll involving over 600 million people worldwide, the new seven wonders of the world were announced on July 7, 2007.

Great Wall of China, China

The impressive Great Wall of China

The Great Wall of China in Beijing is an impressive masterpiece. An ancient series of fortifications and walls were built across northern China to protect the Chinese states and empires against invasions and raids. Constructed over several centuries, it stretches over 21,000 kilometres (13,000 miles) and is a testament to the ingenuity and engineering prowess of ancient civilisations. There are two ways to visit the top of the Great Wall. Take the open-air chair lift and take in the aerial views, or jump in the cable car for a comfortable and scenic ride. When it’s time to leave, take the exhilarating metal toboggan ride that will have you by the entrance in just minutes.

Petra, Jordan

The Treasury (Al-Khazneh in Petra, Jordan
The Treasury (Al-Khazneh

Petra, the archaeological city in the southern desert of Jordan, is renowned for its rock-cut architecture and ancient Nabatean civilisation. Once the thriving capital of the Nabateans, an Arab tribe that first appeared in the 6th century BC, Petra is a UNESCO World Heritage site and the most popular attraction in Jordan. The landform, also known as, the Lost City or the Rose City due to its rose-red coloured cliffs, is massive. At over 100 square miles, you’ll have to plan your visit accordingly to get the most out of your trip. Once you’ve walked through the siq, you’ll get to the Treasury (Al-Khazneh), Petra’s most famous structure. Standing 40 metres high with two floors, it’s a majestic temple facade that served as a tomb for Nabatean kings and where most people fall in love with Petra.

Christ the Redeemer, Brazil

Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro
Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Christ the Redeemer, the colossal statue of Jesus Christ located atop Corcovado Mountain overlooking the city of Rio de Janeiro, is one of Brazil’s most famous attractions and rightfully so. Standing 98 feet (30 metres) tall, 2,310 feet above Rio, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is the most famous Art Deco sculpture in the world. A symbol of Christianity and a representation of Jesus Christ’s message of peace and goodwill, its outstretched arms evoke a gesture of welcome and embrace. You can get to Christ the Redeemer by train, van or hiking. The 20-minute Corcovado train takes you on a scenic ride through the Atlantic forest, the largest urban rainforest in the world. The car ride is a 45-minute non-stop journey, while the hiking journey is an understandably much longer option. 

Machu Picchu, Peru

Majestic views at Machu Picchu in Peru
Majestic views at Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu is an ancient Inca citadel nestled high in the Andes Mountains and one of Peru’s pride and joy. Built in the 15th century and abandoned during the Spanish conquest, the historical place is renowned for its sophisticated stone masonry, astronomical observatories, and stunning mountain vistas. A UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1983, it’s situated 7,000 feet above sea level, offering incredible views of what was once a part of ancient civilisation. Impressively, the construction is 75% original, making Machu Picchu one of the most well-preserved archaeological sites of its time. As a bucket list destination for many, this fortress gets very busy, so plan accordingly to get the most out of your visit. To learn the best way to get to Machu Picchu, click here

Chichen Itza, Mexico

Chichen Itza in Mexico
The iconic El Castillo in Chichen Itza

Chichen Itza is an extensive archaeological site in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula and one of the most influential city-states in pre-Hispanic America. Occupying an area of 4 square miles (10 square km), it was once a prominent centre of the Mayan civilisation and home to over 35,000 people. The site was built in 1200 AD but reports state it was a ceremonial centre between 550 AD and 800 AD. Today, Chichen Itza is home to the remnants of many ancient Mayan structures,  including the iconic El Castillo (Temple of Kukulcan), a 30-metre tall, stepped pyramid dedicated to the feathered serpent god that dominates the site’s centre.

Roman Colosseum, Italy

The Roman Colosseum in Rome, Italy
The historic Roman Colosseum

The Roman Colosseum, also known as the Flavian Amphitheater, is an ancient arena in the heart of Rome. Built in the 1st century AD, the Colosseum was used for gladiatorial contests, public spectacles, and other events and is considered one of the greatest works of Roman engineering and architecture. In ancient Rome, the historic site housed over 50,000 people who entered the premises through 80 entrances to enjoy events. Standing at 157 feet high with four levels, the Colosseum is the world’s largest amphitheatre ever built. As one of Rome’s major tourist attractions, queuing to enter the Colosseum can be daunting due to the long wait. Arrive early in the morning to escape the big crowds!

Taj Mahal, India

The Taj Mahal, a magnificent white marble mausoleum in Agra, is an imperial building to visit. Completed in the 17th century, it took 22 years for Mughal emperor Shah Jahan to build the Taj Mahal in memory of his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal. Encompassing nearly 17 hectares, over 20,000 workers helped build the 73 m (240 ft) structure. Renowned for its stunning architecture, intricate carvings, and beautiful gardens, the UNESCO World Heritage Site is considered one of the most iconic symbols of love and devotion in the world. 

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