Nicolle Kain | Jul 16, 2021
You may have heard of the Seven Wonders of the World, but do you know what they are and how they are chosen?
The original list, or the “Ancient Wonders of the World” were compiled by ancient Greek historians, but it has since been altered and transformed into a series of lists of the world’s wonders. The American Society of Civil Engineers created a list of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World that features construction feats of the 20th Century. The Cable News Network (CNN) created a list of the Seven Wonders of the Natural World in 1997. Lastly, the Swiss-based New7Wonders Foundation worked to select the ‘New 7 Wonders of the World’ in 2001.
Other recent lists created in the last decade include USA Today’s New Seven Wonders, Seven Natural Wonders of the World, New7Wonders of Nature, Seven Wonders of the Underwater World, and Seven Wonders of the Industrial World.
Long story short, there are some wonderful places, structures, and things to see around the world.
1. Great Wall of China: Holding the title of “longest human-made structure in the world,” the Great Wall is 8,850 kilometers long, up to 6.5 meters wide, and up to 10 meters tall. The Great Wall is known for its fascinating history and remarkable engineering.
2. Christ the Redeemer Statue: The 98-foot tall and 92-foot-wide sculpture of Jesus Christ stands 2,300 feet over the city of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. This incredible piece of artwork was constructed from concrete and triangular soapstone tiles.
3. Machu Picchu: Sometimes called the Lost City of the Incas, Machu Picchu brings millions of tourists from all over the world to Peru. The Sun Gate and Temple of the Sun serve as relics of one of the world’s first great civilizations.
4. Chichen Itza: Located in the jungles of Mexico, the abandoned ancient city of Chichen Itza shows the art, architecture, and science of the Mayan culture.
5. The Roman Colosseum: One of Italy’s most well-known relics of the ancient world, the Colosseum was once the height of entertainment for its famed gladiator contests.
6. Taj Mahal: Built over 360 years ago as a statement of love, the Taj Mahal is thought to be the height of Indian Mogul architecture. This palace features a white marble exterior and an interior mausoleum, with the tombs of its designers underneath.
7. Petra: Also known as the Rose City for the red rock it’s built from, this ancient Jordanian city was once a major trade route. Petra has been considered one of the most beautiful places in the world and was even referenced in the Bible!
1. The Colossus of Rhodes: An incredible feat of Greek engineering, this 100-foot-tall statue of the sun god Helios once guarded the Mandraki Harbor in Rhodes, Greece before an earthquake in 226 B.C. brought it crashing down.
2. The Great Pyramid of Giza: Located in Egypt, the Great Pyramid is the only wonder still standing from the original seven wonders. The massive structure is home to three burial chambers and held the title of “tallest building ever built” for more than 3,800 years.
3. The Hanging Gardens of Babylon: This combination of temples, palaces, walls and streets featured a variety of trees, vegetation, and flowers to resemble a mountain. Located in modern-day Iraq, the Hanging Gardens were constructed around 600 B.C. as a gift to the King’s wife. Whether or not the Hanging Gardens actually existed still remains a mystery.
4. The Lighthouse of Alexandria: The prototype for today’s lighthouses, the Lighthouse of Alexandria was built in Egypt in 280 B.C. It served many functions, from a light to a military lookout. Unfortunately, the remains of this great structure were used to build a medieval fort in 1375.
5. The Mausoleum at Halicarnassus: Located in modern-day Turkey, The Mausoleum was built as a tomb for the king in 350 B.C. Among several elaborate decorations, the structure featured a statue of the king and queen riding in a chariot. The Mausoleum was destroyed in 1522 A.D. by Crusaders.
6. The Statue of Zeus at Olympia: This 50-foot-tall statue featured the Greek god Zeus on a large throne. It was created from ivory, wood, bronze, and gold. The structure left its visitors in awe for over 800 years before being lost to history.
7. The Temple of Artemis at Ephesus: Originally the temple, which was attributed to the goddess Artemis, was built alongside the River Ephesus around 800 B.C. It was moved and rebuilt several times before ultimately losing to the rise of Christianity in 268 A.D. John Turtle Wood unearthed the remains of the temple in 1863 and sent them to a British museum, where they can be seen today.
1. The Grand Canyon: Formed by the Colorado River in the state of Arizona, the Grand Canyon has been named one of the seven wonders for its cultural significance and breathtaking beauty.
2. The Great Barrier Reef: Located off the coast of Australia, the Great Barrier Reef is known for its natural beauty and vast diversity of marine life. Its 900 islands and 2,900 smaller reefs can even be seen from space!
3. The Harbor at Rio de Janeiro: Also called Guanabara Bay, the Harbor provides both natural beauty and rich culture. The Harbor runs 20 miles inland, making it the largest deep-water harbor in the world. The bay is over 80 miles long with 50 miles of beaches.
4. Mount Everest: The highest peak on Earth at 29,029 feet, Mount Everest sits within the Himalaya Mountain Range in Nepal. The rugged terrain and natural beauty of the mountain have attracted explorers throughout history.
5. The Northern Lights: Scientifically known as aurora borealis, this naturally colorful lightshow can be seen in various locations around the globe. Canada, Alaska, and Antartica are where you’ll have the most luck. For more information, visit NASA’s website (Aurora | NASA).
6. The Paricutin Volcano: Located in Mexico and standing at 1,390 feet, the Paricutin Volcano is one of the youngest volcanoes in North America. Known for its activity in the early 1900s, thousands of hikers and horseback riders explore this natural wonder each year.
7. Victoria Falls: The Victoria Falls, or “the smoke that thunders,” can be found on the Zambezi River in southern Africa. Victoria Falls is about 5,600 feet across with a 100-meter drop with mist that can be seen from up to 131 feet away! The Falls is usually paired with a rainbow, which can sometimes even be seen at night.
1. Channel Tunnel: Also known as “the Chunnel,” this train connects England and France with the lengthiest undersea section of all the tunnels in the world.
2. CN Tower: The 1,815.4 foot tall tower was once the tallest building in the world and serves as one of Canada’s main tourist attractions.
3. Empire State Building: Standing at 1,250 feet, the Empire State Building has become a symbol of New York City for its design.
4. Golden Gate Bridge: Once the longest suspension bridge in the world at 4,200 feet, this famous red bridge can be found on almost every San Francisco postcard.
5. Itaipu Dam: Also known as “the sounding stone,” this hydroelectric facility uses water from the Parana River to generate more energy than any other dam on the planet. This 25,981-foot wide and 643-foot-tall structure is located between Paraguay and Brazil.
6. Delta Works: Also referred to as the Netherlands North Sea Protection Works, this project is designed to protect over 30% of the country's land from the sea. Although it’s not finished yet, it’s considered to be quite impressive.
7. Panama Canal: Located in Panama, the canal links the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans to shed 8,000 miles of travel time. The canal spans 48 miles and can take up to 30 hours to pass through.
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