Many civilizations throughout the world have built and constructed cities, buildings, monuments, tombs, temples, churches, mosques and other structures that continue to inspire awe in millions of people. Narrowing down the world’s wonders to only seven is a difficult task. Luckily the New7Wonders foundation has made it easier for people to learn about these amazing places. Foundation chose a list of 200 monuments from around the world and narrowed it down to 21 finalists. The top seven were chosen by popular vote. 

The 7 wonders of the world are:

  • Taj Mahal – India
  • Colosseum – Italy
  • Chichen Itza – Mexico
  • Machu Picchu – Peru
  • Christ the Redeemer – Brazil
  • Petra – Jordan
  • Great Wall of China – China

The Great Pyramid of Giza has also been added to the list. However it is an honorary candidate and not one of the seven wonders.

Taj Mahal, India

The Taj Mahal is well known across the world for its historical value, the story of love, and its stunning beauty. The Taj Mahal is located in the historic Indian city of Agra. It houses the tomb of Mumtaz Mahal, the wife of Shah Jahan, Emperor of India. It is said that Shah loved his wife very much. She was dear to him, and he built the Taj Mahal in her memory after she died.

The Taj Mahal was completed in 1632. It took 17 years 22,000 laborers stonecutters painters and embroiderers, and 1000 elephants to finish it. The construction of the temple cost $827 million today. 28 types of precious and semi-precious stones were used in its construction. The Taj Mahal is decorated with stones. The monument changes color depending on the time of day and the moon. In 1983, it was designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Today, it attracts 7 to 8 million annual visitors each year.

Colosseum, Italy

Rome, in Italy, is host to the Colosseum. It is one of the world’s seven wonders. Sometimes called the Flavian Amphitheatre, it is an oval-shaped amphitheater in the center of the city; constructed from concrete and sand; it is the largest amphitheater in the world. The Colosseum’s Construction of the Colosseum began in AD 72 by Emperor Vespasian and was finished by AD 80 by his successor Titus. Domitian, another emperor of the Flavian dynasty later made certain modifications to the amphitheater. The work of tens of thousands of slaves were used to build this magnificent structure. The Colosseum had a capacity to host about 8,000 people and 80 entrances when it was built.

Colosseum events were held for public entertainment. Entry to such events was free, and the proceeds came from the imperial treasury. However, many brutal acts occurred in attendance at such events. Even today, over 10,000 animals are killed every day. This wonderful wonder of the world is a popular tourist destination and symbolizes the power and wealth of ancient Rome.

Chichen Itza, Mexico

Chichen Itza Chichen Itza is an archaeological site located in Mexico’s Yucatén State. It is a Maya city that was built during the Terminal Classic period by the Maya people. Chichen Itza’s structures, such as temples and pyramids, were sacred to ancient Maya people. Mayan cities were believed to be the chief urban centers of the ancient Mayan world. The city has a variety of architectural styles.

The Temple of Kukulkan in Chichen Itza is an archeological marvel based on Maya astronomy. The Temple has 365 steps for each day of the year, 91 to each side and a platform at the top serves as the 365th step. The site even houses a sophisticated ancient observatory that was built by the Maya people to give them a place to watch their sun rise and set with precision . Chichen Itza was abandoned in the 1400s. The site still holds historical value for the Maya people, who left their homes in the city. Astronomy has contributed to Chichen Itza’s status as a wonder of the world.

Machu Picchu, Peru

The dream destination of millions of people across the world is Machu Picchu. It is located in the Cusco Region of Peru’s Machupicchu District. According to archaeologists, the Inca emperor Pachacuti built Machu Picchu as an estate around four centuries ago. The site developed as a city, but it was abandoned a century before the Spanish Conquest. The site remained largely unknown to the rest of the world until its discovery by American explorer Hiram Bingham. A new theory suggests that Machu Pichu could have been the end stage of an Inca road system. The Inca trail is a path that the Inca people used to make pilgrimages. It is the oldest trail in the world.

Machu Picchu The site of Machu Pichu is a great example of the Inca way of life. The locations and locations of important structures in Machu Pichu were strongly influenced by the nearby locations and locations of sacred mountains regarded as holy by the Inca people. No mortar was used to build the structures in Machu Picchu. The stones were cut and wedged into position with wooden wedges. A method that even a credit card would not go through the joints. While it improved the aesthetic value of the buildings, it also protected them from earthquakes. If there were earthquakes, the stones would ‘dance’ and then return to their original positions once the tremors subsided. An engineering marvel! A lot of highly developed civil engineering work had to be done underground to make the city of Machu Pichu a feature in a notch between two mountain peaks. Most of this is invisible to visitors’ eyes.

Christ The Redeemer, Brazil

Jesus Christ is one of Brazil’s most iconic symbols. The Art Deco-style statue of Jesus Christ in Rio de Janeiro is one of the seven wonders of the world. The credit for building the statue goes to Paul Landowski, a French sculptor. Gheorghe Leonida fashioned the face. The sculpture cost $25,000.00 donated by various individuals from Brazil.

Christ the Redeemer is 98 feet tall and has a 26-feet tall pedestal. Its arms stretch 92 feet wide. The 635 metric ton statue made of soapstone and concrete is located atop the 2300 feet tall Corcovado mountain. The construction of the statue was initiated in 1922 and completed by 1931. It is the largest sculpture of soap stone in the world, with an arm span of 92 feet, making it taller than any other construction made with this material. The Christ statue in the world has art deco style. In addition, couples can marry in the chapel at the base of this statue as it was declared a sanctuary in 2006 by the Catholic Church. The statue was featured in various Hollywood films.

Petra, Jordan

Petra, a Jordanian wonder Petra is also listed among the seven wonders of the world. It is also called the “Rose City” for its white marble and red sandstone, which makes it a beautiful tourist attraction. Its water system and architecture makes it an architectural marvel that attracts people from all around the world. The ancient Nabataeans built rock-cut tombs for their kings and queens, which are large mausoleums with impressive facades carved into rock. The water system they installed helped to make their city flourish in an arid region. A place of interest and beauty.

PetraPetra is not only one of the seven wonders of the world but is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is also listed as one of the 28 Places to See Before You Die by The Smithsonian magazine. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, the 1989 Hollywood adventure movie was filmed in Petra.

Great Wall Of China, China

The Great Wall of China is a global tourist hotspot. It is known across the world for its uniqueness, length, and historical value. It is also considered to be one of the seven wonders of the world. The Great Wall of China is associated with thousands of years of Chinese history.

A series of walls were initially built by Chinese states and empires over a period of many years beginning as early as the 7th century BCE. These walls were then joined together to result in the Great Wall of China. It was not just a wall, it was also an empire. The Great Wall of China is a kind of fortification that stretches for over 21,000 kilometers. The official length of the Great Wall was calculated at 13,170 miles in length. But almost one-third has disappeared over time. UNESCO officially inscribed the Great Wall on their World Heritage Site List in 1987. The city of Uwa is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The Great Pyramid Of Giza (Honorary Candidate) In Egypt.

Although the Great Pyramid of GizaThe temple was initially not one of the seven wonders of the world. However, it received an honorary title because of its undeniable importance. TheGreat Pyramid of Gizais the biggest and the oldest one among the three pyramids in Giza. Egyptologists believe that it was built over a period of ten to twenty years (or more) and completed around 2600 BC. For over three thousand years, this pyramid has been used as an important religious site for many different religions.Great Pyramid of Giza The Pyramid remained the tallest structure in the world until this position was superseded by modern skyscrapers. The Pyramid has puzzled engineers and architects across the globe as to how it was built in times when modern infrastructure facilities did not exist. The Pyramid houses The tomb of Khufu is the fourth dynasty pharaoh’s tomb. 

Other Lists Of Wonders 

The Seven Natural Wonders of the World is a list of the most spectacular places in nature from around the world.

The ancient world had seven wonders. These include the Lighthouse of Alexandria, the Temple to Artemis, the Statue of Zeus, the Colossus of Rhodes, and the Hanging Gardens of Babylon.

The Seven Wonders of the Medieval World include some of the greatest structures and buildings built during the Middle Ages. Some examples of these wonders include Stonehenge, the Hagia Sophia, and the Leaning Tower of Pisa.