New7Wonders of the World was a campaign organized by the New7Wonders Foundation to choose new Seven Wonders of the World from a list of 200 selected existing monuments. The foundation announced the new Seven Wonders of the World chosen by over one hundred million votes on 7 July 2007. The Great Pyramid of Giza, the largest and oldest of the three pyramids in Giza, Egypt and the only survivor of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, was granted an honorary status. Let’s take a look at New Seven Wonders of the World.
Great Pyramid of Giza, Egypt (Honorary Status)
The Great Pyramid of Giza is the oldest and largest of the three pyramids near Al-Giza, Egypt. The Great Pyramid is the oldest of the original Seven and was the tallest manmade structure in the world for almost 4,000 years. Out of the original Seven, Great Pyramid of Giza is the only one still in existence.
Chichen Itza, Mexico – Mayan City
Chichen Itza, meaning at the edge of the Itza’s well, was a big pre-Columbian city built by the Maya people. It is believed that people were thrown from the top as a sacrifice to make their god happy and the survivors were believed to be seers. The site is full of monumental architecture and sculpture. Chichen Itza was one of the great Mesoamerican cities and today it is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Mexico.
Christ The Redeemer – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Christ the Redeemer is the world’s most famous and largest Art Deco Statue of Jesus Christ, standing on a peak of 700 meters in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. With the height of 30 meters excluding 8 meters pedestal, Christ the Redeemer is also the 5th largest statue of Jesus in the world.
The Great Wall of China, China
The Great Wall of China is the longest wall in the world and a stunning feat of ancient defensive architecture. The Great Wall stretches 13,171 miles from the Jiayuguan Pass (in the west) to the Hushan Mountains (in the east) across northern China. The purpose of this wall was to protect the Chinese States against the raids and invasions of the northern nations.
Machu Picchu, Peru
Machu Picchu is a 15th-century Inca citadel, located on a mountain ridge of 2,430 metres above sea level. Due to its spectacular location, it is the best-known archaeological site in the continent. Although the Peruvian city was discovered over a hundred years ago, archaeologists are still trying to solve the mystery of its purpose.
Petra, Jordan – Ancient City
Petra also known as Red Rose City is a historical and archaeological city. Petra is one of the few places on earth that have enthralled the humanity. It is the most-visited tourist attraction in Jordan. It remains unknown to the Western world until it was discovered by a Swiss explorer Johann Ludwig Burckhardt in 1812. Petra is one of the “28 Places to See Before You Die” published by the Smithsonian Magazine.
Taj Mahal, India
The Taj Mahal meaning Crown of the Palace is an ivory-white marble mausoleum. It was commissioned by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan as a tribute to his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal who died during the birth of her fourteenth child. According to the myth, it is believed that Shah Jahan cut off the hands of architect and workers just after the completion of Taj Mahal, ensuring they would never build such a marvellous monument again.
The Roman Colosseum, Italy
The Colosseum, also known as Flavian Amphitheatre, is the largest oval amphitheatre ever built, located in Rome, Italy. It was used for large public events such as gladiatorial combats, public executions, and wild animal hunts etc by the Roman Empire. The Colosseum was severely damaged by earthquakes and stone-robbers, but the Colosseum is still an iconic symbol of Imperial Rome.
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