The 7 Wonders of the World to feed your wanderlust

There have been a variety of lists that cover the 7 World Wonders, this one features specifically the New7Wonders Foundation picks. Each list features different locations and places. Isn’t is wonderful that we have so many beautiful Wonders?

1. Chichen Itza

Flickr: muss

Flickr: muss

Chichen Itza, meaning “at the mouth of the well of the Itza,” is in Yucatec Maya. The Mexican government awarded America’s Carnegie Institute a permit to conduct extensive excavation and restoration of the Temple of Warriors and the Caracol in 1923. The Mexican government pitched in, aw well. They excavated and restored El Castillo and the great Ball Court. The arial views of this is stunning. It really gives you an idea of the depth of knowledge of engineering, even way back in the day.

2. Christ the Redeemer

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Flickr: bbmexplorer

You can see from the photo just how breath-taking this statue and its location is. This unbelievably huge Art Deco statue of Jesus Christ is Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, is one of the biggest statues of Christ in the world. It was #1, in fact, until it was topped by Christ the King statue in Poland in 2010. Christ the Redeemer is 98 ft. tall plus a 26 ft. tall pedestal. His arms stretch over 92 ft. wide. I am pretty sure that makes him bigger than Godzilla. 

3. The Great Wall of China

The Great Wall of China is a part of just about every “World Wonders” list for obvious reasons. Built with stone, brick, tamped earth, wood, and other materials. The Wall goes east-to-west across northern borders of China to protect the Empire. Not going to lie, I would feel pretty safe behind a wall that huge.

4. Machu Picchu

This unbelievable city is located in present-day Cusco Region, Urubamba Province, Machupicchu District in Peru. The Incas built this massive estate around 1490, but it was sadly abandoned during the Spanish Conquest. It is continuously being restored, even to this day, but just the sheer engineering behind it is astounding. And, no, this isn’t Winterfell.

5. Petra

This historic archaeological city in the southern Jordanian government of Ma’an is famous for its rock-cut exterior and extensive water conduit system. It’s thought that this city, known as the “Rose City” because of the color of its stone, could have been built as early as 312 BCE and served as the capital city of the Nabataeans. Today, it is Jordan’s most visited tourist attraction. Talk about your favorite hole in the wall!

6. The Taj Mahal

The Taj Mahal, which means the “Crown of Palaces,” is a white marble mausoleum in Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India. Mughal emperor Shah Jahan built it in memory of his third wife, Mumtaz Mahal. Construction lasted about 20 years and the beautiful building because a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983. I hope when I die someone builds me something this ornate.

7. The Colosseum

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Flickr: picmasta

The Colosseum, AKA the Flavian Amphitheater, is in the center of Rome, Italy. Completely built out of concrete and stone, it remains the largest amphitheater to date. It took ten years to complete and had a variety of uses: gladiatorial contests, public spectacles, executions, re-enactments of famous battles, and Classical mythology dramas. If you’ve ever seen the movie Gladiator, you know just how important this place was to the Romans, especially to Commodus. The film only bases their character on the real Emperor, but his reality seems even worse. He went down as one of the cruelest psychopaths in Roman history for a variety of reasons including killing his own sister, hosting orgies with hundreds of children, and participated in gladiator contests where he was given weapons and the gladiators were only provided with wooden swords. Sounds like a fair fight to me.

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