The 7 wonders of the world are now broadly classified into the ones founded in ancient era and the ones that are now a part of modern civilization. The number seven is donated to them as the Greeks thought of it as a sign of perfection and plenty.
History: The Ancient 7 Wonders of the World
Out of the ancient seven, the very first one to reach completion was the Great Pyramid built in Giza, Egypt. This pyramid is constructed with the labor and sweat of over one hundred thousand slaves over the course of many years. It is rumored that there is a treasure buried beneath it just like other Egyptian architectures,
After the Great Pyramid, the list of the classic Seven Wonders of the World had these six other attractions.
The Hanging Gardens of Babylon: It is is traditionally said to be situated in the ancient city of Babylon. It is the only place whose accurate location is yet to be definitively established.
The Statue of Zeus at Olympia: It was a massive seated statue of the Greek god Zeus, about 43 ft. tall. It was destroyed during the 5th century AD, with no real proof of its existence.
The Temple of Artemis: It was a temple dedicated to the Greek goddess Artemis. It was said to be located in Ephesus, an extinct city in Turkey.
The Mausoleum at Halicarnassus: It was a tomb sculpted at four ends to reach an extra ordinary aesthetic triumph. It was situated in an ancient city in Turkey, later destroyed via frequent earthquakes.
The Colossus of Rhodes: It was also a Greek god sculpture in the Greek Islands. It met its end after several horrendous earthquakes.
The Lighthouse of Alexandria: It was claimed to be the tallest mad man structure for many centuries. Sadly, it has turned into ruins following natural disasters.
Out of these seven only the Great Pyramid still stands.
New 7 Wonders of the World: Beautiful and Mysterious
Although the historic wonders stand out as a magnificent piece of art, it is impossible to visit them now as they have become extinct with time. But the traditions of the ancient era were followed wholeheartedly in the modern world. Today we have a list of the most noteworthy and remarkable wonders that we can still visit and enjoy.
The Great Wall of China
It is a saying by Mao Zedong that ‘He who has not climbed the Great Wall is not a true man’. When visiting Beijing, a trip to this historic architecture is mandatory for every tourist. All the sections of the wall can be visited independently or with a guide. Mostly the tours are combined with several shopping stops for souvenirs and Ming Tombs. To stay within a budget, you may opt for hostels and take an independent trail instead of hiring a tour guide.
Petra – Jordon
The ancient capital city that flourished during the Roman Empire is now visible as pink stone ruins and carved façade. The beauty that this place hold is hard to describe in words, it should be rather felt and seen. Owing to its historic value, all the shops, homes, tombs to churches, are all carved in rosy rocks. Siq is its main entrance, and going through it is an adventure of its own. From sightseeing colored mountains to waking on the hiking trails; everything has its own personal charm and it truly is an experience of a lifetime. The city is quite big and you can stop at various stops for snacks and some light shopping. The only drawback one can think of is the slightly poor under foot which can cause strain, especially for the people with mobility problems.
The Colosseum, also referred to as the Flavian Amphitheatre, is the largest amphitheater to be ever built. It is located in the heart of Rome, Italy. Constructed from purely sand and concrete, the emperor Vespasian in AD 72 initially guided its construction. After he passed away, the Colosseum was built under his successor and heir Titus, and it was finished by AD 80.
The Colosseum is one of the most well-known monuments in the whole world, and has a huge historical as well as religious significance. With such a compelling history and a gorgeous structure, it is quite natural to have a desire to visit and explore the amphitheater; its enormous stadium, the underground chambers, exclusive arenas and tiers. If you wish to explore the stadium in quiet and peace, we would recommend a night tour. It will be a one-of-a-kind experience.
Chichen Itza literally translates into ‘at the mouth of the well of the Itza people’ in English. Dating back to the pre-Columbian Maya civilization in the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico, Chichen Itza is one of the largest archaeological and most visited tourist destinations. UNESCO chose it as one of the New7Wonders of the World in the year of 1988.
Chichen Itza has many fascinating vestiges and landmarks. Put on your most comfortable shoes, grab a pair of binoculars and explore the remains of the ancient city. Check out the Pyramid of Kukulcan, the most popular landmark, Interior Temple, the Great Market, Great Ballcourt, Temple of the Warriors, Temple of the Jaguars, Sweatbaths and Old Chichen, a section of the Maya Jungle Reserve and Nature Trails. Besides sightseeing, visitors can indulge in star-gazing, horseback riding, bird watching and attend musical and theatrical performances. If it will be your first trip ever, make sure you don’t fall for scammers who act as tour guide and charge too much money. It is better to hire a tour guide from a well-reputable company or download a guidebook on your smartphone.
Sitting high atop a mountainous ridge and surrounded by the wild Urubamba River, about 2,430 metres above the sea level, Machu Picchu is a 15th-century Inca citadel made up of cut stone. It is a multiplex network of palaces, ancient homes, plazas and temples that lure thousands of people to Peru from all over the globe.
Machu Picchu can be visited throughout the year, but the weather and crowds can be very unpredictable. It can be sunny one moment and raining cats and dogs the other. Try not to visit during the peak season which are the months of July and August if you wish to avoid crowds,. Bring a pair of your most comfortable walking shoes as there are no vehicles in the whole park. If you are good with hiking, walk up to the Wayna Picchu, the Moon Temple and the Great Cave.
The historic reserve of Machu Picchu has a large variety of flora. From dozens of species of orchids to swaying palms trees and ferns, the landscapes of Machu Picchu are alive with verdant greenery. It has abundant flora as well – there are spectacled bears, cock-of-the-rocks, wildcats, colorful butterflies and unique insects. In short, Machu Picchu is a complete package for every sort of traveler.
Taj Mahal, the Crown of Palaces, is the epitome of love. It is located in the city of Agra, India. Shah Jahan, a Mughal emperor, constructed the palace to hold the tomb of his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal. The ivory-white marble mausoleum spans over 42-acre and is bordered by immaculate gardens. The complex also houses a mosque and a guesthouse.
Taj Mahal is magnificently beautiful but the large crowds, expensive tickets and scammers can make your experience a little tiresome. Once you get past this all, the palace is a visual treat. It is best to visit in the cooler months- from October to February. Please keep in mind that the Taj Mahal is closed to public every Friday.
Christ the Redeemer
Christ the Redeemer is an Art Deco statue of Jesus Christ situated at the peak of the Corcovado Mountain, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. A Polish-French sculptor, Paul Landowsk, a Brazilian engineer, Heitor da Silva Costa, a French engineer, Albert Caquot and a Romanian artist, Gheorghe Leonida, collaborated and erected the renowned statue that stands 98 ft. tall.
The best way to reach the statue is to ride the train. On the way, you will see the fascinating sights of Corcovado National Park. When you reach the peak of the mountain, gaze at the city’s landscapes along with Cristo Redentor.
This was a little overview of the gorgeous 7 wonders of the world. There is no way that you could see them altogether at once or within a short span of time. If traveling to new places excites you and you enjoy the historical monuments, chances are that you will absolutely love these unique wonders. Keep a list, travel on and who knows, you may come across one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.