Have you ever wondered about the Wonders of the World with awe? Are you one of those backpacker who dreams of visiting all of them? But you must be aware of different lists of the Wonders of the World that have been compiled from the ancient times to the present day for cataloguing world’s most magnificent natural wonders and manmade structures. Most prominent are being the Ancient or Classical and the Modern Seven Wonders of the World.
Magic of Number 7
The Seven Wonders of the World is the first recognized list of the top-most astonishing creations of classical antiquity. It was created by following guidebook trendy among Hellenic (Hellenic – a synonym for Greek.) tourists. Surprisingly, the list only includes such wonders that are to be found around the Mediterranean rim and in Mesopotamia.
Why New 7?
It was the Swiss entrepreneurs Bernard Weber and Bernard Piccard who took initiative to come up with a new list of Seven Wonders. It was indeed a necessity as only one sole survivor still exists out of seven wonders – the legendary Pyramids of Giza in Egypt. Interestingly, except Pyramids at Giza other Six Wonders vanished from the newly updated list. But the Pyramids at Giza have been included in the list as an honorary status along with 7 New Wonders.
New 7 Wonders of the World
New7Wonders of the World is a campaign (2000–2007) which was initiated in 2000. It was aimed at selecting the Wonders of the World from a short-listed 200 existing monuments. The New7Wonders Foundation, Zurich, Switzerland, organized the popularity poll and on 7 July 2007, the winners were announced in Lisbon.
The new seven modern wonders of the world are consists of the Taj Mahal of India, Machu Picchu of Peru, The Great Wall of China, Christ the Redeemer statue of Brazil, Chichen Itza of Mexico, Coliseum of Italy, Petra of Jordan.
1. The Taj Mahal, India
The Taj Mahal is a wonderful mausoleum made of white marble which is located on the banks of river Yamuna in Agra. It is regarded as the archetype of Indian Islamic architecture. In honour of his wife, Mumtaz Mahal it was carefully created by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan. The construction of Taj Mahal was completed in 1643, and it has been inspiring and influencing thousands of artists, poets, and sculptures from across the world.
2. Machu Picchu, Peru
In 1911, US explorer Hiram Bingham excavated this Inca site – Machu Picchu. It is situated in Andean mountain top. The Machu Picchu, now in a ruined state was a pre-Columbian city. the site remains undamaged even after centuries passed. It was built during the 15th century as a mountain retreat for the rulers of the Incas- Pachacuti Yupanqui. You can see some of the most astounding architectural designs that include terracing systems, water storage system and religious monuments.
3. The Great Wall of China
The Great Wall of China is a 2,400-km long wall that elongates along the southern side of China’s Mongolian plain. The Ch’in Emperor built it in the 3rd century. The successive dynasties appended it afterward. The purpose of building such a huge structure was to check the entry of northern nomads into China. The structure is so huge and long that it could be seen from the space.
4. Christ the Redeemer Statue, Brazil
Rio de Janeiro’s skyline is marked with an awesome statue of Jesus that stands 130 feet high. The statue with arms elegantly stretched out is the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue. It is located on the top of the Corcovado Mountain. It is an icon of Roman Catholicism in Brazil.
5. The Chichen Itza, Mexico
During the time of the Mayan civilization, the ancient city the Chichen Itza was established. Regarded as one of the most prosperous Mayan city, it is located in the northern part of the Yucatan Peninsula. The structures raised in Chichen Itza characterized by a blend of Mexican and Puuc architectural styles.
6. The famous Colosseum of Rome, Italy
The famous Colosseum of Rome is a grand amphitheatre that was built by the Roman Empire in the 1st century AD. It was designed to accommodate 50,000 spectators at a time. It is a huge and impressive structure with great historical significance. The Colosseum was built to host gladiatorial combats that were in fashion at that period of time.
7. Petra, Jordan
Petra, the capital city of the Nabateans during the 4th century is an old ruin in Jordan. For a long time, it was also a prominent religious center for the Arab world. Old structures, which are hundreds in number, still stand tall with pride in Petra. Some of the renowned structures are the Khazneh el-Farun and the El Deir.
How to See All Seven In 4 Weeks
Visiting Machu Pichu in Mexico, taking romantic sheltie at the Tajmahal or witnessing the never-ending Great Wall of China is everybody’s dream. Many of you must have had a future plan for this. But is it possible to cover all 7 wonders within 4 weeks if you visit them in a single tour? Yes, it is very much feasible. With some smart planning, researching hotels, flights, and booking hotels, sight-seeing and excursions you can easily visit all of the Seven Wonders of the World within 28 days. This is an ideal route that takes minimum time and quite convenient to cover all seven wonders – New Delhi – Agra – (New Delhi) – Beijing – (New Delhi) – Rome – Amman – Cancun – Rio de Janeiro – Cusco – (Rio de Janeiro) – Delhi
You should plan carefully to realize your dream of visiting all or any of the 7 Wonders of the World. You are now aware of the new wonders, their locations, and why they are famous for. Just act prudently by researching the sites and estimating the possible expenses. Don’t forget about other logistic arrangements including travel insurance and emergency plan. You may go on a one log trip covering all wonders or can focus on one at a time. So, it’s to take actions to realize your dream of visiting New 7 Wonders of the World.