The New Seven Wonders of the World
New7Wonders of the World was a campaign created to choose 7 Wonders of the World from a vast selection of existing monuments. The poll was led by a man called Bernard Weber and organized by the New7Wonders Foundation which is based in Zurich, Switzerland. These were the 7 monuments that were chosen:
Great Pyramid of Gaza
This is a monument of honorary status, and is located in Giza Necropolis, Egypt, built as far back as 2560 BC. People to this day, are still baffled as to how this pyramid was created. The manpower behind creating such a thing would have been massive – and it was done without any sort of machinery. It is a monument that is also one of the greatest mysteries on Earth.
Great Wall of China
This is a monument, obviously located in China, built around 700 BC. It is a huge and long wall that was built to protect the Chinese against various nomadic groups. Before brick was used in the building of it, it consisted of rammed earth, wood, as well as stones. The wall is 21,19618 million meters/21,196 kilometers/13,170 miles long.
Petra is a monument that is found in Ma’an Jordan, built around 312 BC. Originally, it was known as Raqmu. It is found in Southern Jordan, and is a historical and archeological city. It can be found around Jabal Al-Madbath in a basin that is surrounded by mountains which form part of the Arabah valley, which runs from the Dead Sea to the Gulf of Aqaba.
The colosseum is a ginormous oval-shaped amphitheatre found in Rome, Italy, and was built around 80 AD. It is built of travertine limestone, volcanic rock, and brick-faced concrete. In its prime, it could hold 50 to 80 thousand spectators. It will forever be an iconic symbol of Imperial Rome.
Chichen Itza was a large pre-Columbian city that the Maya people of the Terminal Classic period built, around 600 AD. It is an archeological site found in Tinúm Municipality, Yucatán State, Mexico. Chichen Itza was one of the largest Maya cities and had one of the most varied populations of the Maya world.
Machu Picchu is a 15th century Inca citadel, found in the Eastern Cordillera of southern Peru in the Cuzco Region, built around 1450 AD. It sits on a mountain ridge that is 7,970 feet. Many archaeologists believe that the citadel was built for the Inca emperor Pachacuti. It is the most popular image of Inca civilization.
The Taj Mahal was built around 1643 AD, and is a white mausoleum made of marble, found in Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India. The Mughal emperor commissioned it to be built, as the tomb of his favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal, lies within. Shah Jahan’s tomb is there as well. This beautiful monument attracts between 7 and 8 million visitors a year.
Christ The Redeemer
Located in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and built in 1931 AD, the Art Deco statue of Christ the Redeemer stands tall. It is 30 meters (98 feet) in height, and the arms stretch 28 meters (92 feet) wide. The statue itself weighs 635 metric tons and is a cultural icon of Rio de Janeiro, and Brazil and most tourists who visit Brazil, make it a point to see this world wonder.