So most of us know that there are seven (and sometimes argued eight) wonders of the world. But with so many different lists of the seven wonders it’s difficult to remember all of them. So MyTravelMoney.co.uk have written up this list of the New Seven Wonders of the World as decided in 2007.
Chichén Itzá, Mexico
The mysterious city of Chichén Itzá is filled with ancient ruins built by the Mayan civilization. The Maya are probably best known for their development of calendrical systems and astronomy among others. They were an incredible civilization known for their mastering of mathematics and their elaborate ceremonial architecture which was made without metal tools or even the invention of the wheel! Chichén Itzá has lots to see and you really couldn’t be disappointed with the wealth of rich history and mystique that it has to offer.
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Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro is considered the largest art deco statue in the world standing at a sweeping 130ft tall! The statue is a symbol of peace and took nine years (1922-1931) to construct. The tall and imposing statue is really a true awe-inspiring site and one of much importance to its people.
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The Great Wall of China is actually made up of many different walls and is 8,851.8 km long if you include the trenches and rivers in-between the separate bits of wall. Unfortunately it’s been debunked as a myth that you can see it from the moon and no conclusive evidence has proved so. Still the magnificence and length of the wall are impressive enough and whilst you might not be tempted to walk the whole thing, seeing the Great Wall of China is definitely something you should aim to do if you’re curious.
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Machu Picchu, often referred to as the Lost City of the Incas, was built around 1450 and is believed to have been built as an estate for the Inca emperor Pachacuti. Whilst it has been rebuilt some, the age of Machu Picchu and its historic importance is breathtaking and to visit such a site is incredible. Even those with little time or patience for history would soon change their mind at the sight of this important relic.
Petra is well known for its incredible rock-cut architecture, in which magnificent buildings are carved into the stone, and its water conduit system. UNESCO has described it as “one of the most precious cultural properties of man’s cultural heritage.” It’s thought that settlements begun here around 1550-1292 BC in the eighteenth dynasty of Egypt. In fact you might’ve seen it inadvertently as it’s featured in many films including Indian Jones and the Last Crusade.
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The Colosseum is the largest amphitheatre in the Roman Empire and is a well-known icon of Italy. Originally used for gladiatorial contests, executions and plays amongst other things, the Colosseum was mainly for public entertainment. Most incredibly are the reports from ancient writers that the Colosseum was sometimes filled with water to recreate famous sea battles.
The Taj Mahal is a mausoleum situated in Agra, India. The interior chamber of th Taj Mahal is opulent in its design with inlaid precious and semi-precious gems and jewels as well as a wealth of marble and jade included in its design. The Mausoleum was built by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved third wife. The Taj Mahal is a place for forgiveness and spirituality, many are inspired by the love story behind it.