First, I will familiarize you with the Original 7 wonders of the Ancient world. This list is thought to be compiled in the 5th century with the Greek historian Herodotus. This list was later compiled in the Middle Ages, even though most of these sites have been destroyed. IN 2007, MORE THAN 100 MILLION PEOPLE VOTED ON THE NEW SEVEN WONDERS OF THE WORLD, WHICH IS POSTED AFTER THIS ORIGINAL LIST.
Original 7 Wonders of the Ancient World
- Hanging Gardens of Babylon- 75 foot high multilevel gardens were supposedly built 600 BC by King Nebuchadnezzar. If existed, it is said to be destroyed by earthquake near Bagdad after the 1st century BC
- Statue of Zeus at Olympia- Built by the Greek sculptor Phidias around 435-450 BC. This 40 foot statue is believed to have been destroyed by fire in the 5th century.
- Temple of Artemis at Ephesus- A series of temples to honor Greek goddess Artemis built around 550 BC. It was burned down by fire in the 5th century. Its remains are now in Turkey.
- Mausoleum at Halicarnassus-a white marble tomb, 135 ft high, buit in about 350 BC. Built as a burial place for Mausolus, the king in the Persian Empire. It was damaged by an earthquake around 15th century.
- Colossus fo Rhodes- 100 foot statue of the Greek god Helios built around 280 BC, and took more than a decade to built was destroyed by an earthquake 60 years later.
- Lighthouse of Alexandria- Built on a small island near Alexandria called Pharos around 270 BC. It was about 380 feet high, three tiered and was one of the tallenst structures on Earth. Destroyed by earthquakes at the end of the 14th century.
- Great Pyramid of Gisa- The only 7 Wonders of the Ancient world still standing. Built circa 2550 BC as the tomb for 4th dynasty Egyptian Pharaoh Khufu. Its base of 13 sq acres and height of 450 feet took 2.3 million blocks of stone to build
New 7 Wonders of the World
A must see for all world travelers
Great wall of China- The great wall is a succession of multiple walls spanning approx 4,000 miles, making it the world’s longest manmade structure. Built to protect the borders of the Chinese Empire from invading Mongols, between 5th century BC and 16th Century.
Christ the Redeemer Statue- You can see this in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The 130 foot concrete and soapstone statue was built at a cost of approximately $250,000, in which most of the money was donations. Since 1931 it has been an eternal blessing for the Brazilians and awesome sight.
Machu Picchu- An Inca city thought by scholars to have been a sacred archaeological center for the Incan capital of Cusco. It is between two towering Andean peaks built in the mid-1400’s. It was abandoned and rediscovered in 1911. The site can only be reached by foot, train or helicopter.
Chichen Itza- In the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico, near Cancun, lies these ruins. Built by the genius and adaptability of the Mayan it is believed to be a powerful trading and political center for cloth, slaves,honey and salt .
Roman Colosseum- In Rome, Italy this colosseum is the most sought after tourist site. It was built between 70 & 80 AD and was used for over 500 years. It sat 50,000 spectators, who watch the gladitorial events and other public events. Earthquakes and stone-robbers have left the colosseum in a state of ruins, but is being restructure and is remains open to tourists.
Taj Majal- In Agra, India stands this mausoleum commissioned for the wife of Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan. Built between 1632-1648, this white marble mausoleum represents Persian, Islamic, Turkis and Indian achitectural styles. It also encompasses formal gardens, sunken flower beds and a linear reflection pool.
Petra- In Jordan, it likely was in its prime from 9 BC to AD 40. This early civilization proved to be experts in manipulating water technology. It is constucted of intricate tunnels and water chambers. It consists of a number of incredible structure carved into ste, a 4,000 seat amphitheater and the El-Deir monastery.
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