- The New 7 Wonders of the World, officially spelled as New7Wonders of the World, was a campaign that lasted from 2000 to 2007 with a goal of selecting the new seven world wonders from over 200 famous monuments in the world.
- The New seven wonders of the world are: Great Wall of China, Petra, Christ the Redeemer, Machu Picchu, Chichen Itza, Colosseum, and Taj Mahal.
- The colossal statue of Jesus Christ found on the top of Mount Corcovado in Rio de Janeiro was conceived around the time World War I ended when many Brazilians started fearing that a tide of “godlessness” would hit their country.
- Petra is the place that is believed to be where Moses struck a rock and managed to get water to come out of it.
- The process of building the Taj Mahal lasted for 22 years and it required over 20,000 workers.
The New 7 Wonders of the World, officially spelled as New7Wonders of the World, was a campaign that lasted from 2000 to 2007 with a goal of selecting the new seven world wonders from over 200 famous monuments in the world. This was a popularity poll that was organized by the New7Wonders Foundation, and the winners were announced on July 7th, 2007.
Supposedly, over 100 million votes were cast by telephone or over the Internet. However, many considered the poll to be unscientific, despite its enormous size. The contest in general was criticized by many, while others praised it. UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization) provided help at the beginning of this contest but distanced itself later on.
Still, the contest was successfully completed and we got our new seven wonders of the world, so let’s see which monuments took the prize. The Great Pyramid of Giza was not included among the seven winners but was given an honorary status among the winners of the competition.
For other lists of Wonders of the World, please see the following:
- Seven Wonders of the Modern World
- The Seven Wonders of the Modern World were chosen by the American Society of Civil Engineers to showcase the most impressive man-made structures in the world.
- Seven Natural Wonders of the World
- The Seven Natural Wonders of the World is an unofficial list of the most spectacular places in nature found all across the world.
- Seven Wonders of the Ancient World
- The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World include picks from ancient times, such as the Lighthouse of Alexandria, the Temple of Artemis, the Statue of Zeus of Olympia, the Colossus of Rhodes, and the Hanging Gardens of Babylon.
- Seven Wonders of the Medieval World
- The Seven Wonders of the Medieval World gather the most impressive wonders of the Middle Ages such as the Stonehenge, the Hagia Sophia, and the Leaning Tower of Pisa.
7. Christ The Redeemer - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
This is a colossal statue of Jesus Christ found on the top of Mount Corcovado in Rio de Janeiro. The statue was conceived around the time World War I ended when many Brazilians started fearing that a tide of “godlessness” would hit their country. They decided that they will build a statue of Jesus Christ to fight off that tide, and it was designed by three sculptors, Carlos Oswald, Paul Landowski, and Heitor da Silva Costa.
The construction of the statue lasted for five years, between 1926 and 1931. The statue itself is 98 feet tall without the base, which is 26 feet tall itself, and its arms stretch for 92 feet. Christ the Redeemer is built in the Art Deco style, and it is the largest statue in that style ever built.
6. The Great Wall Of China - China
Contrary to popular belief, you won’t be able to see the Great Wall of China if you ever find yourself standing on the Moon. However, that does not make this monument any less impressive. It is one of the largest construction projects on our planet, and it is about 5,500 miles long. The people of China started building this huge wall in the 7th century BCE and continued building it over the course of two millennia.
It is a beautiful structure that is actually two parallel walls for the majority of its length. There are many watchtowers and barracks placed all across the wall, but the actual wall itself never really managed to provide much security. Its aim was to prevent raids and invasions from other nations, but it mostly failed in that mission.
5. Chichen Itza - Mexico
This Mayan city can be found on the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico, and like anything that is related to the Maya civilization, it is absolutely breathtaking and gives off a mysterious aura. The Ancient civilizations of Latin America really had a specific feeling to their culture that made them extremely unique when compared to other cultures from the past.
This particular city was flourishing during the 9th and 10th centuries CE, and it features many gorgeous temples and monuments. The Itza tribe lived in this city, and they were influenced by the Toltecs in their architecture. The pyramid that can be found in the middle of the city is called El Castillo, and it is 79 feet high. This pyramid has 365 steps, which shows how the Mayans were well versed in astronomy since that is the number of days in the solar year.
4. Petra - Jordan
Petra is an ancient city found in Jordan, inside of a remote valley between tall cliffs and mountains. One look at a picture of this city and you will want to visit it. Beautiful, large gates etched into a cliff give off an aura that is not unlike something straight out of a fantasy movie. Step aside, Middle-earth and Westeros, Petra is the place to visit if you want to feel like you are in a place where magic is possible.
On a more serious note, this place is believed to be where Moses struck a rock and managed to get water to come out of it. An Arab tribe called the Nabataeans made this place their capital, and it started flourishing and became a trade center. People were trading a variety of goods in Petra, but most notably spices. Once the trade routes shifted the city declined, and a huge earthquake in 363 CE followed by another one in 551 CE completely destroyed the city, and it was abandoned.
3. Machu Picchu - Peru
Possibly one of the more famous of the new seven wonders, Machu Picchu is an Incan site found in Peru. It was discovered in 1911 by mistake. Hiram Bingham, believed it to be Vilcabamba, a secret Incan stronghold. However, later it was discovered that it was indeed Machu Picchu, although the purpose of this place has confused scholars for years.
Many believed it to be a pilgrimage site, while others thought it was a retreat for members of royalty. We are still not completely certain about what the purpose of this place was, but it still earned a place on this list due to its magnificence. The ruins are almost intact and feature many temples, terraces, and plazas.
2. Colosseum - Rome, Italy
The Colosseum in Rome is another legendary monument. It was featured in multiple movies and the majority of our readers probably saw a picture of it somewhere, if they did not already visit it in person. It was built in the first century. The person that asked for it to be built was emperor Vespasian.
This amphitheater is considered an incredible feat of engineering, with an extremely elaborate set of vaults. It was able to hold 50,000 spectators in its day and was notable for holding brutal gladiator fights. These fights often featured men battling cruel, wild animals, all for the fun of Roman citizens. It is a shame that such a magnificent monument was used for such activities. It is believed that 500,000 people were killed in the Colosseum.
1. Taj Mahal - Agra, India
We will finish this list with perhaps the most famous mausoleum in the world. Taj Mahal can be found in Agra, India, and many consider it to be one of the most iconic monuments on our planet. It makes sense that we picked it as the one that would end our list. Emperor Shah Jahan was responsible for this building, and he did it in honor of his wife, Mumtaz Mahal, after her death.
The process of building the Taj Mahal lasted for 22 years and it required over 20,000 workers. Was it worth it? Well, once you take a look at it, it definitely seems like it was. The garden and the reflective pool alone are prettier than most other things in the world, and that is only the beginning. The mausoleum is built from white marble and is filled with many precious stones throughout its many patterns on the walls. It is truly a work of art.