The New7Wonders Foundation was established in 2001 and initiated a worldwide campaign that asked individuals to decide on what they considered to be the new Seven Wonders of the World – since only the Great Pyramids (part of the original Seven Wonders) still stand today. After tabulating more than 100 million votes over several years, the New7Wonders Foundation announced that the following seven destinations received the most votes, each offering a unique opportunity to discover a new corner of the world with intriguing historical significance.
1. GREAT WALL OF CHINA
Spanning more than 13,000 miles, the Great Wall of China is one of the largest man-made structures on earth
No wonder the Great Wall occupies the first spot on the list for world travel- it is the man-made wonder of the world and spans across more than 13,000 miles (21,000+km) across China. It was started as early as 200BCE, yet most of what remains was built during the Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644). The wall is constructed of earth, stone, wood, and compacted mud.
2. PETRA (JORDAN)
The intricately carved facades of Petra are a marvel
Located in the Southern region of Jordan, Petra is the nation’s most visited tourist spot, yet still retains an air of mystery, when it comes to the 7 Wonders of the World, due to its remote location. It showcases the original Nabatean civilization’s knack for carving intricate and incredibly durable architecture (Petra is more than 2,500 years old!). Petra was named to UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 1985.
3. THE COLOSSEUM
The Colosseum’s astounding architecture once made it the central point of Rome
More than 2,000 years ago, the first stone foundations were laid underneath The Colosseum - founding what would later become the central point in the City of Rome. Symbolic of gladiatorial contests and theatrical productions, and originally configured to house as many as 80,000 spectators, the Colosseum is a marvel of Roman engineering. The wonders of Italy can be on a list of their own because between the Colosseum, the Duomo, the basilicas, piazzas, and sculptures, the art, and the architecture will take your breath away when you embark on the Insider’s Italy journey.
4. CHICHEN ITZA (MEXICO)
El Castillo is a pyramid-shaped temple built by the Mayans in Mexico
Located just inland from the tip of the Yucatan Peninsula, Chichen Itza was originally a large Mayan city that now draws nearly 1.5 million visitors from around the world - most drawn to the area by the lure of ancient architectural sites. One of the most popular structures is El Castillo (“the Castle”), a pyramid-shaped temple that was constructed between the beginning of the 8th century, all the way up to the 12th century.
5. MACHU PICCHU
Machu Picchu’s high altitude provide breathtaking views in Peru
The Incas has a thing for altitude, so prepare for thin air and lots of physical exercise when you visit the citadel known as Machu Picchu - located in the mountains of Peru, in the Cusco region. Most historians think the site was created as a massive estate for emperor Pachacuti. Today, more than 400,000 people visit the area each year to witness and experience one of the great wonders of the world.
6. TAJ MAHAL
The Taj Mahal, located in North-central India, is an architectural wonder
Literally translated as “Crown of the Palace,” the Taj Mahal sees about 8 million visitors a year and was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983. It was completed in 1653 and cost about $827 million in today’s dollars. This inspiring area in North-central India is an absolute must-see. Upon a 10-day journey through Northern India, the Taj Mahal won’t be the only highlight that will leave an impact on you during your world travel. You’ll have the opportunity to visit the red sandstone city of Fatehpur Sikri, the City Palace in Udaipur, and the marble temples of Eklingi.
7. CHRIST THE REDEEMER
The newest of the Seven Wonders, Christ the Redeemer overlooks Rio De Janeiro from high above
Crafted of Soapstone by French sculptor Paul Landowski, Christ the Redeemer is the newest of the New Seven Wonders, and was commissioned in the early 1930s. Weighing 700 tons and measuring 98 feet tall and 92 feet wide, the statue maintains constant vigil over the bustling city of Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. A planned day to see this wondrous monument is but one stop on the excursion through the Wonder of the World journey that will take you through Buenos Aires, Iguazu, and Rio de Janeiro. Walk to the top of the Floriana falls in Iguazu, take in the vibrant colors and culture of Buenos Aires, including the Recoleta Cemetary where Eva Peron was buried, and tour the famed Copacabana!
In addition to these New Seven Wonders of the World, the Great Pyramids of Giza still retain honorary status as a vital destination for adventurous travelers of the world. Visit the New 7 Wonders of the World over the course of your lifetime, and you’ll experience a series of journeys that showcase the most unique travel destinations the world has to offer.