The original 7 wonders were first listed by the ancient greeks. They were fascinated by certain man made structures and natural wonders of the world they knew so far: the mediterranean area. But nowadays we are very lucky to have great wonders like Machu Picchu, Taj Mahal and others.
Amazing things like the Colossus of Rhodes, the hanging gardens of Babylon and the only one that still remains: the Great Giza Pyramid, were in that first list. Based on that previous list; the swiss company, The New 7 Wonders Foundation create an online pool where around 100 millions people voted for their favorite and name what are now known as the New 7 Wonders of the World.
Of course there was some issues regarding how were the 7 wonder chosen. Rumor has it that the foundation asked for some “sponsorships” to the contestants in order to make the cut and get in the list as some not very clear voting system. But let’s leave that situation behind and let’s focus in the greatness of every one of the new wonders, because they are great anyway. aren’t they?
The first One we want to talk about, of course, it’s our own wonder Machu Picchu. The citadelle is one of the few pre-columbian structures that remain now a day and that were not destroyed by the Spanish Conquerors. Built around the mid 15th century as a center for retreat to the inca Pachacuti.
Christ the Redeemer
the 30m statue of Jesus Christ was created by french sculptor Paul Landowski between 1922 and 1930. The main reason to build the Christ who overlook the city of Rio de Janeiro, was because the catholic circle of Rio said that somehow the people of the city was walking away from god; so this would be a reminder.
The great Wall of China
700 years before christ the first fortifications were built. They were made with wood, tamped earth and others materials as a separated series of walls and that was the beginning of what is called today the Great Wall of China. Its function was to protect the chinese empire from the constant invasions from nomads tribes.
Petra was an amazing archaeological city carved in the red rocks of Jabal Al-Madbah a mountain of Jordan. Called by its original inhabitants Raqmu; it is believed that it was built 9000 years BC. It was named world heritage in 1985. Petra was home for the traders nomads of the area and soon becoming the most important trading center of the region.
Chichen Itza was a great city built by the Maya civilization in what is nowadays Yucatan in the year 600 A.D. Chichen Itza was one of the largest cities of the Maya. The city was inhabited for differents people from the Mayan culture, and you can note it in their diverse architecture styles.
The Colosseum or Coliseum is an oval amphitheater in the city of Rome, Italy. It was built between year 72 A.D and 80 A.D and is the largest amphitheater ever built. More than 50.000 people can sit inside the Coliseum to enjoy gladiators contest, publics shows, animal hunts, etc.
Built out of white ivory in the city of Agra, India; the Taj Mahal was a mausoleum for Mumtas Majal, the favorite wife of the Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan. The other tomb in the mausoleum is from Shah Jahan, the one who built it. The tomb of Mumtas majal is in the center of a 17-hectare complex, that includes a mosque, a guest house, and a set of gardens. The construction of The building began in 1632 and finished in 1643.