Seven Wonders of the World
In the mid-2000s, the famous Swiss Bernard Weber and the public organization New Open World Corporation created a unique project that should bring together all the greatest creations of mankind in the history of its existence. Thus was created a new project called “7 New Wonders of the World”.
The project has become so interesting to ordinary citizens that about 100 million people from all over the world wanted to take part in the voting. The final results of the voting became known in the summer of 2007 in the capital of Portugal, Lisbon.
Seven Wonders of the World
Chichen Itza is a wonder of the world!
Chichen Itza – the ancient capital of the Mayan civilization. It is located in the northern part of the Yucatan Peninsula (Mexico). Historians and archaeologists claim that Chichen Itza was fully built in the 7th century AD. and immediately became the main center of Maya culture. After 3 centuries, the Toltecs (another Indian civilization) captured the city and made it the capital of their kingdom. In 1178, on the orders of the ruler Hunak Keel, a new wonder of the world was devastated and fell into disrepair.
City of Peter – a new wonder of the world
The ancient city of Peter is a large and rich trading hub between the Mediterranean and the Red Seas. It was located near the capital of Jordan in the mountains of the Valley of Moses. Scientists estimate that the Arab tribes of the Nabataeans cut down the first caves in the rocks as early as 2000 BC. There were about 800 attractions, including a stunning amphitheater of almost 3,000 seats, luxurious temples, crypts, and it was all cut from stone! Over 500 years of construction, the city has developed so much that it has become one of the main outlets of the whole region. At the moment, only ruins of Petra remain, but the city deserves the title of a new wonder of the world!
Statue of Christ the Redeemer – an architectural masterpiece
The statue of Christ the Redeemer is the main symbol of Rio de Janeiro and the most visited attraction of Brazil. The statue was erected at the very top of Mount Corcovado, and for more than 80 years it has been pleasing not only the locals, but also millions of tourists every year. At the foot of the 38-meter wonder of the world is a special observation deck, offering stunning views of the Maracana Stadium, the golden beaches of Rio de Janeiro and the delightful Guanabara Bay. Surely, it bribed millions of people to vote for a new wonder of the world – the statue of Christ the Redeemer.
The Colosseum – a masterpiece of the Roman era
The Colosseum is considered to be the main symbol of the Roman Empire. It is interesting to know that the construction of this architectural masterpiece took only 8 years (from 72 to 80 AD). The opening of the Colosseum was accompanied by 100-day celebrations and a great tournament of gladiators, during which thousands of brave fighters killed about 5 thousand animals, specially brought from Africa Read more about the Coliseum in our separate article.
The Great Wall of China – a new wonder of the world!
The Great Wall of China is the largest defensive structure in the history of mankind. The total length of the wall, taking into account all the bends, is an incredible 6,000 km, and taking into account the branches, all 8,850 km! Grand construction began back in 210 BC, and ended only in the middle of the XVII century! It is interesting to know that the average height of the wall is almost 8 m. This allowed 5 foot soldiers or horsemen to move freely. Read more about the Great Wall of China in this article.
Machu Picchu – The Lost City of the Incas
Machu Picchu is the main fortress, cultural and spiritual center of the Inca people. Its construction began in the distant 1438 by the great ruler of Yupanqui. For nearly 100 years, the city flourished and developed: potatoes and maize were grown here right in the rocks on special terraces with earth! Massive protective walls and a wonderful climate allowed the Incas to live in harmony with nature and develop their culture. This continued until 1532, when the Spaniards invaded these lands and found the city of Machu Picchu. That year, local residents left their homes and completely left the city. In 1983, the entire territory of the “lost city of the Incas” was listed as a UNESCO heritage list, and in 2007 it was recognized as a new wonder of the world.
Taj Mahal – a new wonder of the world
In the long history of the Taj Mahal intertwined a huge number of legends, facts, stories and opinions. But still, historians largely agree that the construction of this wonder of the world ended in the 30s of the XVII century. It was built by the emperor Shah-Jahan for his late wife Mumtaz Mahal. For 22 years of constant work in the construction took part 20 thousand people, including the best architects not only in India, but also in Europe, Asia and the Middle East. At the moment, the Taj Mahal is the best example of Indian architecture and a symbol of eternal love. For this, he was awarded the title of one of the seven new wonders of the world.