Seven Wonders of the Modern World

In 2000 the New Seven Wonders Foundation held a vote and as a result 100 million people voted for the Seven Modern Wonders of the World.  These modern wonders are a great addition to anyone’s bucket list.

The Great Wall

The Great Wall of China has been around for centuries and was built in order to keep out Mongol invaders from attacking the Chinese Empire.

The Wall is the largest man made structure in the world. It was constructed in the fifth century and is considered as one of the most extraordinary structures on the planet.  The wall sees around 70 000 visitors each day and this is just one part of the wall.

Christ the Redeemer

Christ the Redeemer Statue is in Rio de Janeiro.  Completed in 1931 the statue is 130 feet tall, 635 metric tons and is built on the Corcovado Mountain.

It is located in the Tijuca Forest National Park which overlooks the city.  It is made from reinforced concrete and soapstone and most of the $250 000 it cost to build it was donated.

Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu is an Inca citadel from the 15th century. Built on a mountain ridge it is 7970 ft above sea level.  It is believed by most archaeologists that Machu Picchu was constructed for emperor Pachacuti as an estate.  It is known as the “Lost City of the Incas”.

There are around 200 buildings and it is set in beautiful scenery.  There are many guided tours around the ruins and you will need to buy a ticket to enter the ruins.

Chichen Itza

Chichen Itza in Mexico and was built by the Mayans.  It is an archaeological site in Yucatan State.  There are various architectural styles resembling styles found in central Mexico and Northern Maya lowlands.

One of the largest Maya cities it is probably a mythical city referred to in Mesoamerican literature.  This site is very popular with over 2 million people visiting it each year.

Roman Coliseum

The Coliseum in the centre of Rome was built between 70 and 80 AD.  The largest amphitheatre in the world it is believed to have housed about 80 000 people.

It was used for many activities such as executions and dramas. It is the most visited monument in Italy and can get very busy during summer.  It is essential to buy tickets.

Taj Mahal

The Taj Mahal in India was built by Emperor Sha Jahan for his wife.  This stunning mausoleum was finished in 1648 and is made from while marble and has various architectural styles such as Islamic, Persian and Turkish.

It is 13 stories and is set in formal gardens. It’s a wonderful place to relax, and you can enjoy a bit of real slots NZ action on your phone if you have to wait awhile to take pictures without the crowds.

Petra

Petra in Jordan is a famous archaeological site and found outside of Amman and the town of Aqaba.  It is considered as Jordan’s greatest treasure and a popular tourist attraction.

It is not known for sure when it was built but the city prospered and became the capital of the Nabatean Empire and traded in frankincense, myrrh and spices.