New 7 Wonders of the World
I guess many of you heard about Seven Wonders Of The Ancient World. But do you know that there was a project called “New Seven
Wonders of the World” which attempts to revive the same concept with a list of modern wonders. And the result had been announced on
July 7.2007 in Lisbon, Portugal. These New 7 wonders of the world have been elected by more than 100 million votes through internet
or by telephone.
* Without ranking order.
The Roman Colosseum (70 – 82 A.D.) Rome, Italy
The Colosseum, (the Flavian Amphitheatre) is one of Rome’s most famous buildings and enduring monuments to the culture of the ancient Romans. Construction was initiated by the Emperor Vespasian around 72 AD. His son Titus reigned over its completion and the official opening ceremonies, about 8 years later, in 80 AD. It was built near the site of Nero’s Domus Aurea “Golden House”. This is significant in that his successor, Vespasian wanted to erase the memory of Nero’s extravagant reign from the minds of Romans. It got its popular name, the Colosseum, because of Nero’s colossus (120 ft. high) statue of himself, which was nearby. The Colosseum was the Empire’s primary stage for gladiatorial combat for nearly 4 centuries. In a show of Rome’s wealth and extravagance, during the opening ceremonies in 80 AD, 100 days of the games were held.
The Pyramid at Chichén Itzá (before 800 A.D.) Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico
The sacred city of the Itza, called Chichen-Itza (chee-chehn eet-sah) in Maya, is located 75 miles east of Merida, the Capital of the State of Yucatan, Mexico. This archaeological site is rated among the most important of the Maya culture and covers an area of approximately six square miles where hundreds of buildings once stood. Now most are mounds, but about thirty may still be seen by tourists.
Petra (9 B.C. – 40 A.D.), Jordan
The giant red mountains and vast mausoleums of a departed race have nothing in common with modern civilization, and ask nothing of it except to be appreciated at their true value – as one of the greatest wonders ever wrought by Nature and Man.
Although much has been written about Petra, nothing really prepares you for this amazing place. It has to be seen to be believed.
Machu Picchu (1460-1470), Peru
The Incan built structure has been deemed the “Lost Cities”, unknown until its relatively recent discovery in 1911. Archaeologists estimate that approximately 1200 people could have lived in the area, though many theorize it was most likely a retreat for Incan rulers. Due to it’s isolation from the rest of Peru, living in the area full time would require traveling great distances just to reach the nearest village.
The Great Wall of China (220 B.C and 1368 – 1644 A.D.) China
The Great Wall is the world’s longest human-made structure, stretching over approximately 6,400 km (4,000 miles) from Shanhaiguan in the east to Lop Nur in the west, along an arc that roughly delineates the southern edge of Inner Mongolia, but stretches to over 6,700 km (4,160 miles) in total. It is also the largest human-made structure ever built in terms of surface area and mass. At its peak the Ming Wall was guarded by more than one million men. Many thousands of Chinese people died as part of the centuries-long project of building the wall.
Christ Redeemer (1931) Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
The Statue of Christ the Redeemer history starts in the XVIth Century when the Portuguese named the mountain Pináculo da Tentação (The Pinnacle [peak] of Temptation), alluding to the Biblical Mountain. This statue of Jesus stands some 38 meters tall, atop the Corcovado mountain overlooking Rio de janeiro. Designed by Brazilian.
The Taj Mahal (1630 A.D.) Agra, India
An immense mausoleum of white marble, built in Agra between 1631 and 1648 by order of the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his favourite wife, the Taj Mahal is the jewel of Muslim art in India and one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world’s heritage.