The seven modern wonders were voted for by millions of people
But, with only one still standing they also represent eras bygone.
In 2007, over 100 million people voted to refresh this list and declared the ‘New 7 Wonders of the World’.
Can you name them all?
The Great Pyramid has been standing for thousands of years
Great Pyramid of Giza, Egypt
This astounding ancient monument was built for Pharaoh Khufu between 2584 BC and 2561 BC.
At 146-metres tall, archeologists believe that Khufu’s pyramid was the tallest structure in the world for about 3,800 years.
As the only Ancient Wonder of the World to remain, its been left in a pristine condition and attracts millions of tourists every yea.
Fun fact: It’s estimated that some 2.3 million stone blocks were used to build this wonder and it took 20 years to complete.
Great Wall of China, China
The Great Wall is a series of fortifications built nearly 1,800 years ago. Tens of millions visit this national Chinese symbol ever year.
The best preserved section of the Great Wall was built in the 14th through to 17th Centuries during the Ming Dynasty, to prevent invaders from entering China.
Fun fact: The Great Wall is actually many walls that overlap or run parallel to each other. The combined length of those walls is estimated to be 13,170-miles long.
It’s so long in fact, there are reports you can see it from space.
The Great Wall of China is a popular tourist trap
Christ the Redeemer Statue, Rio de Janeiro
Standing like a protector over Rio de Janeiro since 1931, at 30-metres tall, this Art Deco-style status is a symbol of Christianity across the world.
This concrete and soapstone statue was designed by Heitor da Silva Costa, costing around £178,000 to build.
Fun fact: In 2001, Austrian BASE jumper Felix Baumgartner completed the world’s lowest ever BASE jump off the arm of the statue, in a staggering two and a half seconds.
Machu Picchu, Peru
This lost Incan citadel is perched between two towering Andean peaks and remains largely intact.
It is thought that Machu Picchu, meaning ‘old mountain’, was probably built as a royal outpost for the Incan emperor Pachacuti Inca Yupanqui and was built at the peak of the Incan Empire in the mid-1400s.
Today, the ancient site attracts over one million people visit every year and can only be reached by foot, train or helicopter due to its remote location.
Fun fact: Machu Picchu was discovered in 1911, by an American explorer named Hiram Bingham. He was exploring the country when a local farmer told hum about the ruins, leading him to ‘discover’ Machu Picchu.
Maccu Piccu is a relic from the height of the Incan empire
Taj Mahal, India
This shimmering ivory-while mausoleum lies on the bank of the Yamuna river and is a homage to Mughal emperor Shah Jahan’s third wife.
Close to the city of Agra, it took 20,000 workers and sixteen years to build. In 1983 it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is regularly considered a national symbol of India.
It received over six million visitors in 2016.
Fun fact: In February 1992, Diana, the Princess of Wales, was photographed sitting alone on the bench in front of this majestic building. Ever since, this chair has been known as ‘Lady Di’s chair’ and millions of visitors visit every year to recreate this classic shot.
The lost city of Petra was built by the Nabateans who lived in the Wadi Musa valley for over 400 years.
The name of the site ‘Petra’ is Greek for ‘rock’, which serves as no coincidence because the city was carved inside a deep red sandstone rock.
Made up of hundreds of tombs, house and even a theatre, entrance to the city is through a narrow path about 1km wide with a cliff on each edge.
Attracting over 450,000 visitors every year, the first thing you see when you enter is the iconic carved Treasury (Al Khazneh).
It is believed that only 15 per cent of the city has been uncovered so far, with the other 85% remaining underground.
Fun fact: Film buffs will recognise the city of Petra from Indiana Jones’ Raiders of the Lost Ark during his hunt for the holy grail. Several scenes from this 1981 Hollywood blockbuster were filmed in Petra, including a sandstone slot canyon known as the Siq that leads directly to Al Khazneh.
The site of Petra is the remnants of a stone city
Chichén Itzá, Mexico
This Wonder of the World is the ancient Mayan city is one of Mexico’s most visited tourist destinations.
Throughout its 1,000-year history, different groups have left their mark on the city, shown through the Maya-Toltec civilisations stone monuments.
Several buildings still stand in pristine condition, such as the Warriors’ Temple, El Castillo and the circular observatory, El Caracol. In 1988 it was awarded UNESCO World Heritage status.
Fun fact: Chichén Itzá is known for its unusual acoustics. If you clap one from one end of the Ball Court, it produces nine echoes in the middle of the court.
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