Of the 21 monuments that were chosen for the 2007 vote, only 7 could be part of the new wonders: Internet users had to make a difficult choice among all the wonderful architectures!
It was in 1999 that the Swiss businessman Bernard Weber had a big project to create a list of 7 new wonders of the world. To do this, he went in search of monuments on all continents that could carry strong architectural, aesthetic or historical values. It is a personal initiative that merges with the world heritage of mankind, but takes on the characteristics of the 7 ancient wonders of the world.
Each country was able to nominate unique places of its kind, and eventually a list of 21 elements was created. In order to find the 7 who will receive the title of “miracle”, a big vote was organized on the website “The New 7 Wonders”. In particular, the Eiffel Tower in Paris (France), the Sydney Opera House (Australia), the Acropolis of Athens (Greece) and the Stonehenge site (United Kingdom) competed. On July 7, 2007 in Lisbon (07/07/07) the ranking was revealed: here is the presentation of the seven new wonders of the world!
1. The Great Wall of China
The Great Wall of China was built to defend China's northern border. Its surface area, length and thickness are very impressive as no other architectural structure can compare to it. The ramparts form a total of more than 6,700 kilometers long, which attracts many tourists every year. Contrary to popular belief, we can't see it from the Moon!
Photo credit: Wikimedia – Jakub Halun
2. The city of Petra (Jordan)
This city, located in modern-day southern Jordan, was founded in ancient times. Petra at that time was close to the main trade routes: caravans could transport spices and incense to the Mediterranean countries. It was chosen as the second new wonder of the world because the facades of the monuments are directly carved into the rock.
Photo credit: Wikimedia – Diego Delso
3. Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio, Brazil
Christ the Redeemer is the large iconic statue of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. At the top of the hill, at an altitude of 710 meters, it dominates the city. Its proportions are impressive: 38 meters high, 1145 tons mass, its total area is 100 m². The idea was to build a large religious monument at the top of Corcovado, a successful initiative as many visitors come every year to take pictures of the statue and the incredible panorama.
Photo credit: Wikimedia – Rodrigo Gomes da Paixão
4. Machu Picchu in Peru
Machu Picchu is an ancient Inca city located in Peru. It is built on a large rocky surface that unites the mountains. Its name translates as “old mountain” or “old peak”. Historians have two hypotheses about this village: it served either as an imperial residence or as a place of religious worship. Machu Picchu can be reached by various hiking trails on the edge of the Amazon forest.
Photo credit: Wikimedia – Pedro Szekely
5. Chichenica archaeological site in Mexico
The Chichen Itza site includes El Castillo, a very ancient pre-Columbian monument located on the Yucatan Peninsula. Over 1,000 years old, the Mayans built it in honor of Kukulcan (the Feathered Serpent God). This temple is 30 meters high and has 365 steps to reach the top. The pyramid is one of the most famous places in Mexico, especially because the structure reveals incredible plays of light and shadow during the spring and autumn equinoxes.
Photo credit: Wikimedia – Daniel Schwen
6. The Colosseum in Rome, Italy
The Colosseum is a huge amphitheater built during the Roman Empire. It was used for battles between wild beasts, gladiators, chariot races, or even public events such as executions of condemned people or theatrical performances. Capable of holding between 50,000 and 75,000 spectators, it represents the symbolic strength of Rome despite the devastation caused by the earthquakes.
Photo credit: Wikimedia – Diliff
7. Taj Mahal in India
Taj Mahal (translation: “Crown Palace”) is the tomb of the Mughal emperor and his wife. The mausoleum combines several architectural styles: Islamic, Iranian, Indian… which creates a unique and original monument. It has great symbolic value as it represents eternal love between two people. The marble building is surrounded by a garden with a pleasant and peaceful atmosphere, ideal for a romantic stroll.
Photo credit: Wikimedia – Jan
Where are the new 7 wonders of the world?
This world map will allow you to locate each of the new seven wonders of the world. You might even consider taking a world trip visiting these wonders!
We remind you that the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) after publishing the “ranking” reaffirmed that it has nothing to do with Mr. Bernard Weber's initiative and the result reflects the opinion of people who have access to the Internet. “The New 7 Wonders of the World list is the result of a private initiative, reflecting only the opinion of the public with access to the Internet, not the opinion of the entire world. »
Main photo credit: Wikimedia – Pedro Szekely
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