We’ve all heard of the seven wonders of the world – but which stunning sites actually belong on the list? And how come these days there is still only a total of seven? I’ll explain all!

Everyone knows the 7 wonders of the world, right? Yeah, that’s what most think. But if you think a little longer, not all seven come straight to mind, right? So that next time you can list them all off the top of your head, I have prepared something for you: marvel at the 7 ancient wonders and at the same time take a look at the new wonders that our beautiful world has to offer! After reading this article, there will be no need to panic the next time this topic comes up.

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Introducing: the 7 ancient wonders of the world

We’ve all heard the term the Seven Wonders of the World. But did you know, that there is a difference between the old and new wonders? The myth of the Seven Wonders dates back to ancient times. The author Antipater of Sidon, a Phoenician writer from the second century B.C, mentioned The Pyramids of Giza in an epigram making these impressive buildings, which are still to this date, a popular destination for many tourists. In contrast, there is little more than ruins left of most of the others. In some instances, it’s hard to even see the remnants of their wonder.

  • The Pyramids of Giza
    These well-preserved structures are situated 20 kilometres outside of Cairo and can still be visited.
  • Mausoleum at Halicarnassus
    This impressive ruin of the tomb of Halicarnassus is found near Bodrum in Turkey.
  • The Colossus of Rhodes
    A 30-metre high statue of the Greek God of Sun, Helios, which stood at the harbour in Rhodes. Sadly there are no longer any remains of the statue, so you have to just trust the ancient traditions and believe.
  • Temple of Artemis at Ephesus
    The ancient temple was said to have been built in honour of the Greek deity, Artemis. You can visit the ruin near to Izmir in Turkey.
  • Hanging Gardens of Semiramis
    These famous gardens are perhaps more commonly known as the ‘Hanging Gardens of Babylon’. Their existence is forever being questioned as the exact location of where they should have been is uncertain.
  • The Statue of Zeus at Olympia
    A spectacular temple requires an as equally impressive statue. No wonder then that the Temple of Zeus in the Greek city of Olympia housed an approximately 12 metre high seated representation of him. However, it is said to have been destroyed in a fire.
  • The Pharos Lighthouse
    The small ancient island with the Pharos Lighthouse in the city of Alexandria is one of the 7 wonders of the world which we have to imagine. However, the sheer height of the tower carved from white stone impressed people for many centuries. An earthquake is said to have been responsible for the collapse of the tower. 

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The new 7 wonders of the world

Since 2007, there are officially now 7 new wonders of the world. More than 90 million people voted in a worldwide poll and celebrities including Hilary Swank, Ben Kingsley and Jennifer Lopez announced the winners on the 7th of July 2007 at a celebratory gala. You will definitely be familiar with some of the winners but others are perhaps not so well known. So, here’s an overview of all the new wonders of the world.

  • Petra, Jordan
    A unique collection of buildings carved into the rocks – like another world. Visitors are able to wander through the dried out riverbed to the various monuments and admire the rock-cut architecture.
  • The Great Wall of China
    Monumental and impressive, the largest man-made structure in the world stretches over 21,000km through China. Formerly used to connect fortresses, today the Great Wall of China is one of the most visited monuments in the world.
  • Chichen Itza, Yucatán
    Mexico’s history is as interesting as it is varied. Chichen Itza, a large Mayan city, was one of the biggest trade centres of the Mayans and can be discovered these days in the middle of the forest.
  • Christ the Redeemer in Rio
    The 32-metre high statue of Christ the Redeemer is the iconic monument of Rio de Janeiro. His wide outstretched arms seem to embrace the city. The statue is now a place of pilgrimage for Catholics.
  • The Colosseum in Rome
    Right in the heart of Rome, the world-famous Colosseum is one of the most visited monuments in the world. The ruins of the former amphitheatre still radiate an impressive splendour today, 2000 years after it was first built.
  • Inca town of Machu Picchu, Peru
    The city in the clouds on the Andes mountains was created by the Incas around 1440 and these days Machu Picchu is a very popular tourist destination in Peru. It’s no wonder as visitors can experience up close at 2350 metres high how the residents of the Andes lived. People say this place is magical.
  • Taj Mahal in India
    This remarkable mausoleum was built by the Great Mughal, Shah Jahan, for his wife. Here, he mourned her after she passed away. The white building remains a symbol of love even today.

Magical, extraordinary and absolutely worth a visit! Old or new, you simply have to see the seven wonders once in your life. What do you think? Which places also belong on the list in your opinion?

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