You may be surprised how many seven wonders of the world lists you can find out there, from man-made to natural wonders, and from the ancient world to the modern. The first Seven Wonders of the Ancient World was created with only 7 wonders because the Greeks believed it represented perfection and plenty. Since it's original creation many other lists have been created and the original wonders have been revised over the centuries. In 2001 an initiative was started by a Swiss corporation to choose 7 New Wonders of the World from a selection of 200 existing monuments. This took place over several years and in 2007 on the 7th day of the 7th month the new winners were announced, with 1 honorable mention.
Great Wall of China
Built between the 5th century B.C. and the 16th century, the Great Wall of China is a stone-and-earth fortification created to protect the borders of the Chinese Empire from invading Monogols. With it's succession of multiple walls spanning approximately 4,000 miles makes it's the world's longest man-made structure. Apart from defense the other purpose of the Great Wall was border control allowing goods to be transported along the silk road and the control of immigration.
Christ the Redeemer Statue
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Since the 1930s this awe-inspiring art deco-style statue of Christ the Redeemer has been looking over Rio from upon Corcovado mountain. It was first suggested to place a Christian monument on Mount Corcovado in the mid 1850s to honor Princess Isabel of Brazil, however this project died out due to lack of support and it wasn't until the 1920s when it was brought back to life. This 130-foot concrete and soapstone statue, now has become an icon for Rio and also for Brazil.
This ancient city for the Inca's was unknown to everyone expect locals until 1911. Now it's one of the most popular Bucket List destinations and it's a site that can only be reached by foot, train or helicopter making it more of a journey to reach, but well worth it to see the Incan city of sparkling granite perched between two towering Andean peaks.
Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico
A powerful city from 800 to 1200 for it's trading of cloth, slaves, honey and salt and also acting as the political and economic hub of the Mayan civilization. The most iconic ruin at the site is El Castillo, also known as the Temple of Kukulcan, which served as a temple to god Kukulkan, the Yucatec Maya Feathered Serpent deity. During Autumn and Spring the late afternoon sun strikes off the northwest corner of the pyramid and casts a series of shadows creating the illusion of a feathered serpent 'crawling' down the pyramid. This event has now become popular for visitors but whether this was intentional design or not is still a mystery.
The Roman Colosseum
This iconic symbol of Rome and Italy sat nearly 50,000 spectators, who gathered to watch the gladiators, as well as public spectacles, including battle reenactments, animal hunts and executions. While it was used for some 500 years, earthquakes and stone-robbers have left the Colosseum in a state of ruins, but portions of the structure remain open to tourists. Though it was design some 2,000 years ago it architecture still influences the constructions of modern-day amphitheaters.
Considered the most perfect specimen of Muslim art in Indian, while the white marble structure actually represents a number of architectural styles including Persian, Islamic, Turkish and Indian. The Taj Mahal was commissioned to house the tomb of Mughal Emperor, Shah Jahan, favourite wife, Mumtaz Mahal. The Tai Mahal includes a mosque and a guest house, and as well as being set in formal gardens. Construction of the mausoleum was essentially completed in 1643 but work continued on other phases of the project for another 10 years.
Petra was the capital of the Nabataean empire of King Aretas IV, and likely existed in its prime from 9 B.C. to A.D. 40. The Nabataeans were nomadic Arabs who invested in Petra's proximity to the trade routes by establishing it as a major regional trading hub. The trading business gained the Nabataeans considerable revenue and Petra became of the focus of their wealth, drawing the envy of its neighbors. Petra's importance declined as sea trade routes emerged and earthquakes destroyed many of the structures.
Great Pyramid of Giza
An honorable mention goes to the largest and the oldest of the three pyramids in the Giza pyramid complex, The Great Pyramid of Giza. Egyptologists believe that the pyramid was built as a tomb over a 10-20 year period and was the tallest man-made structure in the world for more than 3,800 years. Originally, the great Pyramid was covered by limestone casing stones that formed a smooth outer surface, what is seen today is the underlying core structure.