Apr 19, 2014
As the Englishmen said, wonders will never cease, this is surely true considering the rate at which the dynamic world keeps on changing in terms of natural features and the trends of the wild life. However, the seven wonders of the world have left many dazzled due to their enchanting features that will blow your mind. However, all the paintings and drawings of these amazing wonders of the world stem from the imaginations of artists who lived long after the six wonders of the world perished. The oldest known reference to a 7 wonder listing is dated back to the 5th century BC by Herodotus, the famous Greek Historian. Some of the important lists were believed to have been kept in the Library of Alexandria. But sadly, in 48 BC, a calamitous fire consumed hundreds of irreplaceable scrolls documenting ancient history. This setback will not prevent our pursuit of knowing these amazing wonders of the world. Here are summary:
Great Wall of China
It’s considered to be the largest building in the world with about 5,499 miles long and 20 feet wide. It was built to link existing fortifications into a united defense system and kept invading Mongol tribes out of China. It is said that thousands of lives have been sacrificed to build this structure. It is said that the Great Wall is the only object that can be seen from space with the naked eye.(image by Terry Kearney)
This is a ruin on the Yucatan peninsula of Mexico. It is the most famous temple city, which served as the political and economic center of the Mayan civilization. During the spring and fall equinoxes, the sun directly falls upon on the Chichen Itza.
Christ the Redeemer
Found in Brazil, this statue of Jesus is 38 meters talon top of Corcovado Mountain overlooking Rio de Janeiro. The statue took 5 years to build and is a quick symbol of city and welcoming warmth of the Brazilians. In 2010, there was a scandal involving an unknown artist who spray painted the sacred statue but later removed.
The Roman Colosseum
This amphitheater found in Italy was built to give favors to successful legionnaires and to celebrate the glory of the Roman Empire. It still bears the irresistible imprint of the Colosseum’s original stadium. Since 1999, this statue has been an opponent of the death penalty so much that when the state decides against using death penalty, the entire amphitheater stays light in bright colors for 48 hrs.
Macchu Pichu in Peru
It’s dated back in the 15th century, and it is a city built in the clouds on the mountain known as Macchu Picchu. It was built by the Incan empire because of a small pox outbreak and also after the Empire was defeated by the Spanish. Te city remained lost for over 3 centuries and was rediscovered by Hiram Bingham in 1911. But the reason as to why the city remained abandoned is not clearly known to many. It was also believed that Macchu Pichu was ruled by a king, who after his death, people saw no more reason to stay there(image by Amelia Wells)
These are some of the most adorable wonders of the world with the rest being Petra City of Jordan, and the Taj Mal of India. For a lover of adventure these places should not miss out in your list. A holiday vacation to China with your family is another stunning experience.
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Feature image Tony Murtagh