The Official New 7 Wonders of the World

The Official New 7 Wonders of the World have been elected by more than 100 million votes to represent global heritage throughout history. The listing is in random order, as announced at the Declaration Ceremony on 07.07.07.

Christ Redeemer (1931) Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

This  statue of Jesus stands some 38 meters tall, atop the Corcovado mountain  overlooking Rio de Janeiro. Designed by Brazilian Heitor da Silva Costa  and created by French sculptor Paul Landowski, it is one of the world’s  best-known monuments. The statue took five years to construct and was  inaugurated on October 12, 1931. It has become a symbol of the city and  of the warmth of the Brazilian people, who receive visitors with open  arms.

The Roman Colosseum (70 – 82 A.D.) Rome, Italy

 This  great amphitheater in the centre of Rome was built to give favors to  successful legionnaires and to celebrate the glory of the Roman Empire.  Its design concept still stands to this very day, and virtually every  modern sports stadium some 2,000 years later still bears the  irresistible imprint of the Colosseum’s original design. Today, through  films and history books, we are even more aware of the cruel fights and  games that took place in this arena, all for the joy of the spectators.

The  Great Wall of China was built to link existing fortifications into a  united defense system and better keep invading Mongol tribes out of  China. It is the largest man-made monument ever to have been built and  it is disputed that it is the only one visible from space. Many  thousands of people must have given their lives to build this colossal  construction.

Machu Picchu (1460-1470), Peru

In  the 15th century, the Incan Emperor Pachacútec built a city in the  clouds on the mountain known as Machu Picchu (“old mountain”). This  extraordinary settlement lies halfway up the Andes Plateau, deep in the  Amazon jungle and above the Urubamba River. It was probably abandoned by  the Incas because of a smallpox outbreak and, after the Spanish  defeated the Incan Empire, the city remained ‘lost’ for over three  centuries. It was rediscovered by Hiram Bingham in 1911.

Petra (9 B.C. – 40 A.D.), Jordan

On  the edge of the Arabian Desert, Petra was the glittering capital of the  Nabataean empire of King Aretas IV (9 B.C. to 40 A.D.). Masters of  water technology, the Nabataeans provided their city with great tunnel  constructions and water chambers. A theater, modelled on Greek-Roman  prototypes, had space for an audience of 4,000. Today, the Palace Tombs  of Petra, with the 42-meter-high Hellenistic temple facade on the  El-Deir Monastery, are impressive examples of Middle Eastern culture.

The Taj Mahal (1630 A.D.) Agra, India

This  immense mausoleum was built on the orders of Shah Jahan, the fifth  Muslim Mogul emperor, to honor the memory of his beloved late wife.  Built out of white marble and standing in formally laid-out walled  gardens, the Taj Mahal is regarded as the most perfect jewel of Muslim  art in India. The emperor was consequently jailed and, it is said, could  then only see the Taj Mahal out of his small cell window.

Chichén  Itzá, the most famous Mayan temple city, served as the political and  economic center of the Mayan civilization. Its various structures – the  pyramid of Kukulkan, the Temple of Chac Mool, the Hall of the Thousand  Pillars, and the Playing Field of the Prisoners – can still be seen  today and are demonstrative of an extraordinary commitment to  architectural space and composition. The pyramid itself was the last,  and arguably the greatest, of all Mayan temples.

 

Source:  World N7W.

 

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Posted on September 28, 2012, in General Knowledge, Travel. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

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