The New Seven Wonders of the Modern World


1. The Taj Mahal was built by order of the Muslim emperor, Shah Jahan, in honor of his favorite wife, who died giving birth to their fourteenth child. This succession of buildings were erected between the years 1631 to 1654 through the efforts of 20,000 colozal workers. It is undoubtedly the jewel in the city of Agra , India.

2. The Chichen Itza  in Yucatan , Mexico, is one of the major archaeological sites of the peninsula and the first of the New Seven Wonders of the World in America. This became a witness in the time when the Mayan began to lose its power. The area is a World Heritage Site since 1988.

3. The Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro took four years to build, and has the best record: no one died during construction, a rarity in those days. Opened in 1926, the Christ the Redeemer is a Herculean work of engineering, architecture and sculpture.

4. Another new wonder of the modern world is in South America: the Machu Picchu. The Machu Picchu is the citadel of the Incas and a gem of architecture and engineering, set in an incredible scenery in Peru. Erected in the mid-fifteenth century on the eastern slopes of the central Andes, it is visited and captured in photos by thousands of tourists each year.

5. The Great Wall of China is an ancient fortification designed to protect the borders from invasion. This was built and rebuilt between centuries BC V and XVI. Today, it only retains 30% of what it was. It is 8,851 kilometers long, extending from the border with Korea to the Gobi Desert.

6. The Colosseum is the only one of the seven wonders in Europe. Located in the center of Rome, it is the symbol of the old classic that remains from the first century when it was built by the Roman Empire. It was originally called Flavian Amphitheatre, but was popularized as Colosseum, by the Colossus of Nero, which is a large statue that was located next to it. The Coliseum is also a wonder, and one of the most photographed monuments in the world.

7. Petra, in Jordan, was the ancient capital of the Nabataean Kingdom. The beauty of the city was literally carved and sculpted in stone. In the middle of a narrow valley, the Petra settlement extends from the Dead Sea to the Gulf of Aqaba.

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