Wonders Of The World

Nothing seems to attract visitors like a Wonder of the World. And, once you start travelling, these Wonders seem to be everywhere. You may start to wonder yourself which wonders are actually Wonders (not to mention UNESCO World Heritage Sites, a status currently conferred on 878 places in 145 countries).

Only one of the Seven Ancient Wonders remains intact today: the Great Pyramids. The list, first referenced in the History of Herodotus in the fifth century BC and then by chief librarian Callimachus of Cyrene (305–240 BC), proved to be such a public relations success that historians, writers and architects have been trying to create updated versions ever since. Not surprisingly, they can’t quite reach consensus. Some assert, for instance, that the ancient list was flawed because the Greeks were unaware of such marvels as the Great Wall of China, and have filled in the gaps with a list of “forgotten wonders”. Today, several lists of geological anomalies and man-made structures have also emerged, each with its own merits. With so many attractions touting their particular wonder, this round-up may provide some perspective to the PR you’re bound to encounter.

Seven Wonders of the Ancient World

Wonders Of The World The historian Herodotus (484 – ca. 425 BC) and the scholar Callimachus of Cyrene (ca. 305–240 BC), at the Museum of Alexandria, made early lists of seven wonders. Their writings have not survived, except as references.

The Ancient seven wonders were:

  • The Pyramids of Giza, Egypt
  • The Hanging Gardens of Babylon, Iraq
  • The Statue of Zeus at Olympia, Greece
  • The Temple of Artemis at Ephesus, Turkey
  • The Mausoleum at Halicarnassus, Greece
  • The Colossus of Rhodes, Greece
  • The Lighthouse of Alexandria, Egypt

The only ancient world wonder that still exists is the Great Pyramid of Giza.

Natural Wonders Of The World

Wonders Of The World
Niagara Falls

Earth is a beautiful planet. It contains countless islands, mountains and other natural resources. Earth is unique in Universe.

The Natural Wonders are:

  • Angel Falls, Venezuela
  • The Bay of Fundy in Nova Scotia, Canada
  • The Grand Canyon in Arizona, USA
  • The Great Barrier Reef, Australia
  • Iguaçu/Iguazú Falls, Brazil/Argentina
  • Krakatoa Island, Indonesia
  • Mount Everest, Nepal/Tibet
  • Mount Fuji, Japan
  • Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
  • Niagara Falls, USA/Canada
  • Paricutín Volcano, Mexico
  • Uluru (Ayer’s Rock), Australia
  • Victoria Falls, Zambia/Zimbabwe

Forgotten Wonders Of The World

Wonders Of The World
The Leaning Tower of Pisa, Italy

Forgotten Wonders are:

  • Abu Simbel Temple, Egypt
  • Angkor Wat, Cambodia
  • The Aztec Temple in Tenochtitlán (Mexico City), Mexico
  • The Banaue Rice Terraces, Philippines
  • Borobudur Temple in Java, Indonesia
  • The Colosseum in Rome, Italy
  • The Great Wall of China
  • The Inca city of Machu Picchu, Peru
  • The Leaning Tower of Pisa, Italy
  • Mayan Temples of Tikal, Guatemala
  • Moai Statues in Rapa Nui, Easter Island
  • Mont-Saint-Michel in Normandy, France
  • The Old City of Jerusalem, Israel
  • The Parthenon in Athens, Greece
  • The rock-carved city of Petra, Jordan
  • The Shwedagon Pagoda, Burma (Myanmar)
  • Stonehenge, England
  • Taj Mahal in Agra, India
  • The Temple of the Inscriptions in Palenque, Mexico
  • The Throne Hall of Persepolis, Iran

Modern Wonders Of The World

Wonders Of The World
Sydney Opera House, Australia

Modern Wonders are:

  • The Channel Tunnel between England and France
  • The Clock Tower (Big Ben) in London, England
  • The CN Tower in Toronto, Canada
  • The Eifel Tower in Paris, France
  • The Empire State Building in New York, USA
  • Gateway Arch in St Louis, USA
  • Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, USA
  • The High Dam in Aswan, Egypt
  • The Hoover Dam in Arizona/Nevada, USA
  • Itaipú Dam, Brazil/Paraguay
  • The Kremlin in Moscow, Russia
  • The Millau Bridge over the River Tarn, France
  • Mount Rushmore National Memorial in South Dakota, USA
  • The Panama Canal, Panama
  • Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Statue of Cristo Redentor in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • The Statue of Liberty in New York, USA
  • The Suez Canal, Egypt
  • Sydney Opera House, Australia

New Seven Wonders Of The World

Wonders Of The World
Taj Mahal, Agra

New7Wonders of the World (2000–2007) was a campaign started in 2000 to choose Wonders of the World from a selection of 200 existing monuments. The popularity poll was led by Canadian-Swiss Bernard Weber and organized by the New7Wonders Foundation based in Zurich, Switzerland, with winners announced on 7 July 2007 in Lisbon. The New7Wonders Foundation claimed that more than 100 million votes were cast through the Internet or by telephone.

The winner’s list is following as:

  • Great Wall of China, China
  • Petra, Jordan
  • The Colosseum, Rome, Italy
  • Chichen Itza, Yucatán, Mexico
  • Machu Picchu, Cuzco Region, Peru
  • Taj Mahal, Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India
  • Christ the Redeemer, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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