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> 2007-08-22
The New 7 Wonders of the World















The New7Wonders organization announced the candidates which have been chosen to be the new 7 wonders of the world to represent global heritage throughout history. They are listed in random order without any ranking:

The Great Wall of China (220 B.C and 1368 - 1644 A.D.) China

The Great Wall of China is the largest man-made monument ever built. It was built to link existing fortifications into a united defense system to keep invaders out of China.

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. This settlement lies deep in the Amazon jungle. After the Spanish defeated the Incan Empire, the city remained 'lost' for over three centuries. It was rediscovered by Hiram Bingham in 1911.

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

This great amphitheater in the centre of Rome still stands to this very day as a monument of the ancient roman culture.

The Pyramid at Chichén Itzá (before 800 A.D.) Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico

Chichén Itzá is the most famous Mayan temple city. It served as political and economic center of the Mayan civilization. It includes the pyramid of Kukulkan, the Temple of Chac Mool, the Hall of the Thousand Pillars, and the Playing Field of the Prisoners.

Petra (9 B.C. - 40 A.D.), Jordan

On the edge of the Arabian Desert, the city of Petra was the glittering capital of the Nabataean empire of King Aretas IV (9 B.C. to 40 A.D.). 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 mausoleum was built by Shah Jahan, the fifth Muslim Mogul emperor, in honor of his beloved late wife. It is built out of white marble and is regarded as the most perfect jewel of Muslim art in India.

Christ Redeemer (1931) Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

This statue of Jesus stands 38 meters on the Corcovado mountain overlooking Rio de Janeiro. It is designed by Brazilian Heitor da Silva Costa and created by French sculptor Paul Landowski. The statue has become a symbol of the city Rio de Janeiro.

The Ancient 7 Wonders of the World were compiled somewhere around the 2 century b.c. They were found as a reference for the first time at the Herodotus History. Chief Librarian of Alexandria, wrote "A Collection of Wonders around the World". All that is left is its title, for it was burned with the attempts of Alexandria Library. The final list of the Seven Wonders was put together during the Middle Ages and is considered to be:
The Great Pyramid of Giza
The Hanging Gardens of Babylon
The Temple of Artemis at Ephesus
The Statue of Zeus at Olympia
The Mausoleum at Halicarnassus
The Colossus of Rhodes
The Pharos of Alexandria

More information on:

www.new7wonders.com



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