25th FEB. 2020
SEVEN WONDERS OF THE WORLD
1. Great Wall of China (China)
Built between the 5th century B.C. and the 16th century, the Great Wall of China is
stone-and-earth fortification created to protect the borders of the Chinese
Empire from invading Mongols. The Great Wall is actually a succession of
multiple walls spanning approximately 4,000 miles, making it
the world's longest manmade structure.
2. Christ the Redeemer Statue (Rio de Janeiro)
The Art Deco-style Christ the Redeemer statue has been looming over the
Brazilians from upon Corcovado mountain in an awe-inspiring state of eternal
blessing since 1931. The 130-foot reinforced concrete-and-soapstone statue
was designed by Heitor da Silva Costa and cost approximately $250,000 to
build - much of the money was raised through donations.
3. Machu Picchu (Peru)
Machu Picchu, an Incan city of sparkling granite precariously perched between
2 towering Andean peaks, is thought by scholars to have been a sacred
archaeological center for the nearby Incan capital of Cusco.
Built at the peak of the Incan Empire in the mid-1400s.
4. Chichen Itza (Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico)
The genius and adaptability of Mayan culture can be seen in the splendid ruins
of Chichen Itza. This powerful city, a trading center for cloth, slaves, honey
and salt, flourished from approximately 800 to 1200, and acted as the political
and economic hub of the Mayan civilization. The most familiar ruin at the site
is El Caracol, a sophisticated astronomical observatory.
5. The Roman Colosseum (Rome)
Rome's, if not Italy's, most enduring icon is undoubtedly its Colosseum.
Built between A.D. 70 and 80 A.D., it was in use for some 500 years.
The elliptical structure sat nearly 50,000 spectators, who gathered to watch
the gladiatorial events as well as other public spectacles, including battle
reenactments, animal hunts and executions.
6. Taj Mahal (Agra, India)
A mausoleum commissioned for the wife of Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan,
the Taj Mahal was built between 1632 and 1648. The white marble structure
actually represents a number of architectural styles, including Persian,
Islamic, Turkish and Indian. .
5. Petra (Jordan)
Petra was the capital of the Nabataean empire of King Aretas IV, and likely
existed in its prime from 9 B.C. to A.D. 40. The members of this civilization
proved to be early experts in manipulating water technology, constructing
intricate tunnels and water chambers, which helped create an pseudo-oasis.
A number of incredible structures carved into stone, a 4,000-seat amphitheater.