7 Wonders of the world; you’re thinking of the Pyramids right!? Unfortunately out of the original 7 wonders of the ancient world, only the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt still stands and it’s debatable if the sites of some of the others have even been found. The original list was made by the Greeks after the reign of Alexander the Great. The Greeks were renowned for list making and somewhere around the early 3rd century, the first Wonders of the World list was finalized. Geographically, all of the 7 ancient wonders were located around the Mediterranean ring.

In 2000 a new project was launched, using the internet as a democratic voting system to determine the New 7 Wonders of the World. The list was whittled down to 200 contenders and then further reduced to 21 finalists. With over 100 millions votes cast, in 2007 the list of the New 7 Wonders of the World was announced, which included an honorary inclusion of the Giza Necropolis, the site of the only remaining wonder, the Great Pyramid.

HONORARY INCLUSION

Giza Necropolis – Giza, Egypt

Great Pyramid of Giza with the Great SphinxGreat Pyramid of Giza with the Great Sphinx Flickr: llee_wu
7 NEW WONDERS OF THE WORLD

Taj Mahal – Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India

Taj Mahal, IndiaTaj Mahal, India Flickr: archer10
Sunset at Taj MahalSunset at Taj Mahal Flickr: inkiboo

Petra – Al-Batrā Ma’an Governorate, Jordan

Petra, JordanPetra, Jordan Flickr: seetheholyland
'Khazneh' Petra by night‘Khazneh’ Petra by night Flickr: slaioo

Colosseum – Rome, Italy

Colosseum by Night - One of the Wonders of the WorldColosseum by Night Flickr: jvieras
Inside The ColosseumInside The Colosseum Flickr: jvieras

Chichen Itza – Yucatán, Mexico

El Castillo, Chichén ItzáEl Castillo, Chichén Itzá Flickr: monkeygrimace
Temple of The Warriors, Chichén ItzáTemple of The Warriors, Chichén Itzá Flickr: monkeygrimace

Machu Picchu – Cuzco, Peru

Sunrise in Machu PicchuSunrise in Machu Picchu Flickr: thecsman

Web-View-of-Machu-Picchu

Great Wall of China – China

View Along the Great WallView Along the Great Wall Flickr: vincrosbie
Mutianyu section of the Great WallMutianyu section of the Great Wall Flickr: firepile

Christ the Redeemer – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

View of Rio from Christ the Redeemer - One of the New Wonders of the WorldView of Rio from Christ the Redeemer Flickr: portobaytrade
Christ the Redeemer PanoramicChrist the Redeemer Panoramic Flickr: sambeddoes
FINALISTS

Acropolis of Athens – Athens, Greece

Acropolis of Athens from St Peters SquareAcropolis of Athens from St Peters Square

Alhambra – Granada, Spain

Alhambra in Granada Spain Taken from the gardens of the Mezquita MayorAlhambra in Granada Spain Taken from the gardens of the Mezquita Mayor Flickr: spool32

Angkor Wat – Angkor, Cambodia

Angkor Wat TempleAngkor Wat Temple

Eiffel Tower – Paris, France

Ground view of the Eiffel TowerGround view of the Eiffel Tower Flickr: hjjanisch

Hagia Sophia – Istanbul, Turkey

Former Mosque, Hagia Sophia MuseumFormer Mosque, Hagia Sophia Museum Flickr: erikkristensen

Kiyomizu-dera – Kyoto, Japan

Kiyomizu-dera Temple in Kyoto, JapanKiyomizu-dera Temple in Kyoto, Japan

Moai – Easter Island, Chile

Moai at TongarikiMoai at Tongariki Flickr: magical-world

Neuschwanstein – Füssen, Germany

Neuschwanstein CastleNeuschwanstein Castle

Red Square – Moscow, Russia

St. Basil's Cathedral, Moscow’s Red SquareSt. Basil’s Cathedral, Moscow’s Red Square Flickr: anapaulahrm

Statue of Liberty – New York, United States

Statue of LibertyStatue of Liberty Flickr: edans

Stonehenge – Amesbury, United Kingdom

Stonehenge at Dawn, Wiltshire, EnglandStonehenge at Dawn, Wiltshire, England Flickr: miquitos

Sydney Opera House – Sydney, Australia

Vivid Lightshow at the Sydney Opera HouseVivid Lightshow at the Sydney Opera House

Timbuktu – Mali

Close up of the Mud Mosque in TimbuktuClose up of the Mud Mosque in Timbuktu

 

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