The New Sev­en Won­ders of the World is a project aimed at find­ing the mod­ern sev­en won­ders of the world. The selec­tion of new sev­en “Won­ders of the World” from the famous archi­tec­tur­al struc­tures of the world took place via SMS, tele­phone or the Inter­net. In total, 90 mil­lion peo­ple around the world took part in the selec­tion of new won­ders of the world. The result was announced on July 7, 2007 in Lis­bon. The results of this vote caused indig­na­tion, because many equal­ly beau­ti­ful and famous sights did not make it to the final. Nev­er­the­less, here it is the sev­en in the form in which it was deter­mined by the vot­ers. We admire and appre­ci­ate, as well as share our impres­sions in the com­ments. Many of the won­ders on Life­Globe have detailed sto­ries, with lots of inter­est­ing facts and pho­tos. To get there, just fol­low the links in the arti­cle.

new seven wonders of the world

Com­pe­ti­tion “7 new won­ders of the world” Orga­nized by the non-prof­it orga­ni­za­tion New Open World Cor­po­ra­tion (NOWC) on the ini­tia­tive of the Swiss Bernard Wer­ber. July 7, 2007, on the day of the “three sev­ens”, in the cap­i­tal of Por­tu­gal, Lis­bon, the new sev­en won­ders of the world were named. They were the Great Wall of Chi­na, the Roman Colos­se­um, the Taj Mahal, the city of Petra in Jor­dan, the Stat­ue of Christ in Rio de Janeiro, the Indi­an City of Machu Pic­chu in Peru and the Mayan Pyra­mid in the city of Chichen Itza (Mex­i­co). Let’s talk about each of the Won­ders of the World in more detail.

the great Wall of China

The largest mon­u­ment of archi­tec­ture, pass­ing through Chi­na for 8851.8 km. This build­ing is right­ful­ly con­sid­ered the great­est achieve­ment of world civ­i­liza­tion. The wall is tru­ly unique, and is sur­round­ed by many mys­ter­ies. The grandiose con­struc­tion of the Great Wall of Chi­na has no equal in the his­to­ry of world archi­tec­ture. From its high­est points you can admire a breath­tak­ing panora­ma. You can read more about the his­to­ry of the wall in a sep­a­rate arti­cle.

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Great Wall

Chinese Wall

For a long time there was a myth that this is the only struc­ture that can be seen from space. How­ev­er, this turned out to be just a delu­sion. The myth that the Great Wall of Chi­na is the only man-made struc­ture that can be seen from space has long been very pop­u­lar in Chi­na. When Amer­i­can astro­nauts said they could­n’t detect it from space, many in Chi­na chalked it up to the fact that the astro­nauts were for­eign­ers. But lat­er, the first Chi­nese cos­mo­naut Yang Liwei and, final­ly, the sec­ond pair of Chi­nese “taiko­nauts” con­firmed the dis­ap­point­ing obser­va­tions of the Amer­i­cans.

The great Wall of China

Coliseum

The Colos­se­um is the largest of the ancient Roman amphithe­atres, one of the famous ancient mon­u­ments of ancient Rome and one of the most remark­able build­ings in the world. It is locat­ed in Rome, in a hol­low between the Esquiline, Pala­tine and Caelievsky hills, in the place where there once was a pond that belonged to the “Gold­en House” of Nero. The Colos­se­um was orig­i­nal­ly called the Fla­vian Amphithe­ater because it was the col­lec­tive build­ing of the Fla­vian emper­ors: Ves­pasian, Titus and Domit­ian. Con­struc­tion was car­ried out for 5 years, from 75–80 years.

kolizei

Colos­se­um inside

colosseum inside

kolizeum

Machu Picchu

Machu Pic­chu means “old peak” in Quechua. The city of ancient Amer­i­ca, locat­ed on the ter­ri­to­ry of mod­ern Peru. Also, Machu Pic­chu is often called the “city in the sky” or “the city among the clouds”, some­times called the “lost city of the Incas”. This city was cre­at­ed as a sacred moun­tain haven by the great Inca ruler Pacha­cutec a cen­tu­ry before the con­quest of his empire, that is, approx­i­mate­ly in 1440, and func­tioned until 1532, when the Spaniards invad­ed the ter­ri­to­ry of the Inca empire. In 1532, all its inhab­i­tants mys­te­ri­ous­ly dis­ap­peared.

machu picchu city

wonders of the world

City of Petra

The cap­i­tal of Edom or Idumea, lat­er the cap­i­tal of the Nabataean king­dom, the main city of the sons of Esau. The city of Petra is locat­ed on the ter­ri­to­ry of mod­ern Jor­dan, at an alti­tude of more than 900 meters above sea lev­el and 660 meters above the sur­round­ing area, the Ara­va Val­ley, in the nar­row Siq Canyon. The pas­sage to the val­ley is through the gorges locat­ed in the north and south, while from the east and west the cliffs break off ver­ti­cal­ly, form­ing nat­ur­al walls up to 60 meters in height. Today, about half a mil­lion tourists come to Jor­dan every year to see Petra, whose build­ings tes­ti­fy to its glo­ri­ous past.

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Petra in Jordan

It was in Petra that the cli­mac­tic scenes of Steven Spiel­berg’s Indi­ana Jones and the Last Cru­sade were filmed, as well as scenes of Michael Bay’s Trans­form­ers: Revenge of the Fall­en.

Petra

Taj Mahal

Mau­soleum-mosque, locat­ed in Agra, India, on the banks of the riv­er. Yamu­na. The Taj Mahal is con­sid­ered the best exam­ple of Mughal style archi­tec­ture, which com­bines ele­ments of Per­sian, Indi­an and Islam­ic archi­tec­tur­al styles. In 1983, the Taj Mahal became a UNESCO World Her­itage Site and was called “the pearl of Mus­lim art in India, one of the uni­ver­sal­ly rec­og­nized mas­ter­pieces of her­itage, as well as a new won­der of the world, admired through­out the world.”

taj mahal

taj mahal india

new wonders of the world

Statue of Christ the Redeemer

The famous Stat­ue of Christ the Redeemer on top of the Cor­co­v­a­do in Rio de Janeiro. It is con­sid­ered a sym­bol of Rio de Janeiro and Brazil in gen­er­al. Every year, mil­lions of tourists rise to the foot of the stat­ue, from where a stun­ning panora­ma of the city and the bay opens with the pic­turesque Sug­ar Loaf Moun­tain, the famous beach­es of Copaca­bana and Ipane­ma, a huge bowl of the Mara­cana sta­di­um.

An elec­tri­fied rail­way (the first in Brazil) leads to the top, with a minia­ture train run­ning along it. It was built by engi­neers Pereira Pas­sos and Ter­ceira Soares long before the stat­ue of Christ — in 1882–1884, and sub­se­quent­ly played a big role in the con­struc­tion of the mon­u­ment: build­ing mate­ri­als were deliv­ered upstairs through it.

You can also get to the stat­ue by car on the free­way pass­ing through the Tiju­ca State Reserve. Tiju­ca is the largest urban for­est in the world. The exact dimen­sions of the stat­ue of Christ the Redeemer are: height — 38 meters, includ­ing the pedestal — 8 m; weight — 1145 tons; arm span — 30 meters.

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Statue of Christ in Rio

7 Wonders of the World

Pyramids of Chichen Itza in Mexico

The polit­i­cal and cul­tur­al cen­ter of the Maya in the north of the Yucatan Penin­su­la (Mex­i­co). The sacred city of the Itza peo­ple, known as Chichen Itza, is locat­ed 75 miles east of the city of Méri­da, the cap­i­tal of Yucatan, Mex­i­co. In trans­la­tion, from the lan­guage of local tribes, this name means “Well of the Itza tribe.” Archae­ol­o­gists con­sid­er it one of the places of pow­er asso­ci­at­ed with the Mayan cul­ture.

Chichen Itza

pyramids in mexico

Were you sur­prised by the absence of the Egypt­ian pyra­mids in the list of sev­en new won­ders of the world? This also sur­prised the Egyp­tians, in this coun­try they con­sid­ered that the pyra­mids in Giza do not need any Inter­net vot­ing and are a won­der of the world in them­selves. But the Pyra­mids were not includ­ed in this list, as they were already includ­ed ear­li­er in the list of the Sev­en Ancient Won­ders of the World.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives of UNESCO also do not rec­og­nize the results of this vote. Such a deci­sion in this orga­ni­za­tion was jus­ti­fied by the fact that not all the inhab­i­tants of the earth had the oppor­tu­ni­ty to take part in the vote. In many regions of the world, mobile phones and the Inter­net are still unavail­able.

The Vat­i­can also expressed its note of protest, accus­ing the orga­niz­ers of the Inter­net vot­ing for the sev­en new won­ders of the world of delib­er­ate­ly ignor­ing Chris­t­ian mon­u­ments. Although the short list of con­tenders includes the mon­u­men­tal stat­ue of Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro and Moscow’s St. Basil’s Cathe­dral, Rome is con­vinced that these works of art made it to the list of final­ists only thanks to the polit­i­cal pres­sure of these two coun­tries, the Lon­don news­pa­per The Times notes.