The New Wonders of the World - how many have you been to?
The world is itself a wonder. Do you know that right now you are moving at a speed of 30 KM per second or 110,000 KM per hour? Earth takes us on a ride of millions of KMs without us even noticing it. Within this wonderful world, lies some wonders that attract a huge number of people towards it every year and amazes them with its sheer creativity, architecture and beauty. Although the world has more wonders than this list, no discredit to them, but these were chosen as the best and are listed among the new wonders of the world. So brace yourself for this exciting journey with some amazing destinations and don’t forget to search flight deals with Farenexus if in case you would ever plan to visit any of these places.
1. Chichen Itza
Chichen Itza is located at the peninsula of Yucatan, Mexico and spread across an area of 6.5 square KM. The southern area of this city was created during the 7th century while the central area, where lies the wonder, was created during the 10th century. The central area consists of temples, the spectacular pyramid of Kukulcan and the giant Mayan calendar. It is visited by millions of people throughout the world and is also termed as a UNESCO world heritage site. During spring and autumn equinoxes it creates an illusion of a snake ascending and descending the stairs of the pyramid leaving the visitors puzzled. This wonder is the representation of great architectural power humans possessed even without the access to resources and tools we now have at our disposal.
Petra is an ancient city that lies in the desert of Jordan. It is also called as the “rose red city” and is in the list of the new wonders of the world. This city once flourished and was the capital city of Nabataean kingdom during 6th century BC. When the Roman empire prevailed, the city continued to become a major destination for trade and business. But the city took a lot of beating when a major earthquake occurred there during AD 663, destroying their buildings and its water management system. The city was then abandoned and left to become ruins after that and was never tried to be recovered. Luckily in 1812, the city came into the sight of an explorer. His Petra diary compelled other people to explore it as well. As time went by more people flocked here and were amazed by the architectural ruins.
3. Machu Picchu
Located on the mountains of Peru, Machu Picchu is considered as one of the best archaeological work ever done by humans. Machu Picchu was a royal city and religious site for the people of Inca. During the 16th century, Spanish invaders came and ruined the whole city. Then for a long period, this site went unnoticed and was only known to the locals nearby. In the 20th century, an American archaeologist found the ruins and then it started to gain the recognition it deserved. It offers an incredible view of the mountains and nature to the visitors. Archaeologists have made some astonishing discoveries about it and can be seen at the museum dedicated to Machu Picchu near it. But still, a huge part, both on the Machu Picchu and under it, remains undiscovered.
4. Christ the Redeemer
Christ the Redeemer stands tall on the mountain peak at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Completed in 1931, this magnificent structure is 30 meters in height and handspan of 28 meters. This colossal statue of Jesus Christ is also known as “Cristo Redentor”. This project took a lot of time to get started. But had they know that this was going to make it in the new wonders of the world and will be a major tourist attraction then it would have started a lot earlier. During the 1850s a priest suggested Christ monument on Mount Corcovado in the honour of princess Isabel but the project never took off. Then in 1921, on the proposal of Roman Catholics, started the project of Christ the Redeemer on the mountain that is itself 704 meter high. The popularity of this structure is going higher and higher and is totally worth a watch.
Colosseum depicts the rich roman culture. Built by Emperor Vespasian, it is located in Rome, Italy and dates back to AD 70. Earlier then it was known as “Flavian Amphitheatre”. An amphitheatre is a place where sporting and dramatic events are organized and people gather at the sitting arena around it to watch the event. Vespasian’s son Titus opened the Colosseum for 100 days of games like gladiator battles, animal fights, etc. Colosseum held its ground for 4 centuries before it couldn’t hold any more weight and started to fall apart. It was neglected since then and now we have come to know it’s value, architecture and creativity. But serious damage has been already done. By the 20th century, the two-thirds of the structure has been fallen, but still attracts a lot of eyeballs to this date.
6. The Great Wall of China
The longest man-made structure made by humans, the great wall of China, is over 13000 miles long. Originally it was built by an emperor around 221 BCE due to a myth that he was about to be attacked by other kings to snatch his kingdom. Small length walls already existed then, so he gave orders to join them. Since then many other dynasties ruled the kingdom and made their contributions. The main purpose of it was to protect China from Mongolian rulers. After that, the borders of China went North and the wall no longer served its purpose. After that it only degraded and one-third of the walls has been already collapsed. In the 20th century, the Republic of China took some initiative to save it and now the wall contributes to the tourism of China. People say that it can be seen from the space but that’s been rubbished off. Anyways, it’s a wonder of the world and is termed as a UNESCO world heritage site.
7. Taj Mahal
A pure example of love, Taj Mahal was built by Shah Jahan in the memory of her beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. The construction of this beautiful structure was started around 1631 and took over 17 years to built. Not just that, 20,000 labourers and 1000 elephants were employed to take it where it is today. The Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan was very fond of his third wife but things went south when she died in 1631. He was in utter shock and pain of her death. He then decided that his love for Mumtaz will be remembered forever by building a magnificent structure that the world will adore. Building this one took a lot of wealth out of his treasury but Shah Jahan was in no mood of compromising anything. The architectural work, precision to details and designs has been magnificent and adds stars all over. Today millions of people adore it’s beauty every year and is the pride of Indian tourism.
As we said in the starting the world has enough wonders to get this list go on forever. But wonders are only fantasies if not visited and just adored on the internet. You have to get up and break your shackles to get going and put your feet on these wonders created by extreme hard work and dedication. But if you need a key to free yourself from chains, Farenexus is here to give you wings by providing you with cheap flight tickets to wander around the wonders of the world.