Seven wonders of the modern world

The seven wonders of the modern world, also known as the New7Wonders of the World, were determined in 2007 following an online poll that registered more than 100 million votes.

The seven monuments to receive the most votes, and thus earn the title of the seven wonders of the modern world, include:

1. Petra, Jordan

Al Khazneh, Petra, Jordan

Al Khazneh, Petra, Jordan. Photo credit: Benjamin White

The deserts of southern Jordan are arid, rugged, hostile. Who could live here? None, it would seem, judging from the look of things. But then you come across a little trail in the wilderness, which leads into a deep dark gorge, and suddenly you realise you were wrong; there was once life all around here – human life. For this trail leads to the great Nabataean settlement of Petra, once home to 30,000 people. This gorge is the entrance to the legendary Al Khazneh.

2. The Taj Mahal, India

The Taj Mahal, Agra, India

The Taj Mahal, India. Photo credit: Benjamin White

An enormous, ornate, ivory-white palace is what it looks like, a palace fit for the most illustrious of maharajahs. But the Taj Mahal isn’t a palace at all; it’s a mausoleum, built by Mughal Emperor, Shah Jahan, for his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal. A splendid monument for the seven wonders.

3. Chichen Itza, Mexico

Temple of Kukulkan, Chichen Itza, Mexico

Temple of Kukulkan, Chichen Itza, Mexico. Photo credit: Amrita Ronnachit

Everyone knows Chichen Itza. Even if you don’t know the name, you’ve seen the pictures.

The apogee of the Mayan Empire.

One of the largest and most powerful cities in Mesoamerica in pre-Columbian times.

And at the centre of it all: The Temple of Kukulkan.

4. Christ the Redeemer, Rio de Janeiro

Cristo Redentor, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Cristo Redentor Statue, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Photo credit: Benjamin White

This 30-metre tall statue, built on the peak of 700-metre tall Corcovado Mountain, is a symbol of Rio de Janeiro.

It’s a big statue – the 4th largest statue of Jesus on Earth – but all the shots you’ve seen of it towering over Rio have used perspective to their advantage. The statue is tiny and unrecognisable when looking up at it from the city below.

5. Machu Picchu, Peru

Sunrise, Machu Picchu, Peru

Machu Picchu, Peru. Photo credit: Amrita Ronnachit

Located high in the Andes mountain range, sitting on a narrow peak, in a bend in the river, all but inaccessible, its location kept secret for centuries, the Incan citadel and short-lived sanctuary: Machu Picchu.

6. The Colosseum, Rome, Italy

Sadly, I am yet to visit this great monument. I need to get out more


7. The Great Wall of China

The other wonder of the modern world that I am yet to visit.  

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