There have been many disputes over the years regarding what we consider to be the Seven Wonders of the World. Even though the Greek philosopher Herodotus’ Ancient Wonders were accepted, there is still contest over what should be considered a ‘Wonder’.
In 2006, for instance, the USA asked six adjudicators to pick a new selection. One of which was the internet. However, there are seven landmarks that are generally considered to be deserving of a place.
But should they be? Let’s go through them.
The Great Wall of China
At over 13,000 miles long, The Great Wall is the longest fortification in existence and was built over hundreds of years, and a large amount was built during the Ming Dynasty.
What makes this an even more remarkable feat is that it was recently revealed that parts of the wall were fixed in position with mortar made from sticky rice. Built to hinder an invasion from their northern neighbours, there is evidence to suggest that its beginnings can be traced back as early as 2000 years ago.
There is a prevalent rumour that the construction can be seen from space, but this is untrue. However, this takes nothing away from the spectacle and scale of the Great Wall of China, and as such, it should definitely be included as one of the Great Wonders of the World.
The city of Petra is a key feature of Jordan’s identity and has played an important role throughout the country’s history, coming under Roman and Byzantine rule in its time and was used as a battleground between the British and Ottomans in the early 20th Century.
Petra, in short, is a city that architectural marvel, being a town built out of stone. Said to have been a functioning city by 312 BC, The Rose-Red City has seen many of its monuments and decimated but there is still a great array still intact, such as hundreds of tombs, beautiful gateways and the much-visited Treasury – many of which were made from carving into sandstone.
It is amazing to think that a city with a fully functioning water sewage system was around when much of the world was far less advanced. Therefore, it is definitely right that it has is considered as one of the Seven Wonders of the World.
Christ the Redeemer
Christ the Redeemer, or Cristo Redentor in Portuguese, is a statue of Jesus that stands proud of over the city of Rio de Janeiro. As a guardian of the area’s people, there is almost a mystical quality to its presence. It is placed atop the Morro do Corcovado hill and stands at almost a hundred feet high. Made in France and shipped across, it took years to assemble and was completed in 1931. It is also part of the beautifully scenic Tijuca Forest National Forest, offering beautiful views of forestry, wildlife and the city itself.
The monument was actually paid for by the Catholic residents of the country and means a lot to the country’s citizens. Because of its meaning to many in Brazil and the world, it is definitely deserving of its place as one of the Seven Wonders of the World.
The Machu Picchu is an Incan settlement based in Peru that has baffled archaeologists and historians for years. Some have speculated that it was constructed as a place for Inca Emperor Pachacutiand his family to stay.
Others believe it to be the remnants of a lost mythical city (Vilcabamba) and a few people for some reason think it was created by aliens.
Built around 1450, constructed was halted when the Spanish colonised the country. The dry stone walls and stairways are memorable in appearance due to the quarried granite stone that was used.
What makes the construction of the site so puzzling is how the large amount of heavy stone was carried through the heavily forested area, especially with such limited technology. Because of this factor, as well as its impressive scale, makes it a definite phenomenon.
In the Mexican state, Yucatán, there lies the Chichen Itza, which means “at the mouth of the well of the Itza”, and was a city that was run by the Mayans. It is believed that construction of the site began in 400 A.D.
There are many beautiful installations dotted around the city, such as the Columns in the Temple of a Thousand Warriors and numerous other works. The El Castillo pyramid, however, is the centrepiece of the city due to its impressive stature and incredible artwork inside and out. It’s a true spectacle, making it worthy of being one of the Seven Wonders of the World.
If there’s one thing that capture’s the legacy of Ancient Rome it is the Colosseum in Rome. Even though it has endured structural damage in the past, the Flavian-era Amphitheatre which was built between 70-80 A.D still stands strong.
During Roman Empire’s golden age, 50,000 spectators would come to watch gladiators fight each other as well as exotic wild animals like tigers, crocodiles and lions—a brutal example of how far the dynasty’s power and reach stretched across the world. It was also used as a theatre, for festivals and religious ceremonies, too, making it one of the most important monuments of the ancient world.
Millions of people flock to this striking piece of Mughal architecture and it is easy to see why. Work began on the building in 1632 and was the resting place of Emperor Shah Jahan’s wife, Mumtaz Mahal.
What makes the white marble building so aesthetically pleasing is how symmetrical it is—each of its four sides look exactly the same. Its beauty and history together make it worthy of its place.