Historians can tell us stories of ancient civilizations but nothing compares to actually walking through the ancient ruins of Macchu Picchu or standing below the ivory-white marble of the Taj Mahal. The New 7 wonders of the world were chosen in 2007, all incredible feats of architecture, representing vastly different civilizations and cultures. Some of the most visited attractions in the world, these 7 sites are waiting to inspire awe to all who venture to visit them - how many have you seen?
Christ the Redeemer - Brazil
The Christ the Redeemer statue stands atop Corcovado mountain in Brazil, arms outspread, silently watching over the city of Rio de Janeiro. Constructed from 1922 to 1931, the statue has become a cultural icon of Brazil and visitors flock from all over the world to see the massive art deco statue. Made out of concrete and soapstone, it was created by sculptor Paul Landowski and stands 125 ft tall, with arms outstretched at 92 ft wide.
Want to see it in person? Check out our Best of Brazil: Amazon, Rio de Janeiro, and Iguassu Falls trip or contact our South America director, Laura Cahill.
Taj Mahal - India
The Taj Mahal, a massive mausoleum made out of white marble, juts out of the skyline in the city of Agra, India. The Mughal emperor Shah Jahan commissioned the work in 1632 to house the remains of his wife after she died giving birth to their 14th child. A magnificent symbol of love and dedication to his wife, it took over 20 years to construct and combines Indian, Persian and Islamic influences.
If you want to see the Taj Mahal in person check out our India Royal Rajasthan trip.
Petra - Jordon
Petra, also known as the Rose City, is an ancient oasis of mind boggling architecture in the southern desserts of Jordan. Once the capital of the Nabataean empire, Petra is famous for its rock-hewn stuctures and its ingenious water conduit system. Believed to have been developed as early as 312 BCE, it was once a major trade hub and it's now Jordan's most visited tourist attraction.
Macchu Picchu - Peru
Macchu Picchu, a 15th century Inca citidal sits high in the Ande Mountains, almost 8,000 ft above sea level. The most iconic of all Inca ruins, it's believed by most experts to have been constructed as an estate for the Inca emperor Pachacuti. Although magnificent, it was only used for about 80 years until it was mysteriously abandoned. Many theorize as to why but the mystery of Macchu Pucchu still remains.
If your interested in seeing Macchu Picchu check out our Inca Trail and Amazon Adventure.
Chichén Itzá - Mexico
Located in the Yucatan State of Mexico, Chichén Itzá was once one of the largest Mayan cities in the world. Throughout its nearly 1,000 year history, many different peoples have left their mark on the city. The fusion of Mayan construction techniques with new elements from central Mexico make Chichen-Itza one of the most important examples of the Mayan-Toltec civilization in Yucatán.
Great Wall of China
The Great Wall of China is one of the worlds most famous landmarks and the only visible from space, spanning 4,000 miles long. Built between the 14th and 17th century during the Ming dynasty, it's considered to be one of the most impressive architectural feats in human history.
Colosseum - Italy
The Colosseum in Rome is probably the most well known of all of the new 7 wonders. The biggest amphitheater ever built, construction began in CE 72 and was completed in CE 80, under the rule of the Roman emperors Vespasian and Titus. It could hold between 50,000 - 80,000 spectators, who gathered to watch the gladiatorial events as well as other public spectacles.
For a closer look at all of these amazing monuments watch New York Time's 360 video series below and see them like never before. Want to experience the new 7 wonders in person? Give us a call at 800-345-4453.