Without taking the merit of the stunning landscapes that are true masterpieces of nature, we must assume that man can also build true breath-taking wonders.
The 7 wonders of the modern world
Besides being beautiful, the chosen works are important for their historical, cultural, and architectural representation.
The Colosseum, located in the Italian capital, Rome, is considered the largest amphitheater in the world. When used for shows, it could hold up to 50 thousand people.
It featured a series of public shows such as the famous gladiator fights, immortalized in so many films. It is one of the largest buildings in the Roman Empire.
Machu Picchu (Peru)
Located in Peru, at 2400 meters of altitude, the so-called “Lost City of the Incas” has an architecture and history shrouded in mystery. Built in the 15th century on the top of one of the famous Andes mountains, it was rediscovered in 1911.
The city has about 30% of its original construction, the rest having been rebuilt.
Chichén Itzá (Mexico)
Like the Incas, the Mayan civilization is also shrouded in mystery, although its contribution to humanity is undeniable.
Chichen Itzá was considered the capital and one of the most important Mayan cities. It is located on the Yucatán peninsula, and the main highlight is the Kukulkan pyramid, a structure with 365 steps and 24 meters high and which was an important Mayan temple.
Christ the Redeemer (Brazil)
The famous statue of Jesus Christ with his arms spread, located at the top of Morro do Corcovado, took five years to complete.
The monument is 30 meters high, and the extension of the arms is about 28 meters. It is considered the great postcard of the city of Rio de Janeiro and one of the 7 wonders of the modern world.
Great Wall of China (China)
The immense construction of the Great Wall is about 20 thousand kilometers long and 7 meters high.
The work was done by order of the Chinese emperor Qin Shihuang and his function was to protect the military against enemy invasions. However, throughout history, it has also been used as a form of border control.
This historic city, located in the south of Jordan, in the city today called Wadi Musa, was established as the capital of the Arab tribe called Nabataeans. With construction dating from before Christ, this place also served as a home for other civilizations of antiquity.
However, its structure was partially destroyed by several earthquakes that shook the region in the year 550 and by the natural corrosion of time on its sandstone walls.
Taj Mahal (India)
One of the most visited buildings in India is the result of a sad love story. Located in Agra, the Taj Mahal is a mausoleum built of white marble and precious stones according to Emperor Shan Jahan’s orders.
The purpose of this work’s construction was to honor his wife, who died after giving birth to their 14 children. The construction of the work took about 22 years to be completed.
The 7 wonders of the modern world were chosen to highlight works created by man and leverage tourism in the regions in which they find themselves.
Whether because of their grandeur, their historical representation as well as their religious and cultural influence, these buildings attract tourists from all over the world.
Knowing the importance of these wonders and knowing the history behind these monuments differentiate professionals who work in the tourist segment.