Seven Wonders of the Modern World

In an attempt to update the list of the Seven Wonders of the World to include existing travel destinations, the New7Wonders Foundation has suggested this list of the New Seven Wonders of the World:

Chichen Itza, located in Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula, is an impressive example of Mayan pyramid architecture. The site was central to Mayan culture during the ninth and tenth centuries, but was nearly abandoned after the Mayan civilization fell. This was also the fate of the city of Petra, which was built in Jordan along an ancient caravan trade route. The city features beautiful red stone buildings, and fell into disuse after being taken over by the Roman Empire, as the Romans soon established more profitable sea trade routes.

The Christ the Redeemer statue overlooks the city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. At 130 feet tall, the statue is one of the largest ever created. Another South American wonder, Machu Picchu, was built by Incans on top of the Peruvian mountain of the same name. The city was abandoned after a little over one hundred years, when the Spanish conquered the Incans in 1572.

the-great-wall-of-chinaWhile it is untrue that the Great Wall of China can be seen from the moon, its length is still impressive, at 5500 miles of walls, trenches, and natural barriers. Also known for its size, the Colosseum in Rome is the largest amphitheater created during the Roman Empire. The structure was built to hold between 50,000 and 90,000 people.

Finally, the Taj Mahal was created by an Indian Shah as a monument to his beloved wife upon her death. The tomb is a model of symmetry, surrounded by beautiful gardens.
Each of these sites welcomes thousands of visitors per year, and offers a showcase of some of the best travel destinations around the world.

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