WHAT ARE THE WONDERS OF THE WORLD?

A phrase that goes around a lot in the travel community is the ‘7 wonders of the world’. I don’t know about you, but I’m constantly hearing people refer to different monuments and structures as one of these ‘wonders’. I even see people referring to sites that haven’t made the list as the ‘8th wonder’ (such as Angkor Wat in Cambodia)! Well, it turns out there are different categories…

7 Natural Wonders of the World

  • MOUNT EVEREST

The highest point on earth, the summit of Everest stands at 8,848m above sea level, on the border between Tibet and Nepal, and is protected by Sagarmatha National Park in the Himalayas.

Photo credit: Asgera, britannica.com
  • GREAT BARRIER REEF

The 2900 individual reefs and 900 islands making up the Great Barrier Reef are protected by the GBR Marine Park and listed as a World Heritage Area, but is currently dying due to mass irresponsible tourism.

Photo credit: britannica.com
  • VICTORIA FALLS

Plunging 108m down and sitting 1.7km across, Victoria Falls perches on the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Photo credit: The Blonde Abroad
  • GUANABARA BAY, HARBOUR OF RIO DE JANEIRO

This iconic bay is famous for its Christ the Redeemer statue perched atop the huge granite mountains.

Photo credit: Destination 360
  • GRAND CANYON

One of the USA’s most famous landmarks, the Grand Canyon stretches 446km through Arizona and is a popular hiking destination.

Photo credit: Renee Roaming
  • AURORA BOREALIS

The Northern Lights have entranced humans for centuries, with its vivid swirling colours and mysterious mythological legends.

Photo credit: The Blonde Abroad
  • PPARICUTIN VOLCANO

The newest and only volcano to ever emerge with eyewitnesses, Paricutin volcano in southern Mexico surged out of a cornfield in 1943 and has lain dormant since 1952.

Photo credit: britannica.com

7 New Wonders of the World

  • TAJ MAHAL, INDIA

This beautiful structure is symbolic of India. While it looks like a grand palace, it is actually a mausoleum commissioned in 1632 by the Mughul Emperor Shah Jahan to house the tomb of his beloved wife.

Photo credit: The Wandering Quinn
  • GREAT WALL OF CHINA

Stretching over 13,000 miles, the Great Wall is a series of fortifications built by various Emperors to keep out unwanted nomadic groups. It was started as early as the 7th century BC and continued to grow until the 17th century AD.

Photo credit: The Blonde Abroad
  • COLOSSEUM, ITALY

The only world wonder I’ve actually visited myself! The centre of the Roman world, the Colosseum symbolises one of the biggest and most successful empires the world has ever seen. The archaeologist in me loves this kind of monument!

  • MACHU PICCHU, PERU

This 15th century Inca citadel is perched high in the Andes; its exact former use and much of the Inca history still remain a mystery today.

Photo credit: my sister!
  • CHICHEN ITZA, MEXICO

One of the largest ancient Mayan cities, Chichen Itza is believed to have been built around 600 AD and abandoned only a few centuries later, making it another American civilisation shrouded in mystery.

Photo credit: The Blonde Abroad
  • PETRA, JORDAN

Once the capital of the Nabatean Kingdom, Petra is a 45m-high temple with an ornate Greek-style facade. It is known today as the ‘Rose City’ due to its striking colour.

Photo credit: The Blonde Abroad
  • CHRIST THE REDEEMER, BRAZIL

A symbol of Christianity around the world, Christ the Redeemer is perched atop Corcovado Mountain in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Constructed in the 1920s, it measures 30m high, and 28m wide.

Photo credit: viator.com

7 Ancient Wonders of the World

The 7 wonders of the ancient world are a collection of structures and monuments which were built and held significance throughout classical antiquity. The Greek conquest of the western world throughout the 5th century BC gave Hellenistic travellers insight into Egyptian, Babylonian, Persian and Phoenician life. Almost all of the monuments were destroyed.

  • THE GREAT PYRAMID OF GIZA, EGYPT

The largest of the three pyramids in the Giza complex, the Great Pyramid is believed to have been built as a tomb for a Pharaoh around 2560 BC. At 481 feet, it was the largest man-made structure in the world for over 3,000 years until Lincoln Cathedral was completed in 1311 AD. And no, the pyramids were not built by aliens.

Photo credit: The Blonde Abroad
  • LIGHTHOUSE OF ALEXANDRIA, EGYPT

Built by the Ptolemaic Kingdom in the 3rd century BC, the Lighthouse was a significant landmark and an incredible feat at the time, before its destruction and abandonment following a series of earthquakes.

Source: britannica.com
  • STATUE OF ZEUS AT OLYMPIA, GREECE

The statue of Zeus was a giant seated figure made by the Greek sculptor Phidias around 435 BC.

Source: Google
  • HANGING GARDENS OF BABYLON, IRAQ

The Hanging Gardens of Babylon were fabled to be representative of the most beautiful accomplishments of the Hellenic world. Its exact whereabouts are unknown, with some doubting its existence entirely.

Source: historicmysteries.com
  • COLOSSUS OF RHODES, GREECE

The Colossus of Rhodes was a mighty statue of the Greek Sun God Helios, erected on the island of Rhodes by Chares of Lindos in 280 BC. There are many theories as to what the statue really looked like.

Source: theislandofrhodes.com
  • TEMPLE OF ARTEMIS AT EPHESUS, TURKEY

A Greek temple dedicated to the warrior goddess Artemis, which now stands in ruins.

Source: ancient.eu
  • MAUSOLEUM AT HALICARNASSUS, TURKEY

The longest-standing ancient wonder by the time of its destruction by erathquakes in the 15th century, the Mausoleum was built around 350 BC for Mausolus and his sister-wife Artemisia.

Source: britannica.com

Who knew there were so many different types of world wonders! There’s definitely more that I would consider putting on these lists too.

Which of these places have you visited? Leave a comment below, I’d love to hear about it!

Published by Liv

Archaeology graduate and aspiring traveller 🌏

3 thoughts on “WHAT ARE THE WONDERS OF THE WORLD?

    1. I actually saw them as a child while flying over Finland, but I don’t really remember it! I hope to go somewhere like Iceland and see them one day. Thanks for your comment! ☺️

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