Chichén Itzá , Mexico

Built 5th-13th century by the Maya-Toltec civilization. Chichén Itzá was an ancient Maya city that eventually became part of the Maya-Toltec civilization. It flourished until around A.D. 1200, and later joined a political alliance with the cities of Mayapán and Uxmal. It had already been abandoned by the time the Spanish arrived in the 16th […]

Petra , Jordan

Built 4th century B.C. to 2nd century A.D. by the Nabatean kingdom.   The city of Petra was built by the Nabateans, who lived in the Wadi Musa valley for more than 400 years, in a spot strategically located along early silk and spice trade routes. The city fell to the Roman Empire in A.D. […]

Christ the Reedemer Statue ,Brazil

Built 1926-31. Commissioned by the Roman Catholic archdiocese of Rio de Janeiro. Rio de Janeiro’s Christ the Redeemer statue is Brazil’s most famous landmark. Perched atop 2,296-foot-tall Corvcovado Mountain is this 98-foot-tall statue of Jesus with outstretched arms. In addition to the statue, you’ll be treated to stunning views of the skyline and Sugarloaf Mountain. It’s illuminated at […]

Taj Mahal, India

Built 1632-48. Commissioned by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan. The Taj Mahal, located on the southern bank of the Yamuna River in Agra, is a monument to love. It was built in the 17th century by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan to house his beloved late wife Mumtaz Mahal. With its domed central tomb and surrounding minarets, […]

Roman Colosseum,Rome

Built A.D. 72-82. Commissioned by Flavian emperors during the first century of the Roman Empire. The Eternal City is home to more ancient treasures than we can count, but one that’s truly worthy of being called a wonder of the world is the Colosseum. This massive arena, where gladiators fought to the death, was built around […]

Machu Picchu, Peru

Another new wonder of the world is Machu Picchu, the ancient Incan fortress in Peru. Set in a remote location in the Andes, the sprawling complex of intricate stone buildings was encountered by American explorer Hiram Bingham III in 1911, and it’s been a source of fascination throughout the world ever since. To reach the […]

The Great Wall of China, China

Built from 220 B.C. to A.D. 1644 by several emperors and dynasties. TENS OF MILLIONS VISIT EACH YEAR Now a Chinese national symbol, the vast Great Wall was built over nearly 1800 years. The Great Wall is actually many walls that overlap; the combined length of those layers is estimated to be 10,000 to 20,000 kilometers. […]

The Recent List

We’ve all heard of the 7 Wonders of the World, fabled sites such as the Statue of Zeus at Olympia in Greece and the Lighthouse at Alexandria in Egypt. Sadly, the only remaining ancient wonder is Egypt’s Great Pyramid of Giza. But because travelers love to cross places off their bucket lists, the New 7 Wonders of […]

History

The Seven Wonders were first defined as themata(Greek for ‘things to be seen’ which, in today’s common English, we would phrase as ‘must sees’) by Philo of Byzantium in 225 BCE, in his work On The Seven Wonders. Other writers on the Seven Wonders include Herodotus, Callimachus of Cyrene and Antipater of Sidon. Of the original seven, only the Great Pyramid exists today. The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World […]

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“Youth is happy because it has the capacity to see beauty. Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old.” Wonder is nourishment for the soul. We are the only animal on earth, as far as we know, that can be moved to tears by a sunset, that marvels at the stars at night, that […]