Our world is full of remarkable structures, both human-made and natural. Some of the human-made works include churches, tombs, temples, monuments and many such also comes in under the Seven Wonders of the World!
What Are the Seven Wonders of the World?
Taj Mahal, the Colosseum, the Chichen Itza, Machu Picchu, Christ the Redeemer, Petra, Great Wall of China and Great Pyramid of Giza are the new Seven Wonders of the World.
From the original Seven Wonders, only the Great Pyramid of Giza, the oldest of the ancient wonders, remains relatively intact. The Colossus of Rhodes, the Lighthouse of Alexandria, the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, the Temple of Artemis, and the Statue of Zeus were all damaged. The precise location and eventual fate of the Hanging Gardens are also unclear, and there is even a possibility that they may not have existed at all. The Colossus of Rhodes was last of seven to be completed after 280 BC and the first to be ruined. Thus, all seven prevailed around the same time for less than 60 years.
How Were the New Seven Wonders of the World Chosen?
In 2000, the Swiss Foundation initiated a campaign to create the Latest Seven Wonders of the World. Given that the initial list of Seven Wonders was assembled in the 2nd century B.C., it felt an appropriate time for a revision. People worldwide accepted that and more than 100 million ballots were cast on the Internet or text messaging. Official results came in 2007.
The Wonders’ current structures have existed for many years, and they are always leaving us shocked by their excellence. The seven chosen wonders, considered to be the strongest.
But why are there only seven wonders? Why not eighth or the ninth wonder of this world?
Why Stop At Only Seven Wonders?
As Greek travellers discovered other cultures’ victories, such as the Egyptians, Persians and Babylonians, they compiled early reference books of the most extraordinary things to be found. These were recommendations for potential visitors – which is why the Seven Wonders are all over the Mediterranean Rim. They named the landmarks that baffled and inspired them.
The original Seven Wonders of the World also described as Ancient Wonders is because of the Greek writer Antipater of Sidon. He created a list of the seven most impressive sites known to man. This list was based on what was famous among travellers. The number seven was chosen because it is considered a lucky number by the Greeks. And also because the Greeks believed it embodied beauty and abundance, it was the number of the five planets identified in the past, with the sun and the moon. We’re still considering seven lucky until today.
Making The Cut for the Eighth Wonder of the World
As we know, the world is a massive place with places both explored and unexplored. Some people might not have been in favour of the new Seven Wonders of the World. Due to the same many countries have proposed an ‘Eighth Wonder of the World’. Let’s see what sites have made a cut for the same!
Mt. Fuji, Japan
Japan is home to many wonders, but Mount Fuji is at the forefront. Rising 12,388ft from the island of Honshu, about 62 miles west of Tokyo, it has an almost perfect conical shape. It is the tourist attraction of Japan, influencing numerous poets and artists over the decades. But it’s more than that: the top, or Fuji-san, is still the most revered of the Three Holy Mountains in the country and is still used for spiritual pilgrimages to this day. Thousands of tourists make a difficult 8-hour climb every year.
Pink and White terraces, New Zealand
The ancient terraces on the opposite side of Lake Rotomahana in the North Island of New Zealand were once the world’s biggest silica sinter. The terraces were pink and white on each sides. These natural terraces were a popular tourist destination in the early 1880s. But these glistening wonders were “lost” in 1886 when a volcanic eruption covered them. In 2017, researchers reported that the terraces had survived and were buried by the blast.
Arches National Park, Utah
The unearthly expanse of red rock and stone domes is like nowhere else. With more than 2,000 sandstone arches, the most significant collection globally, the place is like another planet, a substantial natural sculpture garden carved by aeons of wind and rain. The National Park has several rock stars to explore: the Landscape Arch, the longest at 306ft and in the form of a rainbow; the North Window, and the sun rising through it every morning like a golden iris. The stone glows soft pink at dawn, and it glows in a fiery orange during sunset. This is a spectacular place in the world’s landscapes.
Borobudur is an enormous Buddhist temple in central Java, Indonesia, founded by the Shailendra Dynasty in the 8th and 9th centuries. A volcanic eruption around the year 1000 covered the monument in volcanic ash, and it remained buried until the workers started rebuilding it in the 20th century. The monument is constructed as a pyramid with three layers, reflecting the three spheres of Buddhist cosmology. After its restoration, multiple news and travel agencies have described Borobudur as the eighth wonder of the world, or have reported that the Indonesians consider it the eighth wonder.
Terra Cotta Army, China
For the tomb of China’s first emperor, Qin Shi Huang, artists modelled thousands of life-size terracotta sculptures of warriors, horses and chariots to follow him into the afterlife. In 1974, workers outside Xi’an City in Shaanxi Province found some of these B.C.E. third-century statues while trying to dig a well. Since then, a small number of these sculptures have appeared in museums around the world. The army is considered to be an artistic wonder. When the soldiers were made out of terracotta or fired clay, the ancient craftsmen gave them distinct facial features.