A public competition left in 2007 the new seven wonders of the modern world, among which almost sneaks the Alhambra of Granada, which managed to qualify until the final phase.
The seven wonders of the modern world earned their place. These seven monuments from around the world were chosen by more than 90 million people in 2007 when the private company New Open World Corporation organized a worldwide contest for the inhabitants of the Earth themselves to choose their seven new wonders.
The result was tight, and 21 cities and architectural works from all continents built up to the year 2000 reached the final phase. Among them were modern constructions such as the Sydney Opera House (Australia), the Statue of Liberty – the most recognized icon in the United States, the Eiffel Tower in France, the Acropolis of Athens, and the Alhambra in Granada. However, none of them managed to sneak into the victorious septet, which ultimately went this:
The Seven Wonders of the Modern World
- The city of Petra, in Jordan
- The Taj Mahal in India
- Machu Picchu in Peru
- The pyramid of Chichen Itza on the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico
- The Colosseum of Rome
- The Great Wall of China
- The statue of Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil
1. Petra, Jordan
Petra is the first of the seven wonders of the modern world. This city in Jordan, originally known as Raqmu, is famous for its rock-cut architecture in addition to its advanced water duct system. Petra, possibly constituted as early as 312 BC as the capital of the Arab Nabataeans, is a symbol of Jordan, as well as one of the main tourist attractions of the country since in 2007 it was chosen as one of the 7 wonders of the modern world.
2. Taj Mahal, India
The city of Agra, in the state of Uttar Pradesh of India, hosts the second of the monuments designated as the 7 wonders of the modern world also been declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco. This is the Taj Mahal, a funerary construction built in the seventeenth century under the commission of Emperor Shah Jahan in honor of his favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal. The tomb is the centerpiece of a 42-acre complex that includes a mosque and guest house in addition to the gardens.
3. Machu Picchu, Peru
The third of the 7 wonders of the modern world dates from the fifteenth century. It is the Inca city of Machu Picchu, in the region of Cusco, in Peru. Located on the crest of a mountain at 2,430 meters above sea level, this classic Inca-style construction, which archaeologists relate to an estate designed to house the Inca emperor Pachacuti, has three main structures, the Inti Watana, the Temple of the Sun, and the Hall of the Three Windows, and several peripheral buildings, of which much has been rebuilt to give tourists a better idea of what the original citadel was like.
4. Chichen Itza, Mexico
Chichen Itza also sneaks into the 7 new wonders of the Modern World. It is one of the main archaeological sites of the Yucatan Peninsula, in Mexico that originally shaped a Mayan city of pre-Columbian times dominated by the temple of Kukulkán, also known as “El Castillo”, a name with which the Spanish conquerors baptized it. This construction served as a temple for the god Kukulkan and consists of a pyramid with a series of square terraces with stairs that go up from each of the four sides of the same to the top.
5. The Colosseum, Rome
The fifth of the seven wonders of the Modern World is in Rome, the capital of Italy. It is its most famous and recognizable construction: the Flavian Amphitheater or Colosseum. This building, the largest ever carried out in its category, dates from the first century and is currently one of the most representative of the time of the Roman Empire as well as classical antiquity as a whole. It is estimated that the Colosseum could accommodate between 50,000 and 80,000 spectators, who could come to it to see public performances such as mock naval battles or dramas based on classical mythology as well as gladiator contests.
6. The Great Wall of China
The Great Wall of China does not escape the list of seven wonders of the modern world. This series of stone, brick, wood, and rammed earth fortifications that run along the historic borders of northern China built between the fifth-century BC and the sixteenth century served as protection for the Chinese empire on the country’s historic northern border, where it was repeatedly attacked by nomads from Mongolia and Manchuria.
7. Christ the Redeemer of Rio de Janeiro
Last but not least in the ranking, it is also one of the 7 new wonders of the Modern World the sculpture of Christ the Redeemer of Rio de Janeiro, in Brazil. It is a statue of 30 meters high an Art Deco design that crowns the mountain of Corcovado representing the body of Jesus of Nazareth. This work, inaugurated in 1931, was the result of the work of the Polish-French sculptor Paul Landowski and the Brazilian engineer Heitor da Silva Costa, who also had the collaboration with the Frenchman Albert Caquot and the Romanian artist Gheorghe Leonida, the latter being responsible for the face of Christ.