Seven Wonders of the World

Ever since in elementary school we’ve heard of the Seven Wonders of the World.  I wonder, like me, if you dreamed of visiting each site to see the wonders for yourself.  Later we heard there were several groups of the Wonders.  When looking the list(s) up on Wikipedia I found much of the following.

“Various lists of the Wonders of the World have been compiled from antiquity to the present day, to catalogue the world's most spectacular natural wonders and manmade structures.

The Seven Wonders of the World first known list of the most remarkable creations of classical antiquity, and was based on guidebooks popular among Hellenic sight-seers and only includes works located around the Mediterranean rim. The number seven was chosen because the Greeks believed it to be the representation of perfection and plenty. Many similar lists have been made.”

Following up on this I have used Wikipedia to offer the various Wonder of the World lists.  Any wonders we have seen are marked in red.   I hope that every traveler gets the opportunity to visit as many of these sites as possible, given that few of the oldest wonders still exist.

Best of luck attempting to visit the Wonders listed:

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Seven Wonders of the Ancient World

The historian Herodotus (484 – ca. 425 BCE), and the scholar  Callimachus of Cyrene (ca. 305 – 240 BCE) at the Museum of Alexandria, made early lists of seven wonders but their writings have not survived, except as references. The seven wonders included:

Great Pyramid of Gaza

Hanging Gardens of Babylon

Statue of Zeus at Olympia 

Temple of Artemis at Ephesus 

Mausoleum of Maussollos at Halicarnassus

Colossus of Rhodes

Lighthouse of Alexandria 



Wonders of the Middle Ages

In the 19th and early 20th centuries, some writers claimed that lists of wonders of the world have existed during the Middle Ages, although it is unlikely that these lists originated at that time because the word medieval was not invented until the Enlightenment-era, and the concept of a Middle Age did not become popular until the 16th century. Brewer's refers to them as "later list[s]" suggesting the lists were created after the Middle Ages. >



Catacombs of Kom el Shogafa

Great Wall of China

Porcelain tower of Nanjing

Hagia Sophia

Leaning Tower of Pisa


Other sites sometimes included on such lists:


Taj Mahal

Cairo Citadel

Ely Cathedral

Cluny Abbey 



Wonders of the Modern World

Many organizations have made lists of the greatest structures built during modern times, or of the greatest wonders existing today. Some of the most notable lists are presented below.


American Society of Civil Engineers Wonders of the Modern World

The American Society of Civil Engines compiled a list of wonders of the modern world


CN Tower

Channel Tunnel 

Empire State Building

Golden Gate Bridge

Itaipu Dam

Delta Works / Zuiderzee Works 

Panama Canal  

New Seven Wonders of the World  

In 2001 an initiative was started by the Swiss corporation New 7 Wonders Foundation to choose the New Seven Wonders of the World  from a selection of 200 existing monuments.



Great Wall of China

Christ the Redeemer

Machu Picchu

Chichen Itza


Taj Mahal

Great Pyramid of Giza (Honorary Candidate)



USA Today's New Seven Wonders  

In November 2006 the American national newspaper USA Today in conjunction with the American television show Good Morning America revealed a list of New Seven Wonders as chosen by six judges


Potala Palace

Old City of Jerusalem

Polar Ice Caps

Papahanaumokakea Marine Monument


Great Migration Of Serengeti and Massai Mara

Grand Canyon (view-chosen eight wonder) 



Seven Natural Wonders of the World  


Similar to the other lists of wonders, there is no consensus on a list of seven natural wonders of the world, as there has been debate over how large the list should be. One of the many lists was compiled by CNN


Grand Canyon 

Great Barrio Reef

Harbor of Reo de Janerio

Mount Everest


Paricutin volcano

Victoria Falls  

 Seven wonders of the Underwater World 

The Seven Underwater Wonders of the World was a list drawn up by CEDAM International, an American-based non-profit group for divers, dedicated to ocean preservation and research. In 1989 CEDAM brought together a panel of marine scientists, including Dr. Eugenie Clark, to pick underwater areas which they considered to be worthy of protection. The results were announced at The National Aquarium in Washington DC by actor Lloyd Bridges, star of TV's Sea Hunt



Belize Barrier Reef 

Great Barrier Reef

Deep-sea Vents

Galapagos Islands

Lake Baikal

      Northern Red Sea 



British author Deborah Cadbury  wrote Seven Wonders of the Industrial World , a book telling the stories of seven great feats of engineering of the 19th and early 20th centuries. In 2003 the BBC made a seven-part documentary series on the book, with each episode dramatizing the construction of one of the wonders. The seven industrial wonders are:

SS Great Eastern

Bell Rock Lighthouse

Brooklyn Bridge

London Sewage System

First Transcontinental Railroad

Panama Canal

Hoover Dam


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