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
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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Wonders of the Ancient World
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:
Pyramid of Gaza
Gardens of Babylon
of Zeus at Olympia
of Artemis at Ephesus
of Maussollos at Halicarnassus
of the Middle Ages
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
Leaning Tower of Pisa
Other sites sometimes included on such lists:
Wonders of the Modern World
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.
The American Society of Civil Engines compiled a list of wonders of the modern world
Empire State Building
Golden Gate Bridge
Delta Works / Zuiderzee Works
Seven Wonders of the World
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
Great Pyramid of Giza (Honorary Candidate)
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
Old City of Jerusalem
Polar Ice Caps
Papahanaumokakea Marine Monument
Great Migration Of Serengeti and Massai Mara
Grand Canyon (view-chosen eight wonder)
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
of Reo de Janerio
wonders of the Underwater World
Seven wonders of the Underwater World
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.
Belize Barrier Reef
Great Barrier Reef
Lake BaikalNorthern 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:
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