Seven is often considered to be a lucky number in many cultures. Numerology, the study of ''Numbers,'' also claims the number seven as a unique numeric digit. Even the rainbow has exactly seven colors, creating a beautiful hue of nature. The world's seven wonders also combine nature and human archeology to create exceptional pieces appealing to all human eyes.
Based on a survey run in the 2nd Century BCE, the original seven wonders of the world were named after- The Great Pyramids of Giza, The hanging Gardens of Babylon, The Temple of Artemis, The Lighthouse of Alexandria, The statue of Zeus at Olympia, The colossus of Rhodes and The Mausoleum at Halicarnassus.
However, only The Great Pyramids of Giza is the only monument of the original seven, still standing tall and holding its ground. This historical monument is the biggest attraction in Egypt to date. This spot is not only popular amongst foreign visitors but also among many historians and researchers. The archeology and the mummified bodies of the ancient Egyptian royals have been a well-debated and sought-after topic amongst scientists for centuries. The rumors surrounding the mysterious treasures of the deceased Kings and Queens left alongside their coffins plays no less in attracting hundreds of spectators every year.
In 2007 a new survey was run by researchers, with a formatted voting system through the internet that acclaimed the new list of the Seven Wonders of the World. The newly reformed list of the Seven Wonders of the World follows:
Colosseum is located in the heart of Rome, Italy, standing at 620 by 513 feet by amphitheater measure. It was built back in the first century under the rule of Emperor Vespasian. The monument is now only half standing as a significant part has been ruined to dust over the centuries. It'sIt's rumored to be capable of holding over 40,000 spectators who regularly visited the Colosseum for spectacle dramas, executions, and brutal fights between men and beasts, arguably the famous being Gladiator. The ancient Romans were rather savages who believed in heroism through the battle of the best, which ultimately had them organizing such barbaric fights for entertainment. Notably, over 500,000 fighters died in this monument and were layer pronounced martyrs according to ancient roman beliefs.
The City of Petra
Petra is one of the most underrated architectures on the list. Despite being centuries old, the city was discovered before researchers didn't give it much importance until the 20th century. Situated around a remote Valley in Jordan, this monument is an outstanding example of the advanced technology of the Fourth Century BC. The structure was initially used as a metropolis of the former Rose city. There was a built-in water system carved with rocks and stone that helped to supply most of the farming water that served the Citizens' needs. Besides the water formation, there were also astoundingly built temples and tombs carved in sandstones that seemingly changed color depending on how the sunlight hit them from each angle. Rumors have it that Moses, the great prophet struck his stick on the stones here, which enabled uncontrollable gushes of water to flow following the height of the flourishing trade market of the city before the economy dropped, and with that came the eventual fall of the city.
Christ the Redeemer
This beautiful architectural statue is situated in Rio de Janeiro over mount Corcovado. This South American structure of Jesus is known to be a Colossal statue that symbolizes the "Protection under the gaze of Jesus." It was built sometime after the First World War by the Brazilian people as they believed that the statue would invoke a sense of religiousness amongst the citizens, which would ultimately bring them closer to God and prevent another event of war in the future. The statue is enormous, standing at 38 meters or 98 feet in height, with the outstretched hands of Jesus that scales at 28 meters in horizontal length.
Another centuries-old infrastructure with a detailed archeological design capable of taking anyone's breath away. Located in Cuzco, Peru, this Incan site was discovered in 1911 by Hiram Bingham. The usability of this structure is somewhat unofficial. Bingham initially believed it was a secret fortress used in the rebellion in the 16th century during the Spanish War. On the other hand, Historians debunked those claims as they believed that it was a pilgrimage site used by virtuous women like "nuns" or "Virgins of the Sun" who practiced their life of purity and chastity there. At the same time, others suggest that it was owned by the royals themselves as a secret court or assembly. Now, it's perceived as one of the few pre-Colombian spectacles that offer in-built temples, Plazas, housing, and agricultural terraces for visitors to enjoy.
Chichen Itza is located on the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico. It is considered a Mayan City with a flourishing economy around the 10th century BC. This structure of the Pyramid El Castilo is built 24 meters above the ground of the central Plaza, with steep stairs coming down from each side. This monument is another temple like the other infrastructures; however, this one was built by the Itza tribe. It'sIt's noted as a pre-Colombian piece used for tribal events and sacred rituals. Today the ruins of this monument are just another archeological sight for visitors.
Taj Mahal is one of India's most popular tourist spots. He is the prime example of ''Mughal Architecture, built around 1632, under the rule of the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan. It took 22 years and approximately 20,000 laborers to construct the entire site. Although the history after the construction of this iconic monument is bloody with the mass massacre of all the workers who were killed by order of Emperor Shah Jahan as a way to prevent another construction similar to his palace, the Taj Mahal is popularly known as a symbol of " love" between the Emperor and his wife, Mumtaz Mahal. This Mausoleum took up to 43 acres of land and was built with fine ivory-white marble. To date, millions of tourists visit this iconic monument to appreciate the intricate design of this beautiful Mausoleum.
The Great Wall of China
This vast mega-structure is undoubtedly one of the greatest inventions of China. Dating back to the 7th century BC, it spans over 13,000 miles in length across the northern Chinese border. It was primarily built as a protective wall against the Nomadic nation and occasionally used as trade exportation and military transportation in and out of China.