Everyone recognizes the term “Seven Wonders of the World,” and most people can probably identify a few of them. But we’re betting you can’t name them all. These seven, man-made monuments were chosen as the world’s finest displays of architecture and engineering in a 2007 popularity poll where over 90 million people voted. Can you name them?
Great Wall Of China
Constructed in China during the 7th century BCE, this impressive structure was intended as a defense system to keep nomadic tribes, like the Mongolians, out of China. Stretching an almost unfathomable 13,170 miles from Lop Lake in the west to Dandong on the eastern shore, it’s the longest man-made structure standing today.
Best known for the epic gladiator battles that were fought inside its walls, this structure is located in Italy’s historic capital: Rome. Even today it’s the largest amphitheater ever constructed. Built between 70 and 80 AD, this structure has been a popular tourist destination since the 18th century.
The pearl of India, this magnificent mausoleum was built in 1632 from white marble. Located in Agra, India, this famous structure was built by Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his wife. Construction of the palace and its four minarets, which are each more than 13 stories high, took some 15 years. A garden and reflection pool surround the building, creating a serene setting for this world wonder.
Located in the Peru’s Amazon forest, tucked within the peaks of the eastern Andes, this 15th-century, Incan, mountain settlement is now an awe-inspiring ruined city. Abandoned in the 16th century for reasons that remain unclear, the settlement was never discovered by the Spanish conquistadores. Only recently, in 1911 did an American historian find the ruins in their epic perch some 7,790 feet above sea level.
An ancient temple city, this Mayan structure is located in Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula and is the most visited archeological site in the country. Built between 1000 and 1200 AD, the ruins are most well-known for the Kulkulkan Pyramid, which stands an impressive 79 feet tall with narrow steps that tourists used to be able to climb.
Christ the Redeemer
This iconic statue stands 125 feet tall on top of Mount Corcovado in Rio de Janeiro, and you probably saw it several times this summer if you were watching the Olympics. It took nine years for French sculptor Paul Landowski to create the monument that now stands as a symbol of welcome over Brazil’s popular coastal city.
This historic city was carved out of red stone in a valley on the edge of the Arabian Desert. Located in modern-day Jordan, this city is famous for its expertly carved structures and its advanced water collection system. The city is believed to have been established as early as 312 BCE and features a theater built to hold 4000 people. Not only one of the current Seven Wonders of the World but also a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1985.
If you got them all, we’re sorry for ever doubting you. If not, take a few facts with you for next week’s trivia night with the boys.