The Modern Wonders

Today, there is no list of “ Modern wonders” for the modern world. Still, there are some interesting buildings or landmarks that are called “wonders”. These landmarks are easily recognized by people everywhere. The last time we introduced you the ancient wonders, now it is time to focus on the modern wonders that is not least interesting.

The Taj Mahal 

Built: A.D. 1631-1648.

The Taj Mahal in India is made of white marble and precious stones. About 20.000 people worked to build this giant tomb for king’s wife.

The Taj Mahal

The Great Wall of China

Built: Some sections were  started around 220 B.C., But most of it was built between 1368 and 1644.

This outstanding wall is over 4,800 kilometers long and built to keep out invaders.

The Statue of Liberty

People everywhere recognize this statue. Inspired by the Colossus of Rhodes, it stands over 45 meters tall. The French gave it to the United States as a gift of friendship in 1886. It stands in New York Harbor and represents freedom.

The Pyramid at Chichen Itza

Built: sometime between A.D. 800-900.

The Mayans used this 24-meter high pyramid to study the  sky and as an enormous solar calendar.

Machu Picchu (Peru)

Machu Picchu, an Incan city of shining stonework precariously perched between 2 towering Andean peaks, is thought by scholars to have been a sacred archaeological center for the nearby Incan capital of Cusco. Built at the peak of the Incan Empire in the mid-1400s, this mountain citadel was later abandoned by the Incas. The site remained unknown except to locals until 1911, when it was rediscovered by archaeologist Hiram Bingham. The site can only be reached by foot, train or helicopter; most visitors visit by train from nearby Cusco.

The Roman Colosseum (Rome)

Built: between A.D. 70 and 80 A.D.

Rome’s, if not Italy’s, most enduring icon is undoubtedly its Colosseum. it was in use for some 500 years. Earthquakes and stone-robbers have left the Colosseum in a state of ruin, but parts of the structure remain open to tourists, and its design still influences the construction of modern-day amphitheaters.

Petra (Jordan)

Declared a World Heritage Site in 1985, Petra was the capital of the Nabataean empire of King Aretas IV, and likely existed in its prime from 9 B.C. to A.D. 40. The members of this civilization proved to be early experts in manipulating water technology, constructing intricate tunnels and water chambers, which helped create a pseudo-oasis. A number of incredible structures carved into stone, a 4,000-seat amphitheater and the El-Deir monastery have also helped the site earn its fame.

Christ the Redeemer

Christ the Redeemer, is a statue of Jesus Christ in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The statue’s features are 30 meters (98 feet tall), weight 700 tons. It is located at the peak of the 700 m Corcovado mountain in the Tijuca Forest National Park overlooking the city. The tallest of its kind in the world. A symbol of Christianity, the statue has become an icon of Rio and Brazil. When the decision to make such a statue was made several designs were considered like a representation of the Christian cross, a statue of Jesus with a globe in his hands, and a pedestal symbolizing the world.

 

 

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