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The Current 7 Man-Made Wonders of the World

Updated on October 18, 2017

Here is a list of the current seven man-made wonders of the world. These seven wonders were announced as the results to a poll held by the Canadian/Swiss Bernard Weber in Zurich, Switzerland. Bernard is a member of the New7Wonders Foundation which is regulated by the Swiss Federal Foundation Authority. Below are the seven wonders as they currently stand.

I have organised them below in alphabetical order; they are not and do not get ranked. All wonders are of equal merit.

Chichen Itza

  • Located in Yukatan, Mexico.
  • Remains of the Mayan civilization who lived around 600 - 900 AD.
  • The site is made of hundreds of paved roads and dozens of stone buildings.
  • Several of the buildings have been restored.
  • The stone buildings have a large variety of archaeological styles, indicating that the city may have had the most diverse Mayan population in the world.
  • The site covers an area of at least 5 sq. km.

Christ the Redeemer

  • Located in Tijuca Forest National Park in Rio de Jeniero.
  • It stands atop Corcovado mountain.
  • The tallest part stands at 130 feet tall.
  • It weighs 635 tonnes.
  • The statue is made of reinforced concrete and soapstone.
  • Construction too place from 1922 to 1931.
  • Restoration has had to be carried out several times due to weather and occasional vandalism. In 2008 the fingers, head, and eyebrows were damaged after being struck by lightening during a ferocious lightning storm.

Colosseum

  • Located in the center of Rome, Italy.
  • It is an elliptical amphitheater and is the largest ever built in the Roman empire.
  • Construction started in 72 AD and was completed in 80 AD.
  • When opened it could seat 50,000 people.
  • It hosted gladiatorial contests and public spectacles such as mock sea battles, animal hunts, executions, re-enactments of famous battles, and dramas based on classical mythology.
  • The majority of damage that has happened to the Colosseum is from earthquakes, however some is due to stone robbers.

The Great Wall of China

  • Located, as you may have thought, in China.
  • Has been around for nearly 2500 years.
  • The wall is around 3,460 km long, with 2,860 km of branches and spurs.
  • It is the longest man made structure in the world.
  • The wall was built by several Chinese dynasties to protect China's northern boundary.
  • The wall ranges from 15 - 30 m wide.
  • The highest point of the wall is in Beijing, at Heita mountain reaching 5,033 feet.

Machu Picchu

  • Located in the mountain range of the Urubamba Valley in Peru, 70 km northwest of Cuzco, the former capital of the Inca civilization.
  • It rests over 8,000 feet above sea level.
  • Believed to have been made in the 15th century. It was then rediscovered by Hiram Bingham in 1911.
  • When Bingham rediscovered it, the jungle had literally swallowed it up, hence the nickname, the lost city.
  • Some of the building blocks weigh up to 50 tonnes.
  • Despite the weight, the blocks are precisely slotted together with such precision that the mortarless joints will not even permit the insertion of a thin knife blade.

Petra

  • Located on the slopes of Mt. Hor, in the Arabah section of Jordan.
  • Petra means ''rock'' in Greek and Arabic.
  • It was discovered by a Swiss explorer, Johann Ludwig Burckhardt, in 1812.
  • It's said to have been around from before 106 AD.
  • Being made mostly of red sandstone, and with its beauty and age, Petra earned the title ''a rose red city half as old as time."
  • Petra was once a thriving trading center and capital of the Nabataean empire.
  • Several scenes from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade were filmed here.

Taj Mahal

  • Located in Agra, India.
  • It was built as a mausoleum where the Mughal Emperor known as Shah Jahan was to bury his wife Mumtaz Mahal.
  • Construction began in 1632 and it was completed in 1653.
  • The architectural style is a combination of Persian, Islamic, and Indian.
  • 20,000 workers helped in the build.
  • 28 varieties of semi-precious and precious stones were used to adorn the Taj for an exquisite finish.
  • During the Indian Rebellion of 1857, many of these stones were ripped off its wall by the British.

The Honorary Candidate

The Great Pyramid is considered a classic wonder, so when the Egyptian government heard that it would have to compete with modern man-made objects such as the Sydney Opera House (even though it didn't make the cut), a compromise was met and it was named as the honorary candidate after the seven (relatively) modern wonders of the world.

In this aerial shot of the Great Pyramid, the indents on each side can be seen.
In this aerial shot of the Great Pyramid, the indents on each side can be seen.

The Great Pyramid of Giza

  • This particular pyramid is the the Great Pyramid of Giza, the largest of the three in the Giza Necropolis.
  • It is located in what is now El Giza, Egypt.
  • The pyramid is estimated to have some 2,300,000 stone blocks.
  • The blocks range in weight with most generally being 2 - 30 tonnes, however a few weigh upwards of 70 tonnes.
  • The base of the pyramid cover 592,000 square feet.
  • The average stone on the lowest level is 5 feet high, long, and deep.
  • The four sides are indented to a very precise degree and was the only pyramid built this way, making it the only 8 sided pyramid. This effect is only visible from the air.

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      s+omething 4 months ago

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      Lenzyzx 4 months ago

      I've learned a lot from this

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      Habib Alam 12 months ago

      Amazing 7 wonders a great contribution towards present and in coming world.Each wonder is unique in its style. I like these thanks anyway

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      innocent 2 years ago

      Great I have learned alot

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      Hezekiah 3 years ago from Japan

      Nice hub there. I have had the pleasure of visiting a part of the Great Wall of China. Most of it is supposed to be a grave, with the dead soldiers buried underneath it.

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      ??? 3 years ago

      cool.... nice pics and facts

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      Nasir Shabbir Pakistan. 4 years ago

      very informative & interesting pages.

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      Mel Carriere 4 years ago from San Diego California

      Nice geography lesson. I wonder what the modern 7 wonders would be, say anything constructed by mankind since about 1900 to the present?

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      Elizabeth Parker 4 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Very interesting hub. I've never been to either of them (yet) but who knows what the future will bring. Thanks for doing the research and posting this!

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      Interesting collection of places that really are amazing. I have only been to one...the very first one...maybe some day I will be able to travel to some of the others.

      Well done.

      Thanks for sharing.

      Sending Angels your way :) ps

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      Larry Gonzaga 4 years ago

      Good research. Hopefully the world will be able to keep them from falling apart.

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      donmanual 5 years ago from Playa del Carmen, Mexico

      Great photos! Thank you for hub!

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      andi 5 years ago

      i have learned something from man made i am happy

      thank you for posting this because if there no will be

      man made the world will not be beautiful.

      :) :) :) :0 :0 :)

      have a nice day !!!

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      Sandy Frost 5 years ago from India

      Truly, these are the finest man-made structures ever built on earth. These greatest works of architecture remind us about previous historic civilizations and cultures as also prove themselves as the best of landmarks in fields of construction and design.

      Thanks for writing this nice and interesting hub.

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      Matt Dawes 5 years ago from England

      Thank you LuisEGonzalez!

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      Luis E Gonzalez 5 years ago from Miami, Florida

      Welcome to Hubpages

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      Matt Dawes 5 years ago from England

      Thanks guys! Much appreciated.

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      sunasia22 5 years ago from Philippines

      An interesting hub! Very comprehensive and good choices of pictures! Thank you for sharing! Voted up!

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      Joseph Ritrovato 5 years ago from Vancouver, WA (nextdoor to Portland, OR)

      Thanks for posting this Hawkstryker! An interesting read from start to finish..