One of the New Seven Wonders of
the World. Great Wall of China:
The 4,160-mile barricade running
from east to west is the world's
longest man-made structure. The
construction of the wall took place
over hundreds of years, beginning
in the seventh century B.C.
One of the New Seven Wonders of
the World. Petra, Jordan: This
ancient city in southwestern Jordan,
built on a terrace around Wadi
Musa, or Valley of Moses, was the
capital of the Arab kingdom of the
Nabateans. The city is famous for
water tunnels and stone structures
carved in the rock.
One of the New Seven Wonders of
the World. Christ Redeemer
Statue, Brazil: The outstretched
arms of the 125-foot statue of the
Christ the Redeemer overlooks Rio
de Janeiro from atop 2,343-foot
Mount Corcovado.
One of the New Seven Wonders of the
World. Machu Picchu, Peru: Built by the
Incan Empire in the 15th century, Machu
Picchu's walls, palaces, temples and
dwellings are perched in the clouds at
8,000 feet above sea level in the Andes.
One of the New Seven Wonders of the
World. Pyramid at Chichen Itza,
Mexico: This pyramid was part of a
sacred site in an important Mayan
center on Mexico's Yucatan peninsula.
Built according to the solar calendar,
shadows at the fall and spring
equinoxes are said to look like a snake
crawling down the steps, similar to the
carved serpent at the top.
One of the New Seven Wonders of the
World. Colosseum, Italy: The
50,000-seat amphitheater in Rome
was inaugurated in A.D. 80 and served
as the backdrop for thousands of
gladiators who dueled to the death.
One of the New Seven Wonders of the
World. Taj Mahal, India: The white
marble-domed mausoleum in Agra
combines Indian, Persian and Islamic
styles and was built by a 17th century
Mogul emperor for his favorite wife,
who died in childbirth.
The New Seven Wonders of the World.
Acropolis, Greece: This set-in-stone
wonder attracts millions of visitors each
year to its famed Parthenon and
statues of Greek gods and goddesses.
The New Seven Wonders of the World.
Easter Island, Chile: Hundreds of
massive stone busts, or Moais, are all
that remains from the prehistoric
culture that crafted them between 400
and 1,000 years ago as an homage to
deceased ancestors
The New Seven Wonders of the World.
Eiffel Tower, France: The 985-foot
tower, built in 1889 for the International
Exposition, symbolizes Paris. The
open-lattice iron icon is the City of
Light's tallest structure.
The New Seven Wonders of the World.
Kremlin and St. Basil's Cathedral,
Russia: Domes with golden cupolas
surrounded by red brick walls are at
the heart of Moscow's Kremlin. The
Cathedral of St. Basil the Blessed on
adjacent Red Square features nine
towers of different colors.
The New Seven Wonders of the World.
Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany: The
inspiration for the Sleeping Beauty
Castle at Disneyland, Neuschwanstein
is a creation of 'Mad King' Ludwig II of
Bavaria. Perched on a peak in the
Alps, the gray granite castle rises to
towers, turrets and pinnacles.
The New Seven Wonders of the World.
Statue of Liberty, New York: A gift of
the French government, the 305-foot
statue in New York Harbor has
welcomed immigrants and symbolized
freedom since 1886.
The New Seven Wonders of the World.
Stonehenge, Britain: How and why this
circular monument of massive rocks
was created between 3,000 and 1,600
B.C. is unknown, but some experts say
the stones were aligned as part of a
sun-worshipping culture or
astronomical calendar.
The New Seven Wonders of the World.
Sydney Opera House, Australia: With a
roof resembling a ship in full sail, the
opera house is situated on Bennelong
Point reaching into Sydney's harbor. It
was designed by Danish architect Jorn
Utzon and opened by Queen Elizabeth
II in 1973.
The New Seven Wonders of the World.
Timbuktu, Mali: Two of West Africa's
oldest mosques, the Djingareyber, or
Great Mosque, and the Sankore
mosque built during the 14th and early
15th centuries can still be seen here in
the northern Sahara Desert. Founded
about A.D. 1,100, Timbuktu was a
flourishing caravan center and a
leading spiritual and intellectual center.
Pyramids of Giza, Egypt: The only
surviving structures of the original
seven wonders, the three pyramids
were built as tombs for pharaohs 4,500
years ago. Nearby is the Great Sphinx
statue.