Interesting Facts About 7 Wonders of the World

The original Seven Wonders of the World were all created in the ancient world, before the Common Era (BCE). They were all destroyed or lost to history, except for the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt.

The Great Pyramid of Giza is the oldest and only surviving member of the original Seven Wonders of the World. It was built over 4,500 years ago, and was the tallest structure in the world for over 3,800 years.

The Great Wall of China, while not one of the original Seven Wonders of the World, is often considered an honorary member. It is the longest wall in the world, stretching over 13,000 miles (21,000 km).

The Taj Mahal, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, was built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan as a tribute to his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal, who died in childbirth. The construction of the Taj Mahal took over 20 years to complete.

Machu Picchu, another New Seven Wonder of the World, is located in Peru and was built by the Inca civilization in the 15th century. It was abandoned during the Spanish conquest and rediscovered in 1911 by American archaeologist Hiram Bingham.

The Colosseum in Rome, Italy, was the largest amphitheater in the world when it was built over 2,000 years ago. It could hold up to 80,000 spectators and was used for gladiatorial contests and other public spectacles.

Petra, in modern-day Jordan, was the capital city of the Nabataean kingdom in ancient times. It is famous for its rock-cut architecture and was an important hub for trade routes between the East and West.

The Chichen Itza in Mexico is a Mayan city that was built between the 9th and 12th centuries. It contains many impressive structures, including the Pyramid of Kukulcan, which has 91 steps on each of its four sides, and the Great Ball Court, which is the largest ball court in Mesoamerica.

The statue of Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, was completed in 1931 and is one of the newest members of the New Seven Wonders of the World. It stands 98 feet (30 meters) tall on top of the Corcovado Mountain and is visited by millions of tourists each year.

The Hanging Gardens of Babylon, one of the original Seven Wonders of the World, were thought to have been built in ancient Mesopotamia. However, there is no concrete evidence that they ever existed, and some historians believe that they were a fictional creation.