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Wonders of the world

The wonders of the world comprise some of the spectacular natural wonders and man-made structures which are and rare to find. These exclusive sites and locales are arranged chronologically according to the level of beauty and magnificence they portray. This week we bring some information of the 'Old seven wonders of the world' and the 'New seven wonders of the World'.

Modern Seven Wonders of the World

It is in the nature of human race to strive for perfection and the various creations of mankind are proof of this insatiable human desire to reach for the summit of the ideal and aspire for the heights of glory. Since time immemorial, man has attempted to give expression to the artistic aspect of his mind through the creation of awe-inspiring architectures that is still a source of amazement and wonder for the modern generation. Time and again, humans have referred to some such astounding man-made structures as "wonder of the world". In 2001 the Swiss corporation New7Wonders Foundation began an initiative to choose the New Seven Wonders of the World from a selection of 200 monuments for profit. Of the twenty-one nominated creations, seven were chosen on July 7, 2007 in Benfica's stadium in a big ceremony in Lisbon, Portugal.

Colosseum, Rome -Italy

The Colosseum of Rome is considered to be one of the greatest pieces of Roman architecture. A marvellous specimen of Roman engineering, the Colosseum is an elliptical amphitheatre situated in the centre of Rome. The biggest amphitheatre ever to be built in Rome, it has a capacity of 50,000 spectators and was primarily used for gladiatorial contests, royal speeches and dramatic performances. The construction of the Colosseum began between 70 and 72 AD under the emperor Vespasian and ended in in 80 AD during the regin of Titus.

Taj Mahal, Agra -India

One of the most popular Indian tourist spots and a world attraction, the Taj Mahal is a mausoleum located in Agra, India. Constructed of pure-white marble, this exquisite piece of Islamic arcitecture was created under the orders of the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan who dedicated it to his departed wife, Mumtaz Mahal.

The domed memorial is flanked by two red sandstone buildings, a mosque on one side and an identical building on another. It contains the sarcophagus of Mumtaz Mahal as well as Shah Jahan.

Mausoleum at Halicarnassus

The Mausoleum at Halicarnassus served as the burial tomb for King Mausolus. The King married his sister Artemisia. After the King passed away. Temisia ordered the building of the tomb in his memory.

Temple of Artemis

The Temple of Artemis is located on the west coast of modern Turkey, south of Selcuk county about 50 km south of Smyrna. This place was called Ephesus during ancient times. The God Artemis in Ephesus is a goddess of fertility. This earliest temple supposedly contained a sacred stone, probably fallen from Jupiter

Christ the Redeemer, Rio de Janeiro

Undoubtedly a modern marvel, "Christ

the Redeemer" O Cristo Redentor in Portuguese) is a statue of Jesus Christ that weighs 635 tons, stands 98 ft (30 m) wide and 120 ft (38 m) high with its pedestal. Constructed of reinforced concrete and soapstone, this wonderful piece of architecture is located in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, at the top of the Corcovado mountain (2,300 ft) in the Tijuca Forest National Park overlooking the city. It was in 1921 that the Catholic Circle of Rio proposed for the construction of the statue which recieved acceptance

The statue of Greek god Zeus

The statue of the Greek god Zeus at Olympia, one of the world's greatest statues, was created in about 450 BC by the renowned Greek sculptor Phidias. It is in honour of this god that the Ancient Olympic games were held. During those times truce is declared and wars are stopped. Players and athletes from all over the places travelled to a place in Greece called Peloponnesus. These Olympic games were started during 776 BC

The Great Pyramid of Giza

The Great Pyramid of Giza (also called the Pyramid of Khufu and the Pyramid of Cheops) is the oldest and largest of the three pyramids in the Giza Necropoli, Egypt. It is the oldest of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, and the only one to remain largely intact. It is believed the pyramid was built as a tomb for fourth dynasty Egyptian Pharaoh Khufu (Cheops in Greek) and constructed over a 20-year period concluding around 2560 BC.The Great Pyramid was the tallest man-made structure in the world for over 3,800 years.

The light house of Alexandria

This light house of Alexandria was one of the wonders among all the seven wonders of the world, which was constructed to serve a practical purpose. Besides being a marvelous example of architectural elegance, it ensured a safe return for the sailors to the Great Harbor.

Petra, Jordan

The most popular spot of Jordan, the Petra is an ancient rock city that contains about 800 magnificient rock structures including a mausoleum, a two-storeyed temple, a shrine, a palace, general dwellings and a royal treasury - the "Khazneh el-Farun" - which is the most popular of all the bulidings.

Chichen Itza, Yucatan

One of the top tourist hotspots in the world, Chichen Itza is the most famous temple city built in Yucatan, Mexico by the Maya civilisation. This impressive archaeological site served as the political and economic centre of the Mayan civilisation and rose to prominence in 600 AD.

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