The seven wonders of the world have attracted millions of visitors all around the world. The world we live in is occupied with some unique and beautiful structures that are either natural or artificial (man-made). Some of the artificial structures may include monuments, temples, mosques, churches, tombs, cities, and buildings among others.
These structures have withstood several forces but continue to thrive with their brilliance and uniqueness. Among the hundreds of such structures, there are seven that have earned the world’s attention. Check them out.
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The Taj Mahal is popularly known to have one of the most beautiful and unique architecture. The take of love and history led to its making. It is situated in the Indian city of Agra. Also, it was commissioned by the Mughal emperor called Shah Jahan in the year 1632 as a testament to his admiration for his late wife, Mumtaz Mahal.
The building also contains the tomb of the emperor, Shah Jahan himself. The structure was built with ivory-white marble and a couple of precious stones. The Taj Mahal is said to attract more than 7 to 8 million tourists and visitors every single year.
The Colosseum is also known as the Flavian Amphitheatre. It is an oval-shaped amphitheatre that can be found in the centre of Rome, Italy. The structure was built with sand and concrete under Emperor Vespasian in AD 72 and was finally completed by Titus, his successor in AD 80. The Colosseum is the largest amphitheatre in the entire world.
It also can hoard about 80,000 spectators at a time. Several years ago, the amphitheatre was used for gladiatorial contests such as mock sea battles among others. Some of the activities also include famous battle reenactments, mythological dramas, animal hunts etc. It is, however, one of the famous tourist attractions in Rome, Italy.
The Machu Picchu structure is situated in the Eastern Cordillera of southern Peru on a 7,970 feet mountain ridge. The structure was put up in the 15th century. It is the commonest icon of the Inca empire. It is sometimes mistaken for the List City of The Incas.
According to most archaeologists, Machu Picchu was built as an estate for the Inca emperor called Pachacuti around 1450 and was abandoned after a century at the time of the Spanish conquest. It is revealed that, the Spanish did not know it existed until it was discovered and unveiled internationally by American historian, Hiram Bingham in the year 1911.
Christ the Redeemer
Christ the Redeemer is a famous statue of Jesus Christ structured in Brazil created by Paul Landowski, a French sculptor and built by Heitor Da Silva Costa, a Brazilian engineer also in collaboration with Albert Caquot, a French engineer.
It is revealed that, a Romanian sculptor decorated the face of the statue. Construction of the statue started in the year 1922 and was finally completed in the year 1931.
Christ the Redeemer statue is made up of soapstone and reinforces concrete. It weighs 635 metric tons and is located at the peak of the 700-meter Corcovado mountains in the Tijuca Forest National Park overlooking Rio de Janeiro.
Chicken Itza is an archaeological structure situated in the Tinum Municipality of Yucatan, Mexico. This structure was built by the Maya people and was one of the notable mythical great and powerful cities.
Chicken Itza is undoubtedly one of the most visited ancient sites in Mexico. It consists of buildings like the El Caracol or observatory of Chichen Itza, Temple of the Warriors, Grand Ballcourt, Venus Platform, and many others.
Petra also known as Rose City is one of the olden structures in the world. It is a historical and ancient city in southern Jordan. According to archaeologists, the area around Petra was inhabited as early as 7,000 BC. Petra was hidden away from the world until it was rediscovered in the year 1812 by Johann Ludwig Burckhardt.
It is referred to as Rose City because of the colourful stone from which it was carved. The structure is believed to attract a huge number of tourists and guests and it has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since the year 1985.
The Great Wall Of China
The Great Wall Of China is one of the world’s favourite artificial structures in China. The Great Wall of China is a collective name given to a series of fortified systems constructed across the border of the country.
According to history, the actual purpose of the Great Wall Of China was to protect, guide and mark the territories of the Chinese empires and states. Most of the walls were revealed to have been built as early as the 7th century BC but the most identified ones were constructed by the Ming dynasty (1368 – 1644). This structure also attracts quite a lot of people every year.