Seeing the seven wonders of the world is something that you dream about on a grey winter day, but know that you’ll probably never actually do.
The logistics, the commitment, the sheer headache of it all seem to eclipse the eventual boundless wonder of knowing that you’ve gazed at the seven most incredible things that man has created. But now there’s a way of achieving this admirable goal with almost no effort required from you. Culture Trip has teamed up with On The Go Tours to show you their World Wonders Tour.
31 days, seven wonders, innumerable amazing experiences. Discover what you could be seeing and let us teach you about the new seven wonders of the world.
The Colosseum of Rome
The Roman Colosseum is thought to be the largest amphitheatre ever made. Built more than 1,900 years ago, its beauty stands in contrast to its troubling history of power, cruelty and cold-blooded killings. Amazingly, the colosseum as it currently stands is a shadow of its former self. After years of being plundered by Roman popes and aristocrats to furnish their churches and mansions after it fell into disrepair, two thirds of the original has been destroyed. Despite this, gazing at the impressive stonework that was constructed in AD 80 will make your draw in a sharp breath as you consider the meaning and heartache behind it.
The Rose City of Petra
This ancient city in Jordan is carved into the red rocks of Petra and is a UNESCO world heritage site. It looks like a city carved from a dream; the facades and windowsills bleeding from the pink rock like they were formed naturally. Exploring the streets, you’ll discover tombs, temples, a roman colonnaded street and a remarkable amphitheatre. It used to serve as a hub for Middle Eastern and Asian goods traders, and is considered to be one of the most valuable archaeological sites ever.
This extraordinary monument, built entirely of white marble, was made with love. It was created by the Emperor Shah Jahan to honour the memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal, who died in childbirth. Construction first began in 1631, and around 20,000 people were required to complete it; even so, it wasn’t finished until 1653. The Taj Mahal is one of the jewels of India and is a universally admired masterpiece.
The Great Wall of China
Although the myth that you can see the Great Wall of China from space is inaccurate, at over 20,000 kilometres long and more than 2,300 years old, it’s still an incredibly impressive structure. You might lose your breath as you climb its stairs, both because it’s incredibly steep and due to its breathtaking views. Once used to protect China from invaders from the north, it now attracts thousands of onlookers every day and strikes an impressive path across the dramatic Chinese landscape.
This magnificent site represents a hugely important portion of Mayan history, and you can walk among the ruins of their city and wonder at what they created. At 300 hectares it’s a lot to take in, but the most famous sights include the Kukulkan pyramid, the Castle, the ballgame court and the Temple of the Tigers. The city was established around 415 AD and the people who lived there left their mark on the world through their incredible stonework and artistry.
This legendary location is one of the world’s most impressive sights that everyone should see in their lifetime. Built by the Incas, this 15th-century citadel is perched on a mountain ridge 2,430 metres above sea level. Originally constructed by the Inca emperor Pachacuti, the world forgot about this majestic site until 1911 when a man named Hiram Bingham brought it to global attention.
Christ the Redeemer
This art deco statue of Jesus Christ is 30 metres tall and 28 metres wide, and is located at the top of the 700 metre-tall Corcovado mountain in the Tijuca Forest National Park, watching over the city of Rio de Janeiro. Funded almost entirely by donations from Brazilian Catholics, it’s a symbol of Christianity around the world and is a cultural icon.
And one for luck…
The Great Pyramid of Giza
The planet’s oldest tourist attraction and the only remaining survivor of the original seven wonders of the world, we know this ups the number to eight but we just couldn’t resist. The pyramids are one of the most spectacular sights on the planet. Constructed over 20 years using 2.5 million limestone blocks, seeing this tomb for the king of Egypt will be an awe-inspiring experience. It was built between 2589–2566 BCE, and, until construction on the Eiffel Tower was finished in 1889 CE, held the record for the tallest structure in the world made by human hands.