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The following list of New Seven Wonders is presented without ranking, and is intended to represent a global heritage. In 2007, more than 100 million people voted to declare the New Seven Wonders of the World. The following list of seven winners is presented without ranking, and is intended to represent a global heritage.

Great Wall of China (China)

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5th century BC Built between and 16th century, the Great Wall of China is a stone and earth fortification built to protect the borders of the Chinese Empire from invading the Mongols. The Great Wall is actually a succession of several walls spanning approximately 4000 miles, making it the longest man-made structure in the world.

Christ the Redeemer Statue (Rio de Janeiro)

We flew on a helicopter ride right next to the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro in April 2017. A cloudy day, but happy to see the statue peak out!
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The Art Deco-style Christ the Redeemer statue has been roaming the Mount Corcovado, Brazil since 1931, with the inspiration of awe-inspiring blessings. The 130-foot reinforced concrete and soap statue was designed by Heiter da Silva Costa. Most of the money was raised through donations - costing about $ 250,000 to build. The statue has become an easily recognized icon for Rio and Brazil.

Machu Picchu (Peru)

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Machu Picchu, an Incan city of sparkling granite that lies between the 2 minaret eggs, is thought by scholars to have been a sacred archaeological center for the nearby Incan capital Cusco. Built on the summit of the Inwan Empire in the mid-1400s, this mountain bastion was later abandoned by the Insas. The place remained unknown except for the locals until 1911, when it was rediscovered by archaeologist Hiram Bingham. The site is accessible only by foot, train or helicopter; Most visitors board the train from nearby Cusco.

Chichen Itza (Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico)

Chichen Itza pyramid
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The genius and adaptation of Mayan culture can be seen in the magnificent ruins of Chichen Itza. This powerful city, a trading center of clothes, slaves, honey and salt, flourished from about 800 to 1200, and served as the political and economic center of the Mayan civilization. The most familiar ruins on the site are El Caracol, a sophisticated astronomical observatory.

Roman Colosseum (Rome)

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The most enduring icon of Rome, if not Italy, is undoubtedly its colosseum. Eddy. Built between 70 and 80 AD, it was in use for nearly 500 years. The elliptical structure seated around 50,000 spectators, who gathered to watch gladiatorial events, as well as other public spectacles, including war reunions, animal hunting, and execution. Earthquakes and stone-robbers have left the Colosseum in a state of ruin, but parts of the structure remain open to tourists, and its design still influences the construction of the modern amphitheater some 2,000 years later.

Taj Mahal (Agra, India)

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A mausoleum for the wife of the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan, the Taj Mahal was built between 1632 and 1648. Considered to be the most ideal specimen of Muslim art in India, the white marble structure actually represents many architectural styles including Persian, Islamic. Turkish and Indian. The Taj Mahal consists of a formal garden with raised walkways, incense flower beds and a linear reflective pool.

Petra (Jordan)

The Great Facade, Petra, Jordan
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Declared a World Heritage Site in 1985, Petra was the capital of the Nabataean Empire of King Aratus IV, and possibly existed in its chief from 9 BCE. From 40. Members of this civilization proved to be early experts in manipulating water technology, building complex tunnels and water chambers, which helped create a pseudo oasis. The many incredible stone carvings, a 4,000-seater amphitheater and the El-Deer monastery have also helped the site earn its fame.