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Top 5 Wonders Of The World
Published on: August 29, 2014
Ever wanted to visit ALL of the wonders of the world? It’s actually quite a challenge as there are over 50 wonders of the world across various lists! That’s why we’ve pick our top 5 favourite wonders from around the world we believe are truly awe-inspiring.
A city, scholars believe to have been a sacred archaeological centre for the nearby Incan capital of Cusco. It was built at the peak of the Incan Empire in the mid-1400s, the site remained unknown except to locals until 1911, when it was rediscovered by archaeologist Hiram Bingham. The site can only be reached by foot, train or helicopter; most visitors visit by train from nearby Cusco.
The Great Wall of China
Built between the 5th century B.C. and the 16th century, the Great Wall of China is a stone-and-earth fortification created to protect the borders of the Chinese Empire from invading Mongols. The Great Wall is actually a succession of multiple walls spanning approximately 4,000 miles, making it the world’s longest manmade structure.
The Icon of Rome, if not Italy! Built between A.D. 70 and 80 A.D., it was in use for some 500 years. The elliptical structure sat nearly 50,000 spectators, who gathered to watch the gladiatorial events as well as other public spectacles. Earthquakes and stone-robbers have left the Colosseum in a state of ruin, but portions of the structure remain open to tourists where you can observe its nearly 2000 years of heritage!
The Taj Majal
A mausoleum commissioned for the wife of Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, the Taj Majal was built between 1632 and 1648. The Taj Majal combines a number of architectural styles including Persian, Islamic, Turkish and Indian. The monument is one of the main tourist attractions in India and is known to look spectacular during the full moon!
The Great Pyramid of Giza
The largest of the 3 pyramids built in the ancient city of Giza and the oldest wonder of the world! The pyramid is believed to have been built around 2560 B.C. as a tomb for the Egyptian Pharaoh Khufu and likely took 20 years to construct. Nearly 2.3 million blocks of stone, each weighing approximately 2 tons, comprise the pyramid. The pyramid remained the world’s tallest building for 4 millennia after it was built.