The world we live in is full of beauty and wonder at every step, as you need only to open your eyes see it in its full intrinsic beauty. It’s not just mother nature who creates wonder, you see, but people as well. Throughout history, mankind has built some of the most glorious structures or effigies the human mind could come up with, creations we nowadays use and landmarks and tourist attractions. The true wonders of the world aren’t the ones we find in nature according to many, but the ones we made ourselves. Over the next few minutes, we’ll take a look at
some of the most impressive structures humans have created throughout the ages. Needless to say, most people believe these to be the most glorious wonders ever created and they might have a point.
The Roman Baths of Somerset
These famous baths in Somerset have always been among the most visited Roman sites for quite some time now. This historical bath house is actually a reconstruction of the previously destroyed baths that saw their end at some point during the 6th century. The reconstruction of the baths occurred over many centuries, each generation adding a bit more to the site that was once a very popular Roman bath house. These days, the Roman Baths of Somerset are a major tourist attraction, drawing more than 1 million visitors every year.
The Leaning Tower of Pisa
Rightfully included among the 8 wonders of the world by famous historians throughout the ages, the Leaning Tower of Pisa is also one of the most visited tourist attractions on the planet. Like the name suggests, the tower is situated in the Italian city of Pisa where it was built at some point in 1173. Not necessarily tall or impressive in size, the reason why this particular structure is so famous is because of its slight inclination that gives the impression that it is about to fall at any minute.
The great Colosseum in Rome has been a popular tourist attraction for centuries and understandably so. Originally called ‘The Flavian Amphitheatre’, this impressive structure is situated in the center of Rome, Italy. By all accounts, the Colosseum is one of the most impressive structures ever build. Built to host gladiator battles, today it serves only as a tourist attraction, and a very famous one as well. This being said, the Colosseum is also one of the 8 wonders of the world according to historians and understandably so.
Built by the Mayans around the year 400 AD, Chichen Itza is one of the oldest, still standing structures in the world. Located in the North-central region of the Yucatan Peninsula (present-day Mexico), this large building was initially used by priests as a temple/sacrificial aid. As for its name, the name Chichen Itza means ‘At the mouth of the well of Itza’, a name that is somehow more literal in meaning than mystical.
This former Christian patriarchal basilica was later converted into a grand Mosque after the Ottoman conquest of Constantinople, only to nowadays serve as a museum that attracts more than 3 million visitors every year. Interestingly enough, the Hagia Sophia was Istanbul’s main mosque until the Blue Mosque of Istanbul was built in 1616. Furthermore, it served as an inspiration for the erection of at least five other Turkish mosques.
Machu Picchu is a pre-Colombian Inca empire site located almost 8,000 feet above sea level. Situated on a mountain ridge above the valley of Urubamba in Peru, this site is sometimes referred to as the Lost City of Incas. It was built around 1,450 at the height of the Inca Empire, but it was abandoned a bit over 100 years later after the Spanish Conquest of most South American territories.
Taj Mahal of Agra
Built by the famous ruler Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal, this gorgeous structure is also among the most visited tourist attractions on the planet. Each year, it attracts more than 3 million visitors from all over the world. We should also point out that in 2007, the Taj Mahal of Agra was declared one of the top 10 Wonders of the World and rightfully so. Today, the Taj Mahal is seen as the ‘jewel of Muslim art in India’ by many historians and art enthusiasts.
Cristo Redentor Statue
The Cristo Redentor Statue in Rio de Janeiro is the 5th largest statue of Jesus in the world, yet by far the most renowned one ever built. Seen as a symbol of Christianity across the world, this particular statue also serves as an icon for both Rio de Janeiro and Brazil and understandably so given its tremendous popularity. Interestingly enough, it was also recently listed as one of the seven wonders of the world, so if anyone ever asks you what are the seven wonders of the world or where are they, then you will at least be able to name one.
The archaeological city of Jorden is renowned throughout the world for its rock-cut architecture and its water conduit system. Sometimes, the ancient city of Petra is called ‘Rose City’ due to the color of the rocks in which it is carved. Built at some point in 312 BCE to serve as the capital city of the Arab Nabataeans, Petra is a symbol of Jordan and an all-around great tourist attraction for visitors from all over the world.
The Great Wall of China
Given its sheer size and architecture, it was only fair for The Great Wall of China to occupy the first place on our list. What makes this 7th century BC structure so mighty is the fact that it stretches over 8,851 kilometers (5,500 miles) and it used to cover the distance between Hushan in Liaoning to Jiayuguan Pass in Gansu. Although some sections of the wall have been damaged by the passing of time, most of this great wall still stands to this day.