The Original Travel List: Wonders of the World

Making travel lists is not a novel idea. We all have them and humanity has been making such lists for thousands of years. Listing the wonders of world is such a popular travel list to follow, that everyone has one–the ancient world and the new world, the industrial world and the natural world, even the United Nations and USA TODAY.

seven wonders of the world

The most recent Seven Wonders of the World list was created by the Swiss corporation, New7Wonders Foundation. The Wonders were voted on more than 100 million people and was announced July 7, 2007.

  1. The Great Wall of China, China
  2. Petra, Jordan
  3. Christ the Redeemer, Brazil
  4. Colosseum, Italy
  5. Chichen Itza, Mexico
  6. Machu Pichu, Peru
  7. Taj Mahal, India

of the classical world

The Classical Seven Wonders of the World, a list assembled by the Herodotus (484-425 BCE) and Callimachus of Cyrene (305-240 BCE) at the Museum of Alexandria. Six of the seven wonders no long exist; only the Great Pyramid of Giza remains.

  1. Great Pyramid of Giza, Egypt
  2. Hanging Gardens of Bablyon, Iraq
  3. Statue of Zeus at Olympia, Greece
  4. Temple of Artemis at Ephesus, Turkey
  5. Mausoleum at Halicarnassus, Turkey
  6. Colossues of Rhodes, Greece
  7. Lighthouse of Alexandria, Eygpt

of the natural world

CNN and SevenNaturalWonders.org made the Seven Natural Wonders of the World list.

  1. The Grand Canyon, the United States of America
  2. Paricutin, Mexico
  3. Aurora, around the poles
  4. Victoria Falls, Zambia and Zimbabwe
  5. Harbour of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  6. Great Barrier Reef, Australia
  7. Mount Everest, Nepal

of the underwater world

The Seven Wonders of the Underwater World list was put together in 1989 by an international diving association called the CEDAM International.

  1. Palau, Philippinies
  2. Belize Barrier Reef, Belize
  3. Great Barrier Reef, Australia
  4. Deep-Sea Vents, found in the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans
  5. Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
  6. Lake Baikal, Russia
  7. Northern Red Sea, Indian Sea between Asia and Africa

of the medieval world

The Seven Wonders of the Medieval World is a list that was created mostly-likely during the European Enlightenment.

  1. Stonehenge, the United Kingdom
  2. Colosseum, Italy
  3. Catacombs of Kom el Shoqafa, Egypt
  4. Great Wall of China, China
  5. Porcelain Tower of Nanjing, China
  6. Hagia Sophia, Turkey
  7. Leaning Tower of Pisa, Italy

of the modern world

The Seven Modern Wonders of the World was compiled in 1994 by the American Society of Civil Engineers, meant to represent the “greatest civil engineering achievements of the 20th century.”

  1. Channel Tunnel, the United Kingdom and France
  2. CN Tower, Canada
  3. Empire State Building, the United States of America
  4. Golden Gate Bridge, the United States of America
  5. Itaipu Dam, Brazil and Paraguary
  6. Zuiderzee Works, Netherlands
  7. Panama Canal, Panama

of the industrial world

The Seven Wonders of the Industrial World were noted by British author Deborah Cadbury and were part of a seven-party documentary series by the BBC in 2003.

  1. SS Great Eastern, the United Kingdom
  2. Bell Rock Lighthouse, the United Kingdom
  3. Brooklyn Bridge, the United States of America
  4. London Sewerage System, the United Kingdom
  5. First Transcontinental Railroad, the United States of America
  6. Panama Canal, Panama
  7. Hoover Dam, the United States of America

of the solar system

And just for giggles and in preparation for Jeff Bezos sending me to outer space, here are the Seven Wonders of the Solar System, a list published by Astronomy magazine in 1999:

  1. Enceladus, a moon a Saturn
  2. The Great red spot of Jupiter
  3. The Asteroid belt
  4. The surface of the Sun
  5. The Oceans of the Earth
  6. The Rings of Saturn
  7. Olympus Mons on Mars

For other impressive sites, see UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites.

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