136-THE NEW SEVEN WONDERS OF THE WORLD (Knowledge)
THE SEVENTHE SEVENWONDERS OFWONDERS OFTHE WORLDTHE WORLD
Taj MahalTaj Mahal IndiaIndia• The white marble mausoleumis believed by many to be the bestrepresentation of Muslim art inIndia. The Taj Mahal was builtaround 1630, an order from Muslimemperor Shah Jahan, to honor thememory of his beloved late wife.
Petra Jordan• Petra, located on the edge of theArabian desert, was home toAretas IV, king of the Nabataeans,who were masters of watertechnology. The facade of a 138 ft.—high Hellenistic temple on the El-Deir Monastery—an example oftraditional Middle Eastern culture—sits within the Palace Tombs ofPetra
Machu PicchuPeruMachu Picchu, which means "old settlement,"is located halfway up the Andes Plateau—inthe Amazon jungle and above the UrubambaRiver. Originally a 15th century Incansettlement, the magnificent city was "lost" forthree centuries, then rediscovered in 1911.
Great Wall ChinaThe largest man—made monument ever builtat about 4,000 miles in length, the wall wasoriginally built to help create a united defensesystem and prevent invading Mongol tribesout of China. Construction began around the8th century B.C. and efforts to revive it tookplace from 1368 — 1644 A.D.
Colosseum RomeAlmost every sports stadium today is createdbased on the design of the Colosseum, builtbetween 70-82 A.D. Located in the center ofRome, the amphitheater could seat up to50,000 spectators who watched publicspectacles like the infamous gladiator fights.
Christ RedeemerBrazilThe 124-foot statue of Jesus standsatop the Corcovado Mountainoverlooking Rio de Janeiro. Built in1931, it took five years to construct andsymbolizes the warmth and welcomingspirit of the Brazilian people
The Pyramid at ChichenItza MexicoChichen Itza once served as the political andeconomic center of Mayan civilization. Thecity housed masterpieces like the Temple ofChac Mool, the Hall of the Thousand Pillars,the Playing Field of the Prisoners and thepyramid of Kukulkan, which was the lastMayan temple