The Wonders Of The World
We all know that Seven Wonders of the World. They include the Great Pyramid of Giza. Hanging Gardens of Babylon, the Temple of Artemis, the Statue of Zeus at Olympia, the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus, Colossus of Rhodes, and the Lighthouse of Alexandria. Of all these wonders, only the pyramids remain. In 2007, an online contest was held by a Swiss company, the New 7 Wonders Foundation. They wanted people to cast their votes for what they thought should be the new Wonders of the World. Millions of people voted, and they are located on all four continents. Here are 15 Wonders of the World you’ve never heard of.
Qin Terra Cotta Warriors
This is located in Xi’an, China, and it was discovered in 1974. Workers were digging in a well outside Xi’an, and they were shocked when they found one of the most significant archaeological finds in the world. They found thousands of life-size clay soldiers that were poised for battle. Each of them had a unique appearance and facial expression. They were also positioned according to their rank. Some of them had horses, and others had chariots. They were designed to be a part of a mausoleum, designed to accompany the first emperor of China in the afterlife.
The Iguazu Falls are located in the Iguazu River, located on the border of the Argentine province of Misiones and the Brazilian state of Parana. They make up the most extensive waterfall system in the world. The waterfall is made up of 275 distinct falls, with large islands spread throughout. It is one of the most beautiful places in the world.
Table Mountain is located in Cape Town, South Africa.
This mountain is incredible and unique due to its flat top. It isn’t only beautiful and unique; it has a rich biodiversity. The mountain is home to many types of endangered vegetation. You won’t find this type of vegetation anywhere else in the world today because it has been long for years. In 2011, Table Mountain was put on the New7Wonders of Nature List.
The Dead Sea
The Dead Sea spans across Jordan, Israel, and the West Bank. This body of water is the lowest elevation on Earth, and it is the deepest hypersaline lake in the world. The Dead Sea is about 9.6 times as salty as the world’s oceans, and it is one of the saltiest bodies of water in the world. The waters are so salty that plants and animals cannot live in the sea. This is where it gets its name. Anything that tries to live in the water, dies.
Ciudad Perdida aka The Lost City
The Lost City is located in Colombia, and it is believed to have been founded 650 years before Machu Picchu. Experts believe that it was founded around 800 CE. The city is said to have been the heart of a network of villages. It is believed to have been the only political and manufacturing center in the region. Experts believe that the city once housed 2,000 to 8,000 people. Today, the city has been long since abandoned, but what is left is pretty incredible.
Acropolis is an ancient citadel located high above Athens, Greece. It contains the remains of several ancient buildings, and they all have historical significance. It is believed that the was occupied way back in the fourth millennium BC. The structures that still remain include the Parthenon, the Propylaia, the Temple of Athena Nike, and the Erechtheion. This is what is left of an incredible time in Greek history.
Cliffs Of Mother
The Cliffs of Mother are located in Clare, Ireland. They are breathtaking cliffs that run over 8 ½ miles. The southern end of the cliffs stands about 390-feet tall. The cliffs are so beautiful that they are a popular tourist attraction in Ireland. Every year, around 1.5 million people visit the cliffs every year.
The Great Barrier Reef
The Great Barrier Reef is part of Papua New Guinea, Australia. It is the largest living thing on Earth, stretching over 1,429 miles. It is so large that it is actually visible from space. The incredibly large ecosystem is made up of thousands of reefs and hundreds of islands. There are over 600 types of hard and soft coral that make up the reef. It is also home to many forms of sea life. If you have ever seen the movie Finding Nemo, you have seen the Great Barrier Reef. It is where Nemo and his father lived. It is one of the most amazing underwater places in the world.
St. Peter’s Basilica
St. Peter’s Basilica is the largest church in all the world. It is located in Vatican City, which is the papal enclave within Rome. This church is so incredible that it has been described as “the greatest of all churches of Christendom.” Millions of people make pilgrimages every year to this church. Also, the Pope presides over many liturgies during the year at the church.
Angkor Wat is located in Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia. It is the largest building in the world. It once served as the home for King Suryavarmar II, back in the early 12th century. This was a king’s home; therefore, it is no surprise that it is surrounded by a moat. Back in the 12th century, this was the best way for a king to protect his castle. For added protection, the building is also surrounded by a 2.2-mile wall. It is hard to understand how large the castle is in photos. To understand and get the full effect, you would have to see it for yourself.
This is an incredible and unique church located in Lalibela, Ethiopia. What makes this church so unique is that it was carved out of the ground, out of volcanic rock. Caving this church so long ago was no easy feat. Those involved in building the church did so from the inside out, and it connected to other sunken stone churches through a series of elaborate tunnels. The church is cut 40 feet into the ground, and the roof forms the shape of a Greek cross. What is even more amazing is that you can almost step from the ground right to the roof of the church.
St. Basil’s Cathedral
St. Basil’s Cathedral is located in the Red Square in Moscow, Russia
This cathedral looks like something out of Disney’s Aladdin. The cathedral has been linked to many important political and historical events in Russia dating back to the 13th century. It was once the home of the Great Prince and has served as a religious center. Today, it is a museum, and it was the tallest building in Russia until the Ivan Great Bell Tower was built in 1600. It doesn’t look like your average church. The architecture and colors are absolutely incredible.
The Siwa Oasis is located about 31 miles away from the Libyan border in Egypt. It sits about 15 miles below sea level. What makes it so amazing is that it is located in the middle of the desert, and it is filled with palm and almond trees. There is also a crystal clear spring, and on the horizon, you can see the Grand Sand Sea. It is one of the most incredible places on Earth. Some believe that it is magical. It isn’t normal to see any life in a desert, due to the dry desert air. It barely rains there, which makes many people wonder how the crystal clear lake hasn’t dried up yet. Maybe this place is magical, but it certainly deserves a place on this list.
This is one of the first cities in the Western Hemisphere, and it is located right outside Mexico City, Mexico. How it came to be is a mystery. What researchers do know is that it was built by hand over a thousand years ago before the Aztecs arrived in central Mexico. Between 100 BC and 650 AD, there was a population of about 100,000. Today, there are still the remnants of a massive central road, known as the Street of the Dead. Inside the city are two temples, the Temple of the Sun and the Temple of the Moon. There are no military structures in the town, which means that the city was protected in another way, or that the residents didn’t feel that they needed protection.
The Atacama Desert is located in Chile, and it is the driest desert in the world. It covers 40,000 square miles of Northern Chile. In the desert, you can find coastal plains, high volcanoes, hot springs, and geysers. It is an incredible desert. Today, there is a state-of-the-art Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array, which is an astronomical interferometer of radio telescopes. This has given experts an easier way to explore the desert fully.