Since the Seven Wonders of the ancient world were pretty much all but destroyed (only thing that was left were the Giza pyramids), some new ones were picked out by the New7Wonders (what’s in a name?) Foundation. A total of 21 finalists were selected, and the results were made public on July 7th, 2007. Let’s take a look at everyone’s next 21 trip locations.
The Great Wall of China (China)
Construction began on sections in the 7th century BC, this is – you’d never guess – located in China. Visit now before Trump builds the Great Wall of Mexico.
This is in Jordan and was constructed about 100 BC. This is essentially a temple hewn right out of a mountain.
Christ The Redeemer (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
The most recently constructed of the winners, this one was finished on October 12th, 1931 and is located in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. And yes, his pose was inspired by a rapper going on stage.
Machu Picchu (Cuzco Region, Peru)
Ever wanted to visit a city on top of a mountain? No? Then don’t go to Peru. Dated 1450 AD.
Chichen Itza (Yucatán, Mexico)
That’s Chichen, not Chicken. This temple is located in Mexico and presumably built around 600 AD.
Colosseum (Rome, Italy)
Remember kids: this is where people died from as early as 80 AD so the Roman people could have some fun. They didn’t have computers and Pokémon back then.
Taj Mahal (Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India)
Located in India and built around 1648 AD (yes, that’s an oddly specific number for an estimate), this is pretty much where everyone wants to get married.
Great Pyramids of Giza (Giza Necropolis, Egypt, Honorary Candidate)
This was an honorary candidate and didn’t need to “compete” with these other amazing places, so technically we now have 8 wonders! Hurrah! These are three pointy things in the desert, built either by Egyptian-enslaved Jews or aliens. We’ll never know.
The other finalists
Not saying these places are any less impressive than the ones we saw before. Listing them alphabetically, these were the other 13 finalists:
Acropolis (Athens, Greece – 447 BC)
Alhambra (Granada, Spain – 1333 AD)
Angkor Wat (Angkor, Combodia – 1113 AD)
Eiffel Tower (Paris, France – 1887 AD)
Hagia Sophia (Istanbul, Turkey – 537 AD)
Kiyomizu-dera (Kyoto, Japan – 1633 AD)
Moai (Easter Island, Chile – 1250 AD)
Neuschwanstein (Füssen, Germany – 1869 AD)
Red Square (Moscow, Russia – 1561 AD)
Statue of Liberty (New York, United States of America – 1886 AD)
Stonehenge (Amesbury, United Kingdom – 2400 BC)
Sydney Opera House (Syndey, Australia – 1959 AD)
Timbuktu (Timbuktu, Mali – 1327 AD)