A fulfilling resolution: visit the Seven Wonders of the World

Taj Mahal India

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I used to travel without a specific plan, just with the idea of visiting touristic sites and a couple of nice restaurants but discovered that there are ways in which you can have a worthwhile experience that makes you grow as a person and improves your knowledge about the world and its history. Let me share with you the several lists of Seven Wonders of the World that human kind has created through time and my experience visiting some of them.

1. Seven Wonders of the World Lists

Various lists of the Wonders of the World have been compiled throughout the history of mankind to rank the world’s most stunning manmade structures and natural wonders.

a. Seven Wonders of the Ancient World

This list is based on guidebooks popular among Hellenic sightseers and only includes works located around the Mediterranean rim.

  • Colossus of Rhodes
  • Great Pyramid of Giza (the only ancient world wonder that still exists)
  • Hanging Gardens of Babylon
  • Lighthouse of Alexandria
  • Mausoleum at Halicarnassus
  • Statue of Zeus at Olympia
  • Temple of Artemis at Ephesus

b. New Seven Wonders

Following in the tradition of the classical list, people and organizations as the American Society of Civil Engineers, the newspaper USA Today, CNN, the Swiss corporation New7Wonders Foundation, and CEDAM International, have made their own lists. These are some of the lists:

Seven Natural Wonders by CNN

  • Aurora Boreal (Polar zones: Alaska, Canada, Finland, Island or Russia are some countries where you can see them)
  • Grand Canyon (United States)
  • Great Barrier Reef (Australia)
  • Harbor of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)
  • Mount Everest (Nepal)
  • Parícutin volcano (México)
  • Victoria Falls (Zambia-Zimbabwe)

New Seven Wonders by the Swiss corporation New7Wonders Foundation

  • Great Wall of China (China)
  • Petra (Jordan)
  • Christ the Redeemer (Brazil)
  • Machu Picchu (Peru)
  • Chichen Itza (Mexico)
  • Colosseum (Italy)
  • Taj Mahal (India)
  • Great Pyramid of Giza (Egypt)

Seven Wonders of the Industrial Word by British author Deborah Cadbury (as seen in BBC docudrama)

  • Bell Rock Lighthouse (United Kingdom)
  • Brooklyn Bridge (United States)
  • First Transcontinental Railroad (United States)
  • Hoover Dam (United States)
  • London sewerage system (United Kingdom)
  • Panama Canal (Panama)
  • SS Great Eastern (United Kingdom)


2. My Experience

The following are the places I have already visited.

Taj Mahal India

India – Taj Mahal

An immense mausoleum of white marble, built between 1631 and 1648 by order of the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his favorite wife.


Italy – The Colosseum

Having an average audience of 65,000 spectators it was used for gladiatorial contests and public spectacles such as mock sea battles, animal hunts, executions, re-enactments of famous battles, and dramas based on Classical mythology.

Panama Canal - Panama

Panama – Panama Canal

It is an inter-oceanic route between the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean that crosses the Isthmus of Panama at its narrowest point, with a length of 65 km. There are locks at each end to lift the ships on their way.

Victoria Falls - Zimbabwe

Zambia, Zimbabwe – Victoria Falls

Among the most spectacular waterfalls in the world. The Zambezi River, which is more than 2 km wide at this point, plunges noisily down.

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  1. 09/04/2017 / 11:21 PM

    I thought I did comment on something similar but I couldn’t see my comment 🙂 but yes, although there are lots of “7 wonders” I think there are several places that never miss the cut. For example, I went to Macchu Pichu 2 months ago and it was mind-blowing. Have fun exploring these wonders and thanks for sharing!

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      15/04/2017 / 9:51 AM

      Hi! I have a similar post but on the UNESCO World Heritage Sites, some of the World Wonders are on that list but not all of them :D. Thanks a lot for your comment, it’s awesome you’ve been to Machu Pichu, pictures of that place are incredible, cant wait to visit!

  2. 09/04/2017 / 12:52 AM

    I’ve seen quite of few of these but there were a few things on this list I have not heard of! I am going to sit down and make a 10 year travel plan to get in all my must sees

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      09/04/2017 / 6:53 PM

      That’s an awesome idea Sherianne! It’s better when you have a plan and the purpose to visit them, I’m glad this was useful! Hope you visit many of them! 😀

  3. 08/04/2017 / 11:12 AM

    We have a saying in engineering… The great thing about standards is that you have so many to choose from. Sounds like you are well on the way to fulfilling your resolution. Of course, it’s like playground basketball or pool. Do you have to call your shot before you make it? Do you have a specific seven you are going for our just any seven from the aforementioned lists?

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      09/04/2017 / 6:50 PM

      Thanks a lot! I have my favorites but I try to visit them as I travel. Usually I go abroad when I’m going to study, volunteer or work so depending on which opportunities I get I do my best to take some time and visit the must see places. I’m going to a course in Malta in the summer so I’ll take advantage and visit the Wonders nearby in Europe 🙂

  4. 08/04/2017 / 10:59 AM

    I have seen so few of these, but the Colosseum will always be a favorite, and we’ve now been twice. We’ve also seen the Grand Canyon, but there are so many more I have such strong desire to visit!

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      09/04/2017 / 6:45 PM

      That’s great Amy! I agree with you, the Colosseum is also one of my favorites and it’s awesome you’ve been twice! Hope I can visit again, love Rome!

  5. 08/04/2017 / 9:35 AM

    There’s so much more of the world to see and I’ve been traveling for almost 20 years. This is a great travel plan and I’ve just added a few on to my list.

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      09/04/2017 / 6:41 PM

      Awesome Brenda! sounds so cool that you’ve been traveling for 20 years! Hope you can visit more of the World Wonders in the future! 😀

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