There are many admirable sites and locations in the world that really make an impression. And these often differ depending on the individual and their point of view. However, we can all agree that there are some structures that are amazing, epic and awe-inspiring, no matter who you are.
These are what we know today as being the Seven Wonders of the World, and they include the Temple of Artemis, Lighthouse of Alexandria, Mausoleum at Halicarnassus, The Great Pyramids of Giza, the Colossus of Rhodes, Hanging Gardens of Babylon, and Statue of Zeus at Olympia.
So, how did these become the Seven Wonders of the World, and who made the decision to select them? Well, the original Seven Wonders of the World (also known as Ancient Wonders) are often attributed to Greek writer Antipater of Sidon. He compiled a list of the seven most impressive constructions known to man. This list was thought to be based upon what was popular among sightseers.
It is thought that the number 7 was chosen because it is considered by the Greeks to be a lucky number. It is supposed to represent perfection and prosperity. Of the original Seven Wonders of the World, only the Great Pyramids still exist. This has led to the creation of the 7 Wonders of the Modern World, and the decision on these is a little more complex.
Nowadays there is a panel formed by The New 7 Wonders of the World Foundation. Sites are nominated based on votes from people all across the world. And this saw more than 100 million votes by people to nominate the new wonders. As a result of this, the current 7 Wonders of the Modern World are The Great Wall of China, Machu Picchu, The Colosseum, Chichén Itza, Christ the Redeemer, Petra, and the Taj Mahal.
There are so many great sites in the world, and not all of them can be chosen. Indeed, some people felt their religions or cultures should be represented, but you can’t please everyone. And the easiest way of sorting this out is to make sure you put the decision in the hands of the people.
That’s why the voting system was put in place, so that a decision could be made. There have been other contenders for the list over the years, such as Stonehenge and the Catacombs of Kom el Shoqafa. But, the seven that have been settled on are certainly amazing, and you’ll have no arguments from us.