The New Seven Wonders Of The World

Published July 8, 2011
Updated November 7, 2023

From Chichen Itza to the Taj Mahal, the New Seven Wonders Of The World represent the magnificent man-made marvels of the modern era.

In 2001, the Swiss-based New7Wonders Foundation conducted an international poll to update the seven Wonders of the Ancient World to the new seven Wonders of the World.

After more than 100 million votes and international campaigns, the finalists were announced on July 7th, 2007. From Mexico to India, the new wonders of the world represent the magnificent man-made marvels of the modern day:

The New Seven Wonders Of The World: Chichen Itza, Mexico

The New Seven Wonders Of The World

With a name meaning “At the mouth of the well of Itza”, Chichen Itza is the ruins of a Mayan civilization, dating back to about 600 AD.

It served as a political and economic center and housed magnificent buildings including, temples (including Temple of Warriors and Temple of Chac Mool), the Hall of the Thousand Pillars and the last Mayan temple, the pyramid of Kulkulkan. The site fell into disrepair over the centuries through various invasions, looting and abandonment.

Chichen Itza

New Wonders of the World Chichen Itza

Christ the Redeemer, Brazil

The New Seven Wonders Of The World Christ the Redeemer

The iconic statue of Jesus Christ, standing atop Corcovado Mountain that overlooks Rio de Janeiro, is the symbol of peace, warmth and welcoming nature of the Brazilian people. It was designed by Heitor da Silva Costa, sculpted by French artist Paul Landowski and completed in 1931 after five years of construction.

Christ the Redeemer

Christ the Redeemer Rio de Janeiro

The Colosseum, Italy

New Wonders Of The World The Colosseum

The mother of all sports stadiums, the Colosseum in Rome was built between 70 and 82 AD. At its height, the amphitheater could seat up to 50,000 spectators, who enjoyed various public spectacles including the infamous gladiator fights, animal hunts, executions and dramas.

The site was partially ruined after an earthquake, but still stands today as a testament to the prowess of Imperial Rome.

Panorama of the Colosseum

The Colosseum Rome

The New Seven Wonders Of The World: Great Wall of China, China

Great Wall of China Picture

The 4,000 mile brick wall was erected to fortify the northern borders of the Chinese Empire against Mongol invasion. Construction first began in 8th century BC and the majority was completed during the Ming Dynasty between 1368 and 1644 AD.

Great Wall of China

New Wonders Of The World Great Wall

Machu Picchu, Peru

Machu Picchu

One of the lost cities of the world, Machu Picchu is an awe-inspiring ruin of the Inca civilization. Check out our previous post on panaromic views from the top of Machu Picchu.

Wonder of Machu Picchu

New Seven Wonders Of The World Machu Picchu

Petra, Jordan

Petra Jordan New Wonder

Another lost city of the world, Petra dates back to the 6th century BC, when it was the capital city of the Nabataens, the masters of water technology. The stone-cut architecture, which survived centuries, makes it one of the most fascinating and beautiful sites in the world.

Petra Jordan Pictures

New Seven Wonders Of The World Petra

Videos Of Petra, Jordan

The New Seven Wonders Of The World: Taj Mahal, India

Taj Mahal

The majestic Taj Mahal in Agra is the most epic display of love in history. Emperor Shah Jahan built the marble mausoleum in 1630 AD to honor the memory of his deceased wife.

After its construction, legends insist the architect responsible for the design had his hands cut off so that he couldn’t create anything similar ever again. The Taj Mahal is considered the best representation of Muslim art in India and one of the new wonders of the world.

New Seven Wonders Of The World Taj Mahal

Taj Mahal Palace Picture

Videos About The Taj Mahal

Alexander is a Brooklyn-based cofounder of All That's Interesting with an undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia in History and Economics and an MSc from the School of Oriental and African Studies in Economics. He specializes in American history, the Cold War, and true crime.