Vlog #1: Wonders of the World

So I tried something, a vlog! Check it out 🙂

As I said in the video, there are many lists out there. It all started with the OG list, the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. This was developed ages ago by the ancient Greeks and almost none of these structures exist today. Throughout the years, many encyclopedias, news outlets, and organizations have published varying lists with a plethora of categories. There’s the Seven Wonders of the Medieval World, the Modern World, the Natural World, the New 7, and even the Ultimate Ten that often get mistaken as the seven wonders of the world. 

I am going to focus on two lists: The Ancient World (the OG list) and the New Wonders. Technically Halong Bay is on the New7Wonders of Nature but that is just going too deep down a rabbit hole of wonder. You can check out Wikipedia if you REALLY want to know all the lists. 

The Seven Wonder of the Ancient World

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Credit to Wikipedia

This list is one of the original list detailing the seven wonders of the world. It’s pretty much a compilation of some of the grandest locations in the Eastern Mediterranean curated by ancient Greek authors. (Summarized from here.)

  1. Great Pyramid of Giza: Until the completion of the Lincoln Cathedral, it was the tallest man-made building for 3,800 years.
  2. Temple of Artemis at Ephesus: In its glory days, it was considered the “finest” of the wonders. While it was destroyed in 268AD, the location in modern-day Turkey is now considered a World Heritage Site and fragments of it can be found in the British Museum.
  3. Hanging Gardens of Babylon: This site may or may not be a myth as it does not have an exact location. Rumor has it that in the center of ancient Babylon (in present-day Iraq) there was a magnificent structure comprised of ascending tiered gardens.
  4. Lighthouse of Alexandria: Before the pyramids were built, this was considered the tallest man-made building at 137 meters (about 450 feet). After a series of Earthquakes, it was knocked down but its stones were used to build Citadel of Qaitbay, which can be visited today.
  5. Statue of Zeus at Olympia: If you have ever seen Hercules than you can have an image of what this might have looked like. Through of series of unfortunate events, it is no longer standing tall.
  6. Mausoleum at Halicarnassus: This tomb built for the Mausolus, a Persian governor, is yet another wonder taken down by earthquakes. However, thanks to it construction the term “Mausoleum” was introduced to represent any above ground tomb.
  7. Colossus of Rhodes: Another one bites the dust. This once glorious statue of the Greek God of the sun, Helios caste in bronze, iron, and marble stood for just 54 years before being knocked down by an earthquake.

So what have we learned? There’s basically only one ancient wonder of the world you can still visit and if you’re going to make a wondrous structure you better be sure it is earthquake proof.

New 7 Wonders of The World

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Credit to The Royale

As I said in the video, Chichen Itza is one of the New 7 Wonders of The World. This list was part of a campaign in 2000 that was launched by an organization called the New 7 Wonders Foundation. After over 100 million people voted, the New 7 Wonders of World were announced in 2007. 

  1. Great Wall of China (China)
  2. Petra (Jordan)
  3. The Colosseum (Italy)
  4. Chichen Itza (Mexico)
  5. Machu Picchu (Peru)
  6. Taj Mahal (India)
  7. Christ the Redeemer (Brazil)

P.S. People were so mad that the Great Pyramids did not make this list that technically the Pyramids of Gisa are technically an honorary member of this list.

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17 Comments

  1. I thought the Great Pyramids would have been on the list too! Not surprising to see the Great Wall of China as #1 🙂 I definitely want to visit The Colosseum one day.

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  2. Great Wall of China is my number one to visit next. When you go to the Colosseum definitely book a tour, there is so many cool things to learn about it. Also worth it to skip lines.

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  3. from the places on the list, i’ve only been to the one in ephesus. 🙂 and honestly, i wouldn’t mind to come back there all over again. back when i got there, the weather was like 50 degrees and my skin got burnt. not so pleasant, but it was worth the visit! 😀

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  4. I heard many Egyptians furious at the new list because of the exclusion of the pyramids! All of the structures are gorgeous though. I would love to visit all of them someday! So far I’ve only gotten to Giza and Petra!

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  5. The ‘wonders of the world’ are called that for a reason. I don’t get why some people prefer to skip such places simply because of the crowds. I’ve seen some of these, and am keen to see the rest too….they’re on my list like several Unesco Heritage Sites.

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  6. I always thought that Eiffel Tower is one of them, thank you for the information!
    Definitely will want to visit Great Wall of China some day.

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