Spread across four different continents, the 7 wonders of the world are architectural masterpieces which were mostly built by centuries-old empires. It’s no surprise that they’ve become top tourist destinations, which is why they’d be perfect to add to your bucket list.
So if you’re tired of the usual beach trip or so, then why not check these beauties out:
The Great Wall is an ancient fortification made of brick, stone, and earth. Most of what we see today was built during the Ming Dynasty to protect the empire from the invading Mongols.
The wall is so massive that the rumour of it being the only man-made structure visible from the moon is still widely believed to this day.
This 15th century Inca citadel set high above the Andes Mountains in Peru is said to have been built for the emperor, Pachacuti.
Only discovered last 1911, Machu Picchu is composed of over 150 structures ranging from temples, baths, and homes.
The near-perfect masonry and unique architecture still baffles researchers until today as Incas would have to had pushed the heavy stones up the mountains without the aid of wheels.
Since its construction, this art-deco style statue has been the one of Brazil’s most recognizable cultural icons for its sheer size and state of eternal blessing.
The soapstone Christ stands on the peak of the 700 meter tall Corcovado mountain overlooking the country’s Capital.
Built in 72 AD, the Roman Colosseum is considered the largest amphitheatre ever constructed. With an estimated seating capacity of up to 80,000, the historic ruins are renowned for featuring gladiator matches, public executions, battle reenactments and more.
Though most of the colosseum was destroyed by earthquakes, it still remains Italy’s number one tourist spot.
Known as the El Castillo or “The Castle”, the eye-catching ruin is a grand step pyramid set at the center of the Chichen Itza archaeological site in the Yucatan Peninsula.
The pyramid was built by the ancient Mayan Civilization as a way to honor their god, Kukulcan. The site was formerly a powerful trading and political hub from 800 to 1200.
The Taj Mahal was commissioned by former Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan to be the grand resting place of his late wife, Mumtaz Mahal.
Aside from the tomb, the 42-acre property houses a mosque, a guesthouse, multiple gardens, and more.
The construction of the complex required at least 20,000 artisans led by a team of architects led by the esteemed, Ustad Ahmad Lahauri.
Described as “one of the most precious cultural properties of man’s cultural heritage”, Petra is Jordan’s archeological city and former capital of the Nabataean Empire.
The historical city is famous for its rose colored stone architecture and fantastic evidence of its highly advanced water technology.
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