Explore These Unique Travel Destinations in Luxury
In 2007, travelers across the planet voted to declare a "new" Seven Wonders of the World. The list represents the pinnacle of human achievement and aims to showcase our diverse global heritage. But by no means is this list of seven exhaustive. There are a host of other treasures, perhaps not as familiar, that may not have made the list but certainly are worthy of wonder from the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela, Ethiopia to the Potala Palace in Tibet. Following is the list that our world has selected as being most worthy of our wonder.
Image: The Great Wall of China; Brian Snelson, Flickr
Christ the Redeemer, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil -- The 130-foot Art Deco-style statue looms over the coast from high atop Corcovado Mountain where it inspires awe and perpetually blesses the people of Brazil. [journeys to Brazil]
Chichen Itza, Yucatan, Mexico -- These ruins reveal the powerful trading center that served as the political and economic hub of the Mayan civilization. [Travcoa's Colonial Mexico Private Journey]
The Colosseum, Rome, Italy -- For 500 years this giant elliptical amphitheater staged gladiator fights, animal hunts, executions and even naval battles for nearly 50,000 spectators. It remains Rome’s most iconic symbol. [journeys to Italy]
The Great Wall of China, China -- Created to protect the Chinese Empire from the invading Mongols, the Great Wall is actually a succession of many walls spanning about 4,000 miles -- making it the world’s longest man-made structure. [journeys to China]
Machu Picchu, Peru -- Built at the height of the Incan Empire, this mystical city in the clouds was lost to the world until 1911 when Hiram Bingham stumbled upon the sacred site that sits between two Andean peaks. [journeys to Peru]
Taj Mahal, Agra, India -- Commissioned as a mausoleum for a beloved wife, the Taj Mahal is considered to be India’s most perfect example of Muslim art. The white marbled building, formal gardens and reflecting pools are among the world’s greatest architecture. [journeys to India]
Petra, Jordan -- After a two-mile hike through the canyons of Siq, you emerge in the ancient city of Petra. There are numerous buildings carved out of the stone, an amphitheater and the magnificent El-Dier monastery. [journeys to Jordan]
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