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The Seven Wonders of the World is a BC list of the world's most famous sights. Since then, mankind has created many other amazing works of architecture, in connection with which there have been repeated attempts to supplement the list or create some kind of alternative rating.

The most successful – primarily due to the development of modern technologies – was the project that started in 2000 and ended in 2007 – the New Seven Wonders of the World. It was organized by a non-profit organization New Open World Corporation, and the selection of world attractions took place via SMS, telephone or the Internet.

We present you with 360º panoramas of these outstanding world attractions, prepared by the famous AirPano service and collected in one virtual tour.

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Great Wall of China

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One of the largest structures in the world, the Great Wall of China was built starting from the 3rd century BC in order to close the northwestern borders of the empire from the attacks of nomadic peoples. According to the plan, the wall was supposed to run for many thousands of kilometers along the mountain range, skirting all the spurs, overcoming both high rises and deep gorges.

This, along with its size (more than 8000 kilometers!), makes the Great Wall of China unique: it is organically inscribed in the landscape, forming a single whole with it.

 

Colosseum, Italy

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From Latin, the name of this monument of ancient Roman culture is translated as "huge, colossal." Indeed, the Colosseum was and remains the largest amphitheater ever created: the length of its outer ellipse is 524 meters, the major axis is 188 meters, and the minor axis is 156 meters. This is an absolute record.

In the ancient Roman Colosseum, many entertainment spectacles were held – then this meant gladiator fights, animal persecution, land and water battles. Here, too, the millennium of the existence of Rome was celebrated on a grand scale.

 

Machu Picchu, Peru

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Machu Picchu – lost "among the clouds", at an altitude of 2450 meters, the residence of the Incas. Presumably, the city was created around 1440 AD. like a sacred mountain retreat. It functioned until 1532, when the Spaniards invaded the territory of the Inca Empire. And then all the inhabitants of Machu Picchu mysteriously disappeared, and the residence itself was in disrepair for more than 400 years.

Now this monument is actively visited by both tourists and archaeologists. Machu Picchu still keeps many secrets: the principles of construction of this architectural masterpiece, and the exact time of its creation, and its purpose, and the fate of the inhabitants are not fully understood. The mysterious mountain shelter of a lost civilization has become a worthy decoration of both the UNESCO World Heritage List and the New Wonders of the World.

 

Petra, Jordan

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Around the 4th century BC, in the depths of a narrow mountain canyon on the territory of modern Jordan, a strategically important city was built by the Arab tribe of the Nabataeans, through which all the most important trade routes passed. The name "Petra", which translates as "stone", was given to the city much later by the Greeks.

Petra is a symphony in stone; music frozen in architectural forms. At an altitude of more than 900 meters above sea level, cult, ritual and other structures are carved into the rocks, which have saturated "sunny" colors. There are no analogues to this anywhere in the world.

 

Statue of Christ the Redeemer, Brazil

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On the 700-meter mountain of Corcovado in Rio de Janeiro stands a giant figure of Christ, his arms outstretched over the city, as if blessing this land. The monument, together with an 8-meter pedestal, reaches 38 meters in height; its weight is 1145 tons, arm span is 30 meters.

Every year, almost 2 million tourists and locals climb to the top of the mountain to take pictures against the backdrop of the “for good luck” monument. It would be surprising if such a landmark of Brazil and the whole world would be outside the list of the most outstanding "miracles" created by man.

 

Taj Mahal, India

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The white marble necropolis of the Taj Mahal has become a de facto symbol of India. It is intended to honor the memory of the deceased wife of the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan. The Taj Mahal was built in the middle of the 17th century. For more than 20 years, this monument was erected by 20,000 artisans and craftsmen.

The five-domed 74-meter building with four minarets at the corners is surrounded by a park and water channels. The walls are lined with polished translucent marble inlaid with gems. Marble looks white in bright daylight, pink at dawn, and silvery on a moonlit night. This is a rare monument that you can not only see, but also feel; this is a love story, talentedly imprinted in stone and leaving no one indifferent.

 

Chichen Itza, Mexico

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The pyramids of Chichen Itza in Mexico are the political and cultural center of the ancient Maya civilization. Starting from the 7th century AD. this people managed to build not only a powerful architectural complex. Chichen Itza is also a masterpiece of astronomy and mathematics. The temple buildings of the city "respond" to the movement of celestial bodies and the change of seasons, demonstrating amazing optical phenomena on the days of the autumn and spring equinoxes. This is a monument to yet another vanished civilization, striking in its scale, and deep connection with the outside world, and the talent for fulfilling the plan.

 

Pyramids of Giza, Egypt

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They are also listed in the new list, only they stand there a little apart. The Pyramids of Giza are not one of the new Seven Wonders, although they have been awarded the title of "Honorary Candidate". It is not known for what reason, but the pyramids refused to participate. However, it was impossible not to include them in the existing Wonders of the World. Therefore, the Pyramids of Giza occupy a separate and most honorable place.

The legendary list of Wonders of the World included seven ancient creations of human hands: the Lighthouse of Alexandria (Egypt), the Colossus of Rhodes (Greece), the Mausoleum in Halicarnassus and the Temple of Artemis in Ephesus (Turkey), the Statue of Zeus in Greek Olympia, the Hanging Gardens of Babylon in Babylon (Iraq) and the Egyptian Pyramid of Cheops. But only the last building from this list has survived to this day. The Pyramid of Cheops is included in the list of the New Seven Wonders of the World under the eighth number, as an honorary candidate.

This is the largest pyramid of a whole complex of similar buildings located on the Giza plateau in the suburbs of Cairo. All of them were created in the Old Kingdom during the reign of the 4th-6th dynasties (26th-23rd centuries BC). Next to the Great Pyramid, which received the name of Cheops (Khufu), there are smaller pyramids: Khafra (Chephren), Mikerin (Menkaur) and others. On the eastern side of the complex, facing east, rises the Great Sphinx – the oldest of the monumental sculptures preserved on Earth.

The construction of the 138-meter pyramid of Cheops lasted for twenty years and ended around 2540 BC. Burial chambers were created inside, and, in addition, the monument could be a kind of astronomical observatory. Initially, the pyramid was lined with hard white limestone, and its top was crowned with a gilded stone. Unfortunately, the monument did not reach us in this form, but even the plundered and devastated Cheops pyramid, like the entire complex on the Giza plateau, amazes with its harmony and grandeur.

If you want to get to know each of the wonders of the world more fully, this can be done by clicking on the following links:

  1. Great Wall of China
  2. Colosseum in Rome, Italy
  3. Machu Picchu, Peru
  4. Petra, Jordan
  5. Statue of Christ the Redeemer, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  6. Taj Mahal, Agra, India
  7. Chichen Itza, Yucatan, Mexico
  8. Pyramids of Giza, Egypt

 

And now let's move on to viewing the amazing panoramas of each of the wonders of the world, collected in one virtual tour.

Seven New Wonders of the World

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