Taj Mahal, Agra, India
The Taj Mahal is a mausoleum of white marble built by the Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan, in the loving memory of his favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal; the Taj Mahal is one of the wonders of the world that continues to hold an attraction for all through the globe. Twenty-thousand men labored on its construction, which began in 1631 and took 22 years to complete. It is a symbol of eternal love and is worth a visit, especially on a full moon night. It is aptly called the eighth wonder of the world.
Chichen Itza, Yucatán, Mexico
The sacred Pre-Hispanic site of Chichen Itza is an archeological marvel located in the eastern portion of the Yucatan state peninsula of Mexico. One of the largest Maya cities, the site was built by the Maya civilization’s rulers between 750 AD and 900 AD. It houses several layered architectural complexes spread over an area of 5 sq. kms, with structures such as El Castillo, Temple of Warriors, The Great Ball Court, etc., made of fine stone and depicting the Maya-Toltec influences.
Christ the Redeemer, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Every visitor in Rio de Janeiro has his faith in Christ redeemed, each time he views it. Such is the presence of the world’s largest statue of Art Deco, that of Christ, the Redeemer. Giving shape to the idea mooted in 1921 by the church in Brazil, a colossal statue of Christ visible to all in Rio was envisioned. Built with refined concrete, it came up atop the 700 m-high Mount Corvocado in Brazil in 1931.
Colosseum, Rome, Italy
Built in the ancient Mediterranean world, the iconic Roman Colosseum evokes images of the blood-thirsty cries of Roman spectators and gladiators playing the games at the Colosseum’s amphitheater. The elliptical Colosseum was originally known as the Flavian Amphitheater.
Petra, Ma’an Governorate, Jordan
The eye-catching half-built, half-carved ‘Lost’ city of Petra can be seen as a rock carving blended into the mountains between Red Sea and Dead Sea. Eastern as well as Hellenistic traditions can be seen as infused into the carvings. This famous archeological site of Petra is a part of the Ma’an Governorate, which is the largest among the 12 governorates of the Kingdom of Jordan.
Great Pyramid of Giza, Egypt
The Great Pyramid of Khufu (Cheops) was built by the pharaoh Khufu around 2,560 BC. It is 136 m high with each side measuring 229 m. Each side is oriented with the cardinal points of the compass, i.e. North, South, East and West. The sloping angle of the side is 51 degrees 51 minutes. The Pyramids of Giza are the only surviving Wonders of the Ancient World.
Machu Picchu (Machu Pikchu) Cuzco Region, Peru
Nestled between the heights of the Peruvian Andes mountains and Amazon Basin, about 200 rock structures with a 2,400 m high citadel in the center are housed in the Machu Pikchu Region of Peru. Machu Picchu, as it is more popularly known, is the Inca empire’s legacy and creation that can be found amidst pleasing natural surroundings of a tropical rainforest.