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10 Wonders of the World

The wonders of the world have been presented in various media with different listings, but there is a common agreement regarding seven of them, featuring in the “the 7 wonders of the world.”

However, taking the wonders of all ages into consideration, here are guest writer Gabriella Reznick’s top wonders of the world.

10. Great Pyramid of Giza, Egypt

This is the only wonder of the ancient world that is still standing, and it is great in every aspect. Built over 20 years (2580-2560 B.C.), the pyramid held the record for the tallest man-made structure in the world (at 480.6 feet) for over 3800 years.
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9. Stonehenge, United Kingdom

Composing of large stones that are in a standing position, and form a circle, Stonehenge is believed to have been built around 2500 B.C. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Recent studies have led archaeologists to believe that it was used as a burial site in its time.

8. Golden Gate Bridge, USA

Completed in 1937, the Golden Gate Bridge is an engineering marvel for its times and can be considered a wonder of the world. Connecting San Francisco to San Marino, the Golden Gate Bridge is considered by the Frommers Travel Guide as “possibly the most beautiful, certainly the most photographed bridge in the world.”

7. Machu Picchu, Peru

The literal translation of Machu Picchu is “Old Mountain.” It is located 2430 meters above sea level on a mountain ridge above the Urubamba Valley in Peru. It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983. It is believed to be a Inca site.

6. Mount Everest, Nepal

Though not man-made, the absolutely amazing peak of Mount Everest certainly deserves a place in the top 10 wonders of the world, as a natural wonder. Standing at 8848 meters tall, it is the highest peak in the world above sea level, and was first conquered by Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay in 1953.

5. Leaning Tower of Pisa, Italy

Certainly one of the most known structures in the world, the leaning Tower of Pisa is indeed a leaning structure, standing at 55.86 meters tall. The Tower used to lean by 5.5 degrees, but restoration work carried out between 1991 and 2000 has reduced that angle to 3.99 degrees.

4. Chichen Itza, Mexico

Meaning “at the mouth of the well of the Itza”, Chichen Itza is a large site built by the Mayans, and consists of many stone buildings; all of which are under various stages of preservation. All structures are connected by a network of roads that were formerly paved, called sacbeob. The site is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is monitored by the National Institute of Anthropology and History, Mexico.

3. The Coliseum, Italy

The Coliseum is a massive structure, which is actually an amphitheatre, and is the largest ever built in Italian history. The Coliseum is elliptical in shape and is capable of seating 50,000 people! Though damaged partially by massive earthquakes and stone-robbers, this marvelous feat of Roman engineering has stood to survive all the tough times, and is a must visit.

2. The Taj Mahal, India

The Taj Mahal, meaning “crown of buildings”, is a breath-taking structure made of marble, and is located in India. Built over 30 years, the Taj Mahal comprises of a dome mausoleum, and also has the shrines of its creator, the emperor Shah Jahan and his wife, Mumtaz Begum, in whose memory the structure was actually built. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Taj Mahal is a symbol of iconic beauty and love.

1. The Great Wall of China, China

This structure is also one of the most famous ones in the world. Built originally to protect the northern borders of China against attacks, the Great Wall is actually a collection of walls built across centuries by many dynasties. The whole series, collectively called the Great Wall, spans 8851.8 kilometers, and is a fascinating wonder.

Gabriella plans to visit all of the world’s wonders and blog about them at World Wonders but tells us that her site isn’t ready yet. If you would like to guest blog or submit your own list of wonders at Vagobond, submit your travel story, list, or tips for review using the button at the top of the page.

Ramses II Abu Simbal

5 Amazing Things to See in Egypt

I have friends that just got back from Egypt and while they did get tear gassed in Tahir Square, they said that the time to visit Egypt is now because there are so few tourists, the crowds are gone and the prices are just right. So, first lesson, don’t go to Tahir Square – but here are five other things you absolutely must do.

Visit the Pyramids at Giza & the Sphinx

For 4,500 years the pyramids have been drawing visitors and today is no different. More than 2.5 million stones were put in place by slaves and this ancient wonder of the world is the only one of the original 7 wonders of the world that survives.  Get this, each stone weighs a couple of tons and until Pierre Eiffel’s tower went up in Paris, the Great Pyramid was the tallest structure in the world – that’s a long run. While the age of the Sphinx is unknown, Napolean shot off its nose and it has been known to ask a few very difficult questions.

 

 

 

famous sites in EgyptKarnak at Luxur 

Even if you’ve already been to the Luxor in Las Vegas, you should still visit Karnak at Luxor during your holidays in Egypt. The huge columns and massive paths once walked by the Pharoahs priests (maybe even Joseph or Moses) are worthy of any fan of The Ten Commandments (or Charlton Heston in general)

 

 

 

 

 

Ramses II Abu SimbalFour Giant Statues of Ramses II at Abu Simbal

If, like Indiana Jones, you want to find the long lost Arc of the Covenant by using an obscure day when the sun shines just right through a statue, this is the place. On April 21 (the birthday of Ramses II – Happy Birthday Dear Ramses II) the sun shines through the temple and illuminates one of the four statues carved into the mountainside.  Here is the thing though, the temple was moved to higher ground when the Aswan Dam was built so you may not find that ancient power source after all – but still worth seeing.

 

 

King Tut TombThe Valley of Kings

Not to be confused with the soft porn anthropological romance novel, the Valley of Horses, this magical place is where most of the kings of Egypt were interred. In fact, everyone’s favorite ancient Egyptian, King Tut was found here along with many wonderful things. For a small extra fee, you can see where he did the hokey pokey with all the other mummies and visit his mummified body since it is still there, just bring your holy water.

 

 

 

 

Bikini Suez CanalThe Magnificent Suez Canal 

While the Israelis are trying to find a way to bypass the Suez Canal with rail, the fact of the matter is that it remains one of the most important waterways in the world. Built in 1869 by a French and British consortium, it made the distance between the Far East and Europe about a billion times shorter and safer. Even if you include pirates.  Of course, canals can be boring, so you may want to spend the majority of your time at gorgeous Red Sea beaches and do some diving as well before the Muslim Brotherhood bans bikinis in Egypt.

I’ve heard that bikinis make the Muslim brothers in the Red Sea area see red – (go ahead and groan)