7 New Wonders of the World

Are you ready to be awed? Check out our picks for the seven new wonders of the world.
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Rome's most enduring icon is undoubtedly the Colosseum.

Built between A.D. 70 and 80 A.D., it was in use for some 500 years and held nearly 50,000 spectators.

Machu Picchu

Peru's Machu Picchu is thought to have been a sacred center for the nearby Incan capital of Cusco.

Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu, built at the peak of the Incan Empire in the mid-1400s, featured advanced tiered construction and stone architecture.

Chichen Itza

The genius and adaptability of Mayan culture can be seen in the ruins of Chichen Itza, on Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula.

Chichen Itza

The most familiar ruin at the Chichen Itza site is El Caracol, a sophisticated astronomical observatory, as shown here with the Pyramid of Kukulkan, or El Castillo (The Castle), in the background

El-Deir Monastery

Structures carved into stone and the El-Deir monastery helped Petra, Jordan earn its fame.

El-Deir Monastery

El-Deir, built during the first century, is the second most visited building in Petra.

Great Wall of China

The Great Wall of China is actually a succession of walls spanning approximately 4,000 miles.

Great Wall of China

The Great Wall of China is the world’s longest manmade structure.

Taj Mahal

Agra, India's Taj Mahal is a mausoleum commissioned for the wife of Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan.

Taj Mahal Gateway

The Gateway to the Taj Mahal rises nearly 100-feet high and separates the gardens from the forecourt.

Christ the Redeemer

The Christ the Redeemer statue has loomed over Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from upon Corcovado mountain since 1931.

Christ the Redeemer

Brightly illuminated at night, the Christ the Redeemer statue on Corcovado is like a beacon over Rio de Janeiro.

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