5 new Wonders of the World – When to visit
Everybody knows the seven wonders from the ancient world but how about the new wonders of the world; in fact they were like a touristic guide for traveling in those times. But the oldest list and the most prominent belong to Antipater of Sidon. According to his research the great Pyramid of Giza built by Egyptians was in top of the list. The other six were: Hanging gardens of Babylon, Temple of Artemis at Ephesus, Statue of Zeus at Olympia, Mausoleum at Halicarnassus, Colossus of Rhodes and the Lighthouse of Alexandria.
But there has been a while since ancient world so the only one wonder remained relatively intact is the Pyramid of Giza. We, people like to believe in wonders so we needed some other ones. We actually needed some new travel guide, so, our best researcher from the team has found the most amazing new wonders of the world and also has some advice on when to visit.
The “Christ the Redeemer” statue, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
This amazing statue is 30 m tall, not including its 8 m pedestal; its arms stretch 28 m wide and were built as a symbol of Brazilian Christianity by Paul Landowski and Heitor da Silva Costa. Given the fact that it’s so enormous, it had to be constructed in pieces and carried to the top of the mountain. And it was not cheap either; the cost in 1931 was approximately $250,000. Today that would be the equivalent of $3.2 million. In case you were wondering when to visit Rio, we recommend May to late September. There’s less rain during that period and the temperature is more agreeable.
Taj Mahal, Agra, India
It seems that Mughal emperor Shah Jahan loved his third wife the most because he decided to build such a masterpiece for her. It is said that over 20 thousand people contributed for Taj Mahal to be built, including painters, stonecutters, embroidery artists and so on. A very interesting fact, the Taj Mahal changes colors at different times of the day, from pink in the morning, white in the evening to golden yellow at night. Wondering how long it took for this building to be completed? 17 years!! Best time to visit is October to March.
The Colosseum, Rome, Italy one of the new wonders of the world
The Colosseum could hold between 50,000 and 80,000 people, and was used for gladiatorial contests and public spectacles such as mock sea battles, animal hunts, executions, re-enactments of famous battles, and dramas based on Classical mythology. I mean talk about taking entertainment to the next level. Over 500,000 people and one million animals lost their lives throughout the people vs. beast games. Spring and fall is the perfect time to visit, the weather is not that warm, just perfect for sightseeing.
Machu Picchu, Urubamba, Peru
Machu Picchu was built around 1450 and was abandoned just over 100 years later, in 1572, as a belated result of the Spanish Conquest. The stones in the most handsome buildings throughout the Inca Empire used no mortar. These stones were cut so precisely, and wedged so closely together, that a credit card cannot be inserted between them. Amazing is an understatement. A strange thing is that Machu Picchu provides no information about the ruins. Make sure you go to the “Museo de Sitio Manuel Chávez Ballón” a museum that just a few tourists visit, located at the end of a long dirt road near the base of Machu Picchu. Best time to visit is August and September, the nights are pretty chilly but the climate is pleasant and there is very little rain.
Chichén Itzá, Yucatan, Mexico
Chichén Itzá was a city built by the Maya people of the Post Classic in Yucatan Peninsula. The city is has 2 large natural sink holes nearby, that could have provided water to the people all year round. The interesting thing is that, some say that one of the sink holes was used as a human sacrifice place, people were sacrificed to end drought. The Castillo (The Castle) is probably the most famous image of Chichén Itzá, a monument in shape of a pyramid. This is the second most visited archeological site in Mexico and honestly, we are not surprised. Imagine visiting this place, getting a feel of how the Maya people lived, what they’ve build and so on. It’s absolutely incredible. If you want to visit, the best time for that is between November and April when there is no rain.
We think visiting the new wonders of the world from our list could be a great idea. Just think about how world is changing and there will be always other new ones coming.