A Virtual Escapade: the Seven Wonders of the World
Scattered across the globe, seven prominent sites are regarded as some of the most beauteous, cultural, and lionised vistas of heritage. Renowned as monumental works of antiquity, these wonders communicate a sense of culture to the modern audience of today, whilst drawing discernment from onlookers willing to divulge in the magnificence of past civilizations.
Yet, the current Wonders eclipsed what are now regarded as the ‘ancient’ Seven Wonders of the World. Namely, the Pyramid of Giza, the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, the Colossus of Rhodes, the Lighthouse of Alexandria, the Temple of Artemis, the Statue of Zeus at Olympia, and the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus, which inevitably remain equally glorified.
In addition to the following, physically travelling to these sites may be relatively unsafe at the moment due to the raging global pandemic; many aspects of touring are impossible, while also largely posing multiple health risks to visitors. Thus, enlisted below, coupled with myriad virtual escapades enabling viewers to vicariously glide through these structures instead, are the revised Seven Wonders of the World.
°The Great Wall of China
Initially raised as early as the 5th century (B.C.), the Great Wall of China was a fortification constructed to defend the Chinese territory and ensure the protection of its empire from the threat of invaders, particularly from the vicious Mongols. The current withstanding wall is a product of assembly continually worked upon until the 16th century; it is spanned out across 4,000 miles, distinctively deeming it the longest structure made by man internationally. A makeup of stone-and-earth, the Great Wall of China intimidates viewers in all its might as captured in this virtual experience by Clip Media:
°Christ the Redeemer Statue, Rio de Janeiro
Nestled upon Corcovado Mountain, the Christ the Redeemer edifice blankets Brazilians whilst showering them with perpetual graces since its formation in 1931. Constructed utilizing soapstone and concrete, the statue is the end-product of Heitor da Silva Costa’s Art Deco-style of architecture, alongside a hefty $250,000. However, the money in itself was raised through donations by the people further enriching its significance to the residents of Brazil as an icon of partisanship, exquisiteness and attraction. Immerse yourself in the allurement of the statue through emotion360’s stunning visuals:
°Machu Picchu, Peru
Machu Picchu is widely regarded by scholars as having been a sacred center for the neighboring capital of Cusco (located within Incan). Retaining religious and cultural influence, the archeological city is a withstanding depiction of the Incan presence as it lays undisturbed between a pair of Andean peaks. Until as recently as 1911, Machu Picchu remained unheard of to the generic public and was known amongst locals exclusively; however, Hiram Bingham’s discovery of this mountain citadel drew swarms of recognition towards this awe-inspiring site which was earlier abandoned by its makers (the Incas). Constructed at the zenith of the Incan Empire halfway through the 1400’s, it is now hailed as one of the new Seven Wonders of the World and can be virtually explored through jaunt’s ideography here:
°Chichen Itza, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico
What once was an economic hub of trade centered on the barter of clothes, nourishments, and slaves, Chichen Itza highlights the ruins of the infamous Mayan culture while thoroughly ensuring its prominence remains etched onto the past of yesteryears and the future of tomorrows. A city of politics and magnitude, it flourished from 800 to 1200; within its borders, El Caracol remains the most recognized ruin for being an urbane depiction of the times as an astronomical observatory utilized during the Mayan occupation. Chichen Itza can be floated across through Armella Spitalier FCAS’s creative here:
A towering amphitheatre built to host thousands of Romans, the monument remains a glorified site within Italy, whilst being a location of vintage opulence and antiquity. The structure (initially constructed between A.D. 70 and A.D. 80), seated a magnificent 50,000 spectators who flocked to the elliptical monument in hopes of witnessing public spectacles, amongst which were the famed gladiatorial matches, executions, animal hunts, and battle reenactments. The Colosseum can be explored through SoCal Attractions 360’s tour here:
°Taj Mahal, Agra, India
Highly regarded as the epitome of Muslim art within India, the Taj Mahal is a mausoleum which was constructed between 1632 and 1648 as a depiction of the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan’s undying affection for his wife Mumtaz. The structure of white marble glistens as if a thousand white marbles have been embedded onto its surface, alongside showcasing a multitude of architectural styles ranging from Indian and Turkish, to Islamic and Persian. The monument is globally recognized as a symbol of heritage and epic history; the actual scenic vista further encompasses sunken flower beds, a reflecting pool, and a multitude of striking gardens. A virtual tour can be experience through askfranklin’s video here:
This archaeological city is widely deemed the ‘Pink City’ due to its pink sandstone cliffs. Its many tombs and temples birth a site both alluring and enchanting in its cultural magnificence dating as far back as the 5th century where Petra was hailed as the capital of King Aretas the fourth’s Nabataean Empire. The earlier civilisations of Petra were masters of water technology, while also having constructed intricate water chambers and functional tunnels meant to mimic a pseudo-oasis. Amongst these notables, an amphitheatre enabled to house 4,000 people, and the infamous El-Deir Monastery has further contributed to Petra’s global appreciation. To explore this enticing site of legacy, direct yourself to terhaaladventure’s virtual tour here: