The 7 Wonders of the World – Then and Now


It’s pretty cool to take a look at how the Seven Wonders of the World have changed over time.

Here is a depiction of the Seven Wonders of the (Ancient) World, as created by 16th-century Dutch artist Maarten van Heemskerck

Seven Wonders of the (Ancient) World

These are, from left to right, top to bottom: Great Pyramid of Giza, Hanging Gardens of Babylon, Temple of Artemis, Statue of Zeus at Olympia, Mausoleum of Maussollos, Colossus of Rhodes and the Lighthouse of Alexandria

(Source: Wikipedia)

…and Now

Fast forward to the present day.Here is a world map depicting the countries that contain the top 20 finalists:

Top 20 finalists

The finalists have been selected for the new seven wonders of the world. An independent Swiss panel selected the following seven winners:

Great Wall of China

1 – Great Wall of China

China’s Great Wall, the only man-made structure to be seen from outer space, makes it to the list.
2 – Petra

3 – Christ the Redeemer

Machu Picchu
4 – Machu Picchu

Chichen Itza
5 – Chichen Itza

6 – Colosseum

Taj Mahal
7 – Taj Mahal

(all images source: Wikipedia)

Other Wonders News

Great Pyramid

Also interesting to note that the Great Pyramid did not make the cut, but received an honorary mention.

In November 2006, USA Today ran a similar list, and Israel made the list with the Old City of Jerusalem.


6 Responses to “The 7 Wonders of the World – Then and Now”

  1. Avinash Says:

    Taj came 1st in new voting & it deserve the position. Why is it shown on 7th number. rubbish it is.

  2. Gordon Davis Says:

    The Chris the redeemer was trailing untill shortly brfore the total count, the religus right called for a stonge vote putting it in the top. It is a sham that they are so lost in what thay belife that real wonders had to be push a side
    we have at lest 6 great wonders

  3. brian Says:


    No offense meant. This was the ordering in Wikipedia, let’s go shout at them šŸ™‚

  4. brian Says:

    That is the power of a group of voters. There were quite a lot of interesting sites that missed the top 7!

  5. Bunmi A Says:

    These 7 Wonders of the world are pretty,beautifull and nice.

  6. Greg G. Says:

    I think that both the Great Wall and city of Petra–each being very impressive examples of what people can do if truly motivated–are a bit too old to be included in any updated list of wonders of the world. Their age does not detract from their “wonder”, but the world brims with some incredible creations of more modern times. I say, let’s cap the nominations at 2000 years, max.

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