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The 7 Wonders of the World – Then and Now

July 13, 2007


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.