25 Incredible Facts About The Seven Wonders Of The World

Posted by , Updated on March 22, 2018

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Do you want to learn some facts about the Seven Wonders of the World? From places we only hear about in ancient literature, like the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, to places under the sea, such as the Great Barrier Reef, and even places outside our atmosphere, like the asteroid belt, there is no shortage of “seven wonders” lists. How do these places make it to these lists? Why only seven? Who decides these things? What were the original seven wonders of the world? What are the seven wonders of the world today? For the answers to these questions and more, check out these 25 incredible facts about the Seven Wonders of the World.

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The third wave of lists includes those of the modern day. Perhaps not surprisingly, there is a lot of drama and fighting when it comes to choosing new 7 wonders of the world. (Old wonders don't like to be replaced!)

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One of the most popular recent lists was compiled by the American Society of Civil Engineers. In 1994 they made a list of 7 Wonders of the Modern World, paying tribute to the "greatest civil engineering achievements of the 20th century". They included the Channel Tunnel, CN Tower, Empire State Building, Golden Gate Bridge, Itaipu Dam, Delta Works/Zuiderzee Works, and the Panama Canal

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In November 2006, USA Today revealed its list of New 7 Wonders of the World. These included the Potola Palace, Old City of Jerusalem, Polar ice caps, Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, the Internet, Mayan ruins, Great Migration of the Serengeti and Masai Mara, and an eighth viewer-chosen wonder, the Grand Canyon.

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To make things even more confusing, CNN's list of the Natural 7 Wonders of the World is as follows (keyword is "natural") - the Aurora, Grand Canyon, Great Barrier Reef, Harbor of Rio de Janeiro, Mount Everest, Parícutin volcano, and Victoria Falls.

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In 2001, Swiss company New7Wonders Foundation decided to outdo everyone and choose the New7Wonders of the World. When the finalists were announced, however, Egypt was upset that the Pyramids didn't make the cut, so they were added as an honorary candidate. The list is as follows - Great Wall of China, Petra, Christ the Redeemer, Machu Picchu, Chicken Itza, Colosseum, Taj Mahal, and the Great Pyramid of Giza (honorary candidate)

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