The 7 Wonders of the World – Part 1

Must see wonders sure to spark your imagination


Brynn Leedom, Contributor

The 7 wonders of the world are well known. They involve Christ the Redeemer, Chichén Itzá El Castillo, Petra, The Great Wall of China, The Colosseum, The Taj Mahal, and Machu Picchu. They are the most recent or in other words today’s 7 wonders of the world. They might not look like much but there is more than meets the eye. 

First up is Christ the Redeemer. It is located in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and one It is one sight to see. It also can be seen in some temples (well mini replicas). It was built to represent Brazilian Christianity. This took around 9 years to finish and it ended up being 92 feet wide and 98 feet tall or 125 feet with its pedestal. Well now some of the activities. Like many of the others, this is really just for sightseeing but there is a bunch to do in Rio. You could grab a swimsuit  and go down to Ipanema Beach, enjoy a nice warm day during the summer time. Who doesn’t like the beach? Well there is also Chichén Itzá El Castillo to talk about.

Chichén Itzá El Castillo is a big Mesoamerican temple. It was built with lots of stars and stone. It is almost like another Pyramid (almost). El Castillo is not unusual for having temple-pyramids inside of it—archaeologists have found past structures within a lot Mesoamerican pyramids. Once again using noninvasive imaging techniques, they found what they believe to be a large sinkhole, below El Castillo. That isn’t too good. Sadly for visitors, no,  El Castillo Pyramid is allowed to be climbed. The best thing to do is to take a picture of you and the temple. But You can Visit the Temple of warriors, or the Hall of a Thousand Columns. Try it out yourself!

Next up is Petra, or better known as “The Lost City”. It was rediscovered in 1812 by t Johann Ludwig Burckhardt, a Swiss Traveler who tricked his way into the intensely guarded site by pretending to be an Arab, wishing to make a sacrifice at the tomb of the Prophet Aaron. It is famous for its stone artwork and the beautiful color. You can go to the best view in Petra, The Treasury. This draws a lot of people. It is made with only sandstone. This is the one thing you can’t miss.

The Great Wall of China, pretty sure everyone has an idea of where this is but to be exact it is Huairou District, China. The most popular thing to do on the Great Wall is hiking, or walking on the wall. Besides hiking, you can do a night walk (yes more walking), camp on the Great Wall, have a picnic with mountain views, run a Great Wall marathon, and take a roller cart down (weeeeee!).

There is a lot more to check out but if it was all given to the reader, they wouldn’t need to go. Try to see all of them and travel. Have a road trip and see why they are so popular and try the suggested activities. Have a great Summer Rough Riders.


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