In a perfect world, you would be hopping from plane to plane soaking in the culture and beauty of all the exotic and charming places around the world, munching on a croissant in Paris one minute and walking through an ancient temple in Shanghai the next. But even before you’ve boarded your imaginary plane you are no doubt mentally calculating how expensive it will be.
But when done right, travelling can actually be quite cheap. If you research the right flight and hotel dealsyou might just be able to cross off the 7 Wonders of the World from your bucket list without emptying out your bank account.
The world has changed a lot since the original list of the 7 Wonders of the World and everyone seems to have a different take on what should be included in this list, as such this article will look at a mix and match of 7 Wonders taken from the various eras throughout history:
The Great Pyramid of Giza – Ancient Wonder
Located in Egypt, the Pyramid took 20 years to build and is one of the oldest and best-known wonders of the world. Legend has it that this great structure was built as a tomb for Egyptian pharaoh Khufu. For almost 4000 years, the Pyramid was the tallest structure in the world (created by man) and continues to remain a place of secrets and mysteries. It is said that a hidden treasure is buried in a secret burial chamber in the Pyramid as yet still undiscovered along with the tomb of King Khufu, which has never been found.
The Great Wall of China – Medieval Wonder
The Great Wall stretches East to West from Shanhaiguan to Lop Lake and was built to protect the Chinese Empire from attacks and unwanted intrusions by invaders. Although the Ming Dynasty is responsible for building the majority of the wall, it was constructed in bits and pieces over time using a mixture of wood, stone, brick and tamped earth. Today it is considered to be a wonder of the world and is one of the main tourist attractions of China.
The Taj Mahal – Medieval Wonder
Located in Agra, India, the Taj Mahal was built for his wife Mumtaz by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan. The focal center of the monument is Mumtaz’s tomb made from white marble. The interior is richly decorated with verses from the Quran and gemstones while the exterior is surrounded by beautiful gardens. This beautiful, marble structure is an everlasting symbol of the Emperor’s everlasting love for his wife who died during childbirth.
The Grand Canyon – Natural Wonder
Stretching approximately 277 miles from one to the other, the Grand Canyon, which has been around for several million years is truly one of nature’s most breathtaking wonders. The geological factors behind how the canyon was formed makes for a fascinating read. Some of these factors are, erosion, wind, continental drifts and the Colorado River, the fascinating thing is that the canyon will continue to change its shape and grow with time as all these factors continue to play a role. Approximately 5 million people visit the Grand Canyon each year and explore the surroundings by hiking or rafting.
The Golden Gate Bridge – Modern Wonder
Most people can instantly recognize the city of San Francisco by its beautiful trademark bridge spanning the Golden Gate strait. Suspended between the Pacific Ocean and the San Francisco Bay, this bridge has been featured in many movies, is heavily photographed and considered to be a wonder of the modern world. It has become a huge tourist attraction as thousands of people all over the world drive, bike or walk across this legendary bridge.
The Statue of Liberty – Modern Wonder
Gifted to the United States by France and designed by French sculptor Frderic Bartholdi, Madame Liberty represents Libertas (the Goddess of Freedom). The statue was originally presented to the United States as a symbol of their friendship with France, the tablet in Libertas’ hand is inscribed with America’s Independence Day – July 4th, 1776. Over the last 100 years, the statue has come to represent much more than friendship, it is seen as a symbol of freedom, the fulfillment of the American Dream and much more. Every year millions of people go through Ellis Park to admire this stately figure.
Hagia Sophia – Medieval Wonder
The Hagia Sophia in Turkey has had a very interesting history, first constructed to serve as an Orthodox cathedral, however, the Latin Empire transformed it into a Roman Catholic cathedral and when the Ottoman Turks conquered Constantinople, they in turn converted it into a mosque. It’s breathtaking architecture and fascinating history make this a must visit wonder.
By this time you are no doubt ready to off on an adventure, you can read more about the various 7 Wonders of the World and decide for yourself which of these places you want to explore first. Check out hotel and flight deals and if you can score a great last minute deal your vacation will end up costing next to nothing and leave you with lasting memories.
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