The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World vs. The New Seven Wonders of the World

18 09 2009


Journeys are always different to different people. Some would rather cruise from hotel to hotel (five star of course) rather than struggling with a large pack on their back, hustling and bustling through the streets of cities that were too insignificant in their lives to remember. Some people would rather take a trip to see their long-lost relatives half way across the world opposed to pounding the pavement in an very homey place; full of shops and clothes. And some people; just like me; would rather spend their time travelling around the world in an unconventional manner, trying to see as many wonders as it was possible in a short yet daring timeframe. And that’s exactly what I did.

Travelling in a hop-skip manner around the world with my family of four; we were not once tired of the wondrous things that we would encounter each day. But the question arose; should we see spend our time trying to imagine the ancient wonders of the world; even at their sites, or rather marvel at the indescribable beauty of the new wonders of the world; which you can actually see?

  The Ancient Seven Wonders of the world are so ancient that you can only see one; the pyramids of Giza in Egypt. The others; included the Colossus of Rhodes in Greece, the lighthouse of Alexandria in Egypt, Iraq’s hanging garden of Babylon, the statue of Zeus at Olympia in Greece, and Turkey’s Mausoleum of Halicarnassus and its temple of Artemis.  Although you can only visualise the phenomenon of the Ancient Wonders, they are all written in ancient scriptures, told to have been among the most amazing things on this planet; but were they truly wondrous? And if they were; then why can we not re-create them in their original location now, enabling us to keep the seven original wonders?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

But now, it seems that the current population either think that the Ancient seven wonders, chosen 2200 years ago by a single man, are either mythical and aren’t factual accounts of what was. They would prefer to visit amazing sites in which you can actually see. Due to this; on July 7th 2007, the “new seven wonders of the world” organised by the New7Wonders Foundation, were announced following a global poll which decided a new list of man-made marvels.  Voted for by internet and phone, nearing almost a hundred million votes, the winners of the seven new wonders include India’s Taj Mahal, the ancient city of Petra in Jordan, Christ the Redeemer in Brazil, the Colosseum in Rome, the Great Wall of China, the ancient Mayan city of Chichén Itzá in Mexico and the Incan ruins of Machu Picchu situated in Peru.

Yet the competition has provided controversial, in particular drawing criticism from UNESCO who administer the World Heritage sites program stating, “This initiative cannot, in any significant and sustainable manner, contribute to the preservation of sites elected by [the] public,” Although, overall it seems to have had a positive outlook from all across the globe.

So, it came to be that we would visit four of the new wonders of the world; and one of the ancient, the only one that you could see, the Pyramids of Giza. From seeing some of the new wonders of the world, the Taj Mahal, Petra, The Colosseum and Machu Picchu, I came to realize that although the ancient seven wonders, from a historical point of view, where all an amazing phenomenon, absolutely indescribable in their beauty, it may be more valuable for travelers today to visit more publicized sites such as the new wonders. There are easier ways to access the new seven wonders, so it seems, although still expensive. Maybe it would be better if we could all take a happy snapshot at the wonders, rather than sketch them in later in as what we imagined them to be, wouldn’t it?

By Nighthawk





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