The Great Pyramid of Giza, Stonehenge the Grand Canyon, the Northern Lights and the Great Barrier Reef are all considered wonders of the world. But, in 2007, more than 100 million people voted to establish a New Seven Wonders of the World list.
The Great Wall of China, China
Construction of the wall began during the 5th century and was not completed until 11 centuries later. The stone and earth structure spans approximately 4,000 miles and was created to protect the Chinese Empire from infiltration by the Mongols.
Christ the Redeemer Statue, Brazil
The statue stands 130 feet tall and was erected at the top of the Corcovado Mountains in 1931. The structure was created at a cost of approximately $250,000 using a combination of concrete and soapstone.
Machu Picchu, Peru
The remains of the ancient Incan community are a popular tourist destination. The structures were constructed sometime in the middle of the 15th century from granite. The site sits high between two Andean peaks and is only accessible by foot.
Chichen Itza, Mexico
The site contains structures constructed by the Mayans who lived in the community from 800 A.D. to 1200 A.D. Structures found at the location include the Kukulkan Pyramid and El Caracol, which many believe was used as an astronomical observatory.
The Colosseum, Italy
Construction of the massive sports complex began in 70 A.D. and was completed a decade later. The fact that the facility remained in use for 500 years is a tribute to the architectural genius of the early Romans. Royals and locals gathered to witness gladiator battles, hunts and executions.
Taj Mahal, India
The well-known structure was commissioned by Emperor Shah Jahan to be the burial place of his wife. Construction began on the impressive building in 1632 and was completed 16 years later. The mausoleum is considered by many to be one of the finest displays of Muslim art. However, the building actually features Indian, Islamic, Persian and Turkish influences. The complex also has formal gardens, sunken gardens and a reflecting pool.
The unusual location features structures carved into the side of massive red rock formations. The site is believed to have been in existence since 9 B.C. The location represents what is left of the Nabataean Empire and the ingenuity of the people who created the oasis in the middle of the desert.